Okay so foundation is very important if you want to even out your skin. There are 6 main points you should consider when it comes to foundation for cosplay:
Choose something according to your skin type
Your foundation should match your neck and chest
Know the coverage you want to go for
SPF/Sunscreen, is it worth the risk?
Keep in mind that I constantly keep these kind of posts updated.
You’re probably gonna be taken in photos a lot so your foundation has to make you look good! When I say camera friendly, you don’t necessary have to buy an expensive HD foundation but at least it should have a matte/satin finish. Don’t get me wrong, dewy finishes are beautiful and I personally prefer this over a matte complexion on a daily basis but in photos… not gonna lie… it’s harder to make it look goodt. You gotta find somebody who has good knowledge about photography and lighting if you want to work with a natural dewy complexion… Especially if you’re gonna have a photoshoot with a flash. Not only it’s gonna create a white cast on your face but it will also make you look sweaty.
To be camera friendly here are some tips:
- DO use a matte primer
- BE aware of SPF foundations or putting sunscreen before because they reflect in pictures. Go see my last point because there’s a part in that post dedicated especially for this topic.
- DO set your foundation with a setting/mattifying powder
- DO NOT choose a translucent powder… Otherwise it’s gonna make your skin looks ashy
I’m sure you want to spend some time having fun at a con and not always be worried about how you look. That’s why I recommend going with a long lasting foundation. Which means you shouldn’t always have to touch up throughout the day and it should be crease resistant.
Here are some tips to keep your foundation lasts longer:
- PRIMER is quite important. It’s going to create a fence between your skin care and makeup. Plus, it makes the foundation lasts… However, I’d suggest looking at the first foundation’s ingredient and finding the same first ingredient in your primer. For example, MUFE HD foundation is meant to be worn with MUFE HD primer because both are water based products. Otherwise, I’m afraid your foundation won’t stay because another ingredient we use for primers is oil. Imagine an oil based primer with a water based foundation… Oil and water DON’T mix together. (BIG CREDITS TO GOSS WAYNE FOR THIS INFORMATION)
- Set your foundation with powder… I think I haven’t said it enough. If you have very dry skin you can skip this step.
- Optional but if you feel like you want to, use a setting spray.
- Choose a foundation that claims to be long lasting. Not gonna lie, there is a lot of absurd terms (like 24H wear) that are only there for marketing, because let’s be real: who’s gonna wear makeup for 24 hours? Nobody. That’s why I’d go for a foundation that is better suited for your skin type! Which leads… to my other point!
CHOOSE SOMETHING ACCORDING TO YOUR SKIN TYPE
Like I said before, the lasting power of your foundation will depend on your skin type. For example, if you use a cream foundation on oily skin, it’s gonna drag for sure. If the foundation claims to be for ‘’all skin types’’, you should be great. (This is just a generalization)
Here’s a chart on what I’d suggest for all skin types:
Dry: Creams and liquids (that will not turn into a powder finish… for example I’d stay away from MAC Studio Fix fluid)
Oily: Liquids and powders.
Combination: Depends on what’s more prominent, either dry or oily
Normal: Lucky, you can try whatever you want
Sensitive: Depends if you have dry or oily skin… Just be careful on the products you’ll be using because it could break you out. Fragrance-free products are highly recommended. In fact, I highly suggest knowing what ingredients you are sensitive to.
MATCH YOUR FOUNDATION TO YOUR BODY
People have this huge misconception that they must do a simple swatch on the jaw line then blend it out. If it disappears onto the skin, it’s the right shade. That is wrong… Most of the time! Why? Some people tend to be slightly lighter on the face than the rest of their body. So your foundation should match your entire body. If you want a more natural look, the first tip I can give you here is to find the right shade of foundation… Otherwise it’s gonna look like a mask. In order to find a good match, I would much rather test the color on your neck and chest than your face and jawline.
