Wednesday, 13 April 2016

3 STEPS TO A FLAWLESS+LONG LASTING BASE THIS SPRING



A good base is essential in your makeup look. There's just something incomplete or almost wrong when you have some gorgeous eyeshadow, a killer cat-eye, but your base is caked-on and just a bit too heavy. Don't get me wrong, I adore my full-coverage foundations but the difference between a good one and a bad one is pretty simple. When you use the good-quality full coverage product, the opacity of it is that intense that a light layer should be able to cover all of your redness. The only other thing you'd need for blemishes is a concealer. Too often I see women layering and layering AND LAYERING powder over and over for no reason. 

As I've almost run out of my previous foundation (reviewed here), I was desperate to get my hands on  another one. I continuously like to try new hyped-up brands (the blogger life, hey) and Vichy has been on my radar for over a year now. After many fellow bloggers featured it on their site and raved about it, I had to test it myself to see if it really worked. As you can imagine, things went so well that I now wanted to do a post to publicly tell you that "this is amazing and I will use it all spring and summer." Oops, I may have revealed too much.
Eh... spoiler alert? 

Let's get straight into it. 




The Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation comes in a sleek, simple tube and retails for £18.00 usually, but on places like LookFantastic you can grab it for £14.00. This is a long-lasting, high coverage liquid foundation with 'barely there' finish. With its soft focus pigments and lightweight texture, the liquid effortlessly melts into the skin, blurring away imperfections to conceal uneven skin tone, dark circles and redness. I apply mine with a Real Techniques Sponge and it takes me literally less than 2 minutes to get the base ready. 

I'm combination/oily, so if you have a similar skin type to me I would say that you may definitely enjoy it! My shade is 25 Nude which seems to be a great match. I haven't found this foundation to go greasy on me without any support, so in the cold months you don't need any powder to set it. Now that it's getting warmer though I do find it essential to add a couple of steps to guarantee a long-lasting flawless base all day. 

Oh, underneath I have been using my Hydrablur primer (reviewed here) if you were wondering. It's still my favourite. 



I'm a fan of setting powders only when it comes to spring and summer because like I said before, I need a  little extra help to keep the greasy T-zone at bay. Lose powders can be a little tricky to use if you're clumsy (I made a mess one too many times) but after a while you get used to it and I find the final result to be more natural looking compared to pressed powders, which sometimes distribute a little too heavy around your face. 
The Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder ensures a smudge and water resistant finish for up to 16 hours. It has a microfine texture that is translucent upon application, it does not affect the chosen shade of corrective foundation, and provides a matte and natural looking finish.
I apply mine with the Real Techniques Powder brush which pretty much covers all the areas in one swipe. 



Now, this step is totally unnecessary but I always like to double-proof my base. I have been using this L'Oreal Infallible Fixing Spray for the past couple of months and I have noticed that this is such a great, natural-looking layer of goodness which really makes my base weatherproof for anything. I also find this spray to bring out a very subtle dewy look that makes you seem fresh, awake and like you've certainly had 8 hours of sleep. If you over-do it with the powder, it will eliminate the cakey look as well. I spray it in an X motion and in a T motion and then let it set for a few seconds. It won't ruin your makeup and it will dry up very quickly. It's the bomb. 




So this is my power-trio. Let me know which products make your base look flawless, I'd love to know! 

XOXO 



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22 comments

  1. I love the vichy foundation, Ive not tried the L'oreal fixing mist though will have to pick it up x

    Zoe Mountford x

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    1. It's definitely worth the hype :) And so affordable! x

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  2. I adore the Vichy powder and foundation! I'll have to try that fixing most as I've heard so many wonderful things about it!

    Jodie // jodieloue.com

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    1. It's so good and light :) I love it xx

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  3. I really want to try the Vichy foundation, I keep hearing how brilliant it is. Thanks for sharing, base makeup is so important to me as well as I often don't have time to do anything else.

    Kiran | www.alittlekiran.co.uk

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    1. Same! Foundation, concealed and mascara is my go-to look on lazy days haha x

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  4. I've never tried Vichy but heard loads about their high-coverage acne formula - do I need more bases?

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  5. I like the sound of the Derma blend setting powder. I think I need to get some before I go to Florida again as it can get very humid there.

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    1. Definitely! I wish I had it when I went to Florida haha x

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  6. I'm obsessed with that setting spray as it keeps my makeup in place all day, Vichy is a brand that I really need to try out soon! xo

    http://www.samanthasbeautyloves.com

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  7. I've never tried these, they do look good products though. I love my Urban Decay Setting Spray x

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  8. I love the Vichy foundation! the coverage is amazing! I don't normally use it on its own but recently I have been adding a bit of it to my concealer to give a bit more coverage on my horrible dark circles! the loreal fixing spray sounds so great, i've never tried a setting spray before but really should have!
    m0llylouise.com

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  9. I didn't realise Vichydid foundation, definitely need to look into that haha! I love a good primer, the illamasqua one is lovely.
    Tenz
    www.shesabouthatlife.com
    xxx

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  10. I have both of those Vichy products and am uber impressed with them, I don't have the spray from L'Oreal though x

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  11. I'm obsessed with that L'Oreal fixing mist! x

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  12. lovely photos x so glad I found your blog!
    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin'

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  13. The L'oreal fixing mist is on my list to get soon, I am glad I read this post though. I am always on the look out for a flawless look! :) x

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  14. Dont think I have ever used Vichy brand before. May have to check them out.

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  15. I haven't tried any of these products before. I really need to give Vichy a go x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  16. I keep seeing amazing things about Vichy and if that foundation is good for oily skin, I may have to check it out!
    Laura x
    fbl-savvy.blogspot.co.uk

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