Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The Starting Off Project: Week 3 - Foundation

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The Starting Off Project

I'm covering all the basics of foundation in this weeks Starting Off Project. For a perfect base, this makeup product is essential!

So what is foundation? Foundation is a makeup product used to cover your entire face for even skin tone and to blur any imperfections. Often times you can find yourself having a good enough skin day to forgo foundation, but for most it is the staple of any good makeup routine. It comes in a variety of formulas, each more suited to one skin type than another but all requiring a little experimentation. Here, we work off our natural skin tone colour and if we aren't entirely sure on colour matching, we go for the lighter shade.

To pick a foundation, we need to examine our colouring. Warm, Cool or Neutral are the main underlying colours for skin. The best way to determine this is to have a look at the inside of your wrist in natural light while making a fist. Predominantly blue veins means you're Cool toned, green says Warm. If you have a mixture then you're Neutral, which means you can get away with having Cool or Warm toned makeup.

Then there's the type of coverage you're after. If you're one of the lucky few with glorious skin and few imperfections, you might want to plum for a sheer foundation. This will give you just a touch of colour and improve any discolouration. Light to medium coverage is a preference. A lot of BB creams have fairly light coverage but most foundations sit within the medium coverage scale. I opt for medium coverage during my  'problem' days where my skin my not be feeling at its best or I'm experiencing a breakout.

Lastly, the formulation. Liquid foundation is probably the most commonly used and one of my favourites is Revlon Nearly Naked. It's perfect for all skin types and usually has a lighter coverage, but is not always the case. It can come in a variety of finishes ranging from dewy to matte and is most commonly applied with a brush but a lot of people prefer to work it in with fingers. Cream foundation is ideal for anyone with dry, combination or normal skin and leans more toward the fuller side of the coverage scale, has a dewy finish and should be applied with a brush or sponge. The only cream foundation I use is Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse as most can be a little too much for my skin. For the oily skin beauties, powder-based foundations absorb excess oil while leaving a matte finish and is usually applied with a brush. My powder of choice (for setting my foundation mainly) is MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. A mineral foundation is great for all types expect oily, especially those suffering from sensitive skin. This has a light coverage and matte finish that is best applied with a brush much alike to powder. ELF's Mineral Foundation is the perfect start for anyone looking for a bargain within this foundation type. Lastly, there are tinted moisturisers or BB/CC creams. Great for anyone who's skin is a little dehydrated for a 'barely there' makeup look. Apply something like Dr. Jart BB Cream with fingers for sheer coverage that's ever so slightly dewy.

Flawless complexions come with a little work, but if you pick the right foundation for you it can appear effortless. Don't worry if it takes you a while to get the right one for your skin type or colour, it's all about experimentation and is half the fun.

Have you got a favourite foundation that you can't live without?

30 comments:

  1. Im currently looking for a new foundation but I do love my MAC studio fix fluid! Time for a change though!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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    1. I've never gotten along with MAC foundations. Maybe it's because I have such dry skin?

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  2. My faves are from MAC & Chanel.. my foundation post is up if you fancy reading about my faves..Lianne | TheBrunetteSays...

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  3. Great post! I really wanna try the Dr Jart BB cream! xx

    raspberrycheeks.blogspot.co.uk
    Twitter: @kateraspcheeks x

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    1. It's wonderful! I turn to it so much and it's got the best consistency of all the BB creams on the western market. More a balm rather than a cream which most 'BB' creams seem to be.

      xo

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  4. A lot of love in this weeks posts for Revlon; I need to try this myself!

    My foundation post is up too to see what I've been using.

    Victoria

    FlorenceandMary.com

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    1. It's a great, light foundation. My only quibble is the lack of a pump and for a newbie this would be a total nightmare.

      xo

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  5. Very artistic photo! :) A lovely post too :)

    The Oxford Owl

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  6. Love this post! Very informative :)
    I did this post too and recommended the Bourjois healthy mix serum, it's amazing for a drugstore/high street product!
    xx

    www.elisedopson.com

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    1. It's such a wonderful consistency, isn't it?

      xo

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  7. I've contemplated trying the nearly naked foundation but I don't think it will have enough coverage for me. I think I might try it next summer though when I need less. Really liked this post :D

    Hannah xxx

    http://adayinthelifeofanortherngirl.blogspot.com

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    1. On bad skin days I pair the Nearly Naked with a good coverage concealer and that seems to do the trick without me having to put on a thicker foundation. I love the versatility. :)

      xo

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  8. I love this post and from the very beginning I was just thinking, gosh I wish foundation WASN'T a staple in my makeup routine! :)

    Hayfa
    http://londonloafers.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, it's crazy isn't it? I'd love to go bare faced every day!

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  9. This comes at a good time as I was having my skin matched to a few yesterday in Birmingham. I was matched at Nars and Laura Mercier, it was really fun :)

    The Revlon Naked Foundation above is soooo nice, one of my favourite foundations.

    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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    1. Ooo, where in Brum is there Laura Mercier? Is it in Selfridges?

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  10. Just reinforces my love for M.A.C.!

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  11. love the urban decay naked foundation and heard that the revlon nearly naked is almost like it (though not quite).
    jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. Oh really? That's quite interesting and will have to swatch it when I get the chance.

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  12. Really good post! I guess my favorite foundation is the NARS Sheer Glow xx

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    1. I have heard so many good things about this foundation that I may have to bite the bullet and get it.

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  13. I love Dior BB cream, which is almost like a lightweight foundation, and Laura Mercier mineral foundation! I haven't experimented very much with foundations though, so I know there are a lot of good ones that I have yet to try :) Nice post!

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    1. Laura Mercier, Dior BB and UD Sheer Glow are all on my list. Hopefully the foundation fairy visits over Christmas. ;)

      xo

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  14. Great post. I cannot live without foundation because my skin is so horrible. My absolute favourite is Benefit Flawless and my favourite powder is the very very cheap Boots Naturals pressed powder! Bargain! Lastly the concealer I cannot go without is Estee Lauder double-wear liquid concealer!

    I love your blog. Started following on GFC and bloglovin.
    I'm having a giveaway on my blog, would love it if you had a look ;) xx

    http://glamourtricks.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/pink-giveaway.html

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    1. I used to use the Boots Naturals pressed powder too. Think it was one of the first face products I started using.

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  15. This is a great post and very thorough! Going to look into a couple of your recommendations. I really want to try mineralise Skinfinish natural too.

    from Brigitte at // BreezeyBee Blog | BlogLovin'

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    1. It's a wonderful powder that you can't really go wrong with. I actually didn't test out the colour when I bought it, but was spot on!

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