December is finally here, which means it’s officially the season for full coverage foundation and glitter eyeshadow!
Last year, I shared 13 steps I take before going out to make sure my base doesn’t budge all night long. With some new products being added this year, I thought it was time to share an updated version!
I’m not including a full skincare routine this year, just a few steps that I think are essential to ensure your makeup looks its best and doesn’t let you down. Watch the video to see how I apply everything, and definitely let me know your full coverage secrets in the comments.
Read last year’s post:
- 13 Steps to Flawless Skin, Part 1 – Skincare Secrets
- 13 Steps to Flawless Skin, Part 1 – Base, Set, Spray!
Never underestimate the power of a good exfoliator! I’ve dropped the beady physical exfoliator I was using last year for lactic acid, perfect for my dry skin. It keeps dry, flakey skin at bay, and has helped improve texture on my face over time. Plus I can use it every night, rather than twice a week at most.
Using an exfoliator will remove dead skin cells; more than that, I find that if I skip this step, my makeup won’t sit as well, and my foundation is more likely to cling on to dry patches. It’s an essential step to any skincare routine, however minimal, and if I had to, this would be the only product I would use at night, because my skin always looks better in the morning with it.
Currently using the Revolution Skin Mild Skin Exfoliator – 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid (£6.00).
Who doesn’t love a good face mask? They’re just such a treat! And if you’re not already using one regularly in your routine, now is a good time as ever to start.
As with any skincare routine, the type of mask you use will be completely dependent on your skin type and concerns. I feel like my current routine caters well to my dry skin, and most of the time it feels plump and hydrated; so instead I’m using a blemish mask to get the gunk out of my pores. This one by L’Oreal leaves my skin feeling soft and silky without drying it out, so it’s a step I’m not about to skip out on, whether I use it the night before or on the day.
Currently using the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Blue Algae Blemish Rescue Face Mask (£7.99).
Not using an eye cream yet? To be fair I’ve seen videos where they both described as essential and as a gimmick.
While I’m not convinced at their effects on fine lines, I have previously mentioned just how sensitive the skin on my eyes can get, which is why I’m so picky about my makeup removers. It’s super important for me to keep my eyes moisturised, and it also helps with how dry they can look after powder and concealer. For full glam makeup, I usually reapply my serum just before going in with my makeup.
Currently using the Revolution Skin Targeted Under Eye Serum – 5% Caffeine Solution + Hyaluronic Acid Serum (£6.00).
And finally, let’s not forget about lips, especially at this time of year. If I don’t take good care of mine, they end looking all cracked and swollen, so there’s no way they would look good with lipstick.
It’s not just about the lip balm: make sure you invest in a good lip scrub. In the same way as you exfoliate your skin, a lip scrub will remove the dead, flakey skin and leave your lips super soft and smooth. Make sure you do this step just before you start applying your makeup so that they’re ready for you to apply your lipstick!
Currently using the Lush Chocolate Lip Scrub (£6.50).
I used to do my face first before my eyes; but in the last year, I’ve found that I now prefer doing this the other way around. It’s particularly useful when you’re using eyeshadows that have a lot of fallout, so that you don’t have to worry about ruining the base you’ve spent so long on.
Priming your eyes is essential to ensure not only a smooth, long lasting application, but even just to ensure the shadows come out looking just like they do in the palette. You can use an actual primer, or just concealer; you can also choose to set it, although personally I leave it wet and go straight in with the eyeshadow. Whatever you prefer, make sure you pick a product that will keep your eyes looking amazing all night long.
Apply before any foundation to prime as large an area you require without worrying about blending it into your foundation. I use it to carve my eyebrows, and to primer both my lid and my undereye, so that I can do all my eyeshadow before moving on to my skin.
Currently using the PLouise Base Shade 0.5 (£10.00).
On the list of things that hasn’t changed since last year? My priming routine. I still use two primers to make sure my foundation doesn’t go anywhere.
Just like skincare, priming will be a personal choice: do you need to fill in fine lines and pores? Make sure you go for a primer specifically designed for this. Or maybe you need something more illuminating. Personally, I look for something that will keep my skin moisurised under my foundation, increasing how long it will last. Layer for different concerns as required.
“Full coverage” usually goes hand in hand with “matte”, which isn’t what my dry skin likes. Luckily, I’ve managed to find one with a more illuminated finish that doesn’t leave me feeling like the moisture is being sucked out of my face.
Just a couple of layers blended out with a beauty sponge, and I’ve got almost everything covered. I leave out my undereyes, and I still have a few blemsishes showing through, but other than that, it makes me look like plastic, and I’m kind of ok with that.
Currently using the MAKE UP FOR EVER – ‘Ultra HD’ Stick Foundation in R230 (£31.00).
To make sure the blank canvas is complete, I go in with concealer next, and Too Faced have really delivered on this year’s release! Never mind the high end cost when it comes in such a large bottle. Blended out with a mini Real Techniques sponge, it blends perfectly into the foundation for that perfect flawless coverage. I can’t even imagine reaching for anything else now.
Currently using the Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer in Snow (£24.00).
Setting powders can sometimes feel awfully expensive for the amount you get, and suddenly you’ve finished them; plus when you’re as pale as me or even lighter, a lot of the translucent options can make you look yellow.
Not only is the RCMA powder a very afforable option (you get about three times as more product as you do with other powders for just £13!), but pressed into the foundation with a powder puff rather than with a brush, I get the perfect velvety finish I was struggling to achieve until now.
First double priming, now double spraying! It would be a shame to go through all this work for my foundation to melt off as soon as I hit the dancefloor.
First, I like to go in with the Barry M spray after powdering, to make sure all the layers are melted in together and nothing looks cakey. Then once everything is on, it’s over to the cult Urban Decay All Nighter to keep everything in place, well, all night long.
Currently using the Barry M Setting Spray Matte Mist & Fix Finish (£4.99) and Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (£24.00).
With all these steps done, I know my makeup isn’t going anywhere! Make sure you share your tips in the comments so that I can try them out.