I recently did a blog on finding your perfect match of foundation. Well, I wanted to expound a little more to explain how one might get that flawless finish. It first starts with skin preparation. Starting with a bare (and by bare, I mean clean) face, you should ALWAYS apply a moisturizer. Moisturizers are not all created equal so be sure to pick a moisturizer that is right for your skin type (this will be my next post). The moisturizer should also be able to keep your skin moist for longer than an hour or two. You don’t have to spend tons of money on a good moisturizer, but you must do your research. The biggest moisturizing craze for makeup artists right now is Embryolisse (Side bar – I actually love this line for two reasons – (1) there are levels based on your skin type; (2) they are not made with mineral oil which is typically a clogging agent found in most moisturizers). You do not need to go with this one, but something of similar quality will suffice. This is the base of what your foundation will make sure to give an even coverage throughout the face. You can also mix your moisturizer with your foundation in addition to applying the moisturizer to your face after cleansing. The amount of moisturizer you mix with your foundation depends on the amount of coverage you desire. On to the direction of the future – the new trend is the silicone-based foundations. These products are very popular these days as they give a flawless and more natural look and lasts longer. Unlike previous oil-based products that absorb into the skin, the silicone foundations float above the skin and bind to the skin, helping to create this longer, flawless finish. So there it is folks – Silicone foundations, which are also typically your HD foundations.
I was on a forum today where a woman was looking for a mattifying silicone primer. This is an oxymoron. **Note: silicone foundation works by its consistency of ingredients which leave a shining and smoothing agent on the skin, as well as a moisture sealant. Essentially, it is used as a base to smooth and even skin lines and tones. This type of foundation is often favored for a long-lasting look, as it tends to produce a smooth canvas to begin your makeup application.
Almost every line these days has created a silicone-based foundation. Refer back to the finding the perfect match table for foundation breakdowns.