A few of my current favorite bases and some that I’ve repurchased over and over again.
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base ($58; sephora.com) - Love this one as a moisturizer/primer and by itself too. Its a rich, thick base that leaves skin feeling very soft and plump.
Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer($38; sephora.com) is a basic, gel-cream primer that I like when I want a very light primer that feels like nothing at all. It sinks in well and leaves my skin well prepped for makeup.
Becca’s Backlight Priming Filter ($38; sephora.com) is my favorite glow-y primer. Its very smoothening, adds a little bit of a glow and doesn’t feel heavy. I love it with foundations like the Dior Nude Air Serum which can sometimes look a little too matte.
The Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Cream in Medium ($54; sephora.com) and the Givenchy Teint Couture Balm in Nude Gold ($45; sephora.com) are what I reach for when I want a very light base. Guerlain’s BB Cream has a tad more coverage than the Givenchy, but both feel light and can be built up to medium coverage. I will next time pick up a shade lighter in the Givenchy, but 03 Medium is perfect for me in the Guerlain.
The Dior Nude Air Serum Foundation ($53; sephora.com) is also quite lightweight, has a thin consistency and blends easily. I mix the shades 30 and 40, but since I am pretty tan right now I can also get away with just 40. It wears well, stays longer than most foundations, but can look a little too matte if you have dry skin, so I pair it with a glow-y primer.
The Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Natural Perfecting Foundation ($63; sephora.com) is my current favorite foundation. 4N is almost a perfect shade for me and I love to blend this with my fingers. Its not too thick or thin and feels lightweight and has the perfect satin, yet dewy finish. It wears very well when paired with a good setting powder.
The Diorskin Nude Air Loose Powder ($58; dior.com) is a fabulous setting powder if you don’t like the powdery cast that most loose powders leave. I use the shade Medium Beige and it matches me really well. The finish isn’t too flat so I pair this with almost everything and a little dusting is all that’s needed.
MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($34; maccosmetics.com) is a classic and I’ve loved it for many years. The new packaging is great, I much prefer it over the old one and the shade Medium Dark is what I wear. Its a sheer powder, but doesn’t look too matte or too dewy.
The YSL Lumiere Divine Finishing Powder ($47; sephora.com) on my skintone works as an all over finishing powder much like the Guerlain Meteorites Compact ($62; sephora.com). Both these add a little something, but I prefer the YSL over the Guerlain just a tad, just because the shade is a little warmer. The subtle, lit from within glow from YSL is gorgeous and the Guerlain is great when used with a fluffy brush since it can leave you a little too shiny when gone overboard.
Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Compact ($62; sephora.com) is a basic setting powder. Its nice, goes on sheer and sets everything without looking cakey. 5.5 is my shade and the shades and undertones are very, very different from the Luminous Silk foundation range.
The Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer in Pecan Pie ($14; sephora.com) and the YSL Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen in 5.5 ($42; sephora.com) are two of the concealers I currently use. The YSL is more of a brightener under the eyes while the Sephora Bright Future is a really good, buildable medium coverage concealer with a beautiful consistency that blends quickly without settling onto fine lines. I also like to use the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($26; sephora.com) to set these. With Secret Brightening, a little goes a long way since it can cause a bit of a flashback and can look a tad ashy when gone overboard. That apart, it really does set products into place and is super lightweight.