The Dewy Base

I mentioned my penchant for a dewy base in my last post... and this is the one I've been wearing most days lately. My newest base discovery, Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, is at the heart of it - and stands well on its own - but for me, layering is key for an all day glow. I have to admit there are times when I add more layers than this, but for fear of being labelled a beauty onion (or complete nutcase), I've pared things back today.  

Quick reminder - my skin is dry and dehydrated and although the dryness eases off during Spring and Summer, it's still pretty baltic in Belfast, so I'm still layering up. I'd much rather use multiple thin layers than a thick coat of moisturiser and think my skin prefers this too. 

OM Revitalising Beauty Booster is a hydrating floral water blend with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and botanicals. Add a few drops to moisturiser with the pipette or pat straight onto skin, which is how I like to use it. I then moisturise with Oskia Renaissance 360 Supreme Cream (full review coming soon on this beaut) and prime with Too Faced Hangover, which I love as it hydrates and plumps my skin as well as priming. The first silicone-free primer I've tried, it contains coconut water and doesn't have the usual waxy consistency, feeling more like a skincare product. 

That sounds like a lot when I write it all down but it takes me 1 minute tops to apply all three, which sink in quickly, so no hanging around.   

When I first tried Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue I thought uh oh, not enough coverage for me. Yes I know it's meant to be a light base, but I do need a certain amount of coverage. If this is a concern for you too, then fear not as this product builds beautifully and is truly versatile. I actually couldn't believe the difference a second layer made - my skin looked like a smoother, more velvety version of itself. The cream gel texture applies equally well with a brush or fingers and I'm a fan of the squeezy tube, weightless feel and That Glow. This product is very skin like in finish and definitely one for normal or dry skins... it's super comfortable to wear and has SPF30. As someone who likes the idea of wearing a mineral foundation but doesn't love powder versions, this has been a brilliant discovery and I'll definitely be wearing it into the Summer. It's currently on offer at Debenhams (10% off all foundations if you want to stock up on your usual) and I use the shade Buttercream, a touch deeper than I'd normally go but spot on with self tan.

I do still need extra cover in certain areas and rely on NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for redness around my nose or chin and any small blemishes such as broken veins or pigmentation spots. This product does not work for my under eye area. I see young things on YouTube slathering on a thick layer, my jaw dropping as they keep dipping in the applicator for more and more, wondering when they're going to stop. Oh the joys of porcelain smooth perfect skin. On blemishes and redness however, it's a winner for me, with great coverage and lasting power. I use the shade Vanilla.

While I still use my Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector and Concealer regularly, I'm having a bit of a rekindled love affair with Clarins Instant Concealer for a quick everyday face. It's particularly great for under eyes (no caking or creasing) but is so creamy that it works well anywhere on the face and can be used to boost coverage wherever needed. If I was only allowed one concealer in my stash, this would be it. I've probably had this tube for longer than I should but it's still going strong. I use the lightest shade, 01.

This pic was taken after I'd used all of the above (and the rest of my makeup). 

Do you do dewy?

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