Being exposed to beauty as much as we are, it can be really easy to get constantly carried away with the 'next big thing' or the hottest product of the moment that everyone is talking about. The reality is, though, that a lot of these products are often left by the wayside with the passage of time, and we return to what works best for us. This is pretty much the premise of this post - these are products that I use the most often, that get me through the daily grind. If I've pressed the snooze button a few too many times, I could do my face using a selection of these products to make me look relatively presentable. So, you get the gist at this stage... here are my brilliant basics!
Honestly, I never thought I'd be saying this, but I've been favouring less heavy coverage of late for during the day, and it's all down to this stuff. I've already reviewed La Roche Posay Hydreane BB Cream* in full, so I'll just repeat what I've already said in brief - I think it's absolutely brilliant and feels lovely on the skin. You can still increase longevity and hide blemishes with a good concealer and powder, so do try it even if you're usually a full coverage person.
For foundation, I'm back to my holy grail which is Lancome Teint Idole 24H. I have loved this for years and love it even more since it was reformulated this year. It offers medium-to-full coverage with a satin finish and zero cakiness. I do wish they offered a few paler colours but overall the shade selection is good, and this is worth every penny - an absolute lifesaver for bad skin days, and a beautiful base for night-time make-up.
Concealer-wise, I'm still all about Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer. It offers the same kind of satin finish as my favourite foundation, holds out really well during the day and is great on both blemishes and the undereye area. I have tried other concealers recently, namely the Estée Lauder Double Wear one. It is great as well, but extremely expensive and the shade I use in the Collection 2000 concealer is a much better and more flattering match for me.
Powder is a step I simply cannot afford to skip due to my oily skin. The Laura Mercier Mineral Powder has become another holy grail product for both myself and Sinéad since I picked it up on a whim in the UK last March. I'm now on my second one, so it does last a long time and is so worth the money. It's mattifying without making you look dead and offers beautiful coverage which looks like real skin. Amazing and, if Sinéad and I are anything to go by, it's good for loads of different skin types.
Finally, one of my favourite and most versatile blushers is MAC Pinch 'o' Peach. It suits virtually every make-up look, isn't too harsh and suits my pale skin perfectly. There is no shimmer in it and it's just a fantastic basic to have. I've had this for nearly three years and there isn't a dent in it yet - a great, basic blusher to keep you looking alive!
A product that I simply cannot forgo in the early mornings is a good flesh-toned eyeliner. Applied to the waterline, this will widen your eyes and make you look about twice as awake and alert as you really are by eliminating redness. My current favourite, which took me an age to track down, is the Rimmel Scandal Eyes pencil in Nude. It's a brilliant, soft, opaque liner which lasts all day on my waterline. For a fiver, you really can't go wrong!
For mascara, I like a nice, light formula for day that gives definition without too much drama or fuss. I'm really loving La Roche-Posay Toleraine* because it is super-gentle and the tiny brush makes it easy to apply. It neatly coats my lashes without a clump in sight and lasts all day. A fantastic, easy-to-use basic mascara for everyday wear.
And finally, how could I leave out my brows? I'm obsessed with filling them in and never leave the house without doing so. For the past year or so, I've been mainly using eyebrow powders and kits with an angled brush, but recently I switched back to pencil, purely for the ease and simplicity of use. I watch a lot of older women on YouTube who are obsessed with using the very best of everything, and I picked up a Lancome brow pencil after I noticed that it was very popular with them. Le Crayon Sourcils in Brun is a really pigmented, soft and easy-to-use pencil, and you really can't go wrong with it. It lasts all day and the shade is the best match I've ever found for my brows.
So, that rounds up my favourite basic products. What are yours?