Over the past few days I've been attempting to ditch the foundation. I realised that it had just become habit, and now my skin has recovered from a dissertation induced breakout, I thought I'd give my usual face base the boot. Last summer I did the same, and thinking about it now my skin was probably the best it had been in a long time. Coincidence? I don't think so. Armed with my trusty Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, I've been braving it without my foundation safety blanket, and I like it!
After my usual skin care prep I've been using the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer for a bit of a radiance boost, and despite having oily skin I'm left looking glowy rather than greasy. I then move onto tackling the dark circles with Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque followed by a dotting of Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair buffed in with the Real Techniques Contour Brush. Still using the Collection concealer, I apply it wherever I have any scarring, redness or large pores (aka. the majority of my face) and again buff it in with the Real Techniques Contour Brush (which FYI is the best for giving concealer a flawless finish).
Once all those nasties are covered, I pat Mac Cream Colour Base in Pearl across the tops of the cheekbones for a bit of extra glow before contouring/bronzing with the Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder to help accentuate my pale gurl freckles. I've been loving Natural Collection's Peach Melba blush when wearing bronzer, as I find the two compliment each other really well so I pop a bit of that on the cheekbones and blend the excess across the apples (a great technique for chubby cheeked gals as pointed out by Kate from gh0stparties).
At the end of a long day, my face looks so much better than it does when I wear foundation. My make-up hasn't separated, caked or oxidised and just looks really natural and seamless. I love it, for now, but let's see how long it takes before I run back to the full coverage security that only a foundation can offer.