Friday 1 June 2018

5 Makeup Products For A Long Lasting Base

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I flit between a lot of different requirements when it comes to my base makeup. Flawless or natural, matte or dewy, bronzed or fair - I could want any of those things on any given day. One thing I always want from my base, however, is longevity. No matter what look I'm going for, I want it to last the distance. There's nothing worse than being in the middle of an event/meeting/day out and worrying that your face is falling off! Lately, I've been using a combination of products that seems to work really well, giving me a natural yet polished base that lasts a solid 8 or more hours of wear. It would be remiss of me not to share, so here are my 5 hero products for a long lasting base.

1. Ren Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum

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I've rediscovered this primer in recent months and I'm thrilled to have it back in my collection. It's so light to wear which is lovely in the warmer weather, and really feels more like a serum than a primer. My skin feels instantly smoother after I've applied this, and no matter what foundation I wear, I notice an improvement in how long it lasts when I have this on underneath. As if that wasn't enough, Perfect Canvas contains hyluronans, which increase the hydration and elasticity of the skin, as well as a-Glucans to promote the growth of skin friendly bacteria and optimise skin health. A primer that feels light as air, nourishes your skin and makes your makeup last longer? Yes please! I wrote a more in-depth review of Perfect Canvas a while back so do check it out if you're interested in this product.  

2. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

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This is my most recent purchase of the 6, although I gave a very brief first impressions of it in this vlog. Bought on a bit of a whim, I picked it up because I was in need of a new foundation and  had the vague idea in the back of my mind that I had heard good things about this one. I've been wearing it every single day since I bought it and I'm so impressed. I got the shade True Ivory, which is a great match for my fair to medium skin tone. It's a creamy formula with higher coverage than I've used for a while, but the finish is still very natural and gives a lovely glow to the skin. It lasts a decent length of time on its own, but does even better when layered over the Ren primer. Containing hydrating properties as well, it's the best drugstore foundation I've tried in a long time and I will definitely  be repurchasing when I finish my bottle. It's under £10 anyway, but I've found it on sale at Very if you feel like giving it a go.

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3. Clarins Instant Concealer

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While I've been loving the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer recently, I feel that the Clarins Instant Concealer just has the edge when it comes to not settling into fine lines during the course of the day, so that's why I've gone with this one for my current favourite long lasting base products. It's also very effective at brightening the under eye area and conceals blemishes nicely too. The packaging isn't my favourite as it's a little messier to apply than concealers with a doe-foot applicator, but I can put up with that as it gives such lovely results. The texture is fairly fluid, which I think helps to keep it from sinking into lines, yet it packs a punch when it comes to coverage too. For anyone over a certain age, or indeed anyone who worries about their concealer making them look older due to emphasising lines, this is a great one to go for.

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4. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Loose Powder

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This lighter than air, finely milled setting powder is perfect for setting the concealer under my eyes. Containing micronised pigments, it's designed to keep from settling into fine lines, while the transparent white colour adds a subtle brightening effect. I don't set my whole face with this, just under my eyes, where the extra brightening is welcome. It's perfect for adding that additional layer of protection to my under eye makeup without disturbing what's already there.

5. Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist

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Once I've applied the rest of my makeup over the base products mentioned above, I'll set it all in place with a quick spritz of Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist. Containing rose water and green tea, this smells like a spring morning, contains skin hydrating and balancing properties and feels so lovely to use. It leaves my makeup looking fresh and ever so slightly dewy and helps to prolong the wear just that little bit further. You can also carry it with you for a quick refresh on the go, as the hit of hydration it provides can help to stop makeup sinking into lines as the day wears on. My one criticism of this product is that I wish the spray was a little bit finer, but I do love using it and definitely feel it helps my makeup last longer.

What are your favourite makeup products for a long lasting base?

Kate x

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  1. I absolutely love the Rimmel foundation!

    Candice | Natalya Amour

  2. That pixi fixing mist looks awesome! I've been looking for a good fixing spray

    Eleanor x

  3. I love that Clarins concealer! I'd like to try that Ren base xx

    Beautylymin| LauraGellerPaletteGiveaway

    1. The Ren primer is pricey, but it's a good one! x

  4. The UD All Nighter Setting Spray - the only thing I found really helps with prolonging everything I put underneath.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

    1. I had a sample of that a while back and loved it - might have to try it again! x

  5. I've been wanting to try the REN primer! I almost bought it when Sephora was having their VIB sale in May! So many people were giving me mixed reviews when I asked them about it so I ended up not getting it. I was only going to save myself $5 so I decided to wait. Next coupon I get with them or if I can find it cheaper elsewhere, I'm going to buy it!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    1. I hope you find a good bargain! It is quite pricey. x

  6. My skin is pretty normal-dry so makeup usually last really well on me. I find Hourglass Mineral Veil primer really helps prolonging makeup.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    1. I want to try that! Heard a lot of good things. x

  7. This pictures are beautiful, and I love your makeup!
    -Kate //

  8. This products looks so interesting!
    Have a nice day

  9. I want to try the Laura Mercier powder it sounds incredible <3 & you've sold the Ren finishing serum to me that sounds lovely!!! <3

    A face base is so so important!!!

    Serene Xo

    1. They are both lovely products Serene! x

  10. I love rimmel
    It's the best drugstore beauty brand that i love

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    1. I haven't tried much from them but I'm so impressed with this foundation! x

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