Wondering how to get perfect skin?
I’ve spent many years (and many pounds) perfecting my skincare routine – expensive cleansers, ‘miracle’ moisturisers and toners that never seem to do anything at all but cost a fortune. Taking care of your skin is important, but after one-too-many mud masks, I’ve come to realise something – nothing beats the velvet perfection of a good foundation. Nothing will banish under-eye circles like a decent concealer. And you can blitz that spot all you want, but by day three (the red-and-angry phase), you’ll be praising the genius who invented ‘heavy coverage’.
Creating a flawless base is the most time-consuming part of my makeup routine, but it’s definitely the most beneficial. With skin sorted, the rest of my makeup goes on without a hitch. Even at the end of the day, when my blusher’s worn off and I’ve smudged my mascara, a good base will stick around and compensate for my failings elsewhere. Basically, I’m having a love affair with coverage and I don’t care who knows it.
These products form my Skin Staples – the ones I reach for day after day, for morning meetings and date nights and lazy Sundays. A different combination will result in a different look, meaning I’m covered (literally) for every situation.
The Porefessional by Benefit (c/o) – my everyday primer, the one I rely on to keep my makeup where I want it and not halfway down my neck. The lightweight formula is so smoothing – I’ve repurchased this little beauty time and again.
Prep + Prime by MAC – this was an impulse buy (damn you beautiful MAC MUAs!) but I’ve grown to love it. It has a slight shimmer so I prefer it for an evening look, but it’s got serious staying power – perfect for sweating it out on the dance floor.
Nearly Naked by Revlon – I’m not a big fan of lightweight coverage and BB creams are my own personal nightmare, but I was drawn to the ‘in betweeny’ formula of Nearly Naked. More coverage than a BB cream but lighter than a foundation, this is a dewy dream and I think it’ll be great for the summer months (if they ever arrive. Hint hint, Mother Nature…).
Studio Fix Fluid by MAC – I *love* this foundation. It’s so silky smooth – it glides over skin, covering any blemish that dares cross its path. Pricy at £20.50 (and it doesn’t come with a pump so you have to buy that separately at £3.50, which almost made me reject it on sheer indignant principle) but definitely worth it.
Hide the Blemish by Revlon – a long-time favourite of mine. I’ve used this since I was 14 and the creamy consistency is wonderful at covering those less-than-perfect bits. It’s not very long-lasting and does need touching up throughout the day… but it’s a cheap and cheerful buy and one I’ll always have in my makeup bag.
Corrector by Bobbi Brown – slightly dramatic, but I couldn’t live without this concealer. Honestly. It’s my desert island essential, the product I buy in bulk for fear of being a day without it, my little miracle pot. Rather than covering dark circles, it corrects them (clue’s in the name) – you’re colour matched at the counter and your shade balances dark areas, creating a flawless finish. Obsessed is probably the right word for my feelings about this one.
Full Cover Concealer – Extreme Camouflage Cream by Makeup Forever – this is tricky to get hold of in the UK (the link is where I bought it from, the only place I could find it) but worth tracking down if you suffer with scarring or beastly blemishes. It’s a liquid concealer so great for dried-out spots (eew, right?) and lasts forever and a day.
Fake Up by Benefit (c/o) – a new product for me, but one I’m quickly falling for. Although this is designed to be used under the eyes, the crease-proof formula is great for around the nose and I love the smooth consistency.
Mineralize SkinFinish Natural by MAC – another product I’ve repurchased again and again. This is a really light and airy powder that settles nicely on my skin and looks beautifully natural. It’s not the best at oil control and I find myself topping up throughout the day… but the finish is worth a bit of extra effort.
Hello Flawless Powder by Benefit (c/o) – the final product from the goody bag I got at a Benefit event a few weeks ago, and one that’s growing on me. More coverage than the MAC, meaning it can look a little mask-like, but it’s got real staying power and keeps shine at bay.
So, that’s my solution to perfect skin – a hoard of perfecting products that will give you the kind of skin a three year-old would be jealous of. And if anyone asks, you can give them the standard celebrity answer – ‘it’s all down to soap and water, just like my grandmother used!’ I won’t tell, promise.
What are your makeup must-haves for cheating your way to perfect skin?