Also another thing people forget is the undertone. A lot of people get confused between the shade and the undertone. The difference is that the shade determines on a scale from fair to ebony, how pale or dark we are. The undertone is the pigmentation of our skin. There are 4 different ones: cool (pink), warm (yellow, golden, orange), neutral (both cool and warm or none of them) and olive (green, brown). A common way to know your undertone is to look at your veins. If your veins are blue-ish, it means you have cool undertones. If it is green-ish you’re warm toned. If there’s a mix of these two, you’re neutral toned. I, personally, don’t follow this tip because it’s overall simply confusing… and especially since you can determine an undertone just by looking at it, or even with somebody’s ethnicity. For example, East Asian people have 99% of the time a warm (yellow/golden) undertone.
I could make an entire post on this topic but I’m just generalizing here. There’s so much more to tell about skin tones and colors.
Tip #1: If it’s hard for you to find the right foundation shade(especially if you’re very pale), you can always just use concealer. Since the ‘’Kim Kardashian contour and highlight’’ pass, companies have released lighter concealer shades. Tip #2: You can’t decide what shade matches you the best? I’d suggest to go for the lightest one and if it’s too light, you can always use a darker setting powder or bronzer to correct the shade. Tip #3: People with oily skin should probably go a shade lighter since most products tend to oxidize easier.
There are several types of coverages you can go for: sheer, light, medium, buildable and full.
Sheer: Very natural finish. Barely any coverage. Just there to even out your skin tone. Best for people with good skin. For example: Tinted moisturizer.
Light: Natural finish. A little more coverage than the sheer one and evens out the skin tone. Best for people with good skin. Depending on the foundation and on how many layers you put, you can get a medium coverage. For example: Western BB creams.
Medium: Can range from a natural to a heavy feel depending on how many layers you apply. Most medium coverage foundations can turn into a full coverage if you apply a second layer. For example: Asian BB Creams, most foundations, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation…
Buildable: When you can build up the coverage to a higher one. The most recommended method when you have a foundation like this, is to wait a few minutes for the first layer to set, then apply the second one.
High/full: Actually the most ‘’controversial’’ foundation of them all. I think it’s important to talk about some points of a high coverage foundation… Most of them feel indeed heavier just with one layer but they cover well. You may not even need concealer. However, they can look cakey, especially if you use powder on top. It may also accentuate the appearance of pores. BUT if you use it in moderation it can create an amazing photographic skin. You can sheer it down with a little bit of moisturizer or use a fix spray to feel fresher.
Now, the reason why using SPF or sunscreen can be problematic is because it can create a white cast (which looks ghostly) on photos.
Also, it depends on where you are and if the flash is required. If you are outdoors, this may not be a problem, just be sure your face is matte.
The higher the SPF is, the higher the chances of a white cast (Side note: there’s not a lot of difference between SPF30 or SPF50 when it comes to protection… Good sun protection is the one that you will re-apply every 2 hours.) My only one recommendation here is: protect your skin, even if there is a white cast. Also, there are exceptions. Not all kind of sunscreens or foundations with SPF photograph bad. Mineral sunscreens (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) tend to be the ones that will leave a white face because they reflect the sun rays whereas the chemical ones absorb them instead.
For example: MAC’s Studio Sculpt foundation SPF15 (recommended for dry/normal skin) and CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation SPF20 (recommended for oily/normal/combination skin) are both amazing foundations with SPF that don’t leave a white face.
Are BB/CC creams okay to use? Taking from my personal experience, I’ve never had any problem with Asian BB creams WHEN I set my face with a powder after and WHEN they’re a perfect match. Even if it was SPF50 I never encountered any problem. I can’t tell for western BB creams though…
Finally, I’d still suggest SPF (on your face and body) because you can prevent a lot just by using it. If you put makeup, the chances of white cast are lower because of all the products you’ve used after, the effectiveness of your SPF is reduced.
