How to achieve the perfect foundation base

I thought I’d share with you my tips for getting the perfect foundation base that doesn’t dry out or clump in all the wrong places.  For years I have spent a lot of money on foundations and other skincare products trying to get the balance right for achieving that flawless face look that doesn’t look all dry and rub off half way through the day.

I have normal to dry skin and while I’ve found some great coverage foundations, they always eventually give me dry patches.  For a long time I wore the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and although it gave great coverage I always suffered with dryness so I decided to try Nars Sheer Glow which was less drying, but I found lost it’s staying power after a while.

I do like a medium to full coverage foundation, but like to look natural and dewy at the same time.  A friend recommended to me the Armani Luminous Silk foundation so I thought I’d give it a try, so I went to John Lewis in Westfield to get colour matched.  I am quite fair and wear shade 3.5 and can honestly say it’s the best foundation I have ever used, however this was after a lot of testing with moisturisers, primers and setting powders first.  Now I can honestly say after 6 months of the same routine that I can achieve the look I have always desired.

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My morning foundation routine starts in the evening.  I wash and then cleanse my face with Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser and then follow that by applying The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion.  This oil is incredible, it gives my skin the moisture it needs overnight and prevents drying the following day.

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In the morning I start my routine by applying The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and let it dry into my skin.  Once dried I then apply my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer and once it’s fully dried in I start to apply my Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.  I have tried applying it lots of different ways but find a flat foundation brush works best.  A beauty blender would be my second option but I find they absorb too much of the product.  Once set, I put a generous amount of concealer on under my eyes and pull through onto my eyelids.

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Next I set my foundation with the Hourglass finishing powder, Dim Light.  I am obsessed with this finishing powder as it adds a slight tan colour to my skin without being obvious.  I was lucky enough to receive the Ambient Lighting Palette for my birthday last year and has been the most used item in my beauty collection.  Some of the pans are already empty and I have already repurchased the individual shades.

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Using the same Hourglass Palette for the rest of my base I would next take the Strobe Powder, Hypnotic Strobe Light and apply it to the top of my cheek bones and down the centre of my nose.  I believe this was a limited edition shade as I can’t find it anywhere, however the next best alternative is the Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer in shade 001.

Next on to bronzer.  I previously used Nars Laguna as a bronzer but find the Hourglass bronzer, Luminous Bronze Light to be much more flattering giving a more ‘luminous’ look.  Finally I would take the Hourglass Surreal Halo and apply it very lightly to my cheek bones.  I then finish of with the Urban Decay setting spray.  I used to see this spray as a bit of a princess product, nice to use but didn’t really do a great deal.  However the more I have used this, the more I have noticed it does actually keep my make up in place for longer!

I really hope you have enjoyed this post and it has helped inspire you to try new ideas to achieve that perfect look.  Everyone’s skin type is different and different things work for all of us, however if you are like me and suffer with dryer skin I hope this has given you some tips to play around with.

Speak soon x

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