If you need to have foundation that lasts all day, then this post should be of help to you! I hate when it’s 5 PM and I look in a mirror in my car and see makeup fading in one spot or crazy oil accumulation on my chin (always oil on the chin, someone help :P). This led me to lock down a routine and an arsenal of products that I can count on to hold up my foundation all day long.
- Mattifying Primer: First, I apply OC8 primer. My facialist here in Austin used to do makeup on movies and TV sets in California, and she recommended this primer to me about 2 years ago because she said she would apply it to actors’ faces to prevent oil breakouts on set. Its matte coverage is supposed to last for up to 8 hours, and I believe it! Make sure to apply it and give it 5 mins to set to get the best results.
- Setting Powder: I used to apply setting powder after I’d applied my foundation or concealer, but in order to really combat my oily skin, I started applying it to technically set my primer. I LOVE this Charlotte Tilbury setting powder because you can apply makeup over it and you’re able to blend over it as well. This is NOT the case with other setting powders, especially the MAC one – I hated that setting powder because it made everything look streaky or splotchy once makeup was applied over it!
- Matte Foundation: Once you’ve primed and set your primer, it’s time for your foundation. I cannot get over this No 7 Beautiful Matte Foundation (I wear it in ‘cool vanilla’) – it’s incredible! I love the coverage, the weight, and the shade of it. I feel like the shades are really true to skin tones, and it seriously covers up your pores. My best friend ended up buying this foundation and she adores it, too! Not to mention you can buy it at Target and it’s under $20. No complaints here!
- Conceal + Highlight: I’ve raved about my Nars concealers before, and I’ll do it again if you’re new around here. I use the concealer in ‘Vanilla’ to cover blemishes and redness and use ‘Chantilly’ to highlight. I refuse to use any other concealer because I’m convinced that these are the end-all, be-all. They cover blemishes impeccably and are so perfectly creamy and easy to blend. I recommend blending with a beautyBlender (another one of my makeup tools I can’t go without!).
- Powder: Recommending to use powder can sometimes be controversial because some people hate it and some love it! I personally love it and have been using it since 6th grade. I find that the Clinique Powder Foundation + Concealer (my shade is ‘Alabaster’) sets my makeup and fills in any gaps that foundation or concealer didn’t get.
- Setting powder, again: Once you’ve finished your foundation and concealer, dip a kabuki brush or fluffy blending brush back into your setting powder and apply the brush in circles on your face. This not only sets your foundation but also blends everything out for you to keep things smooth and prevent lines. I also like to dip a damp beautyBlender into Laura Mercier under-eye brightening powder to set my under-eye highlight!