"Just imagine living life in a world without mirrors. You'd dream about your face and imagine it as an outer reflection of what is inside you. And then, when you reached forty, someone put a mirror before you for the first time in your life. Imagine your fright! You'd see the face of a stranger. And you'd know quite clearly what you are unable to grasp: your face is not you." - Milan Kundera
Hey dolls! As promised, here is my current full coverage foundation routine.
It's going to be a long one!
To be honest, this post is a little difficult for me as I'm showing my bare skin on my blog for the first time. Although my skin is behaving itself for the most part right now, it's still really difficult for me and as I've said in the past, my skin is one of my biggest sources of anxiety and insecurity.
A little background on my skin: Usually on any given day, I have maybe one to four current breakouts, a lot of bumps, as well as uneven tone and texture. I am in NO way saying that I have severe acne so I don't want to offend anyone who may, I'm just saying that I've always been very unhappy with my skin (but I know it could be a lot worse).
Personally, I love wearing a lot of makeup. Basically, I want my face to.... Not look like my face. LOL just kidding... But no, really, I like more coverage and heavier (looking) foundation than the average person. It's just my preference. Of course, this can be catered to you! Maybe switch out the foundations, concealers, even different ways of applying these products can give a different feel or look. The best part about makeup is that you can alter it to whatever you like best and it doesn't have to be what anyone else does or likes!
I have combination skin and this routine would be great for normal to combo/oily skin types. I'm not sure how this would be for dry skin, but if you want to give it a try... Makeup always washes off!
** Again, this is very full coverage and definitely not for those days when you don't have much time. I love this routine for when I'll be taking pictures for the blog, for special occasions or nights out. Almost every product I use is drugstore, and the ones that aren't can easily be switched out for cheap alternatives!
The brushes to apply are optional, of course. But for foundation I use: Sedona Lace's Synthetic Round Top 480. For concealer: Sedona Lace's Synthetic Small Flat Top 872 (both of these come in sets, they are linked. But you can buy separate). And for setting powder: e.l.f's Powder Brush.
A primer - I change them depending on my mood, but today I used Tarte's clean slate poreless 12-hr perfecting primer. For a drugstore alternative, I love e.l.f's Mineral Infused primer or Loreal's Miracle Blur!
Three concealers -
- One on the heavier side, for under your foundation that will conceal blemishes and redness ; it doesn't have to totally match your skin tone - I use Physician's Formula Conceal Rx conealer...
- A second for over your foundation that matches your skin - Sonia Kashuk's Hidden Agenda concealer palette..
- And a third for under your eyes & highlighting - Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind in the Brightener shade.
Foundation - I mix two but this is really where you can customize for how heavy or light feeling you want it... These two mixed together work great together for me:
- Revlon's Colorstay
- Covergirl's 3-in-1 Stay Fabulous foundation.
A setting powder - my favorite is Rimmel's Stay Matte in Transparent.
To begin I apply my primer first and let it sit and soak into my skin for a minute. Next I apply my first concealer before foundation; doing this before foundation adds another level of coverage from blemishes and redness.
To apply I use the Flat Top brush from Sedona Lace. I dip the brush into a small amount on the back of my hand and dab this onto any blemishes or redness, anything you want to conceal!
Dab and blend out as much as you can. It's okay if this concealer is a little too light for your skin color because the foundation will help to cover that. But you never want to use a concealer that's too light over foundation because that will make those flaws stand out!
After applying the concealer. Next comes the foundation:
I pour it onto the back of my hand and mix the colors together. Then I let it sit on the back of my hand for a few seconds to warm up the product - this helps it soak into the skin better.
My absolute favorite brush for foundation is Sedona Lace's Round Top brush. You can see how densely packed this is, it gives amazing coverage.
Now, this part is important - do NOT rub the foundation into your skin, this will wipe the concealer that you previously applied right off. You want to tab/dab/stipple the foundation on, so it rests right over the concealer.
Side note: that is Mad Men playing on my TV...... I am OBSESSED.
Again, remember to stipple this onto your face! You don't want to remove the work you did with the concealer previously.
Because the Revlon dries so quickly, I like to apply it in sections. I will dip the brush into a little bit of the foundation on the back of my hand and then stipple it onto one side of my face, then blend it in. Next I'll move to the next side and do the same, then my chin and nose, lastly my forehead. With whatever foundation is left over, I will apply it to my neck to make sure my face matches my body :)
After foundation. Next, if there is still any redness showing you can apply the second concealer:
I cover any redness that is still coming through with Sonia Kashuk's Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette (07). I love using this palette because you can mix shades so it matches perfectly.
And then I apply Maybelline's Brightener concealer under my eyes, and highlight where I want.
Next comes the setting powder!
I like to stipple this onto my skin as well so it doesn't rub off any foundation or concealer. Make sure to get your t-zone to soak up any oils and under your eyes as well to set that brightener :)
And then I finish with the rest of my makeup!
Here is the final result... Before and after:
Quite the difference, no? :)
I hope you enjoyed this and that it helped you... I never leave the house without foundation and this routine has made such a huge difference for me. It's probably the best I've been able to put together so far to cover just about anything. Like I said, this post was very hard for me but I get comments quite often saying how perfect my skin is and I really felt the need to show you guys that it isn't. And that for those of you with skin issues, I 100% understand and feel for you... But makeup is magic, and although it is INSANELY important to feel beautiful in your own skin, it's nice to have this for the days when you don't feel so confident. Hugs to you all!
I love and appreciate all you guys, thank you for reading and please leave a comment below if you tried this out, and how it worked for you!
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