Francine’s Top 5 Foundations

Hello Everyone,

Today we talk all things Foundation. I am often asked how to create flawless, even looking skin without looking ‘cakey’, plastered or uneven. Well it all starts with choosing the right foundation. Shopping for foundation is tricky enough as it is. We hear things like undertone, oxidize, full coverage, sheer tint, Etc. To you this could all be makeup gibberish and I don’t blame you for thinking that.  So in this post I aim to make it all a little clearer by choosing a few of my favorite foundations and aligning them with the skin types they are best suited for.

If you suffer with problematic skin like acne, rosacea, common redness, scars, high pigmentation, or just the odd monthly issue, you need not fret at all. Foundations are made to cover all these skin concerns and help improve the appearance of our skin. However,  you might also need to conceal certain problematic ares to avoid ‘pilling’ on the foundation in areas that you don’t need it. This will help you reduce the risks of looking Cakey or having a makeup meltdown during the day!

******WARNING****** AVOID A MELTDOWN AT ALL COSTS!!!

Now the key is finding the right one to suit your skin type and help tackle whatever issues you might have.

So here’s my Top 5 favorite foundations catering to all skin types:

1) Mac studio fix fluid:

This foundation is perfect if you like to achieve a full coverage with your foundation. It is also great if have oily oily skin, skin prone to breakouts or blemishes because it is OIL FREE. However I would still use a  mattifying primer underneath and powder afterwards to help this stay in place all day. Whilst I can’t say it keeps oil at bay all day, ‘cos no foundation really does that, I can say it is a great foundation for that perfect matte look. You might still need a few touch ups occasionally to get rid of shine during the day. Be careful with choosing your correct colour, because it will *oxidize* when it settles into the skin. It is still a good foundation in my book.

MAC says:

“A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium-buildable coverage with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15. Comfortable and long-wearing: lasts for up to eight hours. Applies smoothly, builds coverage quickly and easily. Contains specially treated micronized pigments and soft-focus powders for a super-smooth look that helps minimize the appearance of imperfections. Absorbs and disperses oil. Contains special skin-conditioning ingredients. Oil free.”

Retail at £20.50 www.maccosmetics.co.uk

2) Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation:

I am sure a lot of you must have heard or even tried out this foundation. It is lovely for all skin types as it is OIL FREE and I love this even more for brides or fashion shoots, because this photographs beautifully. You don’t get a white cast look or flash cast in photographs. I would call this a medium to full coverage foundation but you can definitely build it up in layers or sheer it down for a lighter look. Staying power is pretty good throughout the day. You would need a primer underneath to help this last even longer and for a matte look, powder over the foundation. A good prime with this is the makeup forever all matt primer.

          Makeup forever says:
“The HD Foundation is an oil-free medium-to-full coverage liquid foundation which covers skin imperfections, while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life. Its extremely fine texture is supple and easy to apply. Enriched with moisturizing agents, it leaves the skin soft and radiant. It is available in a wide range of shades to suit all skin tones. ”

Retail at £30.95 www.gurumakeupemporium.com

3) Nars sheer glow Foundation:

This is perfect if your skin is dry or normal. This gives that perfect dewy look that’s on trend this right now. It comes off very natural and it is easy to blend and use in general. I would say it’s perfect if you have little or no major skin concerns. It’s also another good foundation for brides to give the skin a natural glow. Again a primer would help this last longer through the day.

Nars says:

A glowing, satin-finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage that immaculately evens skin tone. Replete with skincare benefits and the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula, it leaves skin hydrated, more luminous, softer and smoother. Used daily, Sheer Glow Foundation improves the skin’s brightness and texture

Retail at £30.50 www.houseoffraser.co.uk

4) Laura Mercier silk creme Foundation:

I like this foundation a lot . It is another full coverage foundation that is OIL FREE and it it it gives a lovely luminous glow to the skin making it look very healthy and natural but flawless at the same time. Which is how you want your skin looking. It is easy to thin this down too by either mixing it with a moisturizer or applying a very thin layer to create a lighter coverage. It does NOT work well with dry skin or dry flaky patches, so make sure you moisturize your skin and maybe exfoliate the night before. Other than that, it gives a lovely finish and does cover imperfections really well. The only down side to this is the price. It is pretty expensive especially when you haven’t tried it before. So I’ll say try a sample first at a department store before purchasing the full size product.

Laura Mercier say:

“An innovative full coverage foundation that makes the skin look luminous and rich. By combining a special collection of silk proteins, tea extracts and treated mica, Laura has created a luxurious formula that leaves skin hydrated and protected with a radiant, timeless glow.”

Retail at £33 www.houseoffraser.co.uk or www.lauramercier.co.uk

5) Revlon Colour stay Foundation:

This is a drug store favorite for me. At only £12 you get a good amount of product that last a long time. This is a medium to full coverage foundation, depending on your application but a little goes a long way with this one. Another plus for me is that it comes it two different finishes catering for both oily/ combination skin and dry/normal skin. It also has a range of colours to suit a variety of skin tones which is always a good thing when shopping for a foundation, but it is nothing near the range that Mac or Bobbi brown have. The only little niggle to this is that it doesn’t come with a pump, so you tend to dispense more product than needed when trying to tip it out of the bottle ,(and that’s me being particular). I love it anyway.

Revlon says:

“-Revlon ColorStay™ Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin is specially formulated for normal or dry skin, this oil-free, moisture-balanced formula gives you flawless looking skin.
Make-up looks fresh and feels great for up to 16 hours thanks to the lightweight, comfortable feel from the Patented SoftFlex® Formula.
Medium to full coverage in 12 luxurious shades, with SPF 15 protection*.

-Revlon ColorStay™ Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin looks flawless for up to 16 hours.
Oil-free, shine control formula.
Patented Softflex technology assures total comfort and full coverage for combination/ oily skin.”

Retail at £12.49 www.boots.com

My favourite for my kit goes to:

Bobbi Brown stick Foundation:

I love this foundation for a number of reasons. It is creamy and therefore very easy to blend. As you know, Bobbi brown caters to nearly all skin tones in her foundation range and this is no exception. The range goes from a pretty light pale tone called ‘Alabaster’ to quite a dark colour called ‘Espresso’. This foundation is NOT oil free. If you have problems with breakouts and blemishes, this is not the best option for you. I recommend this foundation for a dry, normal, or combination skin. Oily skin types may or may not like this, depending on the condition of your skin, but you’ll need to set this with a powder if you have very oily/ oily skin.  It glides on so smoothly on the skin and gives a beautiful semi matter/ natural finish. I use this in my kit and I have just ordered the BBU palette which has every colour of  foundation in the range including all correctors and concealers too. This has been a repurchase for me several times.

Bobbi Brown says:

“Bobbi’s innovative Foundation Stick is designed for portability and adjustable coverage. Easy to apply and blend all over the face or just where you need it. For all skin types, except very oily.”

Retail at  £28 on www.bobbibrown.co.uk

** My non scientific answer to Makeup Oxidizing is this:  Whilst many foundations remain their true ‘bottle’ colour through out the day, some foundations will darken or lighten when they come in contact with your skin. Our natural oils or the atmosphere (air) can make foundations appear darker or even give an orange tint to the skin. This is not a pretty look.

My tip: When shopping for foundation, make sure you go out in natural light for at least an hour before making a purchase. Have the makeup artist match you to your skin colour, and go about your day. You will get a better idea of how the foundation performs and it’s reaction to your skin will be a lot clearer by this time. Only then can you make an informed decision and most importantly a purchase.

Hope this has helped you figure out what Foundation to try out to best suit your skin.

Have a lovely day

Fran x

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