hey:) I was wondering what foundation you use and how you apply it?
Hi there! I currently switch between MAC Face and Body C2 and C3 (for light dewy coverage), and Bourjois Healthy Mix 52 or Revlon Colorstay310 Warm Golden (heavier) depending on how much coverage I want. If you are trying to find a comparable shade, Bourjois 52 = C2, and Colorstay 310 = C3.
For application, it depends on the foundation I’m working with. The MAC I use for a “real skin” look. The coverage is very sheer and I apply with my fingers because that helps the pigments to show up a bit better and set a bit more matte-looking. (This foundation gives a moist look.)
Heavier, faster-drying foundations like Colorstay, I tend to smooth on with a flat foundation brush as that spreads it out better and allows building up in specific areas that need more help. If you see any visible streaks (I don’t tend to), just finish by patting - not dragging - around your face with the flat of the brush, like you would use a sponge or stippling brush.
P.S. I always apply concealer AFTER liquid foundations for better blending and precision.
Since there were some questions recently regarding concealing products and tips, I decided to do a 3-part general guide to Concealing for common problems like spots, uneven tones, and dark circles. —-
Part 1: Overview
Part 2: Undereye Concealing
Part 3: Spot Concealing —-
PART 1: Concealer Overview
If I had to walk into an important interview wearing only one thing on my face, Concealer would be it. While I’m addicted to color makeup like eye- and lip-products, concealer is the #1 confidence booster. Unless you are one of those who have permanently spot-free skin, no uneven tones, and no darkness around the eyes, you will likely need some, if not all, of the products listed below. Please reference this as an overview of the TYPES of products that will help to fix specific issues, rather than a definitive listing of must-have products.
General Rule-of-Thumb: Concealer should itself be concealed. —-
1. Skin-toned Concealer
This should be TRUE to your real skin color or just slightly yellower. If you use powder, you can get one just slightly lighter than your skin tone. If you don’t, get your exact shade.
Used for: Spots, fresh acne-scars, slightly-dark or red areas of your skin
Recommended coverage: High
Good Texture: Waxy, thick, dry until warmed up
Suggested Products: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF35, most concealers in a stick form
NOT GOOD FOR: Trying to cover dark circles completely
2. Salmon-toned Concealer
A product that is pinker than your actual skin color, but not lighter as there needs to be enough peach pigments to counteract dark pigmentation.
Used for: Under-eyes, veins, bruises, dark purplish/plum spots
Recommended coverage: Moderately-high (go for the very thick textures only if you need to cover tattoos)
Good Texture: Semi-creamy, not hard to spread and blend
Suggested Products: NYX Concealer in a Jar (there’s an orange shade), Amazing Concealer, Bobbi Brown Corrector, Skin Food Salmon Concealer (pictured at top)
NOT GOOD FOR: Covering redness and acne
3. Setting Powder
It can be:
slightly more yellow-toned (not TOO yellow) than your skin,
slightly luminous rather than flat matte, and
a shade or so lighter than your natural skin color, if not translucent.
Concealer, especially opaque ones applied thickly over blemishes, will grab powder and result in a dark, cake-y patch, so setting it ahead of time with a lighter shade locks in the concealer and allows you to apply the rest of your makeup easier.
Used for: Setting concealer and providing extra correction