For the past two years, my go-to foundation has been Christian Dior’s Diorskin Nude Skin-glowing Makeup. I love this foundation for various reasons, while on the expensive end, it not only makes my skin look flawless but it doesn’t cause my skin to break out, and it’s one of the few I’ve been able to wear year-round (Medium Beige for fall/winter and Honey Beige for spring/summer). The coverage is light to medium with a velvety finish but can be layered for more coverage.** I find that when paired with my absolute favorite primer, Dermalogica’s SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30, the foundation will last through a whole work day without any dry or blotchy patches we’re too familiar with.
**(as mentioned in my skincare post, my skin type is normal to dry)
I use two different techniques to apply this foundation and alternate between the two, depending on the occasion and coverage I’m trying to achieve. For an even, natural finish, I use the Real Techniques stippling brush. I prefer this over a regular liquid foundation brush because the coverage is lighter and the soft bristles allow the product to glide easily over the face. This is the technique I use daily.
The second technique, when going out or would like more coverage, requires using a dense foundation brush. I use either MAC’s Foundation Brush or Christian Dior’s Fluid Foundation High Coverage brush. These brushes have stiffer bristles so it provides heavier coverage and ability to layer evenly.
No foundation brush? No problem! Prior to investing in a plethora of makeup brushes, I would use my fingers to apply foundation. This is probably the most underrated technique and one that provides the prettiest finish. The heat from your fingers allow the product to warm up and apply beautifully onto the skin. I’ve noticed that makeup sets faster and you also waste less product this way 🙂
Skin Prep: I use a lightweight moisturizer (Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream) and allow it to absorb for a couple minutes before applying a light layer of the Dermalogica primer. I allow the primer to stay on the face for 1-2 minutes before I apply foundation.
Applying Foundation: Press 1-2 pumps of the foundation onto the back of my hand (to let the product warm up) and then using the stippling brush (or a tool of your liking), I take some product and dab a few spots to forehead, cheeks, chin and nose and then start blending in circular motions, starting from the center and blending outwards. Since I tend to get oily on my T-zone, I use a loose translucent powder (IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores) on my nose and forehead to combat oil and set makeup. Voila! You now have a perfect canvas on which you can work on.
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