Hope you’ve all been well? Keeping wrapped up and warm this winter. I have mixed feelings about the winter, sometimes I love it and other times I loath it. A client recently asked me for tips about the right make up for her and realising how many clients have asked the same question, I thought to write about the basics starting with foundation. My skin normally needs more moisture during this icy weather, so that means I normally have two foundations, one for summer and the other for the winter. I know that sounds really silly but it’s the truth! Firstly, your skin type changes due to environmental factors. Mine is a combination of normal/oily during the summer and dry/normal during the winter.
So choosing the right foundation is very important not only for coverage purposes but for your skin type. It is also a combination of knowing what properties the foundation has, that will be suitable for your skin. There are 11 types of foundations, in different shades, brands, occasions and skin types. Knowing what you are looking for in a foundation is key. I will try to keep this post short and sweet!
Always prep your skin well before applying foundation, cleanse, tone and moisturise. Make sure you wait for a couple of minutes before and after applying a primer, so the moisturiser penetrates in the skin, whilst the primer shields your skin and then apply your favourite coverage.
- Suitable for all skin types, provides excellent full coverage without looking thick and cakey! It has high pigment content and the product is water resistant and excellent for covering hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, erythema, bruising, scars, birthmarks and tattoos. This product is available on the NHS for some conditions.
Airbrush Foundation (silicone based) & (alcohol based)
- Suitable for all skin types, where as the alcohol based is used on the body rather than the face.
- Provides full coverage and light texture, very natural looking coverage (silicone based). Used to fill in pores and fine lines. I think this is perfect for Brides.
- Highly pigmented for full long lasting coverage and this is non-transferable so will not smudge when rubbed (alcohol based).
- Suitable for oily skin because of the high powder content, that help absorb the oils.
- contains powder producers or a small amount of mineral oil, talc and kaolin pigments.
- Medium to heavy coverage with a matte finish and it last long on the skin.
- Suitable for all skin types.
- This gives a light, sheer coverage with a natural looking finish.
- Pigment, minerals, wax titanium, dioxide cerasin. This is available in either oil or water base.
High Definition Foundation
- Suitable for normal,combination or dry skin types and oily skin types will need to be powdered very well.
- It provides full coverage with a natural finish, similar to airbrush foundation.
- Silicone and strong pigment.
Liquid Foundation (oil or water)
- suitable for normal or combination skin. Matte/ medicated foundations are available for oily or greasy skin types.
- It has a shorter working time on application in comparison to cream foundation.
- Light coverage semi-matte finish. Good for light, natural look in photos and on screen.
- Pigments, minerals, wax titanium dioxide cerasin.
Cream Foundation (water in oil)
- Suitable for most skin types, as it keeps the skin extra- moisturised.
- Medium coverage and they normally come in compact and pan stick forms.
- This foundation contains a higher oil content, with pigment, minerals, wax, titanium and dioxide cerasin. Not recommended for oily skin types, It is long lasting when used with translucent powder.
Tinted Moisturiser, Gel & Self Tan
- Suitable for all skin types
- the tinted moisturiser gives a natural coverage, great to use on men and children for that very natural effect.
- the tinted gel provides a very light coverage, a transparent coverage for that sun-kissed and healthy glow finish.
- Self tan gives a sheer coverage, giving you a tanned glow when applied properly.
- Liquid foundation, moisturise humectants, oil, water and added pigments (Tinted Moisturiser).
- Water, alcohol, pigment and titanium dioxide (Tinted Gel).
- Pigments in water a water based gel (Tinted self tan).
I hope you beauties find this post helpful, please feel free to comment, follow or share! Stay beautiful inside & out. X