Post # 1
I am so frustrated. I ran into Ulta this weekend intending to buy some Makeup Forever because lately all my foundation has been gliding off my face and just looking like crud. Well turns out they don’t carry it soI let them try a few things on me. We started with Stila and I liked it, but they were out of my shade ( I am very fair). I ended up with Smashbox 15 hour wear in 1.1, Too Faced primer and Hell0 Flawless in Petal by Benefit powder.
–Wouldn’t ya know it I get home and I am STILL shiny and the powder is too dark in sunlight. Insert foot stomping ” Why can’t I just have an even, smooth, non shiny face?!” fit here. I am no make up novice, but for some reason I just can not seem to find the right fit for a foundation/powder that is full coverage, long wear AND is not too dark on my fair skin. I will spend any amount, I just need to not be powdering and blotting my face all day because ain’t nobody got time for that!
Post # 3
@mixtapehearts: I use Bobbi Brown and love it!!
Post # 4
Any other make up junkies out there?
Post # 5
I use the Ulta minerals line, have you tried that? I really like it, lasts all day and no shine.
Post # 6
I just switched to Bobbi Brown foundation and Nars concealer. I used to use Make Up Forever but I wasn’t super crazy about it. I’ve been using Clinique’s loose powder for years and love it. I’m also super pale…to the point that lightest color some lines carry is still to dark for me, especially in the winter time.
Post # 7
I use a lot of bare essentuals products. I’ve never had problems with that brand.
Post # 8
I have very fair skin and I love Make Up Forever. I always use a primer before applying foundating to help it stay longer. I finish it off with the transluscent HD finishing powder.
Post # 9
@mixtapehearts: Is there a reason you are anti-drugstore? I am a makeup junkie too, and use many products from Sephora, but have found that drugstore foundation is better than anything I could spend $60 plus dollars on.
I use Revlon Colorstay Foundation, and Revlon PhotoReady powder to set. I have zero shine and I literally have to scrub it off my face. It lasts 8+ hours in 100 degree Texas heat and never feels or looks heavy.
Post # 10
I swear by MAC Studio Sculpt. I’ve been using it for years, and I’ve used it on two brides and their bridal parties as well. No cruddy face later, and if you set it with powder it really is amazingly photogenic. If your skin is exceptionally oily or dry, you may want to go with a something else from the MAC line, but everything of theirs photographs well in my experience.
Post # 11
Also beware of mineral based powders, they often reflect a pale tone in photographs. While I do love Revlon PhotoReady myself for every day, I prefer not to use it for photos and if I have to I try to use it lightly and apply a bit more bronzer. I would probably stay away from Bare Minerals and the like completely.
Post # 12
Oooh, are you oily like me? I swear my face is like an oil slick without some help. :/
This is your new best friend: Urban Decay’s “De-Slick: Oil control makeup setting spray.” You do a few spritzes immediately before applying foundation and then after you’ve made up your face. I have gotten so many of my friends hooked on this stuff.
As far as liquid foundation, I like Nars brand- but they have two lines; make sure to ask for the MATTE version (the color I use is Monte Blanc). And then I like to finish it off with MAC prep+prime transparent finishing powder.
With this combination, I can go to a football game in Florida at 2 in the afternoon, and my face will barely even SWEAT lol.
ETA: I thought I’d add that I am also pretty DANG fair- my recent wedding photos are proof positive that I am white, white, white.
Post # 13
I use Estee Lauder DoubleWear foundation and it’s amazing! It has a matte finish so it looks very natural and helps if you have oily skin.
I use Rimmel Stay Matte powder (from the drug store so I’m not much help with that one)
Post # 14
@mixtapehearts: kevyn aucoin sensual skin enhancer
MUFE matte velvet (at Sephora and never at Ulta)
Bobbi brown (to me the coverage isnt as good as Kevyn’s or some other ones)
Kat Von D (also at Sephora)
there are also mattifying primers and setting powders which I recommend you use
ETA: I see there was a recommendation for Nars…Nars foundations are NOT FULL coverage. I can only wear full coverage so I know that the Nars foundations dont cover everything
Post # 15
If you really don’t mind shelling out the big bucks for some awesome foundation, definitely check out Maestro by Georgio Armani. AMAZING product that’s super lightweight. Armani’s Designer foundation is also excellent – it’s really creamy and comes in a huge spectrum of shades. You don’t need to use a primer with either foundation. Finish off with a light dusting of Laura Mercier’s loose transluscent powder.
Post # 16
@seattlefashionista: ooh I wanted to try this but my local Nordstrom doesnt carry Armani foundation!