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How to Apply Foundation

When it comes to foundation there are a variety of different techniques and tools you can use to ace your base including, but not limited to brushes, fingers and sponges  Foundation is one of the most important steps in makeup (next to brows) and if you don’t get your foundation right, nothing else in your makeup will look amazing.

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Foundation 101 for Cosplay

Hi everyone,

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:

  1. Camera friendly
  2. Long lasting
  3. Choose something according to your skin     type
  4. Your foundation should match your neck and     chest
  5. Know the coverage you want to go for
  6. 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!


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.


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. 

If you want to know how to apply your foundation, go check my post about makeup brushes for face!

blood is thicker in water // daveed x reader

summary: You want to die.

 a/n: hey guys! this is my first hamilton fic, and there are some serious trigger warnings. so beware. but there is some fluff in it :) so at the end it kinda seems like a lin x reader, even though vanessa and lin are married but I guess its just that the reader and lin have been friends fro so long and are so close that they say like love you or whatever whenever they say goodbye to each other??? so yeah. forgive any mistakes, I proof-read like half of it but then I stopped cause I was really lazy.  

warnings: angst, depression, suicide, very light smut, and cursing.


 word count: 4,617

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This is like sooo basic but learn to love yourself, learn to love your skin, learn to love your body learn to love your hair. Why?

Apart from the fact that loving yourself will make you feel better mentally it’ll also help you physically and economically how?

When you learn to love yourself you’ll stop buying a bunch of shit to “help” your skin when actually all those products combined will make it worse! You’ll stop scrubbing your face every single day, you’ll stop slapping on a high coverage foundation and concealer every single day (which will clog up your pores)

You’ll stop working out to the point where you’re crying, you’ll stop doing exercise excessively instead you’re gonna do the amount that works for you and you feel comfortable with, you’ll stop staring at the carbs of food, you’ll stop buying chemicals for your hair and just!!

Loving yourself it’s great you’re more aware of what you’re doing to your body.

lookihaveacello  asked:

Okay I never wear makeup, what should I try? What are your golden rules?

Sorry it took me so long to respond. I wanted to make sure that I gave you a really good response. (I literally spent all day working on this but I had a lot of fun doing it) Ok, this is gonna be kinda long but here are the biggest things I’ve learned/things you need to know, plus some of my faves.

1. Find a good foundation that works for you

This might seem like an obvious thing but it’s probably one of the most important things you need to have when doing makeup. “What makes a foundation good?” I hear you ask. These are a couple of things that I look for in a good foundation:

No oxidation (Oxidation is what happens when your foundation reacts badly with the oils in your skin and gets darker and/or turns orange)

Long wear

• Blendability

• Minimal shine

• Easy application

Some other factors that are important when choosing foundation are the color (how well it matches your skin tone), texture (powder, creme, mousse, liquid, etc.), coverage (how opaque it is), and the price. Those factors are all going to be specific to you and your needs so I can’t tell you specifically what will be best for you, but here are some basic guidelines:

Oily Skin - use powder foundations to reduce shine and increase the longevity of your makeup

Dry Skin - use liquid or creme based foundations to prevent increased dryness of skin

Patchy or Acne Prone Skin - use medium-high coverage foundations and concealers to even out and smooth skin tone

Smooth, Even-Toned Skin - use shear-light coverage foundations and concealers (i.e. BB cremes, tinted moisturizers, and light coverage foundations)

I guarantee that you will not find the perfect foundation on the first try but the only way to find what is best for you is to experiment. I only found my perfect foundation 2 weeks ago and I’ve been doing makeup for almost 2 years (but I also have a very weird skin tone and pretty bad acne)

I currently wear a high coverage, mousse foundation from Femme Couture in the shade fair. I think it was about $18 and I got it from Sally Beauty Supply. It works for me because it gives good coverage for my acne, it matches my super pale skin, it doesn’t dry out my skin, it glides on easily, it feels light, it smooths the appearance of my skin, and it isn’t too expensive.

The price also doesn’t automatically mean a foundation is good or bad. I have met people that swear Maybelline is better than any MAC foundation and I have also met people that say the opposite. It is really dependent on what you want out of a foundation.

2. Concealer is your best friend/Always carry some concealer

Concealer is one of the best things to have. It is amazing for covering up pimples, red spots, scars, circles under your eyes, or really anything else you need covered. That doesn’t mean that you should slather your entire face with concealer but just a little concealer under your eyes can help brighten up your entire face. Even if you don’t have acne, or red spots, or dark circles; it’s great to have in case of a breakout or to cleanup your lipstick or eyeshadow.

Concealer is also a great thing to carry around in case of a makeup emergency. Having messed up makeup in public can be one of the most embarrassing things but concealer can be a lifesaver. If you ever forget that your wearing makeup and scratch at your face, concealer can work miracles at covering the scratch marks. That’s just one example but I think you get the point.

I use Femme Couture’s high coverage, creme concealer. I think it was $10. It gives really good coverage, it is easy to apply, it doesn’t feel heavy or look cakey, and a very small amount of it goes very far (it lasts a while).

