BASES AND FOUNDATIONS | MAKEUP COLLECTION
Choose the right one and build a flawless makeup around it or pick the wrong one and even the most beautifully blended eyeshadow will look bad: that’s how much foundations matter. When it comes to shopping for them, however, I personally don’t obey by the dry/normal/oily skin rule, I pay more attention to the consistency, finish as well as the skincare benefits and shade selection behind them. And in that sense, my collection deserves some explanation.
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Even though each foundation is, to a certain extent, visible on the skin, achieving that very specific skin-like finish has always been my number one criteria. Both the L’Oréal Nude Magique and Dior Diorskin Forever cushion foundations are particularly difficult to notice and feel on the skin, with a satin finish for the former and something a little bit more on the matte side of things for the latter. Yet, overall, none of them looks cakey or suffocates the skin when the right amount of foundation is used.
Something I often overlook: I tend to favour comfort over longevity, but in case of early rising or late evening, I reach for my Dior foundations. The Dior Airflash foundation doesn’t move or oxidizes in any way whilst the -almost- matte finish of Dior Diorskin Forever cushion foundation combines an extremely natural finish with the longevity of a heavier foundation, something similar to the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation which I also reach for, yet knowing that I will be more likely to feel it on my skin at the end of the day.
FOR THE EASIEST APPLICATIONS
Well, again, nothing can beat the practical, easy and quick application of a cushion foundation, yet because of its liquidey -almost watery- consistency, the L’Oréal True Match foundation is extremely quick and easy to blend, with or without brushes! A little less liquidey, but as easy and mistake proof as the latter, the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation would be the perfect first foundation for any makeup beginner.
FOR COVERAGE AND A FLAWLESS SKIN
I will always prefer a sheer foundation, and, if I need a little bit more coverage than usual, I prefer the term ‘buildable’ over ‘medium to full coverage’, at least that is the reason why I love the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation so much. With them, I can go from sheer to an effective medium coverage within seconds. The Dior Airflash foundation is pretty buildable as well, but it personally becomes too dark for my skin tone once its coverage is heavier.
FOR A HEALTHY SKIN
I like me a fresh and rested face, and to achieve it, I’m coming back to my sheer foundations: the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundations are particularly effective at adding -without masking- a good amount of radiance and light to the skin. Yet I cannot but mention the cushion foundations again and especially the Dior Diorskin Forever cushion which erases any sign of fatigue in a non glowy/dewy way. That being said, the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream isn’t bad either at establishing that balance between a healthy and a glowy face.