Post # 1
The “no makeup” thread got me thinking:
I never wear makeup, but could do with something to even my skin tone. I would like to wear very natural makeup for my wedding. My Fiance loves the fact that I don’t wear any and I would like to look like myself.
I’m travelling to Vegas and would like to do my makeup myself. I have until March next year, so certainly time to practice. I will have eyelash extensions done. I’ve had them done before and I love them.
So… any recommendations on fool proof, easy to use foundations? No idea if to look at powder or cream or what? Any brands you would recommend? I feel overwhelmed because I don’t know anything about it!
Any other products I should look at? I don’t like the idea of lipsticks, because I don’t want something sticky and to leave a mark on my hubby when I kiss him. What are these tints people talk about?
Post # 2
I use PUR Minerals powder foundation in a compact. I don’t need a lot of coverage as I have been blessed with pretty good skin (people typically think I am at least 10 years younger). I previously used loose powder foundation and it was always coating every surface of my bathroom!
I brush it on & blend it when my skin is still slightly “dewy” from my moisturizer. Then I use a bit of cream blush (with a brush) in a neutral pink and some mascara. Less than 5 minutes 🙂
ETA I use a tinted lip balm from Pacifica and love it! I don’t like sticky lips.
Post # 3
MarmotaLinda: I like to use Smashbox primer with green tint to even out the red in my face. It doesn’t take too much but it instantly makes my face look better. It’s a bit pricey. I bought the travel size one for $16 but I don’t wear makeup too often either so it lasts me a while. My friend who is a make up artist actually recommended it to me. I always ask her about what will work well.
Post # 4
I think Make Up For Ever’s face and body foundation would be a great entry. It’s light weight and watery and easy to apply with fingers or a brush. It’s pretty foolproof foundation for a beginner and let’s your skin shine through. It’s great for light coverage.
Post # 5
MarmotaLinda: I’d say use any primer.. Just buy a basic primer if you aren’t going to be wearing a tonne of make up. In terms of correcting unever skin tone, I’d really recommend BareMinerals podwer foundation or any mineral foundation really – it’ll make you a more polished version of yourself. If you’re looking for colour on your lips I’d suggest a lip stain – Revlon has some good ones and then just a cheap blush for a touch of colour to your cheeks!
Post # 6
MarmotaLinda: I really like Clinque: http://www.clinique.com/product/1594/6271/Makeup/Bronzers/Blended-Face-Powder-and-Brush
Very natural coverage, not thick, it doesn’t even feel like I’m wearing makeup! It also absorbs sweat well and is long lasting. It’s what I use daily and I’m a big makeup person.
Post # 7
essgee: Please forgive my ignorant question: do you wear the primer first and the foundation on top? Are you supposed to wear both or just one?
mishinthecity: do you wear that on its own? Or on top of moisturiser so it “sticks” to your skin?
ErinEllen: I like the idea of the green tint, as I do get bits of my face that go a bit red. Price is not really a problem. I will look into this. Do you wear anything on top of it? To me “primer” implies that you are priming for applying something else on top?
chiweeniemommy: I’ll look into the tinted lip balm, thank you!
theshannondee: Thank you, I see that product has got really good reviews too.
Post # 8
- Wedding: County courthouse
I recommend bare minerals powder foundation and their primer and younique mineral foundation and primer. Both are full coverage…but look natural.
Post # 9
I wash my face and moisturize first (I just use Neutragena face wash and Ponds moisturizer). I don’t like the brush that comes with this powder, so I did buy a kabuki brush: http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-F84-Angled-Kabuki-TM/dp/B0045W4X16/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439912601&sr=8-1&keywords=sigma+angled+kabuki+f84. Sigma is great- I’ve had this brush for years and just have to wash with dish soap and warm water once a week to remove buildup.
ETA: I also really like Smashbox primer, but only use it when I’m going to an event or a fancy night out. If you do primer:
Moisturizer > Primer > Foundation > Other makeup
Post # 10
I’m going to give the same advice I always give: do some research so you know what you want. What is your skin type (oily, dry, combo)? What type of coverage are you looking for (sheer, medium, full)? What kind of finish are you looking for (dewy, matte, somewhere in between)? I use several different foundations and BB creams for different purposes and occasions, which is totally overkill but it’s a hobby of mine. 🙂 Anyway, for lipsticks that don’t transfer, maybe try a liquid lipstick or as others have suggested a tinted balm. I just picked up the laneige BB cream cushion at Target yesterday. It has SPF, good but natural coverage and feels hydrating on my dry skin. Already in love with it.
Go on over to reddit.com/r/makeupaddiction. They have tons of threads on different products and tips that will help you out as well!
Post # 11
Oh, and I just saw your questions about primer. If you don’t mind silicone based primers (which you might if your foundation is water based) Monistat anti-chafing gel is the same thing as Smashbox’s primer. Just do a spot test first of anything you put on your face, especially if it’s not meant for your face. I use it all the time with no issues, but you never know!
Post # 12
I would do a BB Cream or CC cream. It’s like a facial moisturizer and tint (it basically includes your primer & foundation & moisturizer in one) I would go to Sephora and tell them you want a BB cream or CC cream and have them test a few on you so you can get a feel for what they feel like on your skin and whether or not the color is good. This method is good because it’s light-weight and easy to use.
Post # 13
I really like Revlon balm stains for lip color that won’t come off. You apply like lip balm and after a few minutes it stains your lips and you can wipe off what’s left if you want clean lips. Moisturize lips awhile beforehand. The Honey color is supposed to be pretty much universally flattering.
Post # 14
MarmotaLinda: Usually I will wear at least a foundation on top but I have worn just the primer a few times.
Post # 15
I prefer liquid foundation.. I wear Guerlains Lingerie Du Peau. It’s rather sheer, so you can see my (few) freckles underneath, which I like. It’s also really expensive… so it might be overkill for a single day.
I agree with the PP who said try a couple and figure out what you like. Sephora has an AMAZING return policy, and also good people working there and most of their top selling products have hundreds and thousands of reviews to know if the product is any good.
I’d suggest you shop in person if only to find otu what color you should be wearing in thse various formulations. Talk to someone who works there and they’ll help you decide what type of foundation is best for you. (They might be wrong!) Keep your receipt, and try on the foundation a couple times.. things to find out when you wear it
– does it make you break out?
– does the color match perfectly? (Your face should match your chest)
– does it make your skin fell uncomfortable in any way?
– does it last 6+ hours?
– does the color change over time? (Some formulas will react with your skin–so just do a color check not only when you first apply but at the 6 hour mark or so when you’re seeing if it’s stil there, if it is the second thing to check is the color, again).
If the answer to any of the above is unsatisfactory, return it and try another brand. Sephora will let you return a used item for months, maybe even indefinitely. Ulta has a very short return period by comparison and they’ve always done their best to not give me a full refund (and often succeeded) so I’ve stopped shopping there.
I totally agree with PPs to wear a primer.. it’ll make it more likely that your foundation lasts 6+ hours and doesn’t react with your skin. That said, try it with and without a primer–I have some friends who never wore makeup before their wedding and when I took them shopping for it they found they hated primer because it felt like too much. 3/3 of them ended up opting for powder foundation, for what its worth.