Laura Mercier & NARS – New Favourite Base Combination

I walked into Sephora after a long day of work to unwind in my happy place. I’ve had my makeup on for 11 hours now without any touch-ups. Just as I start to pick up some new bits of makeup I hear someone say, “what foundation are you wearing, your skin looks flawless.” Shocked, as I also have a stress-induced zit making a home on chin, I look up and see one of the Sephora employees waiting for an answer – that’s when you know you’ve truly found a great base combination.

Left to right: NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder in Flesh and Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer in Blush

One of the tell tale signs that you’ve done something right with your makeup is an unsolicited compliment from a stranger. For the past month or so I have been getting quite a few compliments on my base, even when I haven’t reapplied any makeup in hours. The compliment receiving base combination I’ve been using is the Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer in Blush ($56) with the NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder in Flesh ($46). I’m also still using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light Neutral ($35) but that’s a long-standing product that hasn’t changed for over a year.

The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a highly respected cult product that’s a staple for most beauty lovers but for some reason, I only recently picked this up. The last proper tinted moisturizer I used regularly (opposed to a light coverage foundation) is the Stila Tinted Moisturizer (the old version of this product), which I used exclusively from age 12 to 17, boosting up my base coverage when I went to university. I just work a small, dime sized amount of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer onto my skin with my hands and then I go over it with a buffing brush to make sure everything is blended evenly – I prefer this method to a Beauty Blender. It leaves a light coverage that evens out my skin tone but doesn’t fully cover any pigmentation or dark circles. Hours into wear, this base is still very even and doesn’t get patchy at all. The finish isn’t overly dewy/glowing but it’s definitely not matte either, it just leaves a lovely natural radiance to he skin.

On top of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, following concealer, I have been using the NARS Looser Powder. This powder provides quite a matte finish, significantly more matte than the Chanel and Laura Mercier loose powders, but it's still undetectable on the skin and keeps oil/shine at bay for the entire day (we’re talking like 12 hours here). I use a slightly fluffy brush with a flat top and push the powder onto my skin. I stop applying when the tacky finish from the tinted moisturizer has disappeared. I look very matte when it’s initially applied but by the time I get out the door, my skin starts to produce some oil and my complexion looks less flat. If you struggle with makeup lasting on your skin and you’re oily, you need to try this.  Nothing has ever locked in my makeup for such a long time.

What’s your go-to base combination?