Laura Mercier – Oil Free Primer
This primer is a dream to use and has supported many a makeup look. Its perfect for those with oily skin as its extremely light and controls excess oil on the face. Once applied it disappears into the skin and provides a layer for makeup to hold on to.
Laura Mercier – Hydrating Primer
Same as above, this primer disappears into the skin and helps makeup stay for longer. This is a slightly creamier formula which is very moisturising and perfect for drier skin types without being too heavy. The creaminess of it enables you to use just this before foundation without moisturising further.
No. 7 Skin Calming Makeup Base
This is perfect for those with high colouring or very sensitive skin. It helps to cool the skin and counteract redness that appears on the face. I have also applied this to models necks and ears when they have developed a sudden rash or heat flush with great results.
Beauty Flash Balm
An absolute classic thats a hit with everyone from brides to older clients and always in my kit. The blurb says it “tightens and brightens” and it certainly does that! The trick with this product is to smooth it on across the face. Rubbing it in causes it to bump and peel off. Imagine it as a perfect clear mask that sits on the skin. Foundation or concealer should also be smoothed on to the skin afterwards, taking care not to disturb the skin surface too much.
Now on to concealer…
Bobbi Brown once said that concealer is the secret to the universe. I have to say, shes not far off with that statement! Concealer can highlight and brighten, take years off in an instant and make you look like you’ve had a great nights sleep.
There are so many different types of concealers, most of which I have used at one point or another. More recently I find myself relying on the same four for a variety of reasons.
Clinique Airbrush Concealer
This light and airy concealer comes in a pump pen and is available in 3 shades, which nearly work for everyone. It covers and reflects away darkness effectively, does not clump or crease and looks fabulous on all skin types. Perfect for the “no-makeup” makeup look!
Dermacolour Camouflage Cream Palette
This is a palette that comes everywhere with me. Its great for heavy duty concealing on the face and comes in 12 fantastic shades which suit all skin types. The concealers are so pigmented that they can be used to cover birth marks, burns, tattoos and a variety of other dark blemishes and marks on the skin. The texture is quite creamy despite its heaviness and so applies wonderfully. It blends like a dream and doesn’t cake on the skin. You can also buy these in individual pans from Kryolan.
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer
I like this concealer as its light and blendable, great for around the eye area. It comes in a number of shades and in a little squeeezy tube, which I love as often you only need a tiny bit. Its such a small tube that I carry a lot of them in my kit without any hassle. I usually use this on younger skin types as its provides medium coverage with a slightly dewy finish.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
This is one of my all time favourite concealers for both my own personal use and for recommending to clients. It comes in two shades which can be mixed to provide your perfect match. The two shades can also be used individually; in winter you can use the lighter colour on its own and in the summer the darker etc. The opacity of this is fantastic and despite the fact it is heavy duty coverage it disappears into the skin and looks so natural! Not recommended for use under the eyes as its a little too heavy for that delicate area.
Next week: eyeshadows and creams!