Bases – foundations, tinted moisturisers, BB creams, CC creams…it’s a minefield out there. Are you using the right one for your skin? If you aren’t, which should you be using?! ALL THESE QUESTIONS!!
It’s ok. I’m here. We’ll get through it together. For the sake of this not being a dissertation, I’ll give maybe one or two recommendations in each category!
Ok, let’s start with foundation – depending on the coverage you need there’s sheer, medium or full coverage.
Sheer – if you’re blessed with flawless skin and coverage isn’t an issue, but maybe evening out skintone is then sheer coverage foundation (or a tinted moisturiser/BB cream/CC cream – don’t worry, we’ll get there) is what you need. One of my favourite sheer foundations is MAC’s Face & Body (£27) – it gives a gorgeous glow, comes in a large size (120ml) and can be used on arms/legs/wherever you need a little colour.
Medium – a step up for more coverage would be medium coverage, if you’ve got a few blemishes or skintone that needs balancing out and you’d perhaps prefer to skip concealer then this is for you. I love using Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (£28.50) and Givenchy Teint Couture (£32.50) in my kit, they give a nice natural finish and if I do need more then I can build.
Full – now, I generally only really use full coverage foundation sparingly. If you’re creating a mask with your foundation then it’s not an attractive look – if you feel you need full coverage then follow these steps. Using a fluffy foundation brush, buff the foundation into your skin so that you end up with a more natural finish. I prefer to use Chanel Perfection Lumiere (£36) or Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover (£28.50).
Of course, the time of year/the look we’re going for can have an impact on what finish we want so you can always sheer down your existing foundation by working it into the skin a bit more or using a moisturiser to sheer it down with. Which leads us to our next item…
Does what it says on the tin really…more of a moisturiser with a hint of colour, so coverage isn’t really what you’d get here. Great for the summer, or if you generally prefer something light and don’t want coverage! I don’t tend to use tinted moisturisers that often, instead preferring to sheer down foundation with moisturiser but the one I do use is Alpha H Tinted Moisturiser (£32.50).
BB creams (Beauty Balms or Blemish Balms) are in between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation in terms of coverage and have the added benefit of skincare. My favourites are Guerlain’s Lingerie De Peau BB (£34.50) and Estee Lauder’s Daywear BB (£33) – absolutely beautiful finishes.
CC Creams have colour correcting properties to reduce redness and sallowness which make it different from a BB Cream or foundation, however in terms of coverage it’s very similar to a BB Cream – saying that, coverage tends to vary from brand to brand. I’ve only used one CC Cream and it’s one I’ve really liked – Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (£9.99), it gives a nice luminous finish with good coverage. I’d say it’s more like a foundation than any BB cream or tinted moisturiser in terms of coverage.
And there you have it – hope that helps!
Thanks for reading,