Starting with a good base is key to an even make up look, that’s why choosing the right foundation is essential. Finding it is another matter, it’s just never that straight-forward. Go into any beauty store and there are shelves upon shelves to choose from, whether it’s full coverage, matte, glowy or a natural-look cover up, finding the perfect partner to give you a flawless finish can be overwhelming. Of course there are varying price points too from drugstore staples for under £10.00 to an all out splurge which I simply can’t justify.
My methodology is knowing what my skin type and tone is – (sensitive, dry and extremely pale)! Once you know this you’re half way there. I always stick to two differing foundations in my make up bag, they change depending on the time of year and what’s working with my skin at that moment in time. For the day I prefer a more natural look so I tend to stick with a lightweight formula that’ll even out my skin. In the evening I usually opt for something with higher coverage, a product that’s heavier in texture which will last all night long.
Liquids, sticks, powders there’s a lot of choice, so here i’ve highlighted my current favourites which work for my skin and could work for yours too…
This has been my go-to daytime foundation for some time now. It’s lightweight, minimises the appearance of fine lines and pores giving my skin a hydrated smooth finish meaning it’s the perfect canvas to apply the rest of my make up in the morning. I use mine in the colour Fair, it helps to cover up any breakouts whilst nourishing my skin at the same time. Charlotte Tilbury’s liquid foundation is known for it’s youth-boosting actives leaving skin feeling super soft whilst also giving it a satin, sheer finish that lasts all day long.
This Nars Weightless foundation is another favourite of mine, it has light-reflecting properties that give my skin a luminous glow whilst also blending into my skin, brightening and perfecting at the same time – splendid! I suffer from redness and irritation so it helps to combat skin discolouration and tiredness with hydrating Vitamin E. The oil-free formulation ensures maximum coverage for late nights without feeling caked. In LOVE with this!
I like to have a foundation stick to hand as it’s perfect for applying on-the-go. This is a favourite of mine as the texture is creamy, yet weightless and blends so easily into my skin. A stick means that I can apply a full coverage look for evening or just touch up imperfections during the day. The formulation contains olive extract and shea butter which helps to hydrate the skin leaving it looking sheer and even. Need a customisable foundation? This is your partner.