There is a sea of products available all dedicated towards creating a flawless base for your make-up. While some companies will charge as much money as they can, there are perfect alternatives in your drugstore. When I put on a full face of make-up, I will often use most of them products to help create my base.
The first step is to make sure your facial skin is prepped. Make sure it’s clean, exfoliated and moisturised. I like to use the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream on my face, even know it’s designed for rough skin such as your hands, elbows, knees and feet. I only put on a thin layer, and dab it on with my fingertips to add a really intense moisture to the skin. If you like to use a lot of product when you moisturise, make sure it’s a thin-based formula, otherwise it will not dry and will clog up your pores. I only use the Palmer’s cream on my face if I know I’m going to be wearing a lot of make-up, as it is such a thick formula. Oh, and it also smells like Easter eggs!
Once your moisturiser has dried, it can be a good idea to add a thin layer of primer to make sure your foundation isn’t going to go anywhere. I’ve tried out a few drugstore ones, including the Rimmel one, which has a similar formulation to a moisturiser, but my favourite has to be the Elf Mineral Face Primer, which has been so strongly compared to the much more expensive Smashbox primer. It’s got a gel like formula, which evens out into a soft liquid which is easy to blend around the face. It’s also clear, so any skin tone can use it – which is always a bonus.
After applying both moisturiser and primer, I like to target those bits of my face I’m not very fond of. For me, this is underneath my eyes, the centre of my forehead and also my chin. I use concealer to dab on small amounts, which I will then blend with a brush to help even out my skin tone. As you can probably tell from the photo, I am extremely fond of this concealer, as all the outer writing on the product has completely rubbed off. But, it is the cult favourite, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. This has so many positive reviews and is raved about constantly. It is fantastic for a drugstore product and for only a few little pounds.
A touch of liquid foundation is key if you’re looking for full coverage. It’s up to you how much you want to apply, but I like to layer it as I go until I’m happy. I will use one pump of the Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid foundation and start blending from the centre of my face, outwards. Always blend outwards as this means you’ll avoid that harsh line around your neck/jaw. As I like a healthy glow, I will only use a small layer of liquid foundation, especially if I’ve applied a lot of concealer.
Setting all of the above products is vital to make sure your face will last the day or night! Or even both! It’s important that you use a good powder to set those areas which tend to fade or move throughout the day. I like to use Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder in my T-Zone to help set the product I have applied onto my face.
The last step is optional, but if you like to give your face a bit of shape, a little bronzing and highlighting can make a difference, and that’s no hidden secret. One of my favourite drugstore products to do this with is the Seventeen Instant Glow – Gold Bronze Shimmer Brick. This is a fantastic alternative to the Bobbi Brown products. It’s got a highlighter and bronzer in one, and when using both on a brush, it created a gorgeous highlighted glow on your cheekbones, forehead and jawline.
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