Since you have to re-apply protection every 2 hours, how can you do that when you already have a face full of makeup? Powders with SPF are a good way to go, plus you are re-touching your makeup. BareMinerals has an amazing range of powders with SPF. Face mists or makeup setting sprays with SPF can also be an option. Keep in mind that you won’t get the same kind of protection as if you were applying liquid sunscreen all over your face! It is only okay for touch-up. Don’t base your whole sun protection on SPF makeup.
Here are some foundation recommendations depending on the skin type:
(FYI: I have oily-combination skin. Dealing with an oily T-Zone (nose and forehead) and normal to dry in the other parts of my face. My skin type has changed over the past few years so I experimented LOTS of foundations.)
For oily skin: CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous SPF20, Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo, Revlon Colorstay (liquid formula for oily skin), MAC Studio Fix Powder, MAC Studio Fix Fluid
For dry skin: MAC Studio Sculpt SPF15, Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation, YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat
For all skin type: Make Up For Ever HD, L’Oréal True Match, Sephora 10H Wear Perfection
For sensitive skin: Be sure the product you are using is fragrance free or at least, know what ingredient(s) your skin tends to react to.
Donald Judd’s 101 Spring Street, New York “Art and architecture—all the arts—do not have to exist in isolation, as they do now. This fault is very much a key to the present society. Architecture is nearly gone, but it, art, all the arts, in fact all parts of society, have to be rejoined, and joined more than they have ever been.” – Donald Judd, 1986
honestly, when it comes to ace stuff (obligatory disclaimer that i’m a het ace), i’m not really down w/telling ace people that the discrimination or abuse they’ve faced is “really” something else, be it misogyny or w/e. at best it’s rhetorically ineffective, at worst invalidating. but i do think it’s telling that most arguments for the existence of asexual oppression rely largely on anecdata and personal feelings of invalidation, rather than on…actual institutional oppression. yes, we may face certain forms of discrimination–although, while i won’t pretend to know anyone else’s experiences, i do think it’s important to think abt how that discrimination intersects with and is influenced by other aspects of our identities, e.g. i’ve personally found that most of the “aphobia” i’ve faced is really just misogyny. and yes, that discrimination, that suffering: it’s all “valid.” we’re “valid.” but arguments against the existence of asexual oppression are not inherently invalidating.
honestly, that whole paragraph reads like the most basic foundational oppression 101, bc that’s what ace discourse has done: dragged us back to the blandest brand of sj musing.
this is a result of me weeding thru beauty videos for years and years. these imo are the ones that are worth watching. most of these are recent. SO here is the lame makeup masterpost i’ve been promising :+)
This is the makeup look that I’m going to be wearing to Pride this weekend! (Also look who has some self confidence lmao)
Stay Matte Primer by Rimmel
Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in 101 by L'Oréal
HD Photo Concealer in Porcelain (01) by NYX
Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair by Maybelline
Full Coverage Concealer in Porcelain by NYX
Stay Matte Powder in Translucent (001) by Rimmel
Contouring Palette in Dulce de Leche (749A) by Wet ‘n’ Wild
Pearlescent Pink (325B) Blush by Wet 'n’ Wild
Matte Setting Spray by NYX
Modern Renaissance by Anastasia Beverly Hills
Sweet Peach by Too Faced
Tattoo liner in Trooper by Kat Von D
Ardell Lashes in the style of 811
NYX Vivid Brights eyeliners in Vivid Fire (red) and Vivid Blossom (purple)
Eyebrow Cake Powder in Taupe/Ash (03)
Melted Matte in Who’s Zoomin Who By Too Faced
Base Shadow Brush by Real Techniques
The Brush that comes with the Modern Renaissance palette
Japonesque Crease Brush
Original (Pink) Beauty Blender
(This has taken me forever to post, but here is my personal non-professional guide to eyeliner! Check out Foundation 101 too!)
Here are the basics to eyeliner. It’s really amazing how much better I feel by just drawing a line on my eyelid; it may seem really insignificant, but it makes such a huge difference.
Eyeliner is one of the easiest products to buy. While there is a huge variety in type, it can be found nearly anywhere and is such a makeup staple. It’s small and easy to store, and once you’ve gotten enough practice, you can do it on the fly!
