I am very picky about what goes on my face due to the fact that I have very sensitive, acne prone skin. I have stuck to the same products for years, and don't plan to switch anytime soon. Here are my face makeup basics!
Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer in Green to prevent redness.
Why: I have very red skin, and find that this primer really does help to correct that. I also truly believe that using primer does make a difference in makeup wear. My foundation stays on longer and my face feels fresh for much longer.
Brushes: Bare Escentuals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush, Full Flawless Face Brush, and Flawless Application Face Brush.
Why: I won't lie, I havn't tried very many other brushes, mostly because I use Bare Minerals products and these brushes were designed for those products. All I know is that these brushes last a long time, are very soft, and very easy to clean. There isn't much to dislike.
Foundation: Bare Minerals SPF 15 Foundation in "Fair" and "Fairly Light".
Why: I could write an entire book about why I love Bare Minerals. I saw it on an infomercial when I was 15 years old, and decided to buy it. I promise you, it's not a sham-wow type of deal. This stuff is like magic. It's all natural, and therefor cannot give you acne, adds no oil to your skin (which is a big deal for me), and never melts. The list goes on. It may be a little pricey, but saving myself from breakouts means that it's totally worth it for me. I purchase mine from Sephora.
*When I first purchased bare minerals, I got everything in my kit all together in this get started kit (a fantastic deal!).
Backup Foundation: CoverGirl Clean Oil Control Liquid Makeup in Classic Ivory.
Why: When I run out of Bare Minerals (oh no!), or it's the middle of Winter and I have a day when my skin just can't handle powder, I turn to this stuff. It's very light, clean, and friendly to dry skin. It also doesn't cause breakouts. The only problem I have with liquid foundation is that I can always see it on my skin.