The Foundation Series: Choosing the Proper Foundation

No matter who you are, you should not have just one foundation. Why do I say this? Isn’t this a waste of money? Again, my response, is No, it isn’t a waste of money. Nobody’s skin is exactly the same every single day of the year, in the summer you might be on the oily side, and in the winter you might be on the dry side. Most people are darker in the summer than they are in the winter. Your skin may be breaking out because it’s that time of the month, or just because it wants to hate you. Your skin may be flawless because you just found the perfect skincare routine. Anyway, you get my point, your skin changes almost daily, so why treat it the same, when it has different problems.

If you’re having a good skin day, maybe you want a base, but you don’t need the coverage, go for a product with light coverage. If you’re having an okay skin day, go for a medium coverage foundation. If you’re having a bad skin day where your face is red and breaking out and you’ve got a big date to go on go for a full coverage, and double up on the concealer.

On my good skin days, I usually go foundation-less, but sometimes it’s just nice to have a base. On these days I use a BB cream or tinted moisturizer. Now how do you choose the correct BB cream or tinted moisturizer, these products don’t usually come in a million shades, so even if Laura Mercier makes the best tinted moisturizer ever, if there is no shade to match your skin, it’s not for you. I know some people mix 2 shades to get their color, but honestly, I don’t feel like doing that if I’m looking for light coverage. For me Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Porcelain is the perfect color for me in the winter, because I am extremely pale.  In the summer when I’m “tan” Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in Nude or Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Blush are the best for me.

BB cream (or Beauty Balm) is the newest craze and honestly I have only tried a few, and really haven’t found many that really work for me. My favorite that I’ve tried is the Dr. Jart Water Fuse BB cream, the only problem with it is, it only comes in one shade and my skin has to be between tan and pale to use. Honestly this is the only one that I’ve found that I like, but I kind of gave up on them, to be fair.

Some days my skin is not happy with me, or I’m going to an event, or out and I know pictures are going to be taken, so I want something with more coverage, to give my face a more even complexion. On these days I go for a foundation that is medium coverage. I do not really have problem skin, so I try to stick with products that I know are not going to clog my pores. I have found that the Clinique Even Better Makeup with SPF 15 in the shades buff and cream whip works best for me depending on how tan I am. This foundation does not make my skin feel heavy, and it has buildable coverage so I don’t have problems if I have few red spots. I also find this to be very hydrating, almost to the point where if I’m lazy I might be guilty of skipping moisturizer and going straight for primer (whoops).  A drugstore brand that I find is works pretty well is the Revlon Nearly Naked in Vanilla, however this product is not as moisturizing as the Clinique, and has slightly less coverage, but I’m pretty sure It’s about 1/3 of the cost so I don’t mind that much.

I am extremely lucky, and my “bad” skin days are some people’s good skin days, so I rarely need a true full coverage foundation. I do sometimes want to be glam though so for these occasions I have one full coverage foundation that I like. The Lorac Natural Performance Foundation in Shade NP 2 – light is flawless on me in the winter when I am pale. I mean seriously, when I want to look airbrushed, this is what I reach for. While it is oil, fragrance, and paraben free one time I accidentally slept in this stuff (I know I’m bad) and it did clog my pores and give me a few pimples. Other times when I’ve wore this and washed it off before going to bed there have been no issues so I really can’t complain. I do have to make sure that I wear a good moisturizer with this because I find it to be on the drying side as well, but I feel like this would be a problem with any full coverage foundation.

I rarely ever only use powder foundation as I do not think they look natural at all.  Sometimes I will use a powder foundation as my setting powder if I feel like I need just a tad bit more coverage. I personally like the Diorskin Nude compact, I have shade 33 Apricot Beige, but that is only for the summer months, because it is slightly too dark for me right now.

My best advice on finding a good foundation that works for you is to go to Sephora, be shameless, and tell them exactly what you’re looking for. They will ask you a million questions to find the perfect one. If you don’t feel comfortable buying something without sampling it for a few days first tell the associate who is helping you and he or she will make you a sample. I do not recommend doing this without buying something else though, because I always just feel so bad taking up a ton of someone’s time without purchasing something. Best of luck to you, may the foundation odds be ever in your favor!

The Foundation Series: Do I actually Need it?

Hello everyone, today starts my series of posts on foundation. I was going to make this all one post, then I started writing and it was becoming a novella, so I decided to break it down into multiple posts. I thought the best place to start was the internal debate that everyone has, of do I actually need foundation.

Honestly sometimes the answer is No, today I do not actually need foundation. I know a million beauty people may have just had a heart attack because they wouldn’t DREAM of going without foundation. Thats like going braless in a white top on a rainy day.

So how do you know if you need foundation or not? The answer to this question is; what are you doing today, and how does your skin look today? Are you doing nothing, running errands, going to work/school, or going to an event? Do you have a giant pimple on your cheek, do you look like Rudolph, does it look like you’ve been using sandpaper for tissues, and so o and so forth.

If you’re doing nothing or just running errands, you do not need foundation. Even if your skin is breaking out and crazy, your skin could use a break, and you shouldn’t wear foundation.  Let the people at the drug and/or grocery store judge you, all I have to say is Haters gonna hate, and YOLO. So dare to go foundation-less girls, your skin will thank you.

