foundation for dull skin

gandola  asked:

Do you know what face powder can keep the face matte but not too matte? Just enough to set the face and still keep the face shining? I luvluv your blog btw xx

First i’d suggest only powdering the t zone so you’re more matte where you need it keeping the rest of the face more dewy/radiant. 

I’d recommend translucent powder! Translucent powders actually keep me shine free longer than regular pressed/tinted powders and they look extremely natural over foundation (or alone). Since translucent powders are so finely milled they go on like silk and make your skin look like silk, NEVER cakey! Awesome for oily skin gals who want to set their foundation without looking too dull or powdery. Also great for any skin type even dry because it really blurs imperfections making your face look extra flawless.

Try translucent powders like

  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Smooth Operator Finishing Powder
  • MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Powder
  • Makeup Forever HD Powder
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Powder (slightly tinted, great for deeper skin toned complexions)

The only downside is they provide no extra coverage as they are white and go on colorless so if you use powder for a little extra coverage it might not be for you so check out some natural looking mattifying powders like

  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • MAC Blot Powder
  • Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder
  • Maybelline Fit Me Powder

Also p.s, don’t apply too much if you plan to be taking pictures with flash because they can make your face look white in pictures. Apply a thin layer or avoid using all together prior to taking pictures with flash.

ssslant  asked:

If I have combination skin can I buy Nars Sheer glow foundation? I don't really like matte finishes, i prefer a natural finish

NARS Sheer Glow isn’t too dewy or glowy, it has a very natural sheen and glow to the skin. So yes you can totally use it! However it’s not the longest lasting foundation so you’ll need a primer on your oily skin areas. 

Some other foundations you might like that are good for combination skin and with a more natural finish and slight sheen are

  • Urban Decay Naked
  • Lancome Tient Miracle
  • Dior Skin Forever
  • MAC Face & Body 
  • Makeup Forever Face & Body
  • Revlon Nearly Naked
  • Loreal True Match Lumi Foundation (not to be confused w/ Lumi Primer)
  • Garnier BB Cream For Oily/Combination Skin (great coverage like a medium foundation, has a slight sheen/glow)

All these foundations will give the skin a natural finish, nothing too dull and matte without being over dewy and luminous to where they just slide off the skin :)

quiescenttt  asked:

Hey do you have any tips that will help make my foundation look more natural? I have normal-dry skin. Before I put on my foundation I moisturize my face but my foundation (Makeup forever HD) still doesn't tend to look natural. Thank you!

Hi there! I have a few tips on how to get your foundation to look as natural as possible :)

  • Use a damp sponge to apply foundation
  • Use a lightweight, liquidy formula
  • Use a foundation with a satin, slightly dewy finish
  • Use little to no powder

Using a damp sponge like the Beauty Blender ($20 at Sephora) is fabulous way to get a really natural finish. Since the sponge is slightly damp it will sheer out the foundation a bit making it look and feel more light weight and natural. Using a sponge gives a really smooth, airbrushed finish while some brushes can leave streaks or cake up and not be as flattering. I find using a “fancy” makeup sponge as opposed to the more affordable, use once and throw away ones give the best finish. You can find more affordable ones at Ulta or Target.

I find using a foundation that’s more water based or runny gives a more natural finish. They look and feel weightless on the skin so it won’t look caked up over the skin. You might want to try a water based foundation, water based foundations tend to be more runny while oil based foundations can be more thick. Some great water based foundations are Makeup Forever Face & Body, Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua, Covergirl Clean Makeup, Loreal True Match Lumi.

You want to avoid being overly matte! Sometimes in an effort to be matte we apply too much powder and go for a matte foundation causing the skin to look dull and dry. Naturally, our skin has a little sheen and healthy glow so you want to mimic that with foundation. If your skin looks powdery it can be obvious you’re wearing makeup. So opt for translucent powder instead of pressed powder, or apply a super thin layer of powder or skip powder all together! 

satelliteshowers  asked:

So every time I apply either a foundation or powder or both to my face, I always get this weird unnatural finish. Am I using too much product? Am I not blending properly?

It could be a few things!

  • Too matte. If youre using a powder or foundation thats super matte your skin can look a little dull. Our skin naturally has a little sheen to it. Avoid using too much powder (even try no powder) and avoid using a super matte foundation, go for  foundation more creamy and not as dry. If you do use a matte foundation add a little glow and life back into the skin by using a setting spray, applying a shimmery highlighter on the cheek bones, mixing liquid luminizer into your foundation on the back of your hand, etc. 
  • Not blending the product into your skin properly. If you don’t blend your foundation enough it can look like it’s just sitting on top of the skin instead of becoming one with the skin. I’d suggest using a flat top kabuki/synthetic brush to really buff the foundation in.
  • Not using a moisturizer under your foundation. If you’re not using a moisturizer the foundation can cling onto dry patches, sink into pores, overall just not look as nice and smooth on the skin. 
  • Applying too much foundation. It’s pretty unrealistic to put a bunch of makeup on and expect a super natural looking finish so concealer can be your best friend! By applying a thin, light layer of foundation to even out the skin and going in with a concealer to conceal any acne or spots you’re allowing the rest of your skin to breathe and shine through. This method will help keep your makeup looking a little more natural because you’re applying less product all over the face.

Good luck babe :)

vega-sheliak  asked:

I'm 41 with very oily skin. If I use a matte/oil-control foundation my skin looks dead. If I use a foundation for dry skin my skin looks amazing. Oil control foundations have a little bit of better staying power on me. What would you advice in this case? Should I sacrifice staying power for a better looking skin?

A few things you can do!

  1. Use a matte, long wearing foundation and add glow to prevent the skin from looking too dull
  2. Use a dewy, hydrating foundation and using oil controlling primers and translucent powder on your oily areas
  3. Mixing some of your favorite moisturizer with your matte foundation to give a little glow

When using a matte, long wearing foundation you can add glow by using a shimmery highlighter on the cheekbones, down the nose, a little on the chin or anywhere you want to add a little sheen! You can give the face a little glow by using a cream blush or shimmery blush. You could also use a shimmery, glowing primer underneath that will show through under foundation like Loreal Magic Lumi Primer, Dior Glow Maximizer Primer or Tarte Clean Slate 24hr Brightening Primer.

This way you’re adding some glow to the skin to keep it from looking dull and flat but still keeping your foundation long wearing!

When using a dewy, hydrating foundation you’ll need an oil controlling primer to keep your foundation from sliding off. Some great primers I recommend are Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer, Rimmel Stay Matte Primer & Clinique Pore Refining Instant Perfector. I also recommend using a translucent powder on your oily areas, translucent powders are great at controlling oils but never look too matte or dull on the skin.

Keeping your skin care targeted for oily skin by using mud masks and charcoal masks will help prevent production of oils skin as well so you’ll able to wear more hydrating foundations.