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Base makeup: My everday 'flawless' foundation routine

 When it comes to base makeup I like my skin to look flawless and matte. These are the products that I use in order to achieve the desired look. Whenever I typically go out this is my foundation routine.
This look may seem a bit too much just for during the day but this is how I like my base makeup to look.  For a 'night time' look I simply highlight my face much more and apply a generous amount of foundation.
Most products featured are Estee Lauder just because I am a massive Estee Lauder fan especially base makeup.
In this post I will be talking about why I like the product, how I apply it aswell as pros and cons.
 Smashbox photo finish primer
This is my favourite primer, possibly of all time? As I haven't used anything like this
I apply this product using my fingers.

Foundation goes on smoothly
Stops shine coming through
Only need to apply a small amount
Foundation lasts longer
Easy to travel with
Silicone based (some foundations don't apply nicely over silicone based primers)
Pricey £25.50

 Estee Lauder Illuminating perfecting primer
This is not a necessary step. I only do this step if I feel as if my skin is dry or is dull looking. I apply this primer or the Smashbox photo finish primer.
I apply this product using my fingers.
Makes your skin look radiant
If you find double wear heavy this primer makes it lighter and more natural looking
Foundation applies smoothly ontop
Doesn't feel creasy
No obvious sparkle
Not ideal if you have oily skin
Dries fast so you need to apply it in sections on your face
MUA Pro base
I always apply this before I apply my concealer. As you can see I have used this product quite a lot and I when I run out I will repurchase it.
I apply this with the Real Techniques base shadow brush.
I use this to counteract any dark circles under my eyes. This product gets rid of them, making my dark circles look less obvious.
Needs setting with powder to stop it from creasing
 Collection Lasting perfection concealer
1 Fair.
I love this product for highlighting under my eyes (I apply this in a triangular shape). I then apply it in the centre of my forehead, down my nose, top of my lip and the middle of my chin
I apply this product from the applicator and blend out with a random angled brush.
Hides dark circles
Hides blemishes
Blends well
Doesn't crease under the eyes
Medium/full coverage
If you have dry skin under your eyes it might become cakey
Not a wide selection of colour ranges
Writing rubs off the tube easily
Estee Lauder High cover concealer
1N Extra light
I apply this concealer on the inner part of my under eyes to make sure no darkness is visible. I also apply it on any blemishes etc.
I apply this using a random dome shaped small brush on my under eye area.
On blemishes I use detailer brush.
Easy for travel as it comes with a mirror etc
Full coverage
Hides darkness
Hides blemishes
Good shade range choices for all skin tones
Isn't cakey
Doesn't crease under the eyes
Hides blemishes easily
Only need to apply a small amount
If you have very dry skin it may become cakey
Estee Lauder Double wear foundation
This is the best foundation I have ever tried, It is my holy grail foundation as its full coverage, lasts all day on the skin and matte. I have a full review of it here.
I apply this product with Real Techniques stippling brush
Full coverage
Lasts all day
Doesn't become cakey
Good for oil control
Makes your face look flawless
Good colour selection for all different skin colours
Bottle lasts months
Doesn't come with a pump
Glass bottle, so be careful if you travel with it
Estee Lauder
Chic to cheek powder.
This powder is discontinued but you can still get it online. I use this powder to set my under eyes. It also brightens that area aswell without looking cakey.
I apply this using Real Techniques setting brush.
Perfect for highlighting under your eyes to add brightness
Sets under eye concealer
Gets rid of any discolouration
Doesn't settle into fine lines
Doesn't make your face look cakey
Ideal for travelling as it comes with a mirror.
The fact that it is discontinued
Bare Minerals Perfecting veil powder
Light to medium
 This is a new addition to my base makeup routine. I really like this powder as it sets my foundation, keeps my face matte and blurs any perfections etc.
I apply this using Nanshy contouring brush.
'Blurs' my face to make it look more flawless
Adds slight coverage
Stops shine
Easy to travel with it as it comes with a powder sponge, and mirror
Product lasts ages (I've had and used this everyday for months without hitting pan)
Would be better if it came with an actual brush not a sponge
If you have very oily skin, this product may not be for you.
I hope you have enjoyed this post. How do you achieve your flawless foundation routine?
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  1. Thanks that some good advice, I might need to consider changing my primer. Only problem is that price for primer a bit steep at the moment.

    1. Thank you. Primer can make such a difference to your makeup routine.


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