Preparing my skin before applying foundation is just as important (if not, more so) than the foundation I use.
- First of all I wash my face with The Body Shop Seaweed Facial Wash and then wipe my face with a damp muslin cloth.
- I then spritz some of the Sanctuary Pore Refining Toner onto my face to minimise the appearance of pores and calm redness.
- I apply a thin layer of the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo to further reduce redness.
- Finally I will apply my current moisturiser: Clinique's Moisture Surge. I only have a sample size pot at the moment as I wanted to try it before I burnt a hole in my purse but it is soooo good! The woman at the Clinique counter instructed me to only use it a couple times a week but my skin is so dry that using it daily works wonders!
The foundation I reach for when I want a flawless, high coverage finish, is the oh-so-raved-about Nars Sheer Glow. I'd heard so many beauty bloggers talk about this and say how good it was and I could not resist trying it. When I first started using it, it appeared a little dry and cakey on certain areas of my skin. However, I now apply it when my moisturiser is still damp with a flat foundation brush all over my face and I then buff it in with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush and this leaves my face looking flawless.
When I was matched up in Space.NK I was the shade Deauville (Light 4) and I find it still matches my skin tone even when I have a tan.
It covers up any red patches really well and truly does leave you with a sheer glow which I love as it doesn't look oily nor dry.
It lasts really well and stays on pretty much all day! For extra stay I spritz on some of The Body Shop's Vitamin E Face Mist which you can read all about on my blog post here.