Sunday, 7 June 2009

Illuminating bases for foundation

I think that if you want a really even, glowy and luminous base for your face then you need to do three things.

1) Drink loads of water - boring, I know, but your skin really is a reflection of what you put in your body.

2) Exfoliate regularly - this gives you a smooth, even base to apply your make-up. I especially like to use St Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub or Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser.
3) Use an illuminating/brightening product under your foundation - this will ensure your skin tone is even, the texture of you skin will look refined and you will have a healthy glow.

I have used alot of radiance booster lotions over the years and I use a few in rotation and depending on what look I want to achieve. I use them all after moisturiser and before foundation. I have posted a pic of the ones I use most regularly. Pictured above is Olay Multi Radiance Daily Illuminating lotion which is a pearlised golden shade and a good every day staple for giving a healthy glow and has an SPF of 15. I also use Almay Glow Healthy Skin Brightener in Natural Glow, which is a pinky shade. This one has vitamin A, C, E and Aloe Vera so it's good for people who get dry skin, it also has an SPF of 15 and is oil free. MAC Strobe liquid is great for creating an ethearal glow due to the very white pearlised effect it has. It's very subtle but I definitely notice a difference when I use it. My skin just looks really bright and healthy. Revlon Skinlights Lotion in Golden Light is an old favourite of mine to pep up my complexion when I'm feeling a bit pale and it has an SPF of 15 too. It's quite dark straight from the tube but you can mix it with your moisturiser to get the colour you want. Lastly is The Body Shop Tinted Glow Enhancer, which is a subtle golden/beige colour. I got this about a month ago and I didn't have high expectations of it as I've never been overly keen on the Body Shop for make up. Boy was I wrong to doubt it though coz the first time I wore it under my makeup, I got 4 compliments (one from my hairdresser) in one day about how I had "a lovely glow" and they all wanted to know what I had on. This confirmed to me that thisis a really good product if you want to boost your complexion. I highly recommend this one. I have pictured below what the products look like in the same order as the photo above. Once again, not a great photo (my camera doesn't like zooming!) but you get the idea.


  1. I may have to get the body shop one!! 4 compliment sin one day? yes please! :) xx

  2. Yeah people in work were saying "oh, you look so glowy and healthy!" and then my hairdresser asked me straight away what I was wearing. It totally confirmed to me that the product does what it says on the tin. I would say it works best with a bit of a tan. That day I had just used Dove gradual tanner. Let me know how you get on!

  3. I've tried the Body shop one and I use that one too. I have it in shade 01 and 02. Its a really nice product. I see in the pic you also have the much prized and sadly discontinued Revlon skinlights illiminator. I have that one too but I'm afraid to waste it so I use it less often. I have not tried the other two products. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog and I appreciate the info. Cheers, Nadia

  4. Don't mention it. They still stock the Revlon Skinlights in a small pharmacy near me. Thank god for 'behind the times' drugstores who still stock these discontinued products! Virgin Vie also do a great illuminator and it's actually called 'Dewy Skin'. Check it out...they only deliver to UK but we could always do a swap


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