Favorite Base Makeup/ Foundation, Primer, Contour, Setting Powder

I love trying everything new, But there are always some products that I will forever love. These are items that I always go back to, and I probably always will. Normally if I am not testing something out, I will be using mostly these products. Finding stuff that works is difficult, so when you do, you have to go with it. This is a list of my favorite foundation products, and why I love them so much.  I have so many makeup favorites that I’m going to separate them into separate posts, starting with foundations, etc.

Primer: My favorite primer will always be Primed and Poreless from Too Faced. I have the most oily skin. Not only is my skin the my most oily on the whole planet, But my pores are huge. It is a real problem, and I have a hard time trying to make this work. I work 10-12 hour shifts most of the time, and it is an undeniable fact that my face will be a disaster. The good news is: this stuff works. I feel like a lot of “pore-filling” (the thought of filling pores sends me into a tailspin so I try to avoid that term) can look chunky and weird and behaves poorly if it isn’t paired with the correct foundation, but I have never had a problem with this no matter which foundation I use it with. Find it here.

Foundation: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick. This is a fairly new product, But it stole my heart. This coverage is full. Like the most full coverage. Which can be a problem most of the time when you’re trying to avoid looking cakey. This stuff is perfect. You can use a little, or more depending on how much coverage you need. You can layer this and it continues to look natural. Plus the shade range is fantastic with so many different undertones. I feel like everyone should be able to find their perfect match with this one. If my skin was dry, I can imagine hating this. I feel like people with normal, or oily skin, will get the best results from this magical tube of stuff. Find it here.

Contour/Bronzer: I went on a hunt for a contour powder that was more”gray” based. Which sounds weird, but here is why: I think a contour looks better as more of a “shadow”. Also, I am cool-toned. It is has been a struggle. I feel like a lot of the shades that are super trendy right now are warm. It always pulls super orange on me. So my hunt ended at Ulta, when I saw the MOST PERFECT contour set. (I use the last color in this set as my bronzer). I’m lazy and the thought of digging around looking for a bronzer when I have a perfectly acceptable one right in this palette stresses me out. The Fiona Stiles Sheer Sculpting Palette in Light/Medium is it. The first color, is the one I use everyday. I’ll admit, in the pan this looks real gray. Seems bizarre in theory, works perfect in practice. Find it here.

Setting Powder: Cinema Secrets Ultralucent Setting Powder. I use the colorless one. I have used so many of these, some that are more expensive then this one and nothing has compared for setting all of my makeup. I use this when I bake all of my highlighted areas. It makes my pores look non-existent for the longest amount of time compared to the other ones I have tried. I also feel it is true to its colorless name. I never really notice it after I brush it off. Plus, this is available on Sephora now, which is a huge plus because it’s more easily accessible. Find it here.



    • KayleighWelsh says

      I normally go: moisturizer, primer (you don’t usually need a pore-filing primer unless you’re oily or have pores that show with foundation on), then foundation, concealer, setting powder. Then I will go in with highlight, contour and bronzer. I’ll normally put a little more setting powder on since my makeup wears off so easily, but it wouldn’t be a critical last step for most. You can also use a setting spray last (something like Mac Fix+, or Urban Decay All Nighter).

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