I used to be a full coverage foundation girl through and through. I hated seeing any sign of my freckles and God forbid you could tell I had any redness from scarring on my cheeks. Back in the day, MAC Studio Fix Fluid was my go-to. Not because it suited my skin type or looked particularly nice on my complexion but because it was all the rage when I first discovered YouTube tutorials – and it hid all the parts of my skin that I didn’t like.
Having learnt a lot more about my skin type (normal/oily) and a whole lot more about makeup application, I can embrace the aspects of my skin that I had previously felt were absolutely necessary to cover. Although I am not at the stage of being entirely comfortable with my skin, I really enjoy being able to see my freckles through my foundation.
NARS base products have been a staple in my makeup collection for years. I know that whatever finish I want to achieve, I can rely on the brand to provide long-lasting makeup greatness.
Two of my recent favourites have been the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint and the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer. Both products are matte without being drying, whilst at the same time giving your complexion a subtle radiance.
On days where I have an early start, I like to apply both products with my fingers to achieve a quick and sheer finish. However, when I have more time I rely on a Beauty Blender or the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to layer the product and obtain my desired coverage. Paired with Topshop’s Glow Pot in Gleam, the Soft Matte Concealer looks exceedingly skin-like on its own. Once I’ve applied translucent powder to my T-Zone, I set everything with Gerard Cosmetics’ Slay All Day Setting Spray which takes away any power residue and compliments the skin with a natural glow.
Let me know if there are any lighter coverage foundations or BB creams that you have been loving!