Help me with foundation?

(52 Posts)
thebestpossibletaste Sun 16-Jun-13 17:47:47

I never wear foundation but think I need to these days!

The reason I don't wear it is because I can see it, it doesn't look natural. My skin is horrible; very sensitive due to psoriasis, ageing (I'm 48), dull ...

At the moment all I do is remove my mascara and blusher with Simple wipes at night and wash with clear water in the morning.

I have some BB cream and also No. 7 tinted moisturiser but they don't cover properly.

On my nose I have what I thought were blackheads but on closer inspection look like pores, maybe with hairs? Wtf ...? I am dark haired and struggle as I get older with upper lip and chin hairs, also wild eyebrows!

Not sure how I can improve the look of my skin and not sure what foundation to use. Does anyone have one they'd really recommend that looks fairly natural but will cover these pores?

Vibbe Sun 16-Jun-13 18:00:17

Personally, I'd find a cleanser to use in the morning. If the things on your nose are sebaceous filaments, then they can be kept to a minimum with cleansing - it doesn't even have to be harsh chemicals, but just something that cleans well. If it is sebaceous filaments, then they are completely normal.

Do you use a moisturiser?
Do you have dry, normal, oily skin?

I'd personally go to Boots or any department store with a good selection and get samples for foundations there. It's almost impossible getting the colour right and to check if the foundation is right for your skin without a sample you can try at home.

cocolepew Sun 16-Jun-13 18:09:25

I like Max Factor miracle skin. It's a compact with a sponge but is very light and silky and you can build it up where you need it.
If you want something with more coverage Max factor facefinity is good.

thebestpossibletaste Sun 16-Jun-13 18:09:39

Thanks. I use Eucerin moisturiser as it doesn't irritate my skin and keeps it well moisturised.

Can you recommend a good cleanser? Something easy preferably so that I actually use it!

Having read an article linked to on mn I think they may be sebaceous filaments as they are all over my nose.

thebestpossibletaste Sun 16-Jun-13 18:10:49

Not sure about what type of skin I have, not excessively oily, but sensitive.

middleagedspread Sun 16-Jun-13 18:13:44

I love Bobby Brown for invisibility, I have very sallow skin & the assistants can colour match perfectly.
It might be worth a trawl through a big department store, most places with give you samples, don't be afraid to ask.

hermioneweasley Sun 16-Jun-13 18:14:17

Maybe try a primer?

I love mineral make up for a natural look.

Fozziebearmum2b Sun 16-Jun-13 19:03:08

Personally would go for Bobbi Brown. I wear very little make-up, and even on nights out prefer the natural look, but their foundation is really natural, not heavy at all. Not cheap, but lasts a long long time.

Bought mine for my wedding around 9months ago and have loads left :-)

thebestpossibletaste Sun 16-Jun-13 19:04:57

Thanks. I think I'm going to have to get into York and go to Fenwicks or somewhere like that and ask for advice. The women in the makeup departments of those stores intimidate me! Especially if I have to approach them and admit that at the age of 48 I don't know how to apply foundation. Which company should I start with? Benefit? (I don't want to spend a fortune, maybe up I £15-£20). I have Bare Minerals mascara because any other aggravates the skin around my eyes.

thebestpossibletaste Sun 16-Jun-13 19:05:30

I've never used a primer, what does it do?

Vibbe Sun 16-Jun-13 19:08:15

It's a bit hard for me to recommend any cleanser, as I'm using a Clinique anti-blemish one from the 3-step systems, and I'm not sure that's good for psoriasis. I think the general rule for cleansers for psoriasis skin is that it has to be something that doesn't dry out the skin, as well as not being too harsh and not being a scrub. So maybe something from Eucerin as you're already happy with their products or something like Avene/La Roche-Posay.

Bobbi Brown does make really good foundations. MAC and Dior are also good. Bourjois make a really good affordable foundation as well called healthy mix foundation.

You can also have a look at Lisa Eldridge's website where she has videos about the foundations she likes for different skin types as well as other tips about using foundation:

thebestpossibletaste Sun 16-Jun-13 19:13:00

So many different sorts of Bobbi Brown foundation! I like the thought of powder but think the skin on my nose is too flaky, probably need something rich and creamy for there.

Do I need a powder to "fix" the foundation or something? Or stop shine?

I really don't have a clue!

spacegirl81 Sun 16-Jun-13 19:16:54

I've just discovered Boujour healthy mix serum and its lovely. Nice to put on and gives really good coverage. Bargain at £12 too smile

Vibbe Sun 16-Jun-13 19:54:14

If you get shiny during the day and don't like it, then you need a powder. If you don't get shiny, then you're fine without.