Practice, practice, practice! If it looks all smudgy and weird the first time you try, that’s okay! It happens to everyone!
Steady hands are key.
Eyeliner goes on top of eye shadow.
Start small and work your way up. If you’re brave enough to jump right into a liquid liner cat eye, go for it! Just know that it may be difficult and frustrating, and will be much easier to start smaller.
Be adventurous! Eyeliner is a perfect way to switch up your look in subtle way before diving headfirst into something super adventurous, like a bold lip.
If you are lining your bottom lid/lashline, back sure you are lining your top lid/lashline as well! Lining just the bottom will make your eyes look tired and heavy, which you may not want unless you are specifically going for that look.
Invest in some good makeup remover, especially if you are using waterproof eye makeup. (Remember, always always always remove your makeup at night!)
As with foundation (or any makeup you’re trying out), watch YouTube tutorials! I’ll provide specific links, but here’s a list to get you started.
If you are wearing eye makeup, it’s easy to forget, so don’t rub your eyes. It will majorly smudge all over the place.
Opening your mouth while putting on eyeliner actually does help!
Start the line very thin on the inner corner of your eye, and thicken it as you move to the outer corner of your eye. Play around to find the thickness and shape that you like the best.
Whenever your eyeliner is becoming brittle/gluey/generally unpleasant, throw it away. It’s probably old and you’re more likely to get an infection from old/dirty eyeliner.
The eyes are very sensitive, not only because of your eyeballs, but because the skin around your eyes/eyelids is the thinnest on your body. So be careful!
Q-tips (cotton swabs) are your friends. It is very easy to mess up or go overboard, so make sure you have q-tips on hand to help you clean up smudges or excess liner.
When in doubt, try again! It’s okay if you mess up, just wipe it off and start over.
Pencil eyeliner is the easiest, most basic type of eyeliner. It literally looks like a pencil and you can buy eyeliner sharpeners to sharpen it. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to find a good-quality eyeliner; convenience stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Boots have plenty of options. To test whether or not a pencil eyeliner is good quality or not, check for a few things:
Does it break easily? If it does, it’s no good.
Does it glide on easily? Remember, your eyelids are very sensitive, so an eyeliner that draws smoothly is very important.
Is this the right color for me? Black eyeliner tends to look a little harsh on lighter complexions and lighter eye colors. Play around with colors to find the one you like the best.
Is it super smudgy? Believe me, smudgy eyeliner is not worth it. You want an eyeliner that will remain where it is for the whole day, so you don’t end up looking like a raccoon by lunchtime.
If it covers all this criteria, you are good to go!
For daytime/informal places like school or babysitting, less is more. A simple line on your upper lashline will probably be just fine. It’s super easy to overdo it, so have a friend or someone else you trust give you an honest opinion. For smokey eyes, night time events, or if you feel like being a little more fancy, try different colors and play with the thickness of the line.
What I use: Pencil eyeliner is what I use most frequently. I’m a big fan of the eyeliners you can twist up when you need more, instead of the ones you have to manually sharpen. My favorite pencil eyeliners are from Maybelline and Sephora’s makeup brand. I like to use black eyeliner on my upper lid and brown on my lower. Brown is less harsh and looks a little more natural, but still gives definition.
Liquid eyeliner is the holy grail of eyeliner. It is much trickier and messier to work with, but once you master it, it’s so worth it. It often looks cleaner and sharper than pencil eyeliner, and a cat eye can make you feel awesome. But before we get ahead of ourselves, make sure you’re getting the right thing. The formula can’t be too watery and thin, nor can it be too thick and gluey. Otherwise things will turn out horribly. Liquid eyeliners come as felt-tip liners, which look very much like very thin markers and they also come in a tube, with a tiny little brush at the end. Paying a little more for better quality eyeliner will definitely pay off.
