I used to be all about the cake. Give me a full coverage foundation any day. My current favourites are the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter, Yves Saint Laurent All Hours and L.A. Girl PRO. Matte HD Long Wear Matte Foundation. Their formulas cover EVERYTHING and, when a layer of my trusty Dermablend Setting Powder is dusted on top, they give a flawless, and one dimensional, matte finish. Recently I’ve found myself switching it up a bit and embracing the appearance of my skin and opting for more natural-looking base products that give my complexion a healthier looking glow…
There’s a BIG difference between a dewy looking glow and a shiny mess moving around your face. There’s also a BIG difference between a light coverage foundation and a crappy one that does next to nothing for your skin. Getting the right balance can be tricky, especially when you have combination skin, but after watching countless online tutorials by Charlotte Tilbury, Laura Louise and Estée Lalonde I was inspired to try and replicate that fresh-faced radiant look they all pull-off so effortlessly. I have discolouration, the odd scar and large pores; so the thought of using a light coverage foundation or an illuminating primer used to give me the fear. I wanted to wear a mask that would hide every trace of my natural skin and, sometimes, I still do. Finding the right combination of products was difficult and there’s a bunch I still want to try including the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter and BECCA Backlight Priming Filter.
To blur my pores and create a smooth base for applying any base product on top of, I use a mattifying primer on my nose and TZone such as the CYO Matte & Blur Primer or Benefit Porefessional. On my cheeks, the contours around my eyes and a touch on my forehead and down the bridge of my nose I use the Essence Fresh & Fit Awake Primer. An affordable alternative to the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, Fresh & Fit contains subtle light-reflecting pigments that give your skin a beautiful glow that lifts your whole complexion without appearing overly shiny or greasy. At only £3.50 you can’t go wrong.
I have two foundations I turn to in order to achieve a healthy looking glow – one drugstore and one high-end. I used to have problems with both. They used to slip around my chin and nose and become patchy throughout the day. Now I’ve got my primer and powder routine down I don’t have these issues anymore. The luminous tint of the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation gives the appearance of more youthful looking skin. It evens out imperfections and redness whilst feeling incredibly lightweight and hydrating. Similarly, the L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation (bizarrely an Amazon exclusive) gives the same dewy looking appearance to the skin but actually delivers more coverage, however, beware, the shade range is very limited.
This discovery was a game changer. The Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder is a finely milled powder that contains light-reflecting particles designed to blur imperfections and minimise the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. It doesn’t give a completely matte finish, it lets the skin breath and glow underneath, it barely looks like you’re wearing anything at all. It adds a soft filter to your skin that compliments both matte and dewy foundations. It rids the skin of unsightly shine but still allows it to breathe.
If you’d like to take your glowy base to the next level with the help from a highlighter, you can check out my recommendations and reviews here.