GRWM: Foundation update and ten minute make-up

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Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation

Bobbi Brown’s Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation is the best new foundation I’ve tried this year. It’s good coverage, not matte and not glowy, but just right, giving a real skin finish that doesn’t cake or flake by the end of the day. I love that it’s lavender scented which has an instantly calming effect on my brain – handy when I’m running late in the morning. I think it’s particularly good for combination skin, with Marine Sugar Cane and mineral powders to control shine and Vitamin E and Shea Butter to hydrate.

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation comes in a gazillion shades (OK, 30) and the best bit is there are lots with a yellow undertone. I’m using Warm Natural, but Natural Tan and Golden Natural were also very similar (the Bobbi PR sent me a huge box of sample shades to try which was very handy – although not something I like to encourage – but you can get teeny sample bottles in store). It also has SPF 15.

YSL Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow

So my current morning face routine is something like Julep cleansing oil, Dr Dennis Gross vitamin c serum, Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser, then five minutes later a couple of drops of facial oil (La Mer The Renewal Oil is nice and light for going under makeup). I rub my hands together and then just press my face.

Then I do my primer, which I never understood but now I love. I have to say, YSL Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow is heaven. It’s a super lightweight blur gel and I think the magic ingredient is the teeniest tiniest metallic flecks which I only detected by accident when I caught them in my 6x magnifying mirror! This primer gives me a beautifully smooth surface for blending my foundation.

Next, I do under eye concealer. Currently I’m trialling It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye, which is quite thick (so good if you need extra coverage) tapped on gently with my finger, then Estée Lauder dual ended Double Wear Custom Coverage Correcting Duo on top. One end is illuminating and the other is pigmented to colour-correct and I use the apricot ‘brightening’ one. I use my trusty Zoeva concealer brush for this, it’s the perfect shape.

I use a half pump of foundation and add a drop of serum to sheer it very slightly. Guerlain Youth Watery Oil is a perfect non-oily oil as it’s slightly tacky so I feel like it binds the foundation to my skin. I usually apply my foundation with a brush (I love this one), but I watched Lisa Eldridge’s recent ‘secret make-up’ video and she suggested another way. So now I apply the foundation with fingers – but blend quickly as the Bobbi foundation does dry fairly fast. Then you use the brush to blend and in effect, take off any excess foundation. (If you want to add another layer, this foundation builds nicely.)

Guerlain Youth Watery Oil serum

To get my ‘glow’ I still rely on my old faithful Tory Burch Lip and Cheek Tint, which has a magic illuminating ingredient that gives just the right amount of light to the cheekbones. I don’t even know if they still make this. Or I use Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge which has the loveliest shades, or if I’m in a hurry I love Chanel’s new Rouge Coco Lip Blush, which for once does an equally great job on lips as well as cheeks.

And then I use a big Marc Jacobs bronzing brush to lightly smoosh everything together! If I have any excess shine on my forehead or side of the nose, I dab on my YSL Touche Éclat Blue Perfector or Estée Edit (RIP) Pore Vanishing Stick. Or I use a sheet blotter from Mai Couture as I’m running out the door. I hardly ever use powder any more.

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation

For eyes, I’ve been loving Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Powder eyshadow in Talpa and Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye or Marc Jacobs mascara (top lashes only) to get me out of the house fast. And then Browcote or Dior brow gel if I don’t have time for the full brow ritual.

For lips I like to do lip balm while I’m moisturising and then I do lip gloss first and lipstick on top, blended in with a finger or blurred with a cotton bud. I’ve still not found a better tint-of-pink almost-clear lip gloss than Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink although Chanel’s Rouge Coco Gloss is my go-to for sheer juicy watermelon shades. I also rate the matte liquid lipsticks by Revlon (smells of strawberries!), Chanel and Armani, blotted to a stain with gloss on top for lasts-all-day colour.

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