Thursday, March 8, 2018

Foundation: What's The Right Product For You?

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Talking about one of my favorite parts of my makeup routine today: foundation.  In my opinion, having a nice, clean face is most important.  I can't build my look without it.  Or if you're me on a lazy day, maybe the only thing you do!  Depending on what your skin is like, some kinds of foundation work better than others.  I've highlighted some of my favorites and categorized them based on how well they'll work with your skin.

Oily skin
Finding a foundation with oil control and a matte finish is ideal for oily skin.


Besame Cashmere Foundation Stick
Foundation Stick

While my skin isn't oily, I wear this Cashmere Foundation Stick from Besame Cosmetics almost everyday!  I love the full coverage formula and it has a beautiful matte finish.  It only has eight shades so it could be hard (or impossible) to color match, so I'm hoping they expand their shades in the future.


Besame Cashmere Powder Compact
cashmere powder

Brand new from Besame Cosmetics, this Cashmere Powder Compact is great for someone who doesn't enjoy wearing foundation but wants to control oil.  I like to use it for touch-ups throughout the day.  This vegan formula has a matte finish with a hint of radiance.  I personally don't think it could take the place of my foundation but it's great for those finishing touches!


Dry Skin
Moisturizing formulas are key!  If you have dry skin I'd keep away from matte finishes, as they tend to make your skin look even more dry.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
laura mercier foundation

I've been wearing this tinted moisturizer for years!  Super lightweight and long lasting, this semi-matte formula gives you the coverage you need without feeling cakey.  As I've grown older, I realize I need more of a full coverage formula (those wrinkles aren't going to hide themselves!) but I still work this into my routine.  Especially when my skin is drier than usual.


Combination Skin
As someone with combination skin, finding something that works really well can be difficult.  But I've done my research and I've found something that's moisturizing while controlling oily areas.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
foundation fenty

Fenty Beauty is killing it right now!  Their foundation isn't only long lasting, it has a medium to full coverage matte finish.  It feels weightless when you wear it and it comes in 40 different shades.  That's right: forty.  I'm super impressed with their formula and I can't wait to try their lip paint!


Don't Forget the Primer!

Although I've dedicated this post to foundation, we can't skip past a very important product for a flawless face: primer.  I rarely wear foundation without first using a primer, especially when I know I'll be wearing makeup all day or I'm dealing with humid temperatures.  Here are a couple of my favorites:

Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Illuminating Primer
Juice primer

This has been my go-to primer for the last year.  It's super lightweight, organic, and made with an age-defying serum.  As someone in my thirties, I can use all the help I can get.  It's also vegan!  It can be a little oily, but nothing that would stop me from using it.


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer
primer fenty

Another great product from Fenty Beauty, this primer smooths pores and absorbs shine without feeling too dry.  This formula is slightly tacky, which is something I personally enjoy but I know could be a deal breaker for some.  It works wonders and it's definitely worth a try!

What are your go-to face products?  I'd love to hear them in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

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