(Closed) Doing my own make-up–any suggestions for photo-friendly foundation?

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Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

You want something fairly heavy and closer to full coverage for your wedding day.  It will help it last as you move, sweat, cry, etc.  I will second the recommendation for Kat Von D Lock It Foundation.  It will go on heavy and smooth and won’t budge.

 

If that does not work for you, my makeup artist recommends Ben Nye Foundation.  You can find it on websites like camera ready cosmetics.  It is inexpensive, has a wide color range, and is full coverage matte without looking dead.  She primed me with milk of magnesia, let it fully dry, then used the Ben Nye foundation (and concealer and all that other magical stuff).  She set it with Ben Nye powder (also inexpensive) and then sealed it all with Ben Nye sealing spray.  I was *very* skeptical but my makeup stayed on forever after my makeup trial.

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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aimerxoxo:  I’ve got oily-combo skin and I’ve tried many many many foundations. My number one of all time is Georgio Armani Luminous Silk with some powder on top. It’s not a matte foundation, it makes you look lit from within! The colour selection is amazing and it’s buildable.

Another favourite is Charlotte Tilbury Lightwonder.

I would ask for some samples from the stands at sephora, then you can test them out yourself! 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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aimerxoxo:  I would look for the best match formulation wise first…then fine tune the shade As you get closeR to your day. Since it is winter…my shade didn’t change but I am very into sunscreen but I’m sure after my beach vacation this summer…I will get darker. If that happens, I will probably switch to something more sheer (I have a few shades in mineral powder foundation) or use bronzer. 

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Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My new love is Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour foundation.  It’s a very thick, full coverage foundation.  For me, I have found that I really have to buff it into the skin with a brush in my dry areas to get a good finish but once I do, it looks great.

Post # 20
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Newbee

I second Makeup Forever HD foundation, it’s made for photography!

Hourglass makes a great range of setting powders too and they photograph beautifully.

Post # 21
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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aimerxoxo:  I’m using Clinique superbalanced foundation because I also have combination skin. I had professional photos taken recently and it photographed perfectly. 

I’m also doing my own makeup. Foundation sorted, just have to figure out the rest!

Post # 22
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Newbee

What ever the foundation make sure you have a prepared base i.e. skin is exfoliated and moisturised, use a primer, foundation, conceler, powder and a setting spray for longevity. Going into foundation, be mindful of your undertone, are you cool, warm or neautral. Elcie microsilk foundation might be worth looking into. Another tip, I like to use professional makeup for special occasions to ensure coverage and wear throughout the occasion, great brands to look into are Ben NYe and Kryolan, as a bonus most of them are cheeper than the foundations you get at sephora! Feel free to pm me for any other concerns

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016 - Muhlhauser Barn

Ive heard that BareMinerals is NOT a good product to use because there is something in their foundation that reflects light and makes you look very washed out

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee

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ucsadie:  agreed

 

Also agree with PP on Kat Von D and the MUFE HD. Both my go tos for full coverage / photos. Very matte so no flashback.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I used a combination of Mally and Clinique Stay Matte. I loved it! The Mally was more liquidy so I applied that where I didn’t want as much coverage, although it is very buildable, and then the Clinique was thicker and had more coverage so I put that where I have redness. Then Mally powder overtop and Mally undereye brightener, which is amazing! I am very pale but didn’t want to look washed out, so we used a foundation that matched my skintone, and a powder that was a shade darker to help give me that healthy glow- used it almost like a bronzer. I was planning on using all Clinique but the lady at Ulta did a “makeover” on me with Mally products and I fell in love with it! My skin looks flawless in the pictures. 

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

One note on color – obviously it depends on your budget but I recommend finding a formula you like and then mixing colors to get the perfect shade. That will make it way easier (and more perfect for you) than trying to find a good formula plus the perfect shade in one. It’s more money but also twice as much foundation so you’ll have it longer. 

Mufe HD is great (I think made more for video than photo, but I think still photographs great), and lots of makeup artists recommend Armani luminous silk for weddings too, so a lot of what people have been saying here.  Good luck!

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

I’m combination/oily and have tried almost every foundation at Sephora. I love Smashbox 15 hour wear foundation. So long lasting and looks great in photos. I wore it for my wedding!

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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aimerxoxo:  I also recommend the Kat Von D foundation. I used it for my wedding because my holy grail foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear) has SPF and that can cause flashback. The KVD one provides just as good coverage and does last all day. The only thing I recommend with the KVD is to use only 1 pump and a Beauty Blender to blend it out. It can get cakey if you use too much and I find the Beauty Blender helped smooth it out and make sure I didn’t use too much.

Just wanted to add, I tried the MUFE HD because everyone raves about it and it was horrible for me. Not full coverage and not matte. It slid off my nose half-way through the day and clung to dry patches. Hated it.

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