My 2016 Fabulous Face Bases

I have many posts in my blogging ‘to-do’ book, and recently came across this one marked for December. Unfortunately, being a busy time of year, I didn’t get chance, so I thought I’d share my 2016 fabulous face bases now. Most of these will go through this year too, purely because for me, they’re so good.

Laura Geller Balance & Brighten

Being a Spoonie, on bad pain days when I just want a simple, fast cover up, this is one of those really handy bases. It’s a baked cream to powder foundation, with several different colours mixed into one pan. It brightens the complexion and covers really well, providing more of a matte finish to the skin. I use a large powder brush and swirl the pan, then the face. Job done. If you need to cover areas of redness, conceal under eye darkness, or even an annoying little visitor (spot the spot), it’s also good. Using a small compact brush and picking out one of the colours in the pan, a denser coverage will conceal or brighten. Plus, as it began as a cream, it can be used with a wet brush as a stronger concealer. A really handy foundation format.

Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm

I tend to use this underneath the above cream to powder foundation, being a hybrid base product. It works as hydrating skincare, but also as a great makeup priming base. It has a luxurious creamy texture, is packed with vitamins, botanical oils and fruit peptides, giving a real moisture boost. Plus, it energises and illuminates the skin. It can also be used on its own as a moisturiser/flash balm for no-makeup days.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

This is one I had wanted to try the year before, but sat on the fence for a while. When I did finally go for it, I was amazed at the coverage for a sheer foundation. A good one for dry, and normal – dry skin types, as it provides antioxidants, hydration, and luminosity to the skin. This is my ‘go-to’ for a less dewy look, as although it brightens the skin, it’s a more matte version of a glowy base. I haven’t got a pump for mine, and I don’t know how I’ll feel when I get to the end of the bottle, but I tip a little product out on to fingertips, or the back of hands. For application, I mostly use a brush with this one, then press into skin with my fingertips. I don’t find the need for powder with this, not being overly dewy.

Dermalogica Hydrablur™ Primer

This was a good primer to come out of 2016, providing a blurring effect without the ‘bleugh’. I’m not a fan of many silicone based primers. I know they bind product to the skin, but now I’m older, I don’t like that flat look, and I HATE roll-off! I prefer a dewy, glowing finish to my skin/makeup. I trialled this one early last year and was happy with the results, as it hydrates the skin whilst blurring any imperfections and fine lines. Find my full review here.

Becca ~ Backlight Priming Filter 

This one is a priming base I like to use under foundations when I want to light up my face, as the glow you achieve is amazing. It’s probably not for those who don’t like a super glowy finish to their look. Infused with crushed pearls, it gives skin a really vibrant luminosity. I enjoy using this product in summer under most bases, as the light just bounces off the skin. It’s a good one under powder foundations as you don’t get such a flat look. It can also be used as an under eye brightener. I find all Becca’s products are quality.

Below image shot using a light, Becca Backlight Priming Filter (on its own), showing the powerful luminosity it gives the skin.

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation 

This was one my favourite foundations to come out of 2016! Made up of 30% water, providing a dewy, healthy looking skin finish, this base is lightweight and feels weightless. Providing a light to medium coverage, it’s buildable. Even over my broken capillaries, I get coverage, by pressing in a tiny bit extra over my cheeks/nose. It’s a good base for summer months, plus, if you suffer personal ‘tropical moments’. I find it a dream to wear as it doesn’t look like you’re wearing foundation. It’s hydrating and great for drier skins that want that glowy look, but probably not a good base for a an oilier skin type. Sometimes I apply this with a brush, but prefer to use my fingertips and work into the skin, due to its lightweight viscosity.

Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturising Balm

I purchased this just before going to Greece at the end of last summer, and probably used it everyday through to mid Autumn. I don’t want to take foundation on holiday, but I need a bit of coverage and had run out of Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue (my fave base of 2015). I needed something with protection and colour for the evenings, pre and post-tan. I’ve been a user/fan of Bobbi Brown for many years, and love that this contains some fab skincare ingredients. This has a light – medium coverage, is thoroughly hydrating and dewy, plus smells amazing. An emollient balm containing peptides, SPF and colour tint, this is easily applied using fingers, just as you do your moisturiser. A fab all-rounder for thirsty skins, which reminds me to get a lighter shade real soon.

*Note – to tone down the super dewy look through the centre of the face, I dust over Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder. 

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40

Since late Autumn, this has been my almost everyday foundation, so when changing into my winter pale colour, I now have 2 bottles (I love it sooo much). this is a beautiful foundation. It’s lightweight, seamless, illuminating and I’d say buildable from medium to full coverage. This actually took over from the Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation (above), for me this year. It’s simply a skincare treat with colour. I use my fingertips again for application, pressing into the skin once blended, to set and finish. Sometimes I use the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush, especially if adding concealer/bronzing gel, to blend for a more perfected finish. This has such a natural look, it’s my skin, but much better. It has a price tag of £40, but it lasts as only need a small amount is needed, plus it’s a luxury base. Coming with a dropper dispenser, as long as you shake to mix the contents, delivery is fine. Another dewy but totally natural finish foundation, that’s ideal for medium – dry skin types.

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

A skincare makeup base that hydrates skin, allows smooth application of foundation, this is a gorgeous product. I use under the above Serum Foundation to get a really lovely finish, along with other foundations too. It feeds the skin with its Shea Butter and Vitamins B,C & E, plus, it has the most beautiful uplifting scent. Skin is left thoroughly hydrated, plump and smooth ready for makeup application. This is also has a price tag of £40, but you only need a pea sized amount, making it economical. This is one product I don’t ever want to be without.

Above shot ~ Bobbi Brown ‘Vitamin Enriched Face Base’ and ‘Serum Foundation’, resulting in soft, hydrated, luminous yet natural looking skin.

Thankfully, gone are the days of thick, cakey, flat-looking foundations, as there are so many skincare-foundations and bases out there. When you have a thirsty, and maybe slightly older skin, and want to look good, for me it’s a hydrating, dewy glow every time!


What are your favourite bases from 2016?



Heidi x

*contains own product purchases



  1. 13th January 2017 / 9:32 am

    Love this post Heidi! Absolutely love your picks – I’m in love with NARS Sheer Glow foundation but I agree – I don’t really find it that sheer at all! I also don’t think it’s overly glowy like you said but I absolutely love the finish. Love Vitamin Enriched Face Base too such a good base for foundation.

    Laura x

    • 15th January 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Hi Laura! Thank you, glad you enjoyed. If you like a glowy look, it’s worth trying the Tarte aqua luminous or BB’s serum foundation (which is seamless!). Yes, the vitamin face base is gorgeous, the scent is lovely and it allows such smooth makeup application.
      H x

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