Six Steps for Flawless Foundation…

Flawless Foundation Steps

I’ll let y’all in on a little confession… up until a few years ago I was a daily wet-wipe offender *shakes head* My poor face rarely ever seen anything other than baby wipes, not even moisturiser *gasps of horror* and needless to say I was paying the price for it. Badly. My skin was dull – almost grey in fact. My foundation looked blotchy and my red patches where blazing so hot you could’ve lit a Yankee candle of them. Then beauty blogging happened, and it saved my skin. Yes, YOU lot quite literally saved my face.

However in the process I slowly discovered that you don’t NEED to spend a fortune on making your complexion the best it can be (unless you really want to that is) and because of this, over the past few years I’ve been blessed to have had quite a few compliments on how well my foundation looks, or how youthful my skin is. Like any mortal being, there are days I royally slip of the skin-care bandwagon and without surprise I can notice a difference almost instantaneously as my makeup begins to show the price of my laziness. So with that in mind I thought I’d share a few of my own hints and tips on creating a great blank canvas for foundation. Needless to say I’m by absolutely no means a skincare expert, if anything I’m merely a novice looking after the skin I’ve been blessed with using the budget I have. So if this sounds like something you might be interested in taking a peak at then get yourself comfy as I uncover my six essential tips in prepping your face for an outstanding base…

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Step 1: Cleanse

No 7 Soft Skin Cleanser

Wash your face thoroughly using a mild facial soap that’s suitable for your skin type. I have oily/combo skin and find that Olay works really well for me (personally) However other great drugstore brands include Simple which is a great pocket friendly alternative, or if you fancy extending your budget a little further Boots No 7 range is truly the bee’s knees!

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Step 2: Exfoliate

Seaweed Exfoliator

Remove all those nasty dead skin cells to reveal a squeaky clean and smooth surface which is perfect for makeup application! The Body Shop’s Seaweed Exfoliator is PERFECT for the job as it leaves your face feeling totally refreshed and silky smooth. For a mere £10 it’s well worth the investment! No wonder it gets 5 star reviews 😉

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Step 3: Tone

Olay Toner

Although I’ve always been a little dubious over the need for toning I must admit I’ve quite recently started to notice a significant different in my skin on those lazy days when I tend to skip this step. My Olay Daily Essentials 2-in-1 Toner always helps remove the last remaining traces of any nasties clogged up in the pores whilst gently restoring the balance of my skin after a good old deep cleaning.

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Step 4: Moisturise

Astral

For me this step has always ended up the key to how good (or bad) my face is going to look for the remainder of the day. Too much moisturiser and everything ungracefully slides off, too little and I end up with more dry patches than a patchwork quilt. Getting the right moisturiser to suit your skin is absolutely essential. Personally the champion of all moisturisers I’ve used is Astral. It’s pocket friendly at a mere £3.99 but knocks the absolute socks of the more expensive brands with their unpronounceable advertising gibberish. Yep, sometimes basic really is best. In fact don’t just take my word for it… check out the reviews on the Boots website by *clicking here*

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Step 5: Spritz

Caudalie_Grape_Water

I must admit gals, this is a step that I frequently tend to forget however when I do remember to spray my face with a light facial mist it makes my skin feel incredibly refreshed and hydrated. I also notice quite a considerable difference when I do, particularly if I’ve had a few lazy days where my skin care routine has been a top priority! I personally love the Claudalie Grape Water which I mentioned a few weeks ago in my Beach Bag Essentials post.

This gorgeous organic grape water contains no nasties whatsoever and works wonders even on the most sensitive skin types. It gives an extra boost of hydration and can even been used as a toner right after cleansing!

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Step 6: Prime

Olay Primer

Before going any further, I always ensure my moisturiser has well and truly seeped into my skin otherwise I end up with makeup that doesn’t cover evenly or leaves my foundation quite patchy, which gets more noticeable as the day rolls on. Once my moisturiser is absorbed I love using Olay Anti Wrinkle Firm + Lift Primer as it really helps to smooth out my skin, reduces my redness and makes a great base for foundation that lasts considerably longer. Don’t be put off by the name if you’re blessed with baby faced looks as this is suitable for ALL ages gals!

Smashbox primer water

A great way to save time (without skipping Step 5) is opting for Smashbox Photo Finish Primer water, which is a rejuvenating facial spray that hydrates, moisturises and primes all in one go. It’s a little pricier at £20 but well worth the extra spend for a great prep & prime spray!

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What’s your pre-makeup skincare routine? Do you have any tips for building a great base for your foundation? Have you any products you love to prep your skin with? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio Chums…

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37 thoughts on “Six Steps for Flawless Foundation…

  1. The Caudalie spritzer I’ve seen a on numerous hauls but never picked it up. It looks intriguing. Can’t go wrong with Olay. Plus it’s been around for years. (I think) wonderful tips Confetti and Curves aka Karen 🙂 xoxo p.s. Happy first day of Summmmma

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    • It really is Leah, very refreshing and you can feel a difference when you don’t use it. My skin gets much dryer and my makeup doesn’t sit as well. Didn’t realise how beneficial a spritz was until this came along 🙂 Oooh happy (second day) of summer now the 1st one’s gone already lol Thanks for the lovely words as always chum ❤ XXXX

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      • We can’t have your makeup not sitting well and become dry, alright Caudalie spray, you work wonders to Karen’s face! Happy happy second day of brutally hot Summer. ☀️☀️☀️ gosh, you’re late in the draw on the first day of summer. Haha 😀 xoxo

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      • I know Leah I’m shockingly behind at the moment with everything – so blooming busy and riddled with aches into the bargain lol Ach sure at least the sunnier days have officially arrived!! 😀 hehe XXX

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  2. I cleanse and tone with whatever cleanser and toner I’m using at the time, then I moisturise with Amie Mattifying Moisturiser. Next up is primer (either Soap & Glory or B.) and onto foundation! I just wish my foundation didn’t keep sliding off my nose during the day 😦

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  4. Yay! I’m so happy you became a skincare convert – so many fun products to try! And I’ve definitely become a lot more obsessed with skincare products vs makeup than in my younger years (although obviously I am still very much a lover of both). I definitely follow all of these steps – exfoliation in particular is so important for me. In the summertime I love to finish everything off with a makeup setting spray…Coola’s version is so refreshing and hydrating, plus it’s organic and has SPF. I love it!!

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    • YES!!!! I’m getting there myself, seem to be eyeing everything up and taking wee notes of things I need to try out… you guys are bad news for my bank account for sure lol lol
      Gotta try that Coola spray it sounds ahhhhmazing!!!! Must have a wee look for it online Mil…. definitely a treat for the face 😀 Wishing you a fab weekend wee chum XXXXX

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  6. This beauty routine sounds so amazing for the skin and overall feeling, sadly I way too lazy for that, lol and it’s too hot here (I would totally melt) 😦 But in winter… That’s when the true beauty routine comes to life in me, lol 😀

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