My Current Base Routine

Of all the things in my makeup routine, my base routine is usually the one that changes the least. I’ll definitely switch up between a light BB cream for lazy days at home, and a more full coverage foundation at work. But when I find a foundation that I love, I tend to stick with it for quite some time. But lately I’ve tried to get a bit more experimentative with my foundation and switch it up every time a bottle (or in this case cushion) runs out. So here’s my current base routine, featuring a new Lancome cushion foundation that I love, along with a couple of my favourite tools too.


My Current Base Routine | Shakespeare & Sparkle

FOUNDATION | Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion

The original Lancome Miracle Cushion is one of my favourite foundations. So when they brought out a new cushion foundation with a fuller coverage and this gorgeous golden packaging, I knew I had to get it. The cushion on this one is different to anything I’ve seen in cushion makeup before. Instead of the usual sponge, the foundation is suspended under a squishy mesh. When you first open it the cushion is completely white, and you have to press on it to make the foundation appear. This unfortunately means that the cushion is not reversible and you might lose some product. But I find that it distributes the foundation more evenly than a traditional cushion.

Compared to the Miracle cushion the Teint Idole Ultra foundation has a higher medium coverage, and a more matte satin finish that’s still luminous and glowy. The best part is definitely how incredibly light and hydrating this feels on the skin. Winter tends to make my skin a dry patchy mess, that foundation usually makes even worse. But this just glides on and makes my skin look flawlessly beautiful with just one tap. It’s also super easy to apply and requires practically no blending. The shade 02 Beige Rose is a great match for my skin tone.

Another new base favourite is the Lancome Foundation Brush 2, that I use to apply the foundation when I want a fuller coverage. It’s a little flat foundation brush with synthetic bristles, that feels silky soft on the skin. When I want a more natural sheer coverage that takes only seconds to apply, I’ll go for my trusty Beauty Blender.

CONCEAL & COLOR CORRECT | Urban Decay Naked Skin

As far as concealer goes, the UD Naked Skin has been my go-to for quite some time. It’s a creamy lightweight concealer with a buildable coverage, that works both on blemishes and under the eyes.

Lately I’ve also started to carefully dip my toes into the world of color correcting. I can’t say I’m exactly a pro at it. And I do prefer keeping my makeup simple, so I’ve only used one shade so far. The UD Color Correcting Fluid in yellow is the perfect pale shade for covering dark circles and brightening up under the eyes.

POWDER | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

I’m not the biggest fan of powder and in fact didn’t even use one for a few years. But that all changed when I discovered this beauty. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders are multidimensional powders with universal shades that work on everyone. They’re sheer and feathery soft, set my base and give my face a beautiful luminescence. I have the shade Diffused Light, a pale yellow that combats redness and gives the skin a morning light like clarity.

On days when I feel like my skin needs a bit of extra brightness, I’ll add an illuminating primer like the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow. But on most days, I’m a three steps & go kind of girl.

What’s your base routine like?

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