Lately I’ve had a little bit of a switch up with my bases, I’ve been all about a very light coverage lately as I’ve mentioned just a few times lately. I’ve switched up my usual high end foundations for something a little more casual and affordable, and it’s working very well for me.
I have to confess that I’ve never really used a foundation brush, I’ve used many a stippling and buffing brush and regularly use a Beautyblender but I’ve never found that true foundation brushes have done much for me. I’ve always wanted to love them as, of course, you always spy the MUAs using them so well but every one I’ve tried has been so flat and almost impossible to use without getting a streaked finish. I was browsing Boots recently when I spied this big, thick No7 Foundation Brush. I had fallen out of love with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and although I love my Beautyblender, it’s falling apart at the bottom already and I like to have a couple of options when it comes to my tools.
The brush is lovely and dense and packs a good amount of bristles in there, I find that it blends in foundation beautifully without a streak in sight. You can also buffing foundation in really well, moving the brush quickly in circular motions for a really flawless finish. I absolutely adore this and I’m so pleased I’ve finally found what I’ve been looking for!
I use this brush with the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation, a great pump foundation that is sheer enough to let the good (tanned) bits of my face show through but cover the imperfections and acne scars up no problem. This has a radiant, natural finish that I just love and it blends in so easily.
For lazier days I opt for a powder, as my skin is a little darker than usual, I’ve been avoiding foundation at all costs because nothing really matches me. I got out my trusty Revlon Nearly Naked Powder to add a small amount of coverage and keep my skin semi-matte, I’ve completely fallen for using powder alone – something I’ve never, ever done before! When I buff a good amount of this on, it looks like a very, very natural but much better version of my own skin. I’m actually planning on purchasing a few more powders because I love the finish, I can’t believe I’ve been missing out all this time!
To apply my beloved Revlon powder, I’ve been using this beautiful AERIN Kabuki Brush which is huge, and silky soft on my skin. It allows me to gather up a good amount of product and really go to town buffing it in, it’s glorious and I love this combination, especially if I’m just heading in to town and can’t be bothered with a face full of makeup.
I’ve found that a simple duo like this has really changed my makeup for the better, I’m all about a natural, glowing base and I’m relived to find something that works for me.
What are your favourite base duos?
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