What I use: Currently, I’m using L'Oreal (I think), and I like the formula, but it’s getting a little old, so I need to throw it out.
Gel eyeliner is not as watery as liquid liner and has more of a creamy consistency, which allows you a little more control. It typically comes in a little pot and you apply it with a small angled brush or a lip brush. Gel liner often provides the same looks as liquid eyeliner, so use whichever one you prefer!
Hi. I really want to do a cosplay panel called 'how to preform your best at a cosplay masquarade'. This would be my first panel though. How do you prepare for yours?
I’m going to answer this as a general “how to put together a cosplay help panel” type question, since it might be useful to other people, as well.
A lot of work can go into a panel, so how much work you put in depends on how much work you want to put in. There’s also multiple styles of giving panels, so I’ll try to cover as much as I can, but obviously I’m mostly going to talk about the style of help panel that I run, since I know how to do that.
First step is to choose a topic. You’ve already done that, so that’s good. Along with a general topic, you will also want to decide what you want the scope of the panel to be. Keep in mind that most panels are 45 minutes to an hour (usually given an hour in the schedule, but how much of that time you actually have and how much is the time between panels differs by con), and that you can choose to go very in-depth on one topic, very broad on many topics, or somewhere in between. Of course, the more topics you cover, the less time you have per topic.
For example, in determining the scope of your panel, do you want it to cover very aspect of a Masquerade (such as construction, skits, and walk ons)? Do you want to keep it focused to one aspect, such as just skits, or a couple of aspects, such as performance, including both skits and walk-ons?
Within your topics, what do you want to cover? Go as broad as possible? Go in-depth on the actual steps to putting together a skit (including audio recording methods, how to write dialogue, etc.)? What is the “grade level” of your panel, so to speak? Are you addressing people who are totally new to the topic and know nothing (and would thus need to cover the very basics, such as what a Masquerade is, what a skit vs. a walk-on is, etc.), or are you assuming prior knowledge of the topic?
For my panels, ones such as Body Paint 101 and Foundation Garments for cosplay address people with little to know knowledge in the subject, but Body Paint goes in-depth on a few things while Foundation Garments goes broad on many things; ones like Fabric Choice for Cosplay assumes some prior knowledge but not a lot and is between being broad and in-depth (lots in information, but on lots of topics); How to Level Up Your Cosplay assumes intermediate knowledge and goes broad. They have different scopes, and that’s something you need to decide on either ahead of starting to write your panel or while writing it. You want to make your panel as helpful and easy to understand by your target audience as possible, so spending a lot of time covering very basic information (”what is a skit?”) in a panel aimed at people who have had Masquerade experience might not be as helpful, or including higher-level information or going too in-depth in a panel aimed at beginners might be lost on them.
Along with this, figure out what you aren’t going to cover. You have an hour, which really isn’t as much time as it sounds like. You can’t cover everything. (Hell, the 2-hour long version of my Fabric Choice panel could still cover more information.) You have to decide what is most important and what is getting left out.
Once you figure out what you want to cover, you research. Unless you are giving a very personal type panel (”this is how I personally do things”/”this is my personal experience with X”), then you want to have as many perspectives as possible – what works for you might not work for everyone, or in every circumstance. You also want to make sure that your panel covers the information thoroughly, so even if you know a lot about the subject, you want to fact-check yourself and make sure that you aren’t missing something that you may not have thought of.
After this, you come up with your visuals and examples. Are you doing live demonstrations? Are you just going to talk the whole time? Are you going to ask for audience participation at points? Are you going to use physical examples (such as a live blocking demonstration, or a physical costume that won a construction award), or just pictures? Are you using visuals at all (and you should)? Are you going to include video (such as a video of a winning skit)? (If you use video, make sure that A: you have it saved to your computer and aren’t relying on internet and B: you note on your panel application that you need a room wired for sound, since it’s more common and easier to have visuals with no sound.)
