FINALLY it’s time to chat makeup – specifically foundation. There are two things I absolutely love and have to buy each time I pass it …. The first is stationery. Yes stationery. From notebooks, to pens, to gadgets, to clipboards, to fancy looking to do lists, to sticky notes… I do believe you get the picture. The second is foundation. What do I mean by this. Herewith a list of foundations I currently have in my possession:
- Estee Lauder double wear
- Catrice HP Liquid Coverage
- Benefit Flawless Oxygen
- Flormar Perfect Coverage
- Inglot Perfect Coverup
- Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid
- Kylie Matte Liquid
- Essence Soft Touch Mousse
- Almost had Mac (but my colour was out of stock)
Why do I have so many foundations ? Its simple I’M CRAZY ABOUT finding the perfect match and the perfect coverage. That and I’ve become a bit of a fanatic trying to find one that beats Estee Lauder. I must admit Estee Lauder is my favourite and I find myself returning to it all the time.
So purely out of curiosity I enjoy trying, testing and playing with foundation shades. Estee Lauder is my first choice because it’s light weight, buildable, gives great coverage, stays in place, doesn’t crack, looks so natural and gives my skin a natural glow.
Second to Estee Lauder (and less in cost), is Catrice, the liquid is runnier, light weight, also buildable (but I find it needs more building), gives good coverage, is easy to apply and gives a dewy finishing touch.
PREPPING THE SKIN FOR FOUNDATION
Prior to applying foundation, you need to have done all the things I spoke about in my previous post ie Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise on a regular basis. Your skin is clean and ready for makeup. I use the benefit or Inglot primer before applying my foundation.
Primer is a substance used as a preparatory coat on wood, metal, or canvas, especially to prevent the absorption of subsequent layers of paint or the development of rust. THIS IS NOT THE PRIMER I’m referring to LOL. The primer I am referring to is a makeup primer which works pretty much the same. It is a base for foundation or face makeup that allows it to go on smoother and last longer. Try it, you’ll see and feel the difference 🙂
MY FOUNDATION STRUGGLE
I’ve observed, learnt, and struggled with finding the perfect foundation and application technique for years. In my experience I’ve had the following results when applying foundation. My foundation;
- appears as two tones or not blended well on face and neck.
- doesn’t match my natural complexion ie. either the wrong colour makes me look lighter than I am, or darker than I am
- cracks up and visible wrinkles appear
- Foundation lines appear or disappear as the day progresses
- needs reapplication
I must stress that WHEN I’M NOT LAZY, my makeup application is on fleek.
TOOLS and APPLICATION
After many lessons and mishaps, I developed my own technique of applying foundation. I love oval brushes for big area applications ie. forehead, cheeks, neck. It allows the foundation to create a smooth surface on my skin, rather than using the paint brush as it always creates streaks.
Next I use the mac foundation brush for a second layer under my eyes and on the sides of my nose and between my eyebrows. I don’t stroke, I pat a little at a time allowing the foundation to rest rather than rubbed or brushed in. Sometimes I use my finger to pat the under eye. Depending on what my eye area is going through on a particular day, I use one of these: Estee Lauder double wear maximum cover camouflage makeup, Hean high definition lightening concealer, Clarins instant light brush on perfector, Gosh prime ‘n refresh illuminating eye roll on for instant tightning, or Benefit it’s potent eye cream.
If any redness, light marks are still visible, I touch up with an extra coat of foundation by dabbing it over the area that needs to be covered.
……..and Voila foundation done.
The steps thereafter depend on what makeup look I wish to accomplish and which products I’ll be using. If I use the liquid contour products then there is no need to set the foundation first. If I are use the powder products, then I’d need to set my foundation with press powder. We can discuss that on another day.
I’ll end off this post with another recipe you can easily put together at home.
As the lips are also part of the face, let us not neglect to care for it. Herewith a super smooth lip scrub recipe.
SUPER SMOOTH LIP SCRUB
- Coconut oil
- Brown Sugar
- Mix honey and oil in equal measure, add brown sugar as desired and store in a jar.
That’s it for this week. In my next post I’ll take you on my latest spa treatment and where you can go to spend the entire morning, afternoon or whole day and have your hair, manicure, pedicure, facial, massage, laser treatment, scarf styling and even makeup done all in one place. The answer to all our female pampering needs.
Till next time – Live Life Purposefully – Lots of Love – Roshan