(Closed) Foundation – DIY

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: City, State

Estee Lauder double wear. Its medium to full coverage and lasts a LONG time. It also doesn’t oxidize from what I can see. I’m a nurse and I work 14 hour shifts and frequently get sweaty and it stays on. I’m very fair and lean slightly warm (yellow) undertone but not very strong yellow so I got the color 1N1. The “warm” color is 1W1 which I did not get because it’s really yellow and slightly darker even than the 1N1. If you’re pink toned they have a 1C1. Lots of different shades and they can give you a sample to try out at your local Estee counter if there’s a mall near you. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I’d also look into the Kat Von D lock it (and her setting spray). A mattifying primer also might be a good idea, versus just a normal smoothing primer (like the original smash box). Do you normally set with powder? If not, I would for sure bake your face and bring blotting sheets and extra powder and setting spray for touch ups. 

I’d also do an eyeshadow primer if you’re planning on wearing eyeshadow. 

Post # 5
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Newbee

We are make up twins! I use the same primer and foundation! I used to use Smashbox photo finish foundation as well, and it provided more coverage than the maybelline, but I cut a few expenses and stopped using it. That would be my best suggestion! 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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italianbride0508 :  Yay for Kat Von D!! Also, no animal testing for her brand, unlike Estee Lauder.

Try Becca as well. Lots of cool options there.

And another vote for an eye primer.

I have Marcelle foundation and it’s amazing. It’s Canadian though…

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Hourglass tends to photograph really well, as does Makeup Forever.  I’d also try Smashbox’s foundations – they have a BB cream designed for camera-usage.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Makeup Forever Ultra HD is designed to photograph well! It’s great for all skin types too! 

 

Giorgio Armani Luninous silk is more expensive but it’s beautiful and looks amazing in photos! But I wouldn’t recommend if you have oily skin. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I also use Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and it’s amazing too! I’ve worn it in pictures (with and without flash) and it looked great. It’s drugstore so that’s a plus! 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

Ladies, does a primer under your foundation really make a difference? I always wondered if it is just a waste of money because I always saw it as simply a moisturizer (same question about setting spray). Thanks!

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Also just because you didn’t mention it- make sure to set your foundation with a powder. It’s crazy the difference of how it looks/lasts!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Just my 2 cents, but I love Lancome Teinte Idol ultra 24, super long wear and has a wide variety of colors (Im a milk chocolate color, my sister is albino and wears this same foundation in Ivory-looks great on us both if I say so my self lol). Setting spray is a MUST! I would also say look to Kat Von D for liquid lipsticks as well, they are highly pigmented and last all day. Good luck!!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

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Butterfly6 :  I absolutely swear by setting spray and primer.

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rachaell :  This is going to be long so, sorry in advance haha.

For your undertones, I’d suggest looking into Kat Von D Lock It, Tarte Glamazon or possibly even Too Faced Born This Way foundations. They all carry a wide range of lines/colors, but I have found they also have foundations with a more pink undertone to them vs a more yellow found in some other brands. I personally use Tarte’s Glamazon (around $40), which stays on ALL DAY, is full coverage and seems to work well with combo-skin types. Those 3 also tend to have several fairer-skinned options as opposed to just 2-3 standards. I think finding THAT shade is the hardest to match!

I use a foundation + eye shadow primer. Urban Decay has some really good primers. I used to use their UD Original formula, but recently switched to their Anti Aging and really like it. They have good face primers, too– but I use Benefit Cosmetics line of primer now (The Pore-fessional super mattifying gel), and it works wonders. Not sure how old you are or what condition your skin is in, but I feel like it really helps from allowing the foundation to settle into fine lines and small cracks. It also allows you to use LESS actual foundation and have a more natural looking finish. If you’re DIY-ing, invest in a good foundation brush set. There’s a lot on the market right now, but I’ve been using U-Spicy brand (look on Amazon, you get like 12 brushes for $30 or so), and they have several options and are great for blending.

If you’re looking for a really good setting powder, I like IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact. I do not like their foundation, but a lot of people swear by it and that is just personal preference. I’ve found a drugstore-brand that is similar and that I use often, which is Neutrogena Skin Clearing powder. I have some acne scars and pigmentation I like to hide, and both IT Cosmetics and this specific line from Neutrogena really do a good job (from a powder perspective) of clearing it up.

I’d stay away from translucents on the day-of, typically because if not blended correctly can/will show up in certain lighting.

If you’re looking for a drugstore brand for foundation that provides the right coverage, you could also look into Loreal Infallible Pro Matte. I’d personally rate it a 6.5 out of 10, but it’s a good pricepoint and if you don’t wear makeup a lot, or don’t wear full coverage a lot, it’s a good product to ease you into the full face look.

Hope that helps!

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I use Benefit Porefessional primer, Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation, and Urban Decay’s mattifying setting spray. I love this combo! I used it for three weddings I was in and it always worked great and stayed all day and photographs really well.

The last wedding I was in the make up artist also used the MUF Ultra HD. Good luck with the make up!

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