Let's talk cosmetics. I need advice

posted 2 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

What are you using for primer? I find that makes a big difference in how my make-up goes on and whether or not I break out. I use Vichy’s anti-acne corrective moisturizer and I haven’t had a break-out since. (currenlty I’ve got covergirl, maybelline and colourpop foundation but I’ve had the best results with colourpop so far)

Post # 3
1578 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

I use the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation: https://www.sephora.com/ca/en/product/studio-skin-15-hour-wear-foundation-P292403

It doesn’t dry out my skin and I find it’s the right amount of coverage without being too thick. I apply with a beauty blender.

I think your best bet would be to go to Nordstrom (they’re more generous than Sephora) and ask for some samples in those little jars you can take home to try different brands before committing to an expensive bottle. Try each for a week and see how your skn reacts. 

Wishing you a healthy recovery.

Post # 4
2080 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Do you have a Sephora by you? If you do, you can go in and get samples of a couple of different things. And they can recommend something. My mom got a sample of foundation and it lasted her 5 days so she could really try it out! 

Post # 6
478 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I have sensitive skin, and find a lot of foundations break me out. Clinique anti blemish solutions works for me, but as others suggested, see if you can get a sample first. Good luck

Post # 7
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn

Regarding primer. I can’t wear primer that has silicone in it as it breaks me out. I have used Smashbox photo finish light for years and love it. It never breaks me out. 

Post # 8
4498 posts
Honey bee

I used to wear Clinique and highly recommend.  I would find a Clinique counter at a department store and actually speak to a consultant.  Clinique is hypo-allergenic and are generally a very good brand to address various skin types.

If you’re looking for drugstore brand, Almay is also hypoallergenic.  It’s been a long time since I’ve worn a drugstore brand foundation and I don’t recall ever wearing Almay foundation specifically, but I’ve worn other make-up items from Almay and was pleased.

I agree that skin prep/priming and finishing powder will likely have more of an effect.  You can also try powder/mineral foundations, but depending on what your skin is sensitive to you will want to watch the ingredients carefully.  Many contain bismuth because it has a pearlescent or glowy finish which is a common ingredient that those with sensitive skin may react to.  For example, the only version of Bare Minerals powder foundation that doesn’t contain it is the matte version.  


Post # 9
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

I have sensitive, rosacea prone skin and really like Estee Lauder Double Wear. It is very high coverage.

Post # 10
809 posts
Busy bee

princessanon0125 :  Like you, I discovered that alot of foundations were actually aggravating my skin. I had a good experience with First Aid Beauty’s Tinted Moisturizer and RMS Beauty UnCoverup.



Also, have you tried a color corrector? This has good reviews and is also sold on Amazon.



Post # 11
1142 posts
Bumble bee

Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation has been great for my sensitive skin.  The clay keeps it from getting shiny throughout the day, and it has good staying power.  I set it with a bit of powder from the same line.  

Post # 12
3085 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

I have a silicone sensitivity, and I’ve used PUR 4-in-1 Powder Foundation for years. Love it and it has great coverage. 

Post # 13
62 posts
Worker bee

Estee Lauder – double wear

Post # 14
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Im a fan of Tom Ford. As well as tinter moisturizers (I believe they are also known as BB or CC creams)

Post # 15
730 posts
Busy bee

princessanon0125 :  

I like both the Revlon and Maybelline foundations for long wear. I have oilier skin so I need a foundation with a built-in powder or one designed for a long day, and I find both the Revlon and Maybelline ones stay put and provide a very smooth, even finish. I also find the Maybelline one in particular is not at all greasy.

Make sure your skin is clean and dry before you put the foundation on. I’ve found that makes a big difference. You might also want to use a toner beforehand, or put some rose water on your face. Using powder and a setting spray also really helps.

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