Over the past few weeks, I’ve talked a lot about my skin and my ongoing fight against blemishes and spots. I’ve covered my favourite concealers, my tip top skincare items and a whole heap of other blemish-related bits and bobs and thought I would add one more post into the mix and share with you my make up routine for really bad blemish days.

As you can see from the first shot of my face, I have a lot of redness and scarring on my face which tends to flare up after I’ve finished with my daily skincare routine during which my face gets a fair bit of prodding and poking. I know that this photo is not the most flattering, and a part of me is horrified that it’s up online for all the world to see, but I wanted to share it so y’all could see what exactly it is that I’m working with before I crack on with my make up.

So, first things first, I get my hair up off my face and whack it into a ponytail using an Invisibobble (c/o £3.75) which keeps my hair tied up tight but won’t leave a kink. Then it’s on with the foundation – the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation (£32.50) – which I buff in with the Zoeva Silk Finish Brush (eur 12.80)I like to take as much time as possible working my foundation into my skin and making sure that it looks as flawless as possible.

After that’s all worked in and looking silky smooth, I follow up with a correcting concealer – the Make Up Forever Camouflage Cream Palette (£25.50) – which has a whole host of coloured concealers to counteract all manner of skin issues from redness (green concealer) to under eye bags (peachy concealer). I smooth that in with my fingers and then go over it with the same buffing brush that I used for my foundation before moving onto concealer numero dos, the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick (£15)

This concealer is pretty heavy but really blendable so I tend to smooth it onto my skin with my fingers and then go over it with the Zoeva Face Shape Brush (eur 9.80) to make sure that it’s completely blended. Last but not least I set the whole shebag with some finishing powder – my favourite is the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Powder (£12) which, when applied with the Real Techniques Duo Fibre Face Brush, sets everything perfectly but doesn’t leave a single trace of cakeyness.

And there you have it. My bad day blemish face covered and controlled. Now to crack on with the rest of the day’s make up…


5 thoughts on “My ‘bad skin day’ base routine

  1. bhavi89 says:

    That tarte foundation looks like fab coverage. Can you only purchase this from qvc? I much prefer trying out a product in store before purchasing as selecting the right shade is a nightmare for me. If you are free please check out my blog x

    1. I know exactly what you mean – I actually picked mine up in Sephora in the US because I was really eager to make sure I had the right shade match. If you’ve ever been to Sephora and been colour-matched on their system, that should point you in the right direction of the perfect shade. The coverage is really brilliant and the formula feels amazingly lightweight.

      I’ll check out your blog now! xx

      1. bhavi89 says:

        Ah I live in the uk, I will check online if any stores do this foundation!!

  2. isabel8x says:

    I have the make up for ever kit, it’s the best!! you should check my posts, i’m sure you’ll like them. take care

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