My Current Base Routine | Primers, Foundation, Concealer and Application

By Sarah - Saturday, March 12, 2016

Recently, I've been focusing more on the skin (rather than the eyes) and thought I would share with you some of my current favourites. The skin is important, and I do think it makes or breaks a look. When I was freelancing, I would focus a lot on the skin as many clients want a flawless base (and a smokey eye is secondary).

Personally, I have oily skin (with some slightly dry areas around my nose and my forehead-which annoy the crap out of me). Knowing your skin type is very important in terms of choosing face products and understanding what works. Products and application method will differ - so play around and see what works best for you.

I have chosen my top primers, foundations, concealers and tools for application so here we go.


Applying a primer is very important as it enables the foundation to go onto the skin much smoother and it helps to make the makeup last longer. Depending on the type of primer, its effects will differ. Drier skin peeps should reach for some hydrating primers to add an extra layer of hydration to the skin (as foundations can tend to dry the skin out). Oily girls can reach for those that aim to mattify and the list goes on. Glycerin is key here, as it is the ingredient that helps to hold on to the foundation on the skin, rather than letting it slip and slide through out the day.

I personally have larger pores than I would like, thus I reach for a smoothing primer often. The Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer and the Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer works great for me, as these are silicon based and they aid in the blurring of pores and uneven skin texture. This results in a smoother application of foundation as it goes onto the skin. Of course, the Nivea Men After Shave Balm broke the internet last year and for good reason. With glycerin being one of the main ingredients,  it works really well in holding onto my foundation and helping it wear for a much longer period of time. I got mine in Berlin, but I am pretty sure I saw some here in Singapore as well.

Lastly, on the days I wanna add a lil somethin' somethin', I reach for my VDL Lumilayer Primer as it does add a nice "glow from within" touch. To go the extra mile, I'll mix a lil of Benefit Cosmetics Moonbeam Liquid Highlighter to my foundation cocktail and girl, I'm good to go.


I have not been using any other foundations recently besides my L'Oreal Paris Infallible Mattifying Foundation and my Too Faced Born This Way Foundation recently!

On the days where I know I would be out and about for a long time, I'll go for my L'Oreal one (in shade sand, which is a tad too pink for me) as it helps me stay matte for a longer period of time. However, I do notice that this foundation is a tad drying on my skin and tends to settle onto my dry patches. To combat this nasty issue, I usually would add a drop of the D'RAN Wonder Facial Oil to the foundation, mix it up to a foundation cocktail (if you will) on the back of my hand and apply it to the skin. I love mixing my foundations with this facial oil as it adds a good amount of hydration and glow to the skin. Despite it being an oil and my tendency to be a grease-face,  I do not find that it makes me look shiny or more oily thought out the day.

Another love has got to be the Too Faced Born This Way foundation (I am currently using the shade Warm Nude and it is a perfect match). It provides good coverage without being cakey and I love the finish of it on my skin. It dries to a satin finish and it looks really natural on the skin - great for those days where I am not going for all the glam and jazz.

Tools and Application 

Foundation kabuki brushes work great for oilier skin types and if you want a fuller coverage from your foundation. Thus, the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and the Tarte The Buffer Airbrush Finish Foundation Brush from their Stroke of Midnight Brush Set are my favourites. The RT one works great and with it being smaller in diameter, you can get into every nook and cranny and buff the foundation in. It is budget-friendly too, ain't nothing to complain about that. The Tarte brush is part of a limited edition set (and I know that it will be hard to get, but there are many other larger foundation brushes such as this - I heard that there is one from Morphe Brushes). I love this as it being so huge, a few stroke covers my entire face and my foundation application has never been quicker.

For drier skin, the buffing motion on the skin could result in micro-exfoliation and that will not benefit you in any way. A tool that can be used for any skin type would be the Beauty Blender. Love love love this for a quick morning makeup routine as it works in the foundation really quickly and immaculately; it also works for concealer under the eyes too! A truly all-in-one holy grail.


I have real bad brownish dark eye circles (thanks to constant eye rubbing and a myriad of other reasons which I can't change). Thus, concealers are a key makeup product which I am extremely picky over. To colour correct before concealing, I would normally add a layer of the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach to neutralise the brown and purplish undertones of my dark circles. After, I would go over it with a layer of either the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW25 or Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm. These concealers are tried-and-true and I highly recommend them. The MAC concealer is thicker in consistency but it does have slightly fuller coverage and creases less on me. However, the Urban Decay concealer is much more lightweight on the skin and a more of a day-to-day concealer.

There are more products to test out so I would update another post should my regular routine changes. Till then! Xo.

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