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Tips 'N' Tricks | Keep your BASE in PLACE!


I am, by no means saying that I'm a professional or that what I say goes but..  

The reality is, over the last five years of running MouldyFruit I've been fortunate to meet many influential people within the beauty industry from brand founders to celebrity make up artists. I feel like I've learnt so much, listening to their advice and their experiences. As a result I've picked up lots of Tips 'N' Tricks over this time and I thought it was about time I shared some of them with you. 

I thought I would go back to basics and what better way than starting with base make up. When I first apply my make up I initially love the look of freshly applied foundation but my biggest struggle has always been that mid-day shine. I don't consider my skin to be oily, in actual fact it's rather dry but on a day to day basis if I'm wearing my make up from morning to night there's definitely a little afternoon sheen that likes to make an appearance. While this can look quite healthy, in my case NOT and most of the time I end up looking like I'm melting. I especially find this a struggle when I'm in warmer climates, like now in Dubai. 

I have 3 tips for you today if you, too want that base to stay in place! Now these may sound basic and logical but so many people have emailed me not knowing the benefits a powder can have. Ok I'm talking about powder *yawn* I know, but honestly they do work wonders in prolonging the longevity of your make up, I'm talking  AM to PM

#1 - If you are using any type of liquid foundation be sure to set it with a loose powder. A lot of people hate this extra layer, but it's the first step for holding your base in place. These days there are so many on the market that are so finely milled, you won't feel a thing nor will it appear overly obvious on the skin. My favourite is Ben Nye's Banana Powder, usually I would recommend a translucent powder but the yellow in this works well with my complexion, especially helping to counteract redness. 

#2 - This is next tip is simple! Keep a pressed powder with you on the go.. Yes powder your nose if you have to! My current go-to is MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Pressed Powder, best of all it's colourless so it doesn't add anything to your existing make up it eliminates the shine.

#3 - My third tip is actually the reason I wanted to write this post! Ok so you find yourself doing the above #1 and #2 yet you still end up with your foundation half way down your face come lunchtime? You do all the right things - Primer, Foundation & Powder yet no luck? Try this - Once you've applied your primer take a face brush, I like to use a Duo-Fibre MAC 188 Brush because the bristles are so soft and fine. Dust a little translucent powder over your face BEFORE you apply your liquid foundation and then seal it with the same translucent powder and a buffer brush, I usually use my Beautyblender to press the powder into the skin. 

I know this sounds like a lot of layers and we all have a fear of cake face but honestly it works wonders. #3 has been my ultimate saviour and this is coming from someone with dry skin. By applying powder prior and after foundation really helps to seal the deal, so much so you may even be skipping #2

If you shine, give it a go! Let me know what you think?

Also if there's anything you guys are interested in me covering in this little sub section then hit me up! 

Hope you liked this slightly different post from me! 
Lots of Love


  1. I suffer with oily skin and i think its important once you find products that work stick with them! x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

  2. Number three was especially helpful! I too have normal/dry skin and weirdly get a bit of shine on the nose of all places so I'll defo be trying this - thanks :D
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

  3. I am all for powdering, especially when it comes to liquid bases! It really does lock in the product, especially concealers.

  4. I love Ben Nye Banana powder 😄

  5. Do you recommend a translucent powder as the initial powder to set the base makeup? Or does pressed powder work fine too? Thanks in advance x

  6. Great tips thanks for sharing! x

  7. I would have never thought of doing number 3. I'll try!

  8. Ooh, I will try tip #3 today, my skin is dry but my nose always gets oily. My favourite loose powder is from By Terry, it's amazing :)

    Laura | Laurzrah

  9. I'm loving One Heck Of A Blot recently, haven't used another powder since! x


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