A/W Essentials: Beauty Bases

While San Francisco weather can be a bit finicky, the seasons are definitely changing and with that my makeup changes too. My base becomes more of a light to medium coverage — sticking to products with great lasting power, especially for the harsh winter winds I'll be seein' on the East Coast in a few weeks.

Foundations /

  • YSL Le Teint Touché Éclat is still in rotation — I've been using this foundation for a few years and I probably will keep it around as long as they still make it. The coverage is perfect, it's buildable, and it lasts quite long which is a big thing for me when it comes to bases. It's more of my summer color but I can still get away with it (not for long I'm sure)
  • Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation has finally made it into my collection. While I usually stick to the same few foundations when it comes to repurchasing, I really wanted to try something a bit new! No regrets on this purchase — it's definitely going to be added to my rotating list of repurchases (along with NARS Tinted Moisturizer, Bobbi Brown Longwear, and Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua.
Pro-tip: I love mixing these two together or topping them off with Laura Mercier's Mineral Powder for a bit more coverage or extra-long wear. 

Concealers /

I should preface by saying I've gained a new appreciation for concealers! I used to use them but wasn't really into them... until now. Now I might actually have a concealer addiction, oops.

  • For under the eyes I love using NARS Creamy Concealer — a product I once thought was over-hyped. Silly me. The consistency is beautiful, the coverage is everything you could possibly want, and the subtle brightness it brings to your face is kind of glorious.
  • For spots and blemishes I'm really into Laura Mercier's Secret Concealer. It's pretty high coverage and gets rid of any pesky areas I might want to cover up. On lazy days I'll use this around my nose / to cover general redness and I'll pop a powder or something light over it. Sometimes less is more, ya know? 
And that's it for my A/W base essentials. Next in the series will probably be lips, cheeks, and eyes! What are your favorite foundations and concealers for the colder months? 


  1. I love the look of the Luminous Silk foundation, it sounds amazing!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  2. I've been reaching for the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat as well, it's just such a beautiful foundation x


  3. The NARS concealer is seriously amazing, over-hyped or not!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

  4. I've heard so much about all of these products! I definitely need to pick up the NARS concealer.


  5. I love the Armani foundation - but I've never thought to mix it with the YSL!

    That NARS concealer is.... dreamy.

  6. I really love the sound of the Nars concealer, such lovely photos! x


  7. Love high coverage concealers on spots, never tried the Laura Mercier one though, but may have to give it a go. Maybe get a sample if I can :)


  8. Both of these concealers are my favorites! I don't know how I ever lived without them!

    XO, Erica


  9. i picked up luminous silk when i was in the states and although it doesn't last the best on me cause i have oily skin, the finish was SO beautiful i decided to buy it anyway. i just keep in mind that it's best for shorter days or for when i'm only going out at night, rather than wearing all day and night. and i find that even when i get shiny wearing it it doesn't break down and go patchy on my skin, it still holds together, but my skin just looks a bit too glowy. and that is definitely preferable to some other foundations that can wear off the middle of my face entirely and can't even be saved with a powder touch up when i'm out. luminous silk is a perfect description of that foundation!

    and i didn't even realise i was obsessed with concealers either until one day i looked at how many i have and knew i couldn't deny it any longer. i don't have that laura mercier one but for when i need to cover up small areas like blemish scars i really like the MUFE full cover concealer because you need so little of it but it covers so well. and as far as i'm concerned the less product is on my face the more natural & the better it looks. and of course the NARS concealer is bascially the perfect concealer for everything else. hope you've been well lovely! xx

    little henry lee

    little henry lee

  10. all of these products really are amazing! i can't believe i still haven't picked up that nars creamy concealer!

    xx angela | the sunday chapter

  11. These products sound amazing - thanks for the recommendation.

    Lizzie Dripping

  12. i love the ysl foundation too, easily one of my favorites!


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