Post # 1
I will probably do my own make up for the wedding day, but I usually buy my products at the drugstore. This time, I budgeted money to get at least a high quality foundation for the wedding day, for numerous reasons. Here’s what I’m looking for :
1) Long lasting, because of course pictures of me will be taken all day and I don,t want to have to get my make-up done again during the evening ;
2) Moisterizing, I have dry skin and I don’t want my make up to flake during the evening ;
3) Has to be resistant, because we’re taking outdoor pictures in winter and in Québec it can be well below 0 and windy ;
4) I tend to break out from hormones (the week before my period) or stress. So I need full coverage.
5) I don’t want to use any powder to finish, it clugs my pores and it’s a mess.
Also, I noticed my skin breaks out when there is SPF involved. Do you know any foundation that could resolve all these issues ? Right now I’m using Revlon Colorstay and for a daily use, I really like it. But I’m not sure it’ll be covering enough for pictures and whole wedding day. I’m fair to medium skin tone, with cool (pink) undertone.
Post # 3
@NauticalDisaster: Revlon ColorStay for normal/dry skin or Armani luminous silk could work! both are full coverage, I think ColorStay might last a bit longer.
Post # 4
Armani Designer Shaping creme foundation, hands-down. Full coverage, long-lasting, great on dry skin (no flakes, luminous without being oily) and photographs beautifully.
Put it this way – I wore it when I was working in TV in Beijing (where the winter is about as brutally dry and freezing and taxing on skin as you can get) and it was the makeup team’s absolute favourite.
Post # 5
Most full coverage foundations aren’t really moisturizing…however, if you exfoliate and moisturize and prime before applying foundation, it shouldn’t matter. I get dry spots on my cheeks and forehead and use a full coverage foundation that some people say can be drying but I’ve never had a problem with it because I apply lotion (let it dry for a couple minutes) and then apply primer (which helps the foundation go on more smoothly). I use Kat Von D Lock-It foundation. I’ve also heard Smashbox HD foundation works great, I just couldn’t find a good color to match my skin with that one.
I would recommend going to a store like Sephora (not sure if you have any near you) and just getting a couple full coverage samples. Test one out for a week and then switch to another. That’s what I did, anyways.
I also recommend the Beauty Blender sponge (the original, not knock offs). It’s amazing!!
Post # 6
My mom has dry skin and swears by smashbox. I personally don’t like it because I can feel it on my skin (I never wear foundation), but it does make her skin look flawless and somewhat dewy.
Post # 7
I think Revlon Colorstay is actually a very good choice – I know some pros who swear by it. I thinking of trying some Armani foundations though, after hearing the recs from PPs! 🙂
Also, OP, I’d look into using a really heavy moisturizer – maybe even an oil if you have to – because as someone with super dry skin and eczema, I subscribe to the Kevyn Aucoin school of thought where ultra rich, heavy moisturizers make foundation look amazing. He also liked to use full coverage foundations.
I’m not a pro by any means, but I found that I can achieve pretty good results following his method – wetting skin, slathering on heavy moisturizers, letting it sit, and then applying foundation. He used La Mer, which is crazy expensive, but I’ve also heard good things about argan oils, Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream, and Weleda’s Wild Rose Cream.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I used Smashbox HD moisturizing 15 hour wear on my wedding day. I used CeraVe to moisturize, NARS skin smoothing prep to prime, Smashbox foundation, Tarte setting powder, and Urban Decay setting spray. My make-up went on at 11am and still looked impeccable at midnight when we went to bed.
Post # 9
@NauticalDisaster: I have dry skin AND dark spots all over my face.
Laura Mercier creme smooth foundation (my favorite!)
MAC Studio Sculpt
recently tried…Stila (verdict is still out on this)
Revlon Colorstay is just OKAY to me…
Armani Luminous is not really full coverage but it’s buildable. Same with MUFE HD…also buildable.
Guerlain makes an excellent foundation that I love also but it’s $90 here in the US.
Post # 10
Thank you all for your suggestions ! I moisterize my skin before applying make up, but reading a few PPs, I realized I never tried to put on a primer as well.
Are those brands (Smashbox, Armani) sold in Sephora stores ? I’d like to give it a try with samples.
I already have a Smashbox mascara and I’m in love with it, it gives me amazing eyelashes, as if I was wearing fake ones !
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
@NauticalDisaster: Smashbox is definitely available at Sephora. If you have a Sephora nearby, you can actually go in and ask for samples. It’s not something they advertise, but they will give them to you. I originally planned to have my foundation airbrushed, but I ended up reacting to that make-up during my e-shoot (which was my test-run). So Sephora and I became really good friends. haha I would go in, use the in-store testers to do half of my face in each, and wear them side-by-side for the entire day to see how they covered, lasted, and whether my skin would react. Any one that was a real contender I would get as a sample and take to my MUA for a full test run.
Post # 12
I use Bare Minerals Original Primer and then Clinique Anti Blemish. My skin is extremely dry and I’ve been using this since before my wedding (I did my own makeup). I personally find that combing the two makes my makeup last all day and gives me that dewy finish without looking oily. Plus – anti blemish means I haven’t had a blemish in 2 years. Yay to that.