(Closed) makeup question for knowledgeable bees!

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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 # 5
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
827 posts
Busy bee

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
5405 posts
Bee Keeper

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
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@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 # 14
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • 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
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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.  

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