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The Base Edit

Can we just take a second to appreciate how difficult it is to find base products when your skintone is akin to that of Casper the Friendly Ghost? GENERIC BEIGE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

Luckily, I seem to have cracked it for now. The five products featured in this post are all wonderful, and most importantly, come in pale shades that actually match my skin.

The Base Edit

GOSH Primer Plus Hydration

The only non-tinted base product, Primer Plus Hydration doesn't get as much use in the summer because I prefer to use SPF under my foundation, but I do still use it in the evening when I know I'm going to be inside the whole time.

It creates such a smooth base and doesn't have that silicone-y, almost grainy kind of texture that a lot of primers do, which makes it feel really light on skin.

It reminds me of moisturiser, although don't replace your actual moisturiser! But this is definitely one to check out if you get dry patches.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Aah, my Holy Grail foundation, why are you so expensive? And why doesn't your bottle come with a pump?! Complaints aside, this stuff is amazing.

It's very difficult to describe the finish because it's not quite glowy and not quite matte, it's just sort of skin, and it looks lovely and natural when applied with a stipple brush.

It still covers imperfections, and the amount of concealer I have to use on my blemishes has reduced dramatically since I started using Sheer Glow. And yet it never looks caked on, just polished, and pale enough.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly

This concealer adds a beautiful, wide-awake look to the undereye area, while still being full coverage enough to disguise dark circles. I also use it as a subtle highlight down the centre of my nose, and under my eyebrows for a bit of a lift. Hands down the best concealer I've ever used, and fully deserving of its hype.

Seventeen Phwoar Paint in Fair

So, if we're being honest, this is a tad too dark for me, it's certainly too dark for me to use under my eyes (which is what it's designed for). In fact, Phwoar Paint only comes in two shades, Fair and Medium, so it loses points for that.

But its full coverage, thick-but-easy-to-blend formula is perfect for pinpoint concealing any blemishes, and the little-at-a-time nature of this application method means one compact should last a lifetime, even with everyday use.

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot

When I asked for powder recommendations on Twitter, this was THE number one suggestion. A translucent powder, One Heck of a Blot sets make up and stays put all day  the first powder I've ever tried to have done so. It comes with a puff, which is handy if you need any on-the-go touch ups, but I like to apply it with the powder brush by Eco Tools. Plus, it's S&G, so you know the packaging is gonna be pretty.

What are your go-to base products? Have you tried any of these? let me know in the comments!

Note: Although NARS was a cruelty-free brand at the time of writing, they have since decided to sell their products in China as of June 2017 and therefore are no longer cruelty-free.

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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