Over my years of experimenting with makeup I have found a number of inexpensive products that can out-perform even some in the high-end category. The following is my current foundation routine which is great if you’re looking for a full-coverage-without-the-mask-effect. It also does well with staying all day even with my oily skin.
1. Start with a gel moisturizer
This is great if you have oily/sensitive/acne-prone skin because gel moisturizers are oil-free while giving any dryer areas some moisture without breakouts. Foundation can really accentuate dry patches and even appear orange if not addressed; so moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
If you’re like me and have combination-oily skin, foundation will not stay all day, you can just forget that. However, applying primer will really help create a smooth canvas for foundation/minimize pores/absorb oil and make your foundation last hours longer.
My favourite foundation by far is L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable makeup which comes in a vile. It has the consistency of water and blends beautifully with just your fingers. It gives the best coverage I’ve ever seen with a foundation and is super buildable so applying a couple of coats will not appear cakey.
Just be sure to steer clear of the L’Oreal True Match LUMI variation which comes in a bottle with a pump. If you have even remotely oily skin, it will literally be like dosing your skin in motor oil. Disgusting.
4. Concealer (under eye circles, blemishes)
I used to use Mac Pro Longwear concealer which can appear cakey/emphasizes fine lines as well as majorly break you out because it’s not oil-free (Macne is a thing). My favourite concealer now is Rimmel Match Perfection. It’s great to use as a highlighter and does wonders covering dark under-eye circles.
5. Setting powder
Setting powder I find really creates a flawless look while also mattifying. My absolute favourite which I have used for years now is Quo Wet Dry Powder. To apply, I pat on with a blush brush. Try not to drag the brush across your face because you can take your foundation with it. No one wants to look like an orange-striped tiger. Quo is a Shopper’s Drug Mart brand so it can only be bought there.
6. Loose powder
Great for absorbing oil and giving a nice matte look. I apply this over the T zone carefully to avoid fall outs with a blush brush.
7. Blot if needed
If you need to, be sure to blot any oil through out the day to stay matte. I often do this before pictures because nothing looks worse than shiny face in an otherwise great pic. I usually just use a Kleenex with a patting motion to absorb any oil.
Let me know your best flawless foundation tips in the comments below!
Happy primping 🙂