I was wondering what is your favorite foundation to wear when you are taking pictures?
Wow! I’ve actually been getting asked this a lot lately (YAY!), so it must have something to do with the changes I’ve made to my foundation routine.
The whole shebang’s kind of involved so, uh, maybe the best way to handle this is to just go step-by-step.
My first step — the product I use as a primer all over my skin — has been a staple of my makeup bag for a really long time. I never, ever skip this step when I’m going to be taking pics and have any say in the matter because I sincerely see a difference between when I do and I don’t.
It just makes whatever foundation I’m wearing look…better, and more natural, and mellows out my pores.
There are so many different face primers out there. I’ve tried a bunch, but one’s my favorite. I think I’m on my third of fourth bottle now. I love it that much.
I love how the formula feels — like a face lotion, and not like a regular primer just sitting on top of the skin, like the kind that have a lot of silicone. It’s also moisturizing, but it doesn’t give me breakouts, which is great, especially this time of year when my skin gets dry.
LOVE! I’ve written a few posts about MAC Face and Body Foundation (I use shade C5) because I absolutely love it. Long story short: it’s lightweight, more like a tinted moisturizer than anything else, but you can layer it to build up the coverage. I love that it doesn’t look obvious or heavy in pics (you see it used on a lot on movie sets), once it dries, it won’t budge.
Seriously, I’ve worn this out and about on 16-hour days, and it’s never caked, streaked or gotten funky.
It does have a dewy, slightly shiny finish, which I actually like for everyday wear, but for pics, which is what we’re talking about here, I set it with a powder to tone down the shine.
This is one of the more recent adjustments I’ve made to my routine. I had been using Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation wherever I needed more coverage, but I ran out a while back and grabbed NARS Pure Radiant Concealer on a whim.
I wear the shade “Biscuit.” I dab a little on the areas where I want more coverage — usually my cheeks, around my nose, around my mouth and along my jaw line. Then I buff it into the Face & Body with a skunk brush.
I actually prefer this now to Bobbi Brown’s Stick Foundation, which I still think is great, but Pure Radiant takes much less time to use because it’s easier to blend into MAC Face & Body.
Plus, I think it feels lighter, lasts longer and just looks really seamless in pics.
Another one of my recent changes. Ya know, I didn’t really like this the first time I tried it years ago, but then I saw a new shade, 4.5, at Sephora last month and thought, why the heck not? It’s still loved by zillions of people. Maybe I’ll give it another shot.
And ya know what? I like it. I don’t think it’s going to cover enough for those really rough mornings when my dark circles have dark circles of their own, but it does a good job most days.
For pics, I think it’s fab, because it doesn’t look thick or heavy or settle into my fine lines.
And I like the brush — really convenient.
I just brush a light layer under my eyes, pat that down with a finger, and set it with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder in Medium.
Dang, this stuff looks like real skin! — and it doesn’t look too powdery or cake-y. Been wearing it for a couple years now. I dust it across my forehead, on my cheeks, nose and chin, and along my jaw line.
Thanks for the question, Jeannie! HTH.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. If you have a question you’d like to ask, let me know in the comments. If I can, I’ll try to answer it in a future Ask MBB post.