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A really good foundation anyone?? (Estee lauder doublewear been recommended)
I like Bare Minerals powder foundation - the trial kit for £45 is good value. It's very light and I found I got less spots using it.
But I'm now about to try Clarins Skin illusion foundation after really liking a magazine sample - feels really sheer and light.
If you have time go and try some. Say you want to see how they last the day on your skin before you buy or ask for a sample. Any sales woman worth her commission should see sense and either slap some on you or proffer a sample
I am currently wearing clinique superfit but find it disappears through the day, but am on maternity leave so usually get slimed by my 7 month old before then and it's not worth the effort to reapply.
Yes, get a sample. ELDW can look cakey. You need a really good base underneath and good application. I mix it with MAC pro longwear to get a nice finish with good coverage, and put Avene Cleanance underneath with Cetaphil moisturiser.
The Lancome one is nice too - Teinte idole ultra.
The best foundation is supposed to be that Suqqu stuff isnt it?
I don't know why anyone bothers with tinted moisturiser. Maybe it's just me and the TMs I've tried, but if your skin is good enough to use a TM why bother with foundation?? They seem to have basically no coverage?
Foundation is such a personal thing: firstly I think you need to know your skin type - i.e. if it's oily or combination DO NOT buy anything that says "moisurising", "anti aging", "iluminating" or "luminous" or you will shine. On the other hand if you have dry skin these will be good and you should avoid anything matte. Secondly get colour matched - the main problem with foundations is that if they don't match your skin so you will look made up. Mac and Bobbi brown specialise in "yellow based" foudataions which apparently is what most people need, not pink based ones which is what seem to be sold by nearly every other brand. Basically if you tan you need yellow based and if you burn you need pink based. Thirdly application - it does look less made-up if you use a damp sponge or brush and you will also use less of the foundation as it will be a thinner and more blended application. You can mist your face with water to get a really even and thin coverage and build up additional coverage if needed. If you have birth marks, scars or a lot of blemishes you might want higher coverage, but even then using a concealer or additional foundation just on the areas you want more coverage for may look better than simply applying a heavy coverage over your whole face. If you want high coverage and a matt finish for say, wedding photographs - and especially if you have oily or combination skin, go for a "studio", "photo finish" or matte foundation but be aware than in harsher lighting you may look a bit over done to the naked eye even though on camera your skin will look very natural. I made a special trip to Manchester just to get colour matched for Mac foundation and i must say I'm really impressed. The colour match is brilliant, you really can't see where my skin and foundation meet, so no need to worry about blending in like mad around chin/neck etc. I got the pro long wear which suits my combination skin type and it is great. Looks really natural yet stays on all day and does not rub/wipe off on clothes etc.