From products and finishes, to the best techniques to ‘apply and set’ – we shows you the way to create a natural, all-day, flawless look with foundation.
Replacing the opaque powders normally found in foundations with a ‘soft focus gel’ – that smooths and perfects the skin’s surface without having to create a mask-like effect. The result? A luminous ‘real’ skin finish that attracts and reflects light. Need I say more?
Extra light, easily blendable and long-lasting – Chanel’s Vitalumière Aqua offers sheer, natural coverage for women on the go. Perfect for those that don’t like to wear foundation but want to give a vibrant all-over sheen to skin, in a single wash of colour. Tip; Massage into the skin like a moisturiser and you are ready to go!
If you like the flexibility of being able to build or blend your foundation depending on the occasion, or the condition of your skin – then Tom Ford’s Traceless Foundation Stick is for you! A unique hydrating, creamy foundation that can be blended over the skin for a flawless & soothing finish. Tip; Best used with sponge – I use beauty department Precision Sponge either wet for a more sheer coverage, or dry for a fuller coverage – before blending into the skin in a dabbing motion with your fingers. Cover dark circles or spots by finishing with a little extra on the tip of your fingers or a brush. It’s a TRIPLE THREAT!
One of the industry’s most desired foundations, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk is a weightless, radiant, oil-free fluid that is probably one of the most celebrated foundations of it’s time! It provides silky, flawless coverage that hydrates – with Micro-fil technology – and stays put all day. Like it’s name suggests, luminosity is it’s game and flexibility in coverage is just one of it’s talents, along with one of the greatest colour selections I’ve experienced. Tip; Powder is a must. Don’t worry, it doesn’t become cakey nor do you loose it’s luminous glowy effect.
A soufflé-like consistency that blends seamlessly over the skin with a velvet-like finish. It’s what I call my ‘Victoria’s Secret skin’ in a bottle! Smoothing fine lines, diminishes redness, and gliding over dry or flaky skin types, this foundation is not shy of a challenge – particularly when it comes to oilier skin types. Tip; Lightly powder ‘hot spots’ (areas that tend to shine) for a longer wearing foundation.
The only matte, or should I say demi-matte foundation I use, due to it’s velvety, lightweight texture and easy to blend formula. I love how it manages to brighten skin without the dewy finish. A hydrating formula that glides over the skin filling and refining skin texture. Although they say its build-able, I prefer to use it as medium coverage and conceal the areas I need the coverage so to not only suffocate the skin but to stop ashiness later in the day. I find matte foundations wear better when you work with this in mind. The concealer is rich and creamy and must be powdered when applied to the hot-spots of the face. Note; ALWAYS use a loose powder to set matte foundation as it is lighter and has less talc, resulting in a more refined finish! Tip; get your self a good foundation brush _ I use Rae Morris’s Radiance Brush– to distribute the foundation evenly and finish with your fingers to really work the foundation into the skin.
It’s no secret Charlotte Tilbury makeup is by far one of my favourite brands – and artist next to Kevyn Aucoin, in fact if you had a peek inside my kit you would pretty much find her entire range. Like the rest of the collection Wonder Glow Foundation delivers excellent results. No need to build or layer with this liquid foundation, a light coverage is all that is needed to even skin-tone for a flawless, glowing result. My go-to for combination skin types, as it’s extremely hydrating, stopping any greasiness in the oilier areas and going patchy in the drier spots – which makes this foundation a great all-rounder when it comes to all skin types. Tip; Best applied with a foundation brush – I use Rae Morris’s Radiance Brush– and massaged into the skin using your fingers for a flawless finish.
Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation is high on my suggestions when it comes to recommending a foundation to my client. The liquid formula, which is jam-packed with light-diffusing properties, can be built from a light to medium coverage with little to no effort. For me, the quality of a matte foundation is when it can make skin look radiant but without the shine of a luminous foundation. Which, this little beauty does to a T! Thanks Benefit. Note; Prepping the skin with a moisturiser is still totally necessary even when a matte finish is desired. It helps the foundation blend and penetrate the skin for a seamless finish!
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact
I’m not one to usually go for a compact powder foundation. I generally choose to use a liquid or cream foundation, and set with powder – depending on the finish. Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Compact has changed that option. Like it’s sister products Luminous Silk Foundation has a medium coverage that mattifes the skin with a Luminous finish. I love using this compact on its own when I want a more of a natural finish or coverage or on set over a liquid foundations to give skin a luminous-matt airbrushed finish! Either way if you like the convenience of something you can carry, or like your skin to have that matte-glow finish – then Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation is on my list of must-haves!
Maybelline Fitme Foundation
While some matte foundations can exaggerate pores particularly when it comes to tackling oilier skin types – which makes up the largers part of matte foundation wearers – Maybelline Fitme Foundation works like a lightweight gauze over the skin smoothing out pores, resulting in defused looking skin. What I love about this foundation is the quality for for the money. Nothing excites me more than a drug store product with a department store finish! Tip; Powder is a must, particularly on the hot-spots of the face, i.e. nose, middle of the chin, centre of the forehead and each side of the nose – to set and give longevity.