August 22, 2016
Anyone that knows me will you tell you I’m a little outspoken when it comes to foundation.
I don’t believe that anyone needs ‘full coverage’ foundation… I do believe, however, that everybody can achieve a flawless complexion without using it. Brace yourself, you're going to be sick of the words ‘full coverage’ after reading this post.
I get really upset when I see young girls with perfect skin walking around town with what looks like a mask on their face. Embrace your beautiful skin and enhance it.
I have nothing against full coverage foundation used in the right way, don’t get me wrong, but I feel as though 60% of the population have no education when picking the right foundation for their skin type or even colour, come to that. HA HA.
I have made up several clients that suffer with acne, almost always their opening line would be: "can you use your most full coverage foundation?" and almost always my answer is ‘no’.
If there is a particular area of the face that needs a little extra coverage I would use a concealer, or a little full coverage foundation on a specific area, but never the whole face.
I am yet to find a full coverage foundation that doesn't look heavy or cakey. Some can be drying, and they’re usually a matte finish. You can build medium coverage foundations up to a full coverage by layering, I like to do this if there is a specific area that needs a little more. I'll stop rambling and get straight to the point.
Tinted moisturiser or light coverage foundation with a touch of concealer is my favourite combination. Most people are scared of tinted moisturiser because they think it won't do anything, You’d be surprised at the coverage of most of them. I put tinted moisturiser on most of my clients, once you have finished everything off with powders, bronzers, etc, the skin looks flawless, no need for full coverage.
Another good tip is mineral powder. If you want good coverage and to feel as though you're not wearing makeup, this is the one. Buffing it in with a flat top brush is the best way I have found to apply it, and the coverage is buildable on application, you can always use a concealer underneath first.
Some of my go-to's are:
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser:
Oil free, super creamy, very hydrating and light to medium coverage. I use a beauty blender (posh sponge) when applying it to my skin. They're not lying when they say 'radiant' either, absolutely stunning.
Nars Sheer Glow:
This foundation has become a phenomenon with teenage girls. It is medium coverage, buildable. I couldn't do without it in my kit, not only because the finish is so beautiful but because the shades are fantastic for most skin tones. If you can't find a shade that suits you in this range I'd be very surprised.
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation:
Gosh. I adore this foundation beyond belief... It comes in moisturising or oil free, personally I'm not a fan of the oil free, just because I was used to the old texture before they changed the packaging and reformulated, I think the moisturising is most similar to the original.
Medium to full coverage, the best way to apply this one is with a beauty blender or flat top buffing brush. super creamy, non drying, satin finish... I like to mix it in with my tinted moisturiser for the times I feel I'd like more coverage.
Eve Lom Mineral Powder:
This has to be the best product the brand have designed.
The coverage is light to medium and buildable. The finish is glowy (something I didn't think was possible from a mineral powder).
The only downside to these are the shades, only 6 to choose from... If you can find one to match you, you're lucky.
If you have any questions or need advice with products I’d be happy to help. Leave a comment below or shoot me an email.
Lots of love