Wednesday, 18 July 2012
The most important and arguably most difficult element of every woman’s make-up routine is foundation, hence my rationale for making this the first topic of the blog. Undoubtedly everyone wants to achieve glowing, youthful, flawless skin and if you aren’t, like myself, fortunate enough to be gifted with naturally beautiful skin it can be a difficult feat to achieve. But fear not, it can be done with a few tools and some handy tips.
The first and foremost step to achieving flawless skin is getting the foundation absolutely right. Essentially, when it comes to foundation the golden rule is - you get what you pay for. Although many believe paying £25-£40 for foundation may seem slightly on the expensive side, believe me when I say it is without a doubt worth every penny, a really good foundation is absolutely essential for perfect looking skin. There are thousands of product reviews out there, but I am going to recommend three really good foundations which I have come across over the past 10 years. My preferences for foundations are for those that leave skin glowing and radiant, therefore my three recommendations are foundations that fit this criterion, but I will also provide some examples of excellent matt foundations and foundations that provide maximum coverage for masking any imperfections. Of cause everyone is different and my recommendations may not be perfect for you but they are a great starting point.
My first recommendation is Dior Éclat Satin foundation which retails for around £31.00, in my opinion an absolute bargain! This is a fantastic foundation and a favourite amongst celebrities, perfect for anyone that has dull or older skin and needs a little pick-me-up, though it would flatter any skin type. It is an extremely radiant foundation and leaves the complexion glowing which Dior state is thanks to its ‘exclusive complex Hydra-Diffuse AEE’. In addition, for those who prefer a light foundation Éclat Satin is an ideal choice as it leaves the skin looking fresh but provides just enough coverage to mask any small imperfections. This makes it a great foundation to take away on your holidays to enhance your holiday glow and create a beautiful healthy finish. In summary, a great foundation for those that like a glow not so great if you like a heavier or matt finish.
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The above three foundations are great for creating a glowing complexion but for many a matt look is desired. For this I have two primary recommendations.
Firstly MAC Studio Fix Fluid (£20.50) is excellent at creating a matt complexion; it comes in a broad spectrum of colours, is long lasting and is great for oily skin. However I find that this foundation can be quite difficult to apply so I would suggest using a good quality primer to ease application. Secondly, Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (£25.00) is perfect for a natural matt finish; it is easier to apply than MAC Studio Fix Fluid and not as cakey blending into the skin more easily. In addition it is undetectable in a professional HD environment and will look as though it’s your own skin when taking photos, a great way to fake having naturally perfect skin!