Personally, I love Powerpoint. I make a Powerpoint for each of my panels, and am able to include photos and text there. I would recommend to not have too much text on the slides themselves (my panels that I’ve posted online are a bad example here – I actually often have to add the text back into the slide itself from the notes on the slides so that it’s comprehensible to people just seeing the slides and not hearing me speak). I would also recommend to not simply read off of the slides, but to use them as a guide for your speaking.
Next step would be to get all of your visuals together, and to write the text. Here you need to decide on the structure of the panel. How are you going to break up the topics? What order are you putting the topics in? There are multiple valid ways of breaking up a panel into sections and then slides from there, so you need to decide how concepts are going to be grouped. Are you going to talk about walk-ons, skits, and construction as three separate topics? Are you going to combine performance (walk-ons and skits)? Are you going to break it up in some other way, such as temporally (what you need to do before the event, what you need to do at the event, etc.) or by the step of the competition (such as a section on how to deal with judging and what judges look for that encompasses both performance and construction)? Where in the presentation are you going to put some of your more general information (at the start, at the end, broken up between those two depending on what it is, etc.)?
I’ve started to include an outline at the start of my panels, so that people can know upfront what I’m going to cover and when, but that’s extra.
Then, practice practice practice. Especially if you don’t have any sort of teaching or public speaking experience. Make sure it all flows well. Make sure that you can cover the information in the time provided without either going over (honestly the bigger danger here) or going far under, and without feeling like you are rushing or having to add filler. If your time is way off the mark, then decide what needs to be edited down (whether you are removing entire sections or just going less in-depth on everything already there), or decide what needs to be added. Practice will also help you feel more comfortable the day of. (For those of us with teaching experience, at least for me, I just wing it when it comes to time because I know intuitively about how long these things take just from giving a bunch of panels and teaching a bunch of classes, but it’s still helpful to practice. Don’t be me. Even I sometimes end up rushing at the end of a panel and then regret it.)
Be sure to leave at least a few minutes for questions at the end of the panel. There will always be questions. Sometimes more than others, so it can be hard to judge how much time to leave – no more than 10 minutes, I’d say, since that’s getting to be excessive and cuts into your panel time. (Also, make sure that everything is as set up on your end as it can be before you walk into the panel room – your laptop on, your Powerpoint up, your dongle out, etc., because some cons take setup time out of your panel time, and you don’t want to spend too long at the start of your panel fumbling with getting your computer booted up.)
On the day of the panel, breathe, eat a snack before the panel to keep your energy up (especially important with long panels or when giving back-to-back panels…), use the restroom before your panel so you aren’t distracted during, BRING WATER (it isn’t always provided and you WILL need it), relax, get to your panel room early (either a couple of minutes before your scheduled setup time or right at your scheduled setup time, so you have plenty of time to prepare), and do it. Be sure to end on time and pack up on time so that the next panelist can get in there and set up after you.
(Disclaimer: I am not a professional! If you have other tips to add, feel free to share them with me and they’ll be added to this list, as it is in no way comprehensive, just a general overview. Please let me know what you think!!!)
Here are your basics to the base of your face makeup, a.k.a. foundation.
There are several different kinds and you’re totally free to choose whatever works best for you.
Foundation evens out the skin tone, hides blemishes, and reduces discoloration. I find that if I put foundation on, I automatically feel a lot more confident and refreshed.
Foundation is typically higher priced than other types of makeup because it’s usually what is used the most. It is much better, I’ve discovered, to invest in a quality foundation that does its job and then skimp a little on other products.
Always make sure whatever you are using to apply your makeup is clean or else it can lead to breakouts. Also, it will just feel much better to have clean brushes/makeup sponges/fingers.
Always use primer or moisturizer before applying your foundation. It will help the makeup to go on your face much more smoothly and it will look a lot more natural.
Blend. A lot. It is easier to start with a little and built up than it is to have too much and have to start over.
Don’t forget your jawline or close to your hairline if you are applying it all over your face, otherwise there will be a ring of your natural skin around your face.
