Foundation is one of the most important beauty steps for me. Even though I'm obsessed with all makeup, as long as my foundation looks good and I'm wearing black liner, I feel comfortable enough to leave my house. I want my skin to look flawless. I have serious acne issues but with the right foundation routine, no one has to see a blemish!
I have so many foundations by different brands, different types of formulas, and different levels of coverage. It's like choosing a pair of shoes before you leave your house. What look are you going for? Dramatic? Natural? Dewy?
I usually stick with the same Monday to Friday makeup routine. I tend to wear less makeup on the weekends and I wear nothing if I'm just staying home. Of course if I'm going out at night, I always go heavy!
Here's my work week foundation routine...
1. I start off with a primer. I have tried so many different primers and I promise to write complete product reviews for each one. I sometimes start off with the Bare Minerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer or I use the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in the color Ginger as my base. It depends on my mood but honest most days, I just go straight to Complexion Rescue. It's light and doesn't feel heavy on my skin at all. You can use this alone if you prefer. Since I like more of a full coverage foundation, I use this was my primer. I'm on my third tube and I am still super in love with it. I apply it with my fingers or I use the Bare Minerals Smoothing Face Brush.
2. After I apply my base, I then apply Bare Skin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Beige. I've been using this foundation for about a year now on and off. It's definitely a keep and I'll always have a bottle in my makeup bag. There's just something about using Bare Mineral products that makes me feel like I am doing something good for my skin. Their products are amazing and never harsh. I am though ashamed to admit that I never count how many drops I use like I am supposed to. I just squirt a quarter size and I go. I apply this foundation using my beauty blender or the Bare Minerals Smoothing Face Brush. I have used the BbareSkin Perfecting Face Brush as recommended but I prefer the Smoothing Face Brush. It makes it easier for me to blend the product into my skin. Also, most times I'm in a rush and I don't want to use too many brushes. If I can purchase one brush and use for multiple purposes, then I'm in!
3. I have been using the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick for many many years and for multiple purposes. It's a super easy product to use because it comes in a stick form and is solid oppose to a liquid. You can toss it in your bag like I do. I don't use it all over my face but instead I use it to cover my problem areas. I also use it to touch up my makeup if I am going out after work. It's easily blendable and doesn't feel heavy on my skin. A little bit goes a long way and this stick should last you awhile. My color is Natural Tan.
4. My last step is setting all of this lovely makeup! I use Translucent Loose Setting Powder. It's absolutely amazing, super light, and makes sure that my foundation never moves. Before I started using this product, I had a major problem with my foundation "melting off my face" towards the middle of the day. Since I started using this powder, my makeup doesn't budge. It has received so many amazing reviews and now I know why. I use this brush to seal under the eyes and my eye lids before I apply my eyeshadow and I use this brush to apply to the rest of my face.
And there we go! My super fast and easy 4 step makeup routine. What products are you using?