There are some tips and tricks to foundation.
When it comes to applying makeup, one of my biggest struggles has been with foundation.
I have lost count of the brands, the types and the shades of creams lining my bathroom shelves in the quest for a flawless finish. I have tried the matts, the sheers and the tinted tubes; truthfully I feel like I have sampled enough cover-ups to last a lifetime. At the same time I will admit to being tricky when it comes to foundation. I like a texture that is not too thick and not to dry; the mask-like feeling tightening over the face as some foundations dry is not for me. Nor do I want to appear as if I am wearing a mask. Did I mention if a foundation is highly fragranced, that is out too?
It is a beauty land mine of negotiations and it’s only now that I am learning the difference between products.
Finally I know what I want to wear.
The Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC cream in No 2.
This will depend on coverage requirements but the texture of this cream is fine, sheer enough and evens out the complexion. This CC cream is the best I have found to date and the sun protection is excellent. I have been using this one for some years now and am so happy with the result.
The “Luminous Silk” foundation from Giorgio Armani in shade 3.75.
The texture is superb giving a dewy but more defining look for evening.
Selecting the shade is the hard part.
In my experience consultants usually sell me a shade too deep; now I try one lighter and it is generally the correct one.
Once you know your foundations and have determined the tints best suited, there are a few tips and tricks that really help.
Tips And Tricks
1. Prepare the base.
Applied after the skin care routine, the Tom Ford Illuminating primer makes all the difference and prepares the skin for the foundation layer.
2. Create a dewy finish and a glowing complexion. (Optional Step)
On the palm of the hand mix a small amount of Mac Strobe Cream with moisturiser and using fingertips apply the blend to the face from the middle outwards.
* The strobe cream is a secret of make-up professionals. The difference between using moisturiser alone and this product is the light reflecting properties. It is not sparkly just enhancing.
If you can be bothered to add another product to your routine it’s a very worthwhile addition. It is one for special events or an added touch of glamour.
3. Apply foundation.
Add a small drop of night cream for a finer effect. This works brilliantly for a seamless coverage.
4. Set the foundation with a thermal water spray.
The Avene Thermal Water Spray is one of the fasting selling beauty products in France. It really does works. Spray a fine mist over the entire face after foundation and blush, before the eyes and lips for a longer lasting finish.
Foundation Made Easy
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