If possible, test the color before buying the product. Places like Sephora and Ulta will have samples out, or you can ask a salesperson to give you a sample. If you are buying from a drugstore, check in with their individual policy. Test different colors by swatching the makeup on your jawline like you would swatch paint on a wall; the color that disappears is the one that matches your skin the closet.
Foundation does not have to be used all over the whole face. For example, I only use it on my T-zone (my forehead, nose, and chin) because that’s where I need the most coverage. I don’t put it on my cheeks because I feel like my face needs to breathe and I don’t need much coverage there.
If you live in a place that has different seasons, you will probably need two different shades of foundation, one for winter when your skin is paler and drier, and one for winter when you have a tan (or a sunburn) and you may be sweating a lot.
Foundation types can be mixed! If you want to use liquid foundation for one part of your face and cream for another part, then go ahead!
Set your foundation with loose translucent powder and a big fluffy brush to make your makeup last longer.
Practice! Don’t be afraid of not getting it perfectly right away!
Watch a lot of YouTube tutorials. There are also plenty of makeup reviews as well, so if you’re contemplating buying a specific product but still want to know more about it, you’ll probably be able to find it on YouTube, or a beauty blog. Here’s a list I compiled a while ago to get you started. (It is, of course, incomplete and not as diverse as I’d like it to be yet, but I might make it a regular features thing.)
Always wash off your makeup at night. You will be prone to breakouts and infections if you leave it on all night, it will get all over your pillow and sheets, and also it will feel icky in the morning.
Liquid foundation is best if your skin isn’t too naturally oily, although you can buy oil-free formulas.
It is usually applied using a foundation brush or a makeup sponge, but using your fingers works as well.
Find the formula that works for you - there are some that are heavier coverage, and if you have a lot of redness you want to reduce or many blemishes you want to conceal, then you may choose a heavier formula. However, be wary that heavier coverage can feel and look a lot less natural and can get a little cakey.
If you don’t want to use foundation at all but still want some kind of coverage, try a tinted moisturizer (make sure it has SPF!).
What I use: Currently, I use Nars’ tinted moisturizer. It is a little expensive, but it’s lasted me for over seven months, so it’s well worth it. It’s a slightly thicker formula than other tinted moisturizers, so I use a regular non-tinted moisturizer beforehand anyway. (My regular moisturizer is Neutrogena, oil-free, SPF 15.)
Cream foundation can be a bit difficult. It tends to have heavier coverage, but is less messy to apply than liquid foundation. Cream foundation is personally my favorite (next to liquid moisturizer) because it works best for my skin type and has the amount of coverage that I like without looking unnatural.
It is usually applied with a makeup sponge or a stipling brush. To prevent your makeup from looking too thick or cakey, dampen your sponge with a little bit of water before you apply your foundation and it will dilute the formula just a little and make it a bit more sheer.
What I use: My favorite cream foundation is L'oreal True Match. The coverage is perfect for me, the application is simple, and I just really like it a lot.
Powder is used if your skin is already pretty even and smooth and you just need some slight extra coverage, or if you don’t want to bother with the application process of the other kinds of foundation. It can come as a loose powder or as a compact powder and it’s up to you to decide what you like best.
It is typically applied with a brush or a powder puff. With a brush, the makeup is simply lightly dusted all over the face. With a powder puff, the makeup is patted into the skin.
I’ve found that mineral powders are much better quality than other kinds of powder foundations.
What I use: I love (again) L'oreal True Match. I also really liked Clinique’s brand of powder foundation, too. Oftentimes I will only wear powder foundation because it’s all I need for the day and I don’t want to bother with anything heavier.
