Tinted Moisturiser or Foundation?
I believe once our skin reaches a certain age a tinted moisturiser is the best option. A lighter coverage is kinder to the skin, evens out our complexion and does not emphasise what we don’t wish to illuminate. There are exceptions for photography or special occasions but in general, my rule is to go lighter. Who was it that said get dressed and then before leaving the house remove an accessory? The same can apply to make-up; apply too much and the look can be deadly. I have done just that – left the house overly made-up – and felt uncomfortable all evening. With make-up, unless you are an expert, less is generally more.
Finding the right one for us, whether tinted moisturiser or a heavier formula, is one of the hardest parts of our make-up routine. My new brush has changed the game entirely and I wish I had tried this earlier – it takes the end result to a whole new level.
The types and the shades of foundations lining my bathroom shelves in the quest for a flawless finish have now disappeared. I have tried the mattes, the sheers and the tinted tubes; truthfully I feel like I have sampled enough cover-ups to last a lifetime. I like a texture that is not drying; that mask-like feeling tightening over the face is awful. If a foundation is highly fragranced, that is out too? A couple of products work for me and until they change or I find something that shows a better result I am sticking with them.
Choosing a foundation is the land mine of all beauty negotiations and the place we need to start. If the base isn’t working we cannot expect the rest to save the day. xv
All Day Every Day
This will depend on coverage requirements but the texture of this cream is fine, sheer enough and evens out the complexion. This tinted moisturiser, replacing the BB formula of the past, has a lovely texture and the sun protection is excellent.
This has a medium coverage – slightly more than the Giorgio Armani – but still sheer enough to even out the complexion without looking clogged or heavy.
This foundation creates a dewy texture with more coverage for the evening. I’m making the presumption of lower and more flattering lighting.
Tips And Tricks
1. Prepare the base.
Applied after the skincare routine, primer makes all the difference and prepares the skin for the foundation layer.
2. Create a dewy finish and a glowing complexion. (Optional Step)
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 tinted moisturiser or foundation.
Add a small drop of night cream for a finer effect. This works brilliantly for 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 and it works. Spray a fine mist over the entire face after foundation and blush, before the eyes and lips for a longer-lasting finish.
Tinted Moisturiser & Foundation Made Easy
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