The Secret To A Flawless Base

Monday, August 21, 2017

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Or...How To Make Any Foundation Look Instantly Better On Your Skin! :)

And also, its not a secret. At all.

It's just that I came to realise this not-so-secret secret recently after a series of bad experiences with a number of foundations that I usually love but just looked horrible on my skin in one way or another.

So really, its a story of sorts. A story of how I came to fully realise The Secret To A Flawless Base.


I don't actually know what has been happening to my skin lately. I feel like I'm going through some sort of morphing phase whereby my skin is changing colour by the day. In both directions - lighter some days, darker others. Its strange and disconcerting and that's saying something because I'm more accustomed to sporting one face with several shades of skin than one might think. But seeing my face fluctuate from an NC37 to an NC42 and back down to an NC40 every few days is confusing. I actually think I am currently at an NC44 level if that even is an actual shade.

Anyway, I digress.

I also started noticing foundations that usually make my skin look sublime would do the complete opposite by sitting awkwardly on top, catch at dry patches in a horrifically obvious way and sink into my pores so much so to aggravate my trypophobia. Imagine, scaring yourself with your own reflection by triggering a hideous phobia, writing about which is enough to creep you out and leave you with heeby-jeebies!

Now I know what you're thinking - what did you use to apply them? Well of course I used my holy grail foundation brush: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which never lets me down. Never! But when that was failing me miserably I then switched things up and used a large flat top buffing brush, then a tighter packed flat top brush, then I tried a slanted buffing brush and even my fingers. It was too no avail. Makeup was depressing me (I love being dramatic though!).

Why it was my final resort I can never explain but I finally turned to my Beauty Blender | £16. I love this sponge, and enjoy it when I do use it but for some reason I rarely use it. Weird. Again, I have no explanation.

NARS Sheer Glow, dotted around the face, followed by a minute of some bouncy action with the soft, egg shaped sponge, left me with a glowing, even complexion. I was speechless. Wowed once again by a foundation I hold in high esteem. And there was me, kicking myself for a fortnight of wasted effort. My Beauty Blender was lying there all along. Through those dark days. Staring at me. The solution to all my troubles. The secret to a flawless base.

Just to make sure, I tried it with other foundations too. For example, I was trying a sample of Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation and was underwhelmed and, dare I say, disappointed. Applied and blended with the Beauty Blender bought it to life on my skin. I am super impressed.

I just needed to be reminded of the power of this little squidgy icon of a product.

Now that I know the secret of course, I need to get one in every colour ;) The makeup addict in me is alive and kicking.

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Did you enjoy my story of sorts? Do you own a Beauty Blender? Do you dare to neglect it in the way I did? What applications tips do you have to make foundation apply flawlessly? I'd love to know...




Sal xxx
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41 comments

  1. I switched my preferred ways of applying foundation, but the BB dupe I am using is always in the mix. But now that you mention it, I had a similar phase around Christmas 2016. My skin was reaching to my retinol and no makeup would ever sit nicely. It was kind of a dermatitis, but it took me a while to figure that out. Did you change anything in your skincare routine lately?

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. It could very well be skin issue/skincare related. I am not sure what exactly. But yes, a good makeup blending sponge is a must these days xxx

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  2. Ha! I love your story of sorts! And yes I have my own beauty blender that I neglect. I don't use it because I have to damp it each time and cleaning it is not much fun neither:) I might just have to pull it out again!! Xo
    www.fromsandyxo.com

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    1. Thanks lovely. Hahaha I can totally understand that. Sometimes you just want to get on with the makeup xxx

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  3. The wonder of the Beauty Blender! I love it!

    There's nothing worse than makeup not sitting right - I remember going through a phase where it just wouldn't sit properly on my skin and my husband thought I was mad when I removed all my makeup to start again before we wet out but it had to be done! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. YES! I don't why I neglected it all these days. Oh gosh...that is so me! Haha! We do love to confuse our men with our makeup antics don't we ;) xxx

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  4. I did enjoy this, I hated the CT foundation as well now I wish I had applied it with a sponge x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. Try it with the sponge because I am absolutely loving it right now xxx

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  5. I rarely use it but I need to get a new one since I don't know where I placed it the last time I used it, and believe me, it was a long time ago. I need a new foundation for fall since I am using a BB Cream not and a new beauty blender. They are already on top of my wishlist! x

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. A new Beauty Blender is going to be at the top of all my wish lists from now on ;) xxx

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  6. I have yet to get used to the beauty blender, ever though there is probably not much getting used to. I think last time I used it I didn't dampen it so it just didn't work...oops x

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. Oops indeed. Try it out hun, I am sure you will love the finish xxx

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  7. A couple months ago I had to throw away my Beauty Blender because it was old, and I decided that I would try a brush to apply my foundation. I liked it, but it wasn't the same as with the BB, so I ran into the closest farmacy that I had and bought one asap!

