I always start with a good clenser, toner, moisturiser. Then a good primer. No7 have a great one at £30 that i use. Then i use benefit liquid foundation applied lightly with fingertips. After that i use Almay concealer and a loose poweder to finish it off.
I swear by The Body Shop Compact at £11. And at this price it dosent break the bank. Also not tested on animals! It has great coverage and is an all in one as well.
I am a trained beautician by trade so I have used a lot of foundations.
If its any good to you the following is what you are supposed to do:
Cleanse by using a milk cleanser for your skin tone and remove with damp cotton pads and repeat.
Tone by putting a toner for your skin type on damp cotton pads and dab on face
Moisturise with one for your skin
Wait 5 minutes to soak in
Use a consealer under your eyes and cover any marks and blemeshes.
Apply foundation using a sponge!!
Appky loose powder. Translucent suits most ppl. Ivory for over 50's. Use a brush!
Apply blusher. In general, Pink for blondes, peach for brunettes, but the world is your oyster!
Use a lip liner, and lip stick of your choice. Lip sticks should be aplied with a brush. Then blotted with a tissue then repplied. and blotted again. A fine dusting of face power will make this last longer.
Apply eye liner, eye shadow and then mascara.
Thats basically the limit of it. but of course no one ever follows this EVER. But its just text book material.