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|Base Product Recommendations
Primer / Corrector
It's a good idea to use a primer to give you a flawless base, to help your makeup last longer and apply more easily to your skin. It can smooth-out fine lines and wrinkles, and also provides a barrier between your skin and your makeup. You can always choose one with an SPF if your foundation/moisturiser doesn't contain SPF.
- L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-redness Primer Best applied using a sponge or fingers. Use judiciously and only where needed. A sheer coverage is usually sufficient. Allow it to set and make sure to pat your foundation on top, so you don't wind up moving it all over your face and blending it away to nothing
- Clarins Instant Smooth Primer My overall favourite for brides and day-and-night-long makeup. Suits all skin types, long lasting and gives a really great flawless base under foundation
- L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer A cheaper alternative to the Clarins one, works almost as well
- MAC Prep & Prime Face Protect SPF50 A great primer but not good for oilier skins. The tube is irritatingly stiff so it can be hard to get the last few applications out of it
- MAC Face & Body Sheer, but buildable up to medium coverage. Dewy finish. Keep it in the fridge and decant into smaller containers for everyday use, as the container is quite large and it's not uncommon for Face & Body to have "gone off" before you manage to finish it
- Chanel Perfection Lumière Medium coverage Matte but luminous finish
- Illamasqua Skin Base A genuine "second skin" foundation. Medium coverage. Translucent/luminous finish. A real "wow" product
- MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation Medium-full coverage. Matte finish Can be used on its own or over liquid foundation, it's also brilliant for "later on touch-ups" in lieu of powder and concealer
Concealer / Corrector
For more information on concealers and correctors, click these blog links (Concealers In General, Concealers - MAC).
- Bobbi Brown Correctors (eg Bisque) For correcting dark circles prior to concealing
- Illamasqua Cream Pigments (eg Emerge) For correcting very dark circles prior to concealing - this can be a little drying though, so not as suitable for more mature/dryer skins
- MAC Studio Finish Concealer Great for blemishes, use NC to cover red tones and NW to cover blue tones (also ref links above)
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer Great for under-eye concealer, use NC to cover red tones and NW to cover blue tones (also ref links above)
Finishing powder is an important last step, to make sure you don't look shiny (especially if you're going to be photographed), and/or to make your makeup last longer. There are a lot that can be recommended, but in general I would say go for a translucent powder. HD powders (eg Makeup Forever HD Powder) have to be used very carefully to ensure they're properly buffed-in (to avoid a white "flashback" on the areas of your face you've powdered, in flash photography).
- Rimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder A really inexpensive but great translucent finishing powder
- Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder A loose powder, very finely milled, lasts forever, also translucent
- MAC Studio Careblend My current favourite powder; it's cashmere-soft, super finely milled, however it's not translucent, so you need to get the correct shade for your skin
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