I get shiny in my T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) and I have a pressed powder from MAC.

thebestpossibletaste Sun 16-Jun-13 20:03:35

Thanks Vibbe. I can't get into town til after payday now so will have to wait a bit. It will be good to have some ideas which counters to go to though. Are they fairly good at getting the matching tone?

EMUZ Sun 16-Jun-13 20:09:26

A cleansing oil might work, you basically massage them in, and then wet hands and keep rubbing and it turns milky so washes off easily

EMUZ Sun 16-Jun-13 20:11:55

Oh if you want reviews of things as well then try makeup alley
I just type in google the name of the product and makeup alley to get the review

LizzyDay Sun 16-Jun-13 20:19:40

Maybe try stopping with the Simple wipes (apparently they aren't really that gentle) and give oil cleansing method a go, it's supposed to be good for psoriasis. Here's just one link from googling 'OCM psoriasis' but there are lots more:

oil cleansing method

It's hard for any foundation to do a good job on flaky skin. My skin has definitely much been less flaky since doing ocm and pores are better (I used cleansing wipes before, various brands).

LizzyDay Sun 16-Jun-13 20:26:57

btw you don't need castor oil to do ocm, you can use other oils on their own - eg olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil - maybe with bit of tea tree to kill germs.

thebestpossibletaste Sun 16-Jun-13 21:15:56

Thanks Liza. I have almond oil so might try that. I still need the wipes to remove my mascara though.

Vibbe Sun 16-Jun-13 21:25:55

Bobbi Brown and MAC are usually really good with matching colours and finding good products for me. I've never had samples from there - but I've never asked.

Dior usually have small samples of their foundations and BB creams that they will give out if asked.

I've found Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation samples (those little sachets) just standing next to the foundations in the Bourjois stand. They don't always have them here - and unfortunately, I'm not sure if they have them everywhere.

I wouldn't buy anything without getting a sample, especially if you have sensitive skin - there's just no fun in spending money on something that doesn't work.

thebestpossibletaste Sun 16-Jun-13 21:30:55

Yes, I'd like samples because often my skin doesn't develop breakouts until a few days after starting using a product at which point I've already spent a fortune on it. I would like an expert to tell me which tone is right though and what type will cover my skin best.

thebestpossibletaste Sun 16-Jun-13 21:31:38

Are Bobbi Brown and MAC ok for sensitive skin, do you know?

themaltesecat Sun 16-Jun-13 21:43:09

My skin has improved lots since I stopped using wipes and switched to using using hot flannels with liquid cleaners and Ponds cold cream.

I like L'Oreal's Infallible foundation, partly as it's one of the few that doesn't make me look orange (I am extremely pale) but also because it doesn't make me break out in spots. Even the posh brands have that effect! L'Oreal's cheaper foundation also is zit-tastic.

Fozziebearmum2b Sun 16-Jun-13 21:43:36

I have sensitive skin and use Bobbi Brown-remember asking the woman that question. I got her to put it on me, then went round the shops before I came back to purchase so any reactions would be felt.

Not had any probs

thebestpossibletaste Sun 16-Jun-13 21:50:04

Thanks Fozzie, I will try Bobbi Brown then, as lots are recommending them.

Vibbe Sun 16-Jun-13 22:00:32

I actually don't know - if you go to MAC and Bobbi Brown, they should most certainly know.

Clinique is usually good for sensitive skin. I have always been given loads of samples, but never found a foundation from there that is perfect for me.

Another option could be Vichy Dermablend - it's made to be tolerated by sensitive skin. But it's a full coverage foundation and doesn't look as natural as a light to medium coverage foundation IMO. I've used it as a concealer in areas where my skin has needed more coverage, and it's great - but as a full face foundation it has too much coverage for me. It's this one:

PowderMum Sun 16-Jun-13 22:02:58

I have sensitive skin and can't wear a liquid foundation. It always sits on top of my skin and feels unnatural plus my skin flares up. I use Bare Minerals and have done for around 10 years, underneath I use a Decleor moisturiser and the Bare Minerals Primer. It covers as much as you need.

Amazinggg Sun 16-Jun-13 22:17:15

EMUZ - which cleansing oil do you use? I used to use Shu Uemura and loved it, am seeking similar but not costing £60 a bottle blush

LizzyDay Sun 16-Jun-13 22:19:26

OP - I find that all the oils I've tried shift mascara as efficiently as cleansing wipes, so worth a go if you're doing ocm anyway. smile

thebestpossibletaste Sun 16-Jun-13 22:37:29

Thanks lizzy, I will give it a try. So I could use neat almond oil?