    Carolina's Makeup Life

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    1. It's so not the same. I am shocked at the difference in results xxx

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  8. I've just got a new beauty blender after been without it for so long and my oh my does it make a huge difference! x

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    1. Yes, absolutely! Glad you have one in your life again xxx

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  9. I like to use a traditional paddle foundation brush to brush the foundation on my skin, and then I use a beauty sponge to blend it out. That's my favorite way to blend out and apply my foundation. http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

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    1. I used to use those flat brushes before too but I find them better to apply face masks now haha! xxx

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  10. The beauty blender will always be my favourite way to apply my makeup!

    http://claresloves.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. I hate, like absolutely loathed the Beauty Blender but I am madly in love with my Real Technique sponge. I find with the Beauty Blender my makeup looks good when I am at home but as soon as I am in the car in the natural sunlight, I can see how my foundation sits on top of my skin like a mask.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I don't find the RT one squishy enough for me though I do admit it does a great job. Oh dear...it's no wonder you're not a fan xxx

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  12. I really enjoyed reading this! I stuck to the ebay dupes for years until I finally purchased a real techniques beauty blender a few months ago. I really do like the finish but I do find the sponge holds a bit too much water even after you wring it out, so it means that it sheers out my concealer too much. I really want to try the original, and the primark mini ones for underneath my eyes (if I ever find them that is). I am using a lot more steps in my skincare underneath too at the moment, hyaluronic acid, serum, balance Me SPF, and then the body shop skin reviver/freedom primer water on top. Although, this is way too much so I need to cut some out, but I do like the primer waters for when my skin is just feeling eugh xx

    Velvet Blush

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    1. I agree...that's why I prefer the Beauty Blender as its just more squishy and therefore you can wring out all the water properly. I am obsessed with their mini erasers for under eye concealer and powder though.
      Also, I am a huge fan of layering skincare products too. Can never have too many layers though I wish I had more time to indulge in this practice more xxx

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  13. I love a beauty blender, makes my make up go on smooth and soft. Keeps it from getting too heavily.

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    1. Isn't the finish just so perfect xxx

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  14. The Beauty Blender just makes everything better! I can't not use it these days. I must try it with CT foundation. I also find primers make a huge difference to my makeup. And it varies from day to day, Some days my skin is super dry so I need something hydrating, and then some days it isn't and i look like an oil slick at lunch time! xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. I agree...primers can make all the difference! If you didn't get on with the CT foundation that well, definitely give it a go with the BB...trust me xxx

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  15. I didn't get on well with the Beauty Blender when I first tried it. I've got to try it again since you love it so much! xx

    Maiya | http://www.maiyabellexo.co.uk

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    1. Yes, yes....give it another chance! I am sure it will wow you xxx

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  16. Think I need to try the Real Techniques Brush!!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    1. It is my fave foundation brush of all the foundation brushes ever xxx

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  17. I really must try a Beauty Blender. I have noticed the difference using the Eco Tools sponges over the RT and other drugstore ones. Great post as always, love from your biggest fan! xxx

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    1. Its just a little bouncier and squishier than all the others, though I do enjoy the RT one too and the EcoTools one is starting to grow on me xxx

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  18. I love this post, it reminded me to get my BB out once in a while! (I use brushes generally out of laziness��)
    Do you think the skin colour changes could just be due to the different lighting we tend to have because of the very temperamental British weather? Because I notice the same thing about my skin sometimes and that's what I put it down to xxx

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    1. Haha...I get that. It is so extra having to remember to wet the sponge beforehand sometimes.
      Yes, sometimes the lighting is the issue but I see myself changing foundation shades as time passes so I think its also pigmentation issues haha! xxx

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  19. I loved this story Sal, not gonna lie, it made me chuckle a bit. The beauty blender is absolutely amazing and definitely perfect for creating a flawless base and evenly blending the product into the skin. It's perfection! Haha, my sister has trypophobia and feels the same with that situation! xx
    Marina xx
    http://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

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    1. Aww thanks love, I am so glad you enjoyed it ;)
      Ahh....poor thing. Tell her I send my sympathies as a fellow sufferer xxx

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  20. I understand what you mean about how the beauty blender makes your base better but honestly speaking I've been loving the real techniques sponge and it's literally been doing the same job as the beauty blender.
    Although, I would like to try the eco tools ones, I've heard great reviews on them.
    The beauty blender is amazing but you need to take care of it or it will form bacteria etc 🙄.

    ibreathemakeup xxx | www.ibreathemakeup.com

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  21. Omg trypophobia is so real! My sister told me to Google it and I had no idea what it was but then I stupidly clicked on image search. Never again!! Ok you've fully convinced me I need a beauty blender. I've managed to go this far without buying one but I feel like it's my duty to try it!

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  22. I used to be a ride or die Real Techniques Expert Face Brush lover, that was the stuff!! Beauty blender has definitely upped my skills/game ever since I've tried it. Definitely one everyone should have in their collection
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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Sal xxx