The holidays coming! The holidays are coming!
I can hardly believe it’s mid-September already, and that means the holiday travel season isn’t far away.
One of my biggest travel challenges is packing light. I think I’m naturally predisposed to overpack, as if I biologically need 10 different shades of pink lipgloss; maybe it’s a primitive urge to gather?
But after a traumatic airport incident a few years back (a TSA agent almost confiscated a baggie filled with Chanel and MAC, NOOOO!), I’ve gotten better at streamlining what goes into my makeup bag.
Nowadays, I’m all about bringing products that multitask. When space is limited, the more steps and products I can eliminate, the better.
NARS Powder Foundation ($45), my latest foundation love, totally fits the multitasking bill.
Portable and flexible, with a natural finish
Forget hauling a separate liquid foundation, tinted moisturizer and powder. Housed in a sleek, portable case, this flexible pressed powder foundation does it all, evening out tone and wicking away shine from morning ’till night. It does it, too, without looking too thick or too much like a mask. Added bonus: It contains SPF 12.
I apply it in layers until I reach a level of opacity I’m happy with. If I know I’ll just be chillin’ with the fam, I’ll go with one to two layers applied with a kabuki brush, one like the MAC 182 Buffer ($45). It delivers natural, light-to-medium coverage. For a more opaque look, I’ll smooth it on with the included sponge.
Wearing two layers of NARS Powder Foundation applied with a Kabuki brush
Whatever the coverage, NARS Foundation Powder always feels lightweight on my skin. It’s so comfy that I sometimes forget I’m wearing it at all!
Tips on choosing a foundation color
With 18 shades to choose from, there should be something for almost everyone. I use Sahara, which the NARS website lists for “medium red-based complexions.”
When choosing a foundation color, I usually enlist the help of a sales associate or makeup artist — someone to serve as a second opinion. If you’re on your own, though, here are two tips to try:
- Have you heard the trick of matching foundation to the skin on your wrist or jaw? Try this instead: Find a shade that matches the color of the skin located at the point where your chin and the base of your neck meet. I think it serves as a better example of your natural skin color because it doesn’t get a lot of sun.
- Foundation oxidizes and darkens within five to 10 minutes once its applied, so if you’re torn between a lighter and a darker shade, opt for the lighter one.
I learned both of these tips from a Chanel artist a few years ago, and they’ve saved me from buying the wrong color many times since.
The bottom line
Even though it’s pricey, NARS Powder Foundation gets big points for portability, flexibility and a natural look that’s never flat or heavy. Big ups to Francois and Co. for turning out another winner in my book. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Glee — what am I missing?
How was your night? I stayed up late reading that Sookie Stackhouse book… as usual. Now I’m a little sleepy.
Did you happen to catch the premiere of Glee? Have you heard about it? I’d heard it was supposed to be a really funny comedy/musical/drama about a group of high school misfits in glee club.
Great premise, right?
I’m always *totally down* for awkward teens showing the rest of the world what they’re really made of via spontaneous song! — but something about the show seemed a little off to me.
I dunno… I’ll give it another chance.
So how are you on this lurvely Thursday?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,