I find foundations are one of the hardest things to get right. There is just so much choice:
What type do I want? Powder / liquid / moose / BB Cream / CC cream….
What works best with my skin type?
What colour/shade do I get?
What type of coverage do I want? Light / medium / full
In an ideal world we go to a beauty counter and have a consultation with them. They discuss your skin types and what coverage you would like. They then choose the correct shade for you. I do this for my higher end products; however, I really like drugstore foundations too, especially for everyday use.
In this post I will show my favourite foundations. I have combination/oily skin with a warm undertone. I am 38 and have fine lines around my eyes. When selecting foundations, people often suggest heavier foundations with a dewy finish for middle aged skin, (I hate to call my self middle aged so actually will change it to 30+ skin J) but I hate being able to feel my make up. I like a light to medium coverage but still want it to balance out my skin and hide any redness and uneven tones. Also, my skin changes through the different seasons. I find the following 5 foundations seem to be ones I keep coming back to.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum
(£10.99 for 30ml from Boots)
This is a lovely medium coverage foundation in a gel formula. It has a dewy finish but not too dewy. I always apply with my Real Techniques Miracle Sponge, damp, as I feel it applies a nice amount of product and blends it really well. I set it with the Healthy Mix Setting powder in the same shade and it keeps me pretty matte all day. It claims to last 16 hours, but I never have my foundation on that long to see if it is true to that claim. There are 6 shades available. I wear the shade 53 light beige. There is no SPF in this foundation. I wear this quite a lot through summer and winter as it is quite light on my skin.
Mac Face and Body Foundation
(£29.50 for 120ml from Mac)
This is cult product and a foundation I come back to again and again. It is a very light coverage but is buildable. I apply this with my damp sponge for a really light coverage or a brush to get a heavier coverage. It has a nice satin finish. I set this with any setting powder and it stays put all day. If I want a heavier coverage I will set it with my Mac Studio Fix Powder. It comes in 36 shades. My shade is N2. This tends to be the foundation I use through the summer, as it is so light on my skin. There is no SPF in this foundation.
Bare Minerals Original Foundation
(£26.50 for 8g from Bare Minerals)
This is one of the original mineral powder foundations. This is a weightless foundation that I wear a lot through the summer months as I feel it helps keep my face matte, whilst having a nice sheen. It gives a good coverage and is buildable. It also has an SPF of 15. I wear it in the medium shade. I do not need to wear a setting powder either. I apply my concealer underneath and then apply this foundation with a big brush, really buffing into my skin. This is a great foundation when you are in a hurry or can’t be bothered doing much!
Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-place Foundation
(£31.00 for 30ml from Boots)
This is my going out make up. It is a matte finish and as it states stays in place all night. Originally I went to try the original Double Wear foundation as so many people raved about it, especially for oily skin. However, when I tried it, I felt like I had a mask on! It was so heavy on my skin. The lady then suggested this lighter version and it is much better for me. I apply this using my damp sponge and I set it with Mac Mineralise powder in light. This is available in 10 shades. I wear the shade Intensity 2.0. It is still slightly heavier than my other foundations so I only really wear it for a night out or a wedding or long day. It also has a SPF 10 which is good when wearing it through the day.
L’Oréal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation
(£7.99 for 35ml from Boots)
This is a slightly heavier foundation. I tend to wear this through the winter when I need a bit more ‘help’ to make my skin look good! It has a matte finish but still has a slight sheen to the appearance. I often find although I am oily on my t-zone, super matte foundations just look cakey on me, no matter how I apply them. This works fine. I apply it using a damp sponge and it leaves the skin looking flawless. It is available in 6 shades in the UK, I think there are more shades available in the US. I wear the shade 20 Sand. I set it with my Mac Mineralise powder in light, as this is a bit of a lighter setting powder. This foundation does not budge all day. It claims to be 24 hour coverage, I only wear mine for about 12 hours maximum when I am working. This is a really good drugstore foundation and is at a superb price.
Since writing this post I have actually found another favourite: Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation, as mentioned in my last post. I have been wearing this for the past few weeks and I am really enjoying the finish. It is lightweight but still covers my skin and evens out the tones. It also lasts all day whilst I am in work (approximately 10 hours). Please read my previous post for a full review of this product.
I am regularly buying and trying foundations, but these are my favourites. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for me to try. Thanks for reading…