"Full Face" Base Makeup Routine
Thursday, February 13, 2014
I always get a good chuckle when people compliment my skin on Instagram. The small images size on IG do seem to be pleasing but I attribute any "flawless" skin remarks to a foundation that photographs extremely well.
I don't have clear, smooth, dewy skin. Acne has plagued me ever since I was nine years and thanks to hormonal issues, continues to be a constant battle. Breakouts are kept in check with a combination of diet and birth control. Thanks to glycolic acid peels, most of the pitting is gone but I still have some hyperpigmentation and enlarged pores.
At this point I feel like it is worth while to point out that this base makeup is more heavy handed, for when I know there will be photographs taken. I prefer a lighter coverage for daily wear, sometimes only using a beauty sponge for a few bounces of foundation. Now a routine like this is old news to all you makeup loving fiends out there but I hope it proves hopeful for anyone dipping their toes into makeup.
Since my skin is both dry and oily, I apply priming product accordingly. Black Radiance Complexion Perfection is great for normal to dry skin, it smooths the surface but is not as slick as some of the silicone laden primers out there. For my t-zone, I use an oil control product like Anthony Logistics For Men Instant Fix Oil Control. Most of the time I simply used clean fingers to smooth on these products, but a smooth flat foundation brush can also be used.
I'm actually using a creme foundation - Graftobian Hi Def Glamour Creme. It's very emollient and has great coverage, which makes it blend really well. I'm using two different shades (I have a small five shade palette, "Warm 1"), a shade lighter than my skin tone under my eyes and a shade that matches my skin reasonably well everywhere else. My nose and my forehead are a bit darker than the rest of my skin so the concealer looks a bit lighter there.
this Messy Wands tutorial for an expert guide to sculpt the face. I usually opt to skip highlighting because many highlighting products are shimmery or pearly and the areas of my face that one would apply such a product tends to be the oiliest. Also, my setting powder has a touch of subtle barely discernible shimmer so I figure I'm good to go.
You might think that all these steps would mean that it takes forever. Actually once I had the routine down pat, I can go from primer to powder in about five minutes. I'm always curious about other people's routines! Do you do separate daily makeup and "full face" routines? How do they differ?