Best Of Beauty: Foundations and Concealers

My absolute essentials when it comes to a flawless base. 

One of the most important things for me when I’m doing my makeup is having a perfect base and it’s what I spend most of my time onexcept for brows, they can be pretty pesky sometimes. Today’s post will be all about my favourite base products that I use and find myself reaching for pretty much all the time. 

Let’s kick things off with the NYX Total Control Foundation*. I recently bought this foundation and have only worn it a few times, but I am already in love, it’s so amazing. It’s a full on matte foundation and you get to choose how light/full you want the coverage which I think is really useful because you don’t always want the same coverage. I usually go for a medium coverage for everyday makeup which is about 3 layers with this foundation and if I want something sheer + lightweight with a skin like finish I would apply 2 layers; 4 layers or above would give me full coverage, but obviously everyone has different preferences so you would just have to experiment and see what works best for you. I have quite an oily t-zone which gets shinier throughout the day, but I seriously only had to touch up once in 10 hours whilst I was wearing this foundation. If you’re looking for a matte foundation with a choice of what sort of coverage you want + minimal touch ups then I would totally recommend this foundation, it’s definitely worth trying out.

When it comes to concealer I’m quite fussy because I want to use something that is long lasting and natural looking, which is why I have to mention the MAC Studio Finish Concealer Duo*. I was given this concealer as a birthday gift last year and I’m so happy I have this product in my life. This is a duo concealer set; the peachy shade is for colour correcting and the lighter shade is for concealing/highlighting. I don’t typically use this product to colour correct my dark circles as I don’t like layering products underneath my eyes because they tend to crease, but this concealer is the bomb. It’s lightweight, full coverage, long lasting and does not crease, that’s pretty much all you need in a concealer and in life. 


This post would not be complete without mentioning my NARS Sheerglow Foundation* as it is an absolute fave of mine. This was my first high end foundation I bought; I specifically went to Selfridge’s in Birmingham for my birthday so I could buy this foundation and it was so worth it. This foundation feels so light on the skin as it’s quite a sheer formula yet it gives me the best coverage. Some foundations can leave my skin feeling quite dry after application but the NARS Sheerglow feels very hydrating and it doesn’t even feel like I’m wearing foundation, my skin seriously feels naked. I love using this foundation for events/parties because it gives my skin a really gorgeous glow which also photographs really well and it seriously lasts all day long. This is the foundation I reach for when I’m feeling medium to full coverage but I still want my skin to look and feel like skin. Even though I have got an oily t-zone, I still love using sheer/glowy foundations. Priming and setting correctly really does help tackle the issue, and it means I can use my faves without worrying about shine.

Okay, so pretty much everyone and their mum has tried the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer*, I mean it’s a cult classic and for a good reason, it is epic. This is a full coverage and super long lasting concealer and I honestly cannot do my makeup without it anymore, like what was I even doing before this? I don’t know. There are so many shades to choose from + to suit all skin tones which I think is awesome. I seriously only use the smallest amount as it blends really well and smoothes out the skin/covers up any pigmentation and darkness really well.


So I watched Tanya Cheban try the Estee Lauder Nude Cushion Stick Foundation* out in her makeup tutorial and I really liked how dewy and glowy it looked on her skin so I really just had to try it out for myself. I’ve used the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and I love that so I felt quite good about this foundation and I am not disappointed. The way this foundation makes my skin look, oh my god, it’s got me feeling some sort of way because gurrrl let me tell you, my skin just cannot look better with anything else. After application my skin looks so glowy and natural, literally just my skin but better and it wears so well throughout the day. It’s not a super long lasting foundation (the packaging says 8 hrs) but I think that’s because of how liquidy the formula is. If you prefer full coverage, super long lasting and matte looks then you probs won’t love this foundation, but, if you want something glowy and dewy with a satin finish and decent coverage then this is the foundation for you my friend. Oh and if you sign up on the Estee Lauder website, you’ll get a promotional offer of 15% off you first order off of everything and free delivery, don’t say I don’t look out for you guys.

*product shades
NYX Total Control Foundation in Beige
MAC Studio Finish Concealer Duo in NW25/NC30
NARS Sheerglow Foundation in Syracuse
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Biscuit
Estee Lauder Nude Cushion Stick Foundation in Cashew


I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, I love sharing my absolute fave products with you lovely lot. Don’t forget to comment down below and let me know what products you swear by when it comes to getting that flawless base. 


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    • August 8, 2017 / 3:51 pm

      Omg isn’t it just? I honestly don’t know how I did my makeup without it – it’s sooo good! <3

    • August 8, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Thank you so much! The nyx foundation is sooo good! I really love it <3

  1. August 9, 2017 / 9:21 am

    I adore your photography! 😍 I really want to try NYX’s Foundation after reading this, great recommendations! πŸ’›
    Emma ✨

    • August 9, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I love the NYX foundation – it’s amazing!

  2. August 9, 2017 / 9:28 am

    I love my Nars Radiant Creamy! Its one of my favourite concealers! I’ve been dying to try the Sheer glow and you’ve made me want it even more! I’m also intrigued by that nyx foundation, I’ll have to see if they have a shade light enough for me
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • August 9, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      It’s seriously one of my favourite concealers, I really don’t think I can love another one more!
      NARS Sheer glow is honestly such a great foundation – it’s amazing.
      Give NYX a try, I think you’ll really like it πŸ™‚

  3. August 9, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    The nars sheer glow didn’t work for me because i have oily skin and gave me that wet look to my skin. My holy grail is the smashbox 15 hour wear foundation.

    Vicky |

    • August 9, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      I have to really set my tzone when I use that foundation and I love how it makes my skin look πŸ™‚
      Smashbox do some amazing primers, so I can imagine their foundation being really good! xo

    • August 9, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Thank you so much! ☺️ I always try and make my reviews as detailed!
      I love the NYX foundation! I also love their primers too!

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