Greetings and happy Thursday, friend! What’s shakin’ out yonder way?
Can we talk about foundation for a sec? A few of you noticed that I switched up my foundation/powder recently — the combo I’ve been wearing in my pictures — and I wanted to share why I changed, what I’m doing now, and to ask you about your routine.
But before that, mango break! Thanks for all the great mango suggestions and recipes. You’re really feeding my addiction. Nutella’s facing stiff competition from my new (and at different times former) favorite fruit. I think I’m going to try making mango lassi and mango salsa this weekend. Of course I’ll let you know how it goes.
I’m so hooked on mango right now, it’s ridiculous. Last night at Trader Joe’s I chucked four (FOUR!) boxes of those Mango & Cream Bars into my cart. I actually felt a little ashamed, but it was like I physically couldn’t help myself. Damn those things are tasty…
Sorry, back to foundation. As a devoted fan of Laura Mercier Oil-Free Liquid Foundation for years, I was heartbroken to find that Laura changed the color of my go-to shade (NOOOO!). Or, rather, I’m fairly sure she did. I bought a bottle recently that seemed dramatically darker and pinker (is that a word?) than it always had before, so I checked other bottles at several counters just to be sure, and, yup, they were different too.
What a disappointment… It always covered everything, never caused breakouts, and has always been so easy to apply.
I drifted like that, crushed, in foundation no-man’s land for a while and returned to using my trusty Chanel Mat Lumiere, which I love for everyday wear, but I don’t feel like it photographs very well on me (I think it looks a little flat).
I also tried Make Up For Ever HD, which I think looks fantastic and photographs well, but hello, pimples!; and MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation (great coverage, but it smothers my skin) but wasn’t really wowed by either.
Then, last Friday, desperate for relief, I hit up the MAC store to find something new.
One of the artists suggested I try MAC Studio Sculpt, a gel-based foundation with buildable medium-to-full coverage and a satin finish, and matched me to shade NC40. She also suggested I get a slightly darker shade, NC42, for summer.
Years ago, the last time I was matched for MAC foundation, my number was NC35, but times and tans change.
I haven’t been a regular user of a MAC foundation for years, but I’ve been wearing Sculpt for about a week so far with a combination of different MAC powders — a lighter powder in the center of my face to brighten the area beneath my eyes (MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium); a medium shade on the rest of my face to cut down on shine and to even out my skin tone (MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Medium Dark); and a darker powder along my cheekbones, across my forehead and along my jaw line to contour (MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Dark).
From left to right: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium, MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Medium Dark and MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Dark
It sounds complicated, right? I know, but it’s getting easier as I get the hang of it. The overall technique is similar to one that MAC Artist Keri Blair describes in this MAC Artists in Action video. Even though it takes longer than my old routine with Laura Mercier/MAC Blot/MAC Prep+Prime, I like the glowy look, and I think the new products photograph really well. I’m happy with the results. Now I just hope it doesn’t break me out (knock on wood!).
What about your foundation routine? Are you happy with it, or is there something you’d like to change?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,