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Category Archives: foundation 101
I talk about foundation here A LOT. I mean, it IS the foundation of your makeup routine! But it’s also sometimes one of the hardest makeup products to shop for—especially for those of us with darker skin (it’s also hard for those with very fair skin tones as well but my focus here is on those with darker skin). So while I have a gazillion blog posts on foundation that you should definitely read, I thought it would be nice to have a video on how to go about the process.
(Note: In general there isn’t that much of a difference in applying foundation on dark skin than there is on other skin tones, BUT there are some nuances such as natural discoloration, dark spots, etc. that make it a little more involved.)
So if you’re not subscribed to my recently rebooted Youtube channel, we can’t be homies…lol. I recently filmed myself doing a makeup look I’ve been doing a lot lately: neutral eyeshadow with mega lashes, bold cheeks, nude lip, and some highlight/contour action. But then I thought of how a good number of you fine folks who read this blog (thanks for reading, ya’ll!!!) are new to makeup and might benefit from it being broken down into easy to digest parts. So that’s exactly what I did. Today’s focus is on how to apply foundation. You can view the full playlist below with all the videos, but I also wanted to include some must-read posts I’ve written (some a long time ago but the info is still the same) to give you some background and 411 on foundation.
So say you’re fairly new to makeup and would like to buy foundation, but need guidance because 1. you live very far away from many makeup counters and would have to buy it online or 2. don’t really feel like the people at your nearest counter have your best beauty interests in mind, what do you do? It’s time to learn some foundation basics!
It sucks that we all can’t have flawless, glowing skin all the time. Trust me, I know. People say I have nice skin, but it took time to get here.
The answer to less than stellar skin, my good friends, is not more foundation. In fact I feel that full coverage foundations when you’re not on camera or having your photo taken draw more attention to your skin and make it look worse.
We talked about what makeup can and cannot do. Texture is one thing it just can’t do. No matter how full coverage a foundation or concealer is, it cannot cover texture. Until chemists come up with something groundbreaking, the only cover-up for texture is Photo Shop. Hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, yes. Cystic acne, no.
So what’s a girl to do?
You’re actually better off going sans foundation save for occasions where your photo will be taken and working on your skin. Your skin and makeup will thank you for it. Check out the Skin category for some ideas on where to start.
Also there’s ladies out there with perfectly decent skin who pile on too much foundation or use the wrong finish. Quick rule of thumb with foundation: pick out a formula for your skin type (liquid typically works for all, while powder is great for oilier skins), coordinate your finish with the rest of your makeup (pair a matte finish foundation with something luminous like blush or creamy lip color, etc), and choosing the right finishing powder (or Evercolor Poreless Face Defender). Need the basics? Check out Foundation 101.
If you’re not sure if you’re rocking your foundation right, feel free to email pics (I won’t post it anywhere) of you in different lighting (preferably day light) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Foundation Help” and I’ll lend a helping hand!
As always, send any other fashion and beauty questions my way and I’ll email you back with an answer within 24-48 hours :)
Foundation can be one of those makeup items that will make you want to pull your hair out. Finding the right color and finish can be downright frustrating for any woman.
But what if you have very fair skin? What options are there for you?
I’ve put together a list of some brands who keep very fair or porcelain skin ladies in mind when they make their foundations. Check it out:
(in no particular order)
Becca Foundation Stick in Meringue, Parfait, Sherbert, Torrone, Praline, Biscuit
Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in Zero Minus, Porcelain
Illamasqua Light Liquid Foundation in LF 115, LF 133, LF 135
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation in RF 100, RF 105, RF 115
Illamasqua Cream Foundation in CF 100, CF 110, CF 120, CF 133
Make Up For Ever HD in 107, 110, 115
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation in No. 15, 20, 25, 30
Make Up For Ever Face & Body Liquid Makeup in Pink Porcelain 38
NARS Sheer Matte (or Sheer Glow) Foundation in Siberia, Deauville, Fiji, Ceylan
MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15, NW15, NC20, NW20
MAC Full Coverage Foundation in White, NC15, NW15, NC20, NW20
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC15, NW15, NC20, NW20
MAC Select SPF 15 in NC15, NW15
Finding your perfect shade can be as simple (or as hard) as knowing your undertones and skin type. Common undertones found in very deep skin are blue, red, and olive. For a guide on how to choose foundation, check out Foundation 101.
Have foundation questions? Leave them in the comments! Or contact me.
Have any recommendations to add to the list? Drop them in the comments, too.