There are just a few essentials that I have learned to make up my basic everyday face to protect, nourish and cover the flaws (no this is not a sponsored commercial). Very basic needs but things I can not live without nonetheless.
My first must have is a good mosturizer. I have tried the gamut of products from drug stores to high designer lines. I remember starting with my first good brand in highschool. I was prone to pick up the Shiseido Purenss line.
My next best thing is a good light foundation for my lazy days. Something that blends easily doesn't clog my pores and that is a bit no nonsense. I love my mac foundations NC20 and they do a great job at covering and looking flawless the problem is I find them too heavy to deal with everyday. Truth be told I am LAZY about my skin care. If I can't sleep in it for a day or two without worry about immediate clogs and belmishes then it's too much for me. I just can't be bothered every night to wash my face when I have books to read, things to knit and Dr. Who to watch! So far "Some Kinda-A Gorgeous" ($28) has been my day to day saviour of looking a little less rolled out of bed for work and basis enough for my powder. Along with that I use "You Rebel lite" ($30) both of which are by Benefit.