Full coverage was my jam for a really long time. I was all about opaque coverage (sometimes, um, it was even borderline cakey).
I think this was partly because of some skin issues I had a few years ago. I was breaking out badly, and I felt like I had to cover everything up.
Then, slowly but surely, my skin started to improve, but it took a long time. I made some changes in my diet (mainly more water, less dairy) and started using different skin products. My skin grew less fussy (although by no means was it ever perfect), and I started to feel more comfortable.
But I kept wearing full coverage.
I still have pigmentation issues here and there and other blemishes and fine lines, things like that. I also have my share of freckles, but I’m at a point, at least for now, where I’m more comfortable with that.
I wear medium and sheer coverage a lot now, but I don’t know if you can always tell in pictures, because I think I’m getting better at manipulating the concealer. That’s a big key. Instead of caking all of that foundation on or using tons of full-coverage foundation, I’ll go as light as I can with foundation, and then very purposefully place concealer to cover — not cover up, because I hate words like “cover up” and “mask” — and even out the skin tone. The idea is to let the concealer do all of the heavy lifting.
I think I’ve also gotten better about using primers. I used to think they were total B.S. and just an extra step, but no, they really make a HUGE difference, and not just in terms of how long your makeup lasts, but also in terms of the texture of your skin.
There’s a lot of great options out there now for primers that smooth the surface and blur pores, making whatever you put on top of them look more natural, and letting you use less makeup overall.
It’s also the time of year. Here in Northern California, it’s starting to warm up a little, so I haven’t been wanting to wear a full-coverage face, where you just feel all of that makeup sitting on your skin. I like the idea of heading into spring and summer wearing less makeup, and my skin being able to breathe.
But it’s still been a change. When I went to brunch last Saturday, I wore a lot less makeup than usual, less foundation and less makeup in general. I just wore a bit of the Dior foundation without any concealer, and it was surprising to see those uneven areas peeking through in the mirror.
I think the surprise is partially in my head, though, because I’m so used to seeing myself in full coverage, and the whole, “this is how my skin looks??” but this is how my skin looks. I do have some parts that are not as even toned as others, and that’s completely fine.
How about you, my friend? Where are you at right now in terms of your foundation coverage? Have you been wearing more full coverage, medium or sheer and why?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,