All About That Base

Title notwithstanding, I'm afraid I can't make too many clever Meghan Trainor references for you guys because, let's face it, I hate that song. But what I can do is talk makeup — glorious, skin perfecting makeup. So if you will, let's get down to the base-ics that have really been working for me and my combination skin lately... and if you have a moment to share what's been working for you, that's just what I need to enable my next Sephora visit (wink wink).

PRIME // If you want your makeup to last longer and apply more seamlessly, primers are a must. I recently tried out Make Up For Ever's latest offerings, and I'm really impressed with their redness-reducing primer (left) and hydrating primer (right). They have a whole range to choose from based on your individual skin needs, so I would definitely recommend checking it out. The hydrating primer in particular took care of those pesky dry patches that my makeup was clinging to, so I'll be forever in its debt.

PERFECT // When it comes to foundation, I seem to be reaching for Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation SPF 15 a lot lately, which glides on like a dream. Seriously, I can't say enough good things about this product. And when buffed in with the corresponding brush, the difference is like night and day. I don't usually like to spend money on brushes because I'm such a huge fan of the Real Techniques range, but this brush has officially converted me. And speaking of converting, I've taken a break from both the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer to test out YSL's Touche Eclat, and man is that stuff ever brightening. Perfect for the girl up at midnight writing her posts (totally hypothetical).

Want some good drugstore options? The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is every bit as good as the Bobbi Brown foundation in my books, and Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Concealer is perfection (after all, it's what I carry in my bag!)

PROTECT //  After going to all the trouble of evening out your skin tone and covering up any nasties you've got going on, it would be a shame not to seal everything in place for the longest-lasting finish possible. So grab your powder and get to dabbing! Any setting powder will do, but I'm especially partial to Chanel's Les Beiges because it has a natural finish, and as an added bonus, it smells delightful. Bourjois also does a very similar powder for a fraction of the price (which is no surprise, since they're both owned by the same company), but any powder will do. Final step? Give it a spritz! As we move into the warmer months especially, it's nice to use a setting spray to make sure your makeup lasts throughout the day, and I'm really loving this one from Make Up For Ever right now. I really do notice a difference when I use it, and it feels nice and refreshing on the skin... #DreamWeaver

Photos by Adventures in Fashion

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