Finding your foundation routine

Hey guys! Hope you are enjoying the Midterm (if it applies to you). If not, I hope you are enjoying the lighter traffic in the morning! I know foundation can be such a difficult thing to master – finding the right one for your skin type, and skin colour/tone can be an absolute pain. You always hear different opinions, from different sales people that want you to buy from their brand. I wanted to share with you some of my tips and hopefully it will help one of you!

Finding your colour

If you cannot find your colour in another range, take one of your own foundations that you trust is your colour, and enter it into Findation.  I swear this site is a life saver, it converts your exact colour into the same colour in a different brand. SO HANDY! Finding your colour is half the battle.

Figuring out your skin type

The next step is figuring out your skin type. You would be surprised how many people don’t know theirs! If you are oily, a foundation with a matte finish is best for you. M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid, or there is also a new Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation.  It will last longer and you won’t find your foundation is breaking up as easily. Also make sure you set the foundation, it will make it last all day. The Laura Mercier powder is great for oily skin, your foundation will not budge! It is quite an investment though, but if you are living in or heading to the states any time soon, they do it in a mini in Sephora, so you don’t have to invest in the full size.

If you have skin like the Sahara desert like me, then a foundation with a more dewy finish is perfect for you. The Hourglass Seamless Finish Foundation Stick  that I never shut up about is available on Grafton Street. I did a full review on it HERE. It is so dewy and fresh looking and NEVER gets cakey on me. It is full coverage and will ensure your Sahara face is turned into fresh, healthy looking skin! Even though we are dry, we still need to set the face. You can use any powder to be honest. The more I use, the more I realise that a face powder is a face powder, find one your trust – none have blown me away yet. The Laura Mercier is quite drying so I don’t use it as much anymore, but it is great for oily skin. I currently use the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder, but to be honest I don’t think that it sets my face very well and it is EXPENSIVE!

Once you have found the perfect foundation – we can begin!

1)Cleanse and moisturise!

Always, always cleanse and moisturise your face. Your skin is the blank canvas and we need it to be as smooth and even as possible to ensure the foundation gets it’s best shot at making you look like a goddess!! Even if you are oily, you still have to moisturise (you could be oily because you aren’t moisturising and your skin is secreting excess oils to make up for the lack of!).

2) Primer

Any primer you love will do. I absolutely love the L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer – Guerlain. It feels so hydrating on my skin. Primers are for oil control, so you do not need them all over the face unless you are oily all over! No need to waste product, just apply it to the areas your makeup seems to slide away (this is usually the T-zone area). For dry skin, I would recommend using Fix+ from M.A.C to give the face some hydration and make it look very moisturised. (I wouldn’t recommend it for oily skin) Do not buy the full bottle, if you have never tried it before. They usually do minis up at the counter, so buy it to try it out and you won’t have to invest in the full thing!

3) Applying the Foundation

For oily and dry skin, applying the foundation is the same. I would use a synthetic brush to apply it. I love the Morphe M439 . It is very densely packed with bristles, so it will give your foundation a very smooth, flawless coverage. This is when you see the magic of your cleansing, moisturising and priming. The foundation will sit beautifully and will not look cakey.

4) Applying Concealer

Applying concealer is very easy, if you do not use too much. I usually apply my concealer with a beauty blender, you do not need to spend money on the original – that price is outrageous, the Real Techniques one is absolutely perfect. This ensures you do not end up with a cakey mess under the eye because the beauty blender will soak up any excess product you may have applied. I usually set this immediately using any translucent powder, to ensure it doesn’t sit into the fine lines/wrinkles. I use the Tarte Tape Shape Concealer, and absolutely love it but you can use whatever works best! I usually apply it under the eyes, and in the centre of the forehead.

5) Set the rest of the face

As I said, set the face using any powder at all. This will ensure your foundation stays in place all day. If you are dry I wouldn’t recommend using the Laura Mercier Translucent powder, as it is very matte for all over the face. However you can use it all over the face if you are oily.

6) Applying bronzer

Before setting the face I usually apply the Soleil Tan de Chanel just under the cheekbones, to give a dewy glow, using a beauty blender. However if you are looking for a more defined contour, using a powder would work perfectly. You can apply the powder after you set the whole face! Begin at the top of the ear until you reach just under the apples of the cheek. Be careful not to apply it too far down, because this can make your face look rounder and can get quite messy.


Unless you are oily, highlighting is PROBABLY your favourite park of your makeup routine. When I whip out that highlighting brush I honestly feel so powerful. I am actually a loser. I usually apply Champagne Pop by Becca Cosmetics on the tops of the cheekbones, centre of the forehead, tip of the nose, cupids bow and chin (basically everywhere, haha). If you do not have this highlighter you NEED IT. Honestly. It is absolutely amazing, I could not do my makeup without it.

I am sorry this post is very content heavy, and clearly not very pretty but I really wanted to go into the finer detail without sugar-coating it. Finding the perfect foundation can be so difficult, so I really hope this helped at least one person. Please let me know in the comments below if you liked this post?

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