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Best foundation for low-makeup look but good coverage?

(23 Posts)
lougle Sun 01-Jan-17 19:33:04

I'm really shy on the makeup front - hate being obviously 'made up'. My skin can be oily but tends to be flaky too, and I think I've reached that lovely hormonal age where I get spots on the chin/jaw line. I probably need to get a good skincare routine. But anyway...

I used to use Bare Minerals, but find my skin looks a bit dry and flaky with it. I need something that will look subtle and 'barely there', but it will need to be high enough coverage to cover up my spots which can be quite red and raised.

I have very pale skin and tend to be matched to the lightest shades of any foundation ranges.

Any ideas?

lougle Sun 01-Jan-17 19:33:56

Oh! I forgot to say that I do 12 hour shifts in a hospital so it can get very hot and busy, so any foundation would need to last the course!

GinIsIn Sun 01-Jan-17 19:37:19

Estée Lauder Doublewear light is great - good coverage but more of a BB cream in texture.

IpDipCatnip Sun 01-Jan-17 20:03:06

I would avoid EL Doublewear if you have any dry/flaky skin. It will not blend and will sit in the cracks.

I'd recommend No.7 stay perfect- lots of shades available. Chanel Aqua vitalumiere is equally as good but limited shades and£££

GinIsIn Sun 01-Jan-17 20:08:11

Just to reiterate - it's the Doublewear LIGHT I meant, not Doublewear - Doublewear is really heavy, the light one is great, as I have dry flaky skin if I wear too heavy a foundation as well.

SteppingOnToes Sun 01-Jan-17 20:11:51

I absolutely adore this - it's incredibly light, but does cover too and isn't really oily. It's the only foundation that doesn't give me spots.

The also sell it for £3.99 in B&M. I use the fawn colour which is quite natural for winter time.

IpDipCatnip Sun 01-Jan-17 20:12:22

Oops sorry Fenella- I had a terrible experience with Doublewear so the name itself puts me off!

TheLegendOfBeans Sun 01-Jan-17 20:13:16


sounds like you have the same tone as me! I just got Bourjois City Radiance Liquid Foundation (£10) and it's actually ace!

Use it with primer for the best finish you can get; I use Baby Skin by Maybelline x

Whitegrenache Sun 01-Jan-17 20:14:03

Benefits hello flawless powder is lovely and light

GinIsIn Sun 01-Jan-17 20:17:17

IpDip me too - hated it! Was really surprised by the Light one! grin

lougle Sun 01-Jan-17 20:24:01

Several to investigate smile thank you. It's good to know that I need to be careful when I look at the Doublewear/Doublewear light.

I'm a bit wary of a powder, Whitegrenache, would it not just clump around my many any imperfections?

PossumInAPearTree Sun 01-Jan-17 20:28:09

Mac studio tech

Branleuse Sun 01-Jan-17 20:33:26

I think for a reasonable coverage, but not a heavy look or feel, I would go for fusion foundation by YSL

SooDeNimm Sun 01-Jan-17 20:38:14

Another vote for ELDW light. If it suits your skin type I think it sounds like the exact right coverage for you and it really does last through a long day at work.

bakewelltarte Sun 01-Jan-17 20:40:49

Another vote for DoubleWear light here - covers just enough and lasts really well. I wear Lancôme LA Glow primer underneath to give it more glow x

OnTheUp13 Sun 01-Jan-17 20:48:42

Max factor facefinity is my latest go to as my skin has gone from dry to oil in the last month.

civilfawlty Sun 01-Jan-17 20:56:57

I use Estée Lauder daywear plus, which is a tinted moisturiser. Then I apply the Chanel one mentioned above, using a foundation brush to really buff on an incredibly thin layer only in the places which require further coverage (probably less than you think). THEN I use the Lisa Eldridge pin point technique on any spots which are visible (using a very fine watercolour brush). Takes less time than it sounds, and much less than putting it on and taking it off because it just feels too 'heavy' when I use just foundation. There is a really good video on the Eldridge site showing the technique which is worth checking out.

ApplesOranges Sun 01-Jan-17 21:03:24

Lush colour supplements are really nice and subtle in my opinion

ApplesOranges Sun 01-Jan-17 21:04:54

Should have said - I tend to blend in with moisturiser

PaulDacresConscience Sun 01-Jan-17 21:06:23

Chanel Les Beiges - it's brilliant. Medium coverage but incredibly lightweight. I hate the caked on feeling of heavy foundation but really love this; it has become my favourite foundation in a very short space of time.

On good skin days I use Clinique City Block, which is a tinted SPF moisturiser. It gives a very dewy finish though, so needs a dusting of powder on top.

SilverClaire Sun 01-Jan-17 22:06:27

Mac has a really nice tinted cream, it's a very light weight foundation and with SPF 30

lougle Sun 01-Jan-17 22:17:04

Are the Chanel and Mac foundations long lasting?

PaulDacresConscience Sun 01-Jan-17 22:25:40

My Chanel one is. I set it with my own blend of finishing powder* and then use a makeup fixing spray. Stayed put all the way through the office Christmas party...

* A plain translucent powder wasn't quite right, so after much experimenting I now make up my own blend. 30% translucent loose powder, 30% bare minerals foundation powder, 30% Boots cornsilk powder (great stuff, cheap as chips and is very forgiving over fine lines), 10% highlighter shimmer powder. I use a light dusting applied with a very large powder brush and sweep it all over my face.

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