LizzyDay Sun 16-Jun-13 23:38:20

Yes no reason why not - just use with clean flannel or cut up muslin.

thebestpossibletaste Mon 17-Jun-13 12:54:28

I did this last night, using almond oil. Must admit it felt lovely. My face felt a bit tight afterwards so I applied a little moisturiser.

EMUZ Mon 17-Jun-13 13:54:04

Amazinggg - dermalogica pre cleanse usually but I buy salon sizes online. DHC is meant to be a good one but I've never used it

EMUZ Mon 17-Jun-13 13:56:19
valiumredhead Mon 17-Jun-13 14:16:14

Try the aloe range from The Body Shop, the cleanser is lovely, give the face wash a miss though. Have you tried the mate version of bare minerals? Once you know your colour you can order from e bay.

auldspinster Mon 17-Jun-13 19:26:53

Roc eye make remover is nice and gentle, wipes pull the eye area, try pressing a cotton pad with remover on your eye for a few seconds and it'll come off without rubbing.

valiumredhead Mon 17-Jun-13 19:57:53

And of you want a budget alternative try the chamomile eye make up remover from TBS-best I've ever used.

Naebother Mon 17-Jun-13 20:01:38

I use bare minerals foaming cleanser. Boots primer. Bare minerals foundation. I find it the best on my skin. Not heavy or obvious. Feels like you are not wearing any make up and quick to apply.

BaconAndAvocado Mon 17-Jun-13 20:51:09

I have always used No 7 foundation too but always found it lacking in some way.

Decided to test some high end foundations (high end for me anyway!) and I can't believe the difference. The texture, coverage and long-lasting effects are soooooo much better.

I'm trying Clinique Even Better and Estée Lauder Doublewear.

I think they are double the price of No7 but so far seem more than worth it.

Give it a whirl smile

thebestpossibletaste Mon 17-Jun-13 21:47:57

Thanks for all the suggestions. Now I don't know where to start. It makes sense that the more expensive ones are better, but I don't want to spend £30+ and then find a week down the line that I can't use it because it irritates my skin.

valiumredhead Mon 17-Jun-13 22:31:47

Lanacane anti chaff gel is FAB used as a primer and ok for sensitive skin. Same ingredients as the smash box one for megga bucks.

valiumredhead Mon 17-Jun-13 22:32:49

Just realised all my tips are about budget products-I spend far to long on S and B and makeup alleygrin

valiumredhead Mon 17-Jun-13 22:34:46

OP any makeup counter person will give you a sample to try at home first so you can test if it irritates or not.

thebestpossibletaste Mon 17-Jun-13 22:43:43

So am I best going to as many as possible, asking what tone they think I need and then asking for a sample?

valiumredhead Mon 17-Jun-13 22:45:43

Yes, definitely. I never buy straight away and always test at home first. If you try bare minerals go for the matte version as the original has bismuth in it and lots of people react to it.

thebestpossibletaste Mon 17-Jun-13 22:48:38

Thanks for the tip re Bare Minerals Valium.

chocolatespiders Mon 17-Jun-13 22:56:33

I am sure they would let you take it back.. I have taken a chanel one back before.

Clinique superbalanced is nice. As is lancome and bobbi brown..
All more expensive but little goes a long way. When my dad asks me what would like for presents I request JL or debenhams vouchers to keep me in foundation supply!!

BaconAndAvocado Thu 20-Jun-13 20:35:27

I was given a week's worth of,foundation from Clinique and Estée Lauder.

Eliza22 Fri 21-Jun-13 08:33:22

Clinique Superbalanced Makeup. Really light to wear and blurs those fine lines, nicely! A while ago, I had a sample from the SA which lasted about ten days. I then bought the product and am very happy with it. Now on my second purchase! I'm coming up on 51 and have to say, it's very flattering on my skin.

I tried clinique's Repairwear and hated it. The Stay Matte was difficult to blend. My usual Lancôme Teint Miracle was finishing and I couldn't repurchase, as it irritates my skin after a couple of weeks wear so, I'd need to have a "rest" from it every few weeks..... Estée Lauder Double Wear for me, was like slutch.

BaconAndAvocado Fri 21-Jun-13 17:48:25

My Clinique sample is called Even Better, think I'm erring towards this one rather than Estée Lauder.

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Sat 22-Jun-13 18:35:52

I've been into town and got some foundation samples today. I only went to Clinique but in two different stores. The shades they've given me seem very different! They were quite stingy with their samples, just a tiny pot from each, but I guess if I don't need much they'll last a few days.

I got the cc and the super balance. Tbh I think the cc shade is closer to my skin tone but I will try them both and see which I prefer.

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