Post # 1
I HATE the feeling of heavy foundation. Luckily, I don’t have any major issues to cover, but I do need to even out skin tone, etc. In the past, I’ve used bare minerals, revlon colorstay lite, the revlon “adjusts to your tone, starts out white” foundation and now this past few weeks have been trialing Mac studio fix fluid.
BUT: once I put it on, and then set with Mineral Veil (from bare minerals) and put on blush, my cheeks look SO powdery and my undereyes have fine wrinkles that are more obvious than without the makeup. At first I thought I was using too much powder so now I’m super careful for a very light application and still it’s happening.
My question is: is there a light (in texture) foundation that doesn’t need powder to set it? Or perhaps I should try cream blush instead of powder blush to reduce the powderyness of my face?
Post # 3
Personally I dont use to powder to set foundation but I know thats what I was taught as a kid. However I havent spent less than 35$ on a foundation in many many years. My vote is get a consultation appointment from a place like sephora (the only catch is you have to buy a 50$ gift card which you can use on anything oh and they give all sorts of free samples when you ask).
Post # 4
@naturalysam: I had a Sephora “lessson”/trial last week and I loved the makeup from a distance in the mirror but close up the foundation was soooo thick and caked on. I just don’t believe that’s the way most women wear it, all these you tube tutorials the makeup looks flawless but natural.
She put Nars Sheer Glow on me, maybe I’ll go back and ask for a sample. I’ve also seen on a couple tutorial videos to only powder the T zone, I’ll try that.
Post # 5
Have you tried M.A.C.’s Studio Tech Foundation? It’s a creamy-type “powder” if that makes sense. It goes on smooth, but it’s a cream to powder type of foundation, so it has a matte finish. I use that for medium coverage, but use Studio Sculpt to look “camera ready.” I do not have to use a finishing powder with the Studio Tech, but depending on the weather (I live in humid Italy) that day, I need a finishing powder for the Studio Sculpt.
Post # 6
I just got a sample of Tart’s Amazonian Clay fondation from Sephora on Friday – so far I really love it (granted, I only wore it one day…). It’s listed as full coverage, but I did a half primer/half foundation mix and it was perfect. It’s very light, and I think it’d be good without powder (I did use loose powder on it because it’s a habit I can’t break).
Post # 7
Depending on how much evening out you really need, you may be able to get away with just a tinted moisturizer. I recommend Laura Mercier’s, which you can find at Sephora. That, combined with a good primer and a VERY light dusting of loose powder, should keep the finish smooth. Keep in mind though that wedding day make-up is usually heavier than what you would wear on a normal day. I might even consider going to a department store for a make-up lesson- maybe Laura Mercier or Bobbi Brown, since you seem to favor a very natural look.
One more thing- you mentioned creases under your eyes. Are you using a really good eye cream? That is definitely step one to fixing that problem.
Good luck! I’m sure that you will look beautiful on your wedding day!
Post # 8
You may want to post this question on the make up artist thread that’s around but you can mix a primer with your foundation to set it instead of a powder. (Some say to use Monistat chaffing cream as it is cheaper but with the same ingrediants as a more expensive Smashbox primer, I haven’t tried it yet to give an opinion.)
Post # 9
Are you using primer beforehand? That can help you avoid the creasing. Also, spraying your face with a setting spray may help tone down the powderyness. P:ersonally, this is what I do:
-Foundation (NARS Sheer Glow, plus I usually mix a bit of moisturizer into it)
-Wait a bit to see if any creasing happens (I tend to put a little too much concealer under my eyes)
-Pat out creases with my ring finger
-Set with MUFE HD Microfinish powder
-If I see any powderyness, I’ll gently go over the area with a clean, dry powder brush or washcloth. If it still looks a bit powdery, I VERY LIGHTLY moisten a soft washcloth/paper towel and dab at the area.
-Spray with Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray (do this BEFORE you put on mascara, otherwise it might cause the macara to run)
Post # 10
I use sephora’s brand of pressed mineral powder and I never have a heavy makeup look. I used to use bare minerals, but I would always end up shiny and orange. I absolutely love the pressed minerals. It doesn’t give very heavy coverage…probably light-moderate, but since you just need to even skin tone I would 100% recommend it. I also use a little concealer with it if i need to. I think you would really like it, based on what you’re looking for.
Post # 11
Your using to much. Spray a little mac fix+ plus spray on your brush, put 1 pump on your hand and dip just the tip of your brush (I reccomend a duo fibre like the mac 187). Apply to teezone and blend over face. As for the mineral veil, use that more sparingly also. Make sure it is really buffed in. For your blush I recommend using a cream. Almay makes a cheap colorchanging one or you could go more expensive. Almost all companies have them. I like ones in tubes rather than pots, which mac uses, but thats just me. Make sure when you go to buy the fix plus you bring all of this up with your mac consultant as they may be able to show you how to apply it more lightly and achieve the results you are looking for. Good luch!
Post # 12
@wederly: Oh yeah and make sure you are moisturized and try a primer. Mac’s primer breaks me out, as do many other silicon primers so don’t use it everyday and make sure you clean your skin REALLY well in the evening.
Post # 13
Thanks for this advice, everyone!
I do use a primer, I’m currently using a sample of Mac prep & prime, which I’m liking. I’ve used primer in the past that was very slick feeling, like silicone, and I didn’t like it at all.
I also moisturize my whole face first, plus an eye cream. And honestly, I’m not that wrinkly! I get comments about how youthful my skin is all the time…I just don’t get how the makeup makes me look OLDER when I’m using so little. Argh.
I’ve really been thinking of doing my own wedding makeup, as every time (3) I’ve had it professionally done in the past it LOOKS great but FEELS awful. But now I’m reconsidering, this is making me nuts! 🙂
Post # 14
I’m no makeup artist, but I feel the same way you do about heavy foundation and that “powdery” look. I experimented a bunch because I did my own wedding makeup last year. What works best for me is mixing a little foundation in with my moisturizer and applying it all over my face. Then I use Physicians Formula powder (http://www.physiciansformula.com/en-us/productdetail/02413.html) over the top of the foundation, it’s light and it’s never looked cakey on my face. I’ve used Sephora brand, MAC, and Bare Minerals powders before, but I prefer the drug store Physicians Formula for my face. It’s like $12-13 and lasts a long time. For reference, I usually have dryer skin on the lower half of my face, but a greasier forehead.
I’ve found that the quicker you put a layer of powder on after the foundation/moisturizer, the less powdery it looks. I know people shy away from mineral powders for photos, but all mine turned out perfectly in all our wedding photos.
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’d also recommend the MAC Studio Tech foundation, applied with a brush. I set mine with a very very light application of MAC’s pressed setting powder (I don’t remember exactly what it’s called) and then spray Urban Decay All Nighter (which I also use to prime). Right after, my face looks really dewey, but that goes away in a few minutes as the All Nighter dries.
Post # 16
I love Laura Mercier’s Tinted Mousturizer. It even my skintone and then you can just dab a spot of concelaer or dust some light poweder where needed (I only use bronzer with it) and it looks so natural.