If you’re going to school or work foundation is debatable. If your skin is super red or there is something that you’re not happy with, then sure wear a foundation. If you look in the mirror and you think ehh my face looks pretty good today, then go foundation-less. If you have a presentation or interview today, you should probably consider a foundation. If you’re too lazy and/or tired to do any other makeup, you should probably just skip the foundation, and wear your glasses. If you spent an hour perfectly curling your hair this morning, then I’m sorry you essentially have to do a full face of makeup. If you were too lazy to actually do you hair so you just pulled it up into a tame bun or ponytail, you can skip the foundation, but do some mascara and eyeliner, to make yourself look generally pulled together but not totally done up. 

If you have something special to go to and you just want to look perfect in pictures, sure wear foundation, just make sure it’s applied correctly so your face is the same color as your body in the pictures. 

Unfortunately, foundation is not this simple, okay wear it some days, don’t wear it somedays. There are various levels and types of foundations and that is what I will go over tomorrow.

Urban Decay Naked Palettes – Worth The Hype?

It seems like EVERYONE is talking about Urban Decay with the recent release of the Naked 3 palette. Being a normal girl, who doesn’t have a ton of money to just spend on makeup and other non-necessity items, I was very skeptical about these when they originally came out. When the first one came out, I feel like there was a delay on people loving it. I went to the store, swatched it a few separate times, but could never bring myself to drop the $53 to purchase it. Then the Naked 2 was released, and to me, this is when the big hype started.

So one day, my roommate and I went to the mall and just stopped in Sephora for no specific product at all and was just walking around the store looking at new products. I swatched the Naked 2, and loved the colors, but really $53, REALLY. I thought the colors were very wearable, and could create a lot of looks, but really are these shadows really worth $53. So, I went on my way and did not purchase them, because there were other products that took priority. I met up with my roommate after we checked out (we shop separately when we go into a store, as to not skew each others opinions, or talk each other out of buying anything)  and we started listing the products we got, she said, I caved and got the Naked 2.

I was excited because since she had it, that means I have access to it, and can try it more than in the store. I suffer from severe love it in the store hate it when I get it home syndrome. You know, when you put something on in the store and think to yourself, oh this is  good, I’ve heard about it over and over, so obviously I am buying this.  Then you get it home and you think, ew I kind of look ridiculous in this. I didn’t want this to happen with a $53 eyeshadow palette. So, of course I tried hers and realized after wearing it a few times, I finally understood the hype. The Naked 2 has colors more on the cool side, which is why I think I preferred them to the Naked 1. When I say these shadows went on like a dream, I mean I dipped my brush in just barely, and the EXACT color that the shadow looks in the package came out on my eyes, in one application.  Blending them was a dream no severe dark spots where I start shading the crease, no harsh lines anywhere.  As if that wasn’t enough, I wore these to work all day, and didn’t have to re-do my eyeshadow at all when I went out after work. So, great pigmentation, great formulation, and little fallout. Obviously, I needed this in my life. So finally, I went out and got it.

When I heard  the Naked 3 was coming out, I actually wasn’t very excited. I thought it was going to be almost the same as the first two, and because I already had Naked 2 it made no sense for me, a normal girl who doesn’t even wear makeup on days I’m feeling lazy, to have two of the same palettes. Then I heard they were rose toned hues and I was like *GASP* I NEED to see real swatches ASAP. So here I am trolling the interwebs for REAL swatches on a real human being, preferably one with fair skin. Finally a few weeks after it was released I had seen enough swatches to commit to buy this thing, and man was getting my hands on one hard. I literally had to go back to the store about 5 times just to get one.

I got it home, and obviously had to try it ASAP. Of course, being a green-eyed ginger, this is now my go-to palette because the pink tones bring out the nice pinky undertones in my skin, as well as my green eyes. I. AM. OB.SESSED.

Anyways, so we have Naked 1, Naked 2, Naked 3, the only think left is Naked Basics. Naked Basics is only 6 shades and sells for $27. Watching the “Perfect Palettes” tag that was going around the youtube community I saw that a lot of girls were awarding this palette “best for travel” or “most versatile” and some even “most used.”  I found this VERY odd, because I had never even considered purchasing this. Only 4 of the colors are “new,” and I think most of these colors are on the lighter side, and then there was black, and the darker brown, and I want something in the middle. I did however like that this was 5 mattes and only 1 shimmer, because the Naked Palettes do tend to be on the shimmery side. Ultimately, I did not purchase this, because I purchased the Kat Von D “Ladybird” palette instead. (The Kat Von D “Ladybird” is all matte, extremely versatile palette that I’m surprised most of the more popular/big/famous beauty bloggers have talked about because personally I think this is AMAZING, I will write an entire post on this palette soon.)

Case and point, are the Naked Palettes really that good? YES. Yes they are. Do you need all three plus the basics? No. If you are not a pink person, don’t even think about getting the Naked 3 because it is not for you.  If you love pinks, knock yourself out, this is not at all the same as the Naked 1 or Naked 2, or anything else I have found really. I recommend choosing between either the Naked 1 or Naked 2. I know they aren’t “the same” but honestly, they are close enough and too expensive to just buy and not care. Now the debate is on about the Naked Basics, I personally think that mattes are more wearable, and somewhat more appropriate for work, and look better with certain outfits. If you do not like matte shadows, then skip this. If you do not have some matte shadows that you are happy with, or if you are looking for higher quality matte shadows, consider purchasing this.