3. Pat your makeup, don’t smear it (Note: this only applies for liquid, creme, or mousse products)

Another beginner mistake that I see is people smearing on their foundation and/or concealer. Smearing your foundation/concealer will cause your makeup to be uneven and streaky. If you have dry skin, smearing can also cause dry patches of skin to flake up. Instead, use your fingers or a beauty blender to gently pat on the product. This will make your makeup look much smoother and prevent any dry skin from flaking off into your makeup.

Protip: If you use a dry beauty blender and find that it leaves patches or picks up to much product, try lightly dampening it. I have found that this helps to prevent patchiness and creates a smoother finish on the makeup.

4. Use a good primer, setting powder, and/or setting spray

Not using a primer, setting powder, and/or spray is a mistake that I see a lot of beginners making. Using one or both of those things is essential for long wearing, good looking makeup. A primer will help prevent oxidation, make your makeup stay on longer, and can help reduce shine, smooth your face, correct your color, and a slew of other things depending on what primer you choose. A setting powder or spray will also help to reduce shine, set your makeup, prevent oxidization, increase makeup longevity, and help prevent your makeup from sweating off. Using a colored setting powder can also help correct and smooth skin tone. Although, if you have very pale skin like me, it can be difficult to find a colored powder that isn’t too dark so I use a transparent setting powder.

The setting powder that I currently use is NYX’s transparent, studio finishing powder. The primer I use is NYX’s shine-killer, matte-fying primer. I find that they help my makeup to last all day and I never have shiny makeup. I get from target and it’s very affordable so if you need a transparent powder or an anti-shine primer, those work really well. You can get those here and here

I would honestly recommend any NYX setting spray, setting/finishing powder, or primer. They all work great and are very affordable.


Despite what YouTube might make you think, contouring is not a necessity. Yes, it can help to shape your face and give you depth but a lot of days you just don’t need it. A lot of times using just a little blush can give you all of the depth that you need. Contouring is something that everyone needs to learn for the days when you wanna do full on glam makeup or for a day when your getting pictures taken, but it’s not essential for every day makeup. I’m not saying that you can’t do it everyday, it’s just not something that you have to do.

Also, when you do learn to do contouring, don’t follow just any YouTube tutorial. Most of the time, beauty gurus aren’t professionally trained in makeup. Their tutorials also may not work for your face shape, every face shape is different. Find a tutorial from a professional makeup artist that will show you how to contour based on the structure of your face. Here is a good tutorial on how to contour for different face shapes and here is a good tutorial for contouring different nose types.

6. Learn what color and application of blush works best for you

Blush is something that can easily look very over done or just plain bad. When doing blush, you need to find a color (or colors) that work with your skin tone. A pretty pink blush might look good on somebody else but look like clown makeup on you or a warm, neutral toned blush might look like dirt on somebody else but look amazing on you. It just depends on your skin tone.

It is also important to learn how to apply your blush to accentuate your best features. Despite popular belief, there is not one way to put on blush that works for everybody. There are a ton of different ways to apply your blush and it’s important to find the way that looks best on you. Here is a good tutorial on how to apply blush for each face shape, here is another one, and here is a guide of the best blush colors for each skin tone.

I like using L'Oreal Paris’s True Match, Super-Blendable blush in the colors Baby Blossom and Bare Honey. You can get those (or any other shades) here for $10.

7. Lipstick color and application

This is basically the same as the last one. Not all lip colors are gonna look good on you, and that’s okay. Some lip colors don’t look good with certain skin tones, you just have to find what works for you. And don’t be afraid to try different types of lipstick (liquid lipsticks, lip cremes, lip crayons, etc.). The only way to find what you like is through experimentation.

“How is a lip creme different from a lipstick?” I hear you ask. Here is a quick guide to the difference between types of lip product:

Lip Gloss - liquid to gel consistency, usually translucent or semi-opaque color, good for dry lips, does not wear for long and usually needs re-applied several times a day

Tinted Lip Balm - sheer color, good for dry or chapped lips, longevity differs but averages at about 2-3 hours (without eating), satin finish, is usually very natural looking

Lip Stain - sheer to medium coverage, last for 10-12 hours after drying, matte finish, can be difficult to remove, can dry out lips and can draw attention to wrinkles and dry spots

Lipstick - full color and high coverage, good for most lip types, needs to be re-applied after eating and drinking, traditionally matte but can also have a glossy or satin finish, has the most variety in colors and finishes

Long-Wear Lipstick - full color and high coverage, can be drying and are not preferable for dry lips, last 8-10 hours, can come in liquid or stick form, comes in matte, glossy, or satin finishes, usually have 2 steps (a base and a color or a color and a top coat)

Liquid Lipsticks - similar to long-wear lipsticks, full color and full opacity, can be very drying, needs to be re-applied after eating, thick liquid or creme consistency when applied, dry into a matte or satin finish

Lip Crayon/Creme - