What’s in my foundation drawer?!

What most people find surprising is that professional make-up artists rarely use the products in their kit on themselves. Unless, that is, we are testing longevity, pigment or practicing a specific look for a job.

Instead, we too have our own personal make-up bags for day to day use.
Typically, mine carries far more budget brands than my kit. Even if I choose to invest in a more expensive product, if I think it would be perfect for my clients or a job, it quickly finds its way into my kit!

As I have mentioned previously, my make-up ‘bag’ during my teenage years was, in fact, a make-up drawer. Since then I have  done my uttermost to downsize, but as a terrible hoarder and beauty shop-a-holic, my make-up now call  a small drawer unit, complete with Cath Kidston esqe ceramic rose handles, home. (I do suffer from a slight Cath addiction too…)

So first up is my Foundation drawer! 

Since working for Max Factor back in 2007, I have been a huge fan of their Miracle Touch Foundation. This solid to liquid foundation offers a medium coverage, with a radiant finish, perfect for my admin/office days!

My latest Max Factor purchase is their CC Cream. CC (Colour Correcting) creams  are the big beauty news for 2013, with most brands launching theirs this Spring. Formulated to contain skincare to hydrate and enough pigment for a natural flawless coverage, this my best friend on my days off! 

I am also a big fan of No7 foundations Stay Perfect and Beautifully Matte, which both offer medium to full build-able coverage and perfect for an oily T-zone like mine. The great thing about No7 is their Foundation Match made Service which I use two to three times a year to ensure I’m wearing the right shade! 
You can read more about this service by visiting my previous blog post on this topic. 

For a special occasion or a long work day-night, I always turn to Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation. Another medium-full coverage (can you tell I like a good coverage!?!) this fantastic product is sweat, humidity and transfer proof- and stays in place for over 15 hours. Trust me, this is one product where you can believe the hype!

When I’m suffering for any blemishes or darkness under my eyes, I like to use Smashbox High Definition Concealer or MAC Pro Longwear Concealer either under or over my foundation. Both offer a high level of coverage with a natural long-lasting finish. 

As a girl with skin prone to a bit of shine, my powder is a must!
Each morning I finish my make-up with a light dusting of Smashbox Halo Powder and keep MAC Blot Powder in my handbag at all times. You never know when you might need to powder your nose after all!

Phew- that is one packed drawer!!

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