Series 2: Laying the Foundation

Okay, did you all like the skincare post?  Here we go for the next round: laying the foundation.  This is where I conceal all the various spots and dots on my face, before I put on any color (blush, eyeshadow).  Some women are lucky in that they don’t need foundation because their skin is peaches & cream and not dry and not oily.  I am not that woman.  My face gets oily and any makeup will disappear if I’m lucky, or run down my face, not attractive.

Before I start, I want to reiterate that you should moisturize before foundation.  This is an important step because it will prevent any dry patches from popping up and ruining your makeup look.  It also imparts a little natural glow to your complexion.

Step 1: Primer for your face (not eyes).  One word:  Lifesaver.  It keeps your foundation, powder and blush from disappearing, streaking and turning a weird color.  Since I’ve used this primer, my oily complexion has been behaving.  A lot less blotting and I stopped powdering my face when I’m out.  I just use my fingers in applying this all over my face (not my eye area, however).

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Step 2: Foundation and Illuminator.  I use both a liquid foundation and an illuminator because I like a dewy or glowing finish as opposed to a straight up matte finish (which can age you).  I also find that the illuminator stretches out the foundation, which is good since foundation can get pricey.  I am using the last of my Prescriptives Virtual Matte Oil-Control Makeup in Fresh Gold for my foundation and Benefit Moon Beam for my illuminator.  I think you can still buy some Prescriptives products online now but the line is no longer available in stores.  Big bummer.  For special occasions, I use my DiorSkin Airflash Spray Foundation in Light Beige for a flawless, airbrushed look.  This was used for my wedding makeup and I was very impressed since it lasted all day and all night.  I use the DiorSkin Airflash sparingly since there’s not as much product as a bottle of liquid foundation.

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I apply a few dots of liquid foundation and the illuminator at the same time and use a flat foundation brush for an even application.

One note if you use the DiorSkin spray foundation.  Do not spray onto your face; rather, spray it onto a big kabuki brush over an area where it’s easy to wipe off any foundation (like over your sink, or lay out some paper towels on a counter and spray it over them), then use the brush to apply the foundation.  Since the staying power of this foundation is beyond awesome, you don’t want it to stain your walls or whatever.

Step 3: Powder.  This step sets the foundation.  I use Prescriptives Magic Liquid Powder, which is a loose powder that supposedly diffuses light to minimize the stuff you want minimized (lines, pores, wrinkles, etc.).  It feels cool going on with a big powder brush.  I just dip it into the top part and shake any excess and one swipe of the brush is sufficient.

Step 4: Conceal and Highlight.  I only do this if needed (a big zit) or if I have extra time (highlight away!).  I have been using Estee Lauder Smoothing Creme Concealer in Medium for years.  I got it as a gift with purchase years ago and was surprised how well it hides everything.  It doesn’t cake or fade.  I put it on with my fingers after I put on my powder, very sparingly and I blend it well to the rest of my face.

To highlight, I use Dior SkinFlash Radiance Booster Pen.  It’s a brush you click for each application and I’ll put it under my eyes if they’re dark, I’ll run it along the length of my nose to make it appear thinner, or put it over the bow over my lips to highlight my lipstick/gloss.  I brush it on the area I want highlighted and use my fingers to blend in.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments.  If there’s any makeup product that you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to do so.

Have a great Monday! xo

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