My current foundation routine is fairly simple and involves two staples: the L’Oreal Lucent Magique Liquid Foundation, which I’ve stated that I want to use up, and the RealTechniques Expert Face Brush.
Prior to using this brush, I’ve tried a stippling brush, a beauty blender dupe, and my fingers. I really like using my fingers and this brush the most. It’s a soft, dense brush, with bristles of varying lengths. It’s rather perfect for its purpose.
I actually apply the foundation with a sort of paddle brush first. I put a little bit on the back of my hand and dip in the RealTechniques Essential Foundation Brush from the Travel Essentials set, then draw five lines—one down the nose, then two streaks across each side of the face: one going upward and out, then another going down and out.
I blend this out with the Expert Face Brush. It gives a fairly natural finish, though I’ve noticed that if my skin isn’t prepped or if I skip the previous step, it tends to leave streak marks.
Occasionally, I will also mix in a little liquid illuminator in—either too cool for school’s Dinoplatz Pearl Bay Invasion or the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector—but this gives a fairly dewy finish anyway, by itself.
I then set it with a translucent powder like bareMinerals’ Mineral Veil or the Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth Boosting Powder (phew!). These keep the face matte and doesn’t make you feel like your face is melting off.
This is a pretty full coverage for someone like me who has lately been preferring a lighter, simpler base, but I really want to get through my face bases and my skin’s been acting up. It might be the weather change or like, hormones or something.
Anyway, this is what I’ve been doing pretty much every time I wear makeup. Do you have a regular foundation routine, too?
My “summer”/hot weather makeup has changed since I made this post, though, so stay tuned for my Light Coverage Foundation Routine, which I’ll try to post ASAP. 🙂