Flawless, Nigella-style foundation

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Watching The Taste recently (which is crap) I am transfixed by Nigella's amazing skin. I know she's certainly had a bit or botox or whatever, but she clearly has fantastic foundation.
As a fellow pale and interesting type I was hoping for some recommendations for foundation that gives that wonderful creamy effect.
I use a light, illuminating foundation during the day but want something heavier for evenings.

Any ideas?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 13:54:52

She has LAYERS of the stuff on, properly slapped on with a trowelgrin

I remember seeing Joanne Lumley in the flesh and being shocked at how much make up she wore in real life.

You need your own personal make up artist to achieve Nigella's lookwink

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 14:06:27

Actually I want proper old fashioned cream foundation, the sorry in a jar that you dip your fingers in circa early 80's Helena Rubenstein type stuff. They did something very odd with foundation at some point and it just doesn't seen to work on my skin....

The best I've found is Loreal lumi magique rose pearl which is a perfect match for NW 20 skin.

NW 20? Is that a skin colour pantone?

So I need a trowel and a make up artist? Is the Loreal one proper full coverage?

FrugalFashionista Tue 28-Jan-14 14:17:12

DameDiazepam foundation like that still exists. Amazing coverage, very heavy.

I've never gotten a good glow from liquid foundation (just a sweaty look) but mineral foundation applied properly can give a really fantastic glow and airbrushed feel without the heavy cakey feel.

bishboschone Tue 28-Jan-14 14:20:30

I'm sure it's mineral makeup . I have loreal and it's amazing but only for evenings ..

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 14:27:41

I use mineral make up most days, it's good.

That Revlon stuff has a sort of velvety finish though which I don't like, sort of powdery. I want very very creamy stuff. Thanks thoughsmile

NW 20 is a Mac shade.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 14:29:07

Actually just realised I haven't tried the Revlon one, it's the maybelline one I've tried. I'll look in boots tomorrow, thankssmile

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 14:40:55

Oooo it has good reviews on make up alley <excited>

FrugalFashionista Tue 28-Jan-14 15:06:17

Dame it's one of my favorite foundations <foundation junkie> but the finish is more matte than glowy, but not at all powdery on my dry skin. It might also be a US only product <drugstore junkie> If so, lots of eBay vendors should carry it.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 15:09:46

Matte is good, not keen on glowy sweatygrin

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 15:14:36

Oh no, its not a UK product according to google-Bugger!!

I'll start hunting on e bay...

Gillybobs Tue 28-Jan-14 15:17:21

This stuff is DA bomb! proper coverage, semi matte finish, lasts for hours and hours. The catch is they aren't launching it in the UK so need to buy it on ebay and pay a fortune for postage.Worth it mind you

www.revlon.com/Revlon-Home/Products/Face/Foundation/Revlon-Colorstay-Whipped-Creme-Makeup.aspx

Gillybobs Tue 28-Jan-14 15:22:30

Oh dear, I see I'm late to the party. Sorry! I think it's quite creamy, not powdery at all

fedupandfifty Tue 28-Jan-14 15:24:59

Have you tried panstick by Max Factor? Very creamy, good coverage. Heavy though.

jasmine1979 Tue 28-Jan-14 15:31:23

I'm usually a huge fan of mineral foundation only. Other foundations make me want to scratch my face off!
This clarins one though is just amazing. It's £££ but really worth every penny. Coverage is really good, but it doesn't look cakey or obvious at all. smile You also only need a tiny amount for good coverage so although it's expensive it lasts a long long time.
www.clarins.co.uk/Extra-Comfort-Foundation-SPF-15/C050101012,en_GB,pd.html?dwvar_C050101012_color=103%20ivory&start=6

Clarins are also one of the few make-up counters that I've found that are great at giving out samples. So well worth giving it a try.

GiniCooper Tue 28-Jan-14 16:00:55

Primer, primer, primer.

I have gone through foundation after foundation and a make up artist recommended urban decay primer.

It's amazing the difference.

GeekInThePink Tue 28-Jan-14 16:04:20

Sorry to butt in but what is mineral make up like for dry skin?
I worry I will look powdery and uneven

bishboschone Tue 28-Jan-14 17:08:36

My skin is dry .. It's fine .. I use loreal

GeorginaWorsley Tue 28-Jan-14 18:20:33

I tried every foundation out there I think.
I want good coverage but not flat,long lasting but not drying.
The ones that last are too flat,eg Double Wear,the ones that look amazing when first on don't last!

kerstina Tue 28-Jan-14 18:22:27

Nigella mentioned Laura Mercier pressed powder being in her handbag in one interview. She used to be the times beauty journalist didn't she? I used to read it but can't really remember her favourites.

GeorginaWorsley Tue 28-Jan-14 18:35:29

She did indeed,around 2003 ish??
I've never tried anything from Laura Mercier ,apart from Secret Finish.
Perhaps that's it??

Ellisisland Tue 28-Jan-14 18:44:28

It's contouring as well as foundation. I use these for contouring

www.artistofmakeup.com/index.php/face/contour-stick.html

Ellisisland Tue 28-Jan-14 19:04:49

Also here is a link to Nigella talking about her beauty regime

www.stylist.co.uk/beauty/nigella-lawsons-60s-make-up

bishboschone Tue 28-Jan-14 19:29:03

I get on really well with Botanics bb cream ..it covers like light foundation but a nice texture .. I use this in the day and mineral make up for nights out ..

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