5 Apr 2012

My Drugstore Foundation Routine

I won't lie: I love my Nars Sheer Glow foundation, but sometimes I pinch pennies by using drugstore products to give my wallet a break. Here are the products I use and how I achieve a fresh, glowing face look.

One note: I have never been truly happy with drugstore concealers. In my opinion, this is the one product from my face routine that I would say is definitely worth the extra money. I've never found any drugstore concealer that lasts for a long time, or has enough pigmentation to neutralize dark circles or blemishes. I've wasted so much money over time trying out drugstore concealers, probably more than I would have had I just bought a good high end one. I do use drugstore concealers for the sake of this video, but to be honest, the results are not as good as my concealers from Ben Nye, Makeup Forever, Makeup Store, and Lancome.

What are your favorite face products from the drugstore? Share your tips in the comments!

Products used:
Eucerin Hydro Protect SPF 15 (or Eucerin Sun Fluid SPF 30)
L'Oreal Magic Lumi primer
Revlon Colorstay foundation in Buff
Neutrogena Healthy Skin foundation in Natural Ivory
L'Oreal Magic Lumi concealer (Medium)
Maybelline Fit Me concealer Nr. 15
Catrice Skin Finish in Natural Beige
Alverde Camouflage powder
Barry M Natural Dazzle bronzer
MAC MSF in Stereo Rose (LE)
Make Up Store highlighter in Venus

Eyeko - Coral Polish


  1. Very nice rutine, I like colorstay by Revlon too, it´s very good! thanks for sharing

  2. I love Aveeno's tinted moisturizer. It adds a bit of extra coverage so for the day to day I don't have to use a primer. It's also SPF 15 or 30 I believe... I also love Physician's Formula eye booster liquid eyeliner as it really does have a noticeable effect on my eyelashes!

  3. I wish you get Revlon here. But unfortunately it is not available.

  4. Gahhh what eyeshadow are you wearing? xx

  5. What concealer do you use as a spot treatment if you ever have skin issues? The ones I have used have tended to flake by the end of the day and it's quite obvious that I have concealer there... I currently use a MAC concealer and still have that issue...

  6. Very nice update Julia :) Could you do a tutorial just talking about concealer (colored or not colored, in which case should I apply and in which order... etc)? Sometimes I like to use after primer, but sometimes I think is best after foundation... But I don't know fir sure the technique!

    I think is important to talk about different products. For exemple... where I live MAC is so expensive (on account of taxes). We have 60% in taxes for makeup products, I guess. To much, hun?! I'm trying MAC now because I bought outside!

    Thanks :)

  7. Hey!

    I recommend you to use purple cream to neutralise the dark eye circles.
    use pink if your eye circles are slightly blueish.

    I have been using purple cream to cover before I use my original eye concealer. WORKS all the time.

    My eye concealer is LA Girl- HD concealor.

    Hope this helped!

  8. Anonymous7:04 pm

    Hello Everybody! has anyone tried (max factor ageless elixir 2in1 foundation)!
    i got it but i did not like it, i have oil skin sometime, any advice??

  9. This is a great post. I am especially a fan of the alverde camouflage powder. Thank you for this article and keep up the good work :)

  10. Nice routine. I think I am going to copy you!