Affordable Makeup Starter Kit | Base

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The first post in this series was all about affordable brushes and tools and I thought I would follow on with the posts in order which I apply my makeup: starting with the base. If you'd like to know what affordable primers, foundations and concealers I would recommend then keep reading!

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Primer - The two primers I reach for the most are from The Body Shop and L'Oreal - not the cheapest but they are very very good! The Body Shop Moisture It primer feels very refreshing on the skin and sinks in quickly while the L'Oreal Lumi Magique primer is fantastic for anyone wanting to achieve a dewy look. If you're looking for something more affordable why not try Maybelline's Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser or Instant Fatigue Blur (two that I'm desperate to try!) or the Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro Primer which I've tried before and really liked!

Foundation – The two 'drugstore' foundations I have in my stash are L’Oreal Lumi Magique and Bourjois Healthy Mix, both of which I love and would recommend for different reasons. I would describe the Lumi Magique as a medium coverage foundation which leaves the skin looking very dewy and radiant, perfect for 'good skin days'. Bourjois Healthy Mix is medium-full coverage, very buildable and leaves the skin looking flawless and is therefore great for days when you want any imperfections completely covered (plus it has no SPF which is great for nights out or any events with flash photography!) Another good drugstore foundation is Rimmel London's Wake Me Up foundation, but have a look around to find the right one for you and your budget (check out my blog post on how to find your perfect foundation!).

Concealer – My favourite affordable concealer is Maybelline Fit Me, which I use on a daily basis under my eyes and on any blemishes. Rimmel's Wake Me Up concealer is also great but I'd describe it as luminous (not quite sparkly but certainly not totally matte) and so can be used under the eyes but I wouldn't recommend for blemishes as you may draw unwanted attention to them by making them too bright and glowy. The other blogger favourite is Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer, which I owned and loved while I was using it but haven't been back to it for ages now...worth having a look at though, especially with the very affordable price tag!

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Have you tried any of the products mentioned in this post? Let me know in the comments, plus what base products you would recommend for anyone on a budget!

Nicola x

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