This is my third post and I'm starting to get the hang of it. This is going to be about basic face makeup necessities we all need when we're starting out with makeup. This post would also be a good read for people looking do downsize their collections or what to take with them travelling.
I am not going to talk about skincare in this post as that needs a whole separate post in my opinion.
Oh and a little side note: If your in the US would you prefer links to sephora or the US website of the brand? (all my links are to the actual products themselves and not the website homepage)
Regardless if you care about skincare or not, you'll need a moisturiser to keep a nice smooth base and an easy foundation application. Before you apply makeup you won't want anything too heavy so I would recommend Amie Morning Dew Matte Finish Moisturiser £5 (boots.com/ or superdrug stores and superdrug stores or superdrug.com/)
thebodyshop.com or thebodyshop-usa.com), for Redness Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protecting Base SPF15 (£14.50/USD$18.50 clinique.com)
This one depends on what you need, if you have good skin then make it perfect with just concealer, if you need an all over pick me up then go for both. There are many types fo skin needs when it comes to foundation. So I will just stick to dry and oily for now as they encompass many different skin types.
- Revlon Colorstay Foundation Oily/Combination (£12/USD$13 boots.com/drugstore.com)
- Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation (£33/$42 johnlewis.com/lauramercier.com)
- Revlon Colorstay Foundation (again) Normal/Dry (£12/USD$13 boots.com/drugstore.com)
- Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (£29/USD$42 johnlewis.com/sephora.com)
- Blemishes - Mac Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer (£13.50/USD$16.50 maccosmeticsUK/maccosmeticsUS)
- Undereyes/discoloration - MAC Select Cover-Up (£13.50/USD$16.50 maccosmeticsUK/maccosmeticsUS)
As with, but less so than with foundation, this product will depend on your skin type. If your oily, you will most definitely need a powder to set your makeup, and you'll have to choose carefully. There are also loose and pressed formulations to consider. But regardless of what powder you choose, you should lightly blot before applying anything as the powder won't last as long. You don't need to buy expensive blotting sheets, just use tissue paper from your local craft store or stationer. I would reccomend apply loose powder in the morning and taking a pressed powder in your bag for easy touch ups during the day.
If you have dry skin, powder is more for making your foundation last longer, therefore your choice is easier and not as important. But to avoid disaster, here's a few recommendations:
Oily - Pressed
- Revlon Colorstay Pressed Powder (£11/USD$10 boots.com/drugstore.com)
- Shiseido pureness shine control compact (£23/USD$ johnlewis.com/nordstorm.com)
- 17 Shine Control Loose Powder (£5.50 boots.com)
- Mac Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (£/USD$ MacUK/MacUS)
- Collection 2000 Pressed Powder (£2 superdrug.com)
- Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder (£22/USD$34 bobbibrown.co.uk/bobbibrown.com)
- Nars Blusher (£20.50/26USD$ johnlewis.co.uk/sephora.com)
- Boujois Little Round Blush Pot (£7.50 boots.com)