- Foundation brush Gives the most coverage because it places the foundation right on top of your skin - Synthetic flat/round top kabuki brush Gives medium coverage because it blends in the product into the skin usually by circular buffing motions - Duo Fibre/Stipple brush Gives very natural coverage, usually works best on lighter foundations
- Large eyeshadow/Paddle brush Ideal for putting on concealer to larger areas like the under eye and bringing it down on your cheeks for a highlight. - Small eyeliner brush Surprisingly the best brush to cover up things like pimples. Precision is key to it: putting on a concealer around the blemish will make it look least noticeable! - Tapered synthetic kabuki brush A good brush to blend out under eye concealer that gets into the inner corners because of the tapered top
- Larger powder brush Quickest, easiest way to evenly apply powder all over your face. Using this for high coverage mineral powders will sheer it out a little and make it more natural looking. - Duo Fibre/Stipple brush Super natural looking but won’t work the best on pressed powders because it’ll cause fall out. - Precise tapered brush Best for setting under eye concealer or precise areas like your T zone. - Kabuki brush Best for the highest coverage especially if it’s dense!
- Small contour brush For precise contouring and a real chiseled look. - Angled contour brush Recommended for beginners in contouring because it’s less dense than a contour brush and bigger so it’s more forgiving and natural looking. - Powder brush Best for all over bronzing; the fluffier the better, and the smaller, the more precise. - Small duo fibre/stipple brush Best for cream contouring
- Blush brush Your typical blush brush. Applies product softly. - Duo fibre/Stipple brush Looks very natural and perfect for blushes that are super pigmented or bright/dark in color. - Precise tapered brush For a more precise application of blush, it might be harder to use if you’re a beginner.
- Duo fibre/Stipple brush Natural, all-over glow application of highlighter on larger areas of your face. - Precise tapered brush A little more intense (also depends on the highlighter you use) than the duo fibre but gives a more precise application. - Eyeshadow blending brush Perfect for a super precise highlight especially for the bridge of your nose and cupids bow, or if you don’t want to accentuate your cheekbones too much but still want a glow.
- Angled eyeliner brush For filling in the eyebrow. Natural bristles are usually harder and more precise. - Flat defining brush Perfect for defining the inner corner of your brows for that natural ombre look or to use concealer afterwards to define and clean up the eyebrows!
- Fluffy blending brush Ideal for all over shadows, applying transition shades in the crease and to use a clean one to pick up eyeshadow fall out. - Blending brush In my opinion the most necessary eye brush. Perfect for applying all over lid color, blending in crease colors as well as outer corner shades and to blend out edges for a flawless fadeout. - Pencil brush Precise application especially for darker shades in the outer/inner corners, highlighting the inner corner, and smudging shadows on lashline. - Eye shading brush Packing on eyeshadow shades onto the lid, as well as highlighting the brow bone. - Angled eyeliner brush For applying gel eyeliner. Also works amazing for adding the darkest part of a cut crease look. As well as packing on darker shades to upper lashline for a more smudged, natural eyeliner look. - Small detail brush Perfect for inner corner highlights and applying eyeshadow under the lower lash line.
overall best drugstore foundations: • revlon nearly naked light/medium coverage, natural finish • neutrogena healthy skin medium coverage, dewy finish • l’oreal magic nude liquid power light/medium coverage, demi matte finish • maybelline fit me light/medium coverage, natural finish • covergirl 3 in 1 stay fabulous outlast full coverage, matte finish • revlon colorstay foundation (dry skin and oily skin types) full coverage, there’s dewy and matte finishes • l’oreal true match lumi medium coverage, dewy finish • l’oreal true match mediumbuildable coverage, semi matte finish
overall best drugstore concealers: • hard candy glamoflauge • maybelline fit me • physicians formula conceal rx • l’oreal magic lumi highlighter • l’oreal true match crayon good for highlight/contour • maybelline instant age rewind dark circle eraser • maybelline dream lumi touch
overall best drugstore powders: • neutrogena shine control • maybelline fit me • l’oreal true match • elf high definition powder • revlon nearly naked • rimmel stay matte • neutrogena skin clearing
people are like “emma watson’s speech was too basic, she should have really gone in-depth on intersectional feminism” but tbh if she’s getting death threats/threats to leak private pictures of her from this, the world really doesn’t have the foundation of feminism 101 necessary to understand more nuanced theories