I thought I'd round up my favorite foundation and base products as the next part of the "What Are Your Favorite" series!
I'm constantly trying new things, especially new products that just hit the shelves, so I have quite the variety here to choose from. These are my most favorite foundations and primers that I've ever tried.
Daily, I use the Laura Mercier foundation primer (I tried it when my Arbonne primer ran out and I've really enjoyed it), and the Arbonne liquid foundation.
1. Revlon Nearly Naked foundation ; if you are looking for a good drug store foundation, I'd recommend trying this. It's not too heavy but will give you fairly decent coverage.
2. Mac Studio Fix Fluid ; I used this foundation for years, before I discovered Arbonne. I like the coverage, it's not too oily, and comes in a large variety of colors.
3. Mac Studio Fix powder ; I use this daily to set my liquid foundation. I just use a light dusting, but if you wanted more coverage you could use this alone as your foundation. Grab a buffing brush and really press it into the skin for a beautiful, full finish.
4. Arbonne Perfecting Liquid foundation ; I've used this foundation for a few years now and it's the best liquid foundation I've ever used.
5. Arbonne Makeup Primer ; I really really enjoyed this primer. The only reason I stopped using it was because I ran out and before I could order another bottle I grabbed the Laura Mercier one to try. If I notice my skin to start breaking out, I'll resort right back to this perfect primer.
6. bare Minerals Touch Up Veil (in pressed) ; My only beef with bare Minerals is that up until recently they only sold loose powders. I really dislike dealing with loose powders. As soon as they released the pressed Mineral Veil, I went out and bought it. I love the Mineral Veil. It really softens your whole face and sets your makeup beautifully.
7. Laura Mercier primer (oil-free) ; I really love this primer. I use it alone or sometimes over my moisturizer on days when my skin feels drier. It provides a perfect base for liquid foundation.
8. Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream ; I'm not a huge, huge fan of BB creams like some women, but if I had to choose one it would be this one. Love the finish, no extra oil, and it wasn't too warm (orange).
9. Revlon Nearly Naked pressed powder ; A logical follow up to the Nearly Naked liquid foundation, this powder is the closest I've ever seen to the Mac Studio Fix powder. I really enjoy it.
10. bare Minerals original foundation ; Like I said, I sort of dislike using this because it's a mess, but I love the finish it gives my skin. It's a great alternative for breathable, light foundation that will even out your skin tone.
11. bare Minerals Prime Time ; A few years ago I was almost exclusively using bare Minerals products. I used this primer and really liked it. It didn't wow me as much as the Laura Mercier or Arbonne primer does, but it works beautifully.
12. Benefit Stay Flawless ; If you don't want your makeup to budge, use this. I've been wildly impressed with the staying powder of this primer. It's fantastic.
13. Smashbox Liquid Halo ; I tried this a few weeks ago and if I wasn't a full-coverage kind of gal, I'd love this foundation. It's a really lightweight, sheer to medium finish. The formula feels like a dream to apply.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Do you use primer instead of moisturizer or both?
When it's humid outside, I just use primer on my skin. On days when the air is drier, and therefore my skin is drier, I'll hydrate with a moisturizer and then top that with primer. Experiment with your own products to see which combination works best for your skin type.
2. What do you think about makeup setting sprays?
They don't blow me away. I find it's more important to start with the proper base, instead of trying to create the "staying powder" from the outside of your makeup. Skin issues, including oiliness, lead to makeup wearing off, so I'd recommend finding the right primer instead of focusing on a setting spray. Think of it like this : if you want to have smoothness in your hair, apply smoothing products when it's wet, before you work on your hair.
3. How do I figure out what color I am?
Talk to a consultant at a counter or beauty store to get "color matched". If you are going the drugstore route, buy two foundations you think you are, and then return the one that doesn't match. I always lean towards a lighter foundation if you are on the edge because you won't have the dreaded makeup line. Add depth and darkness with bronzer or blush instead of choosing a makeup shade that's too dark.
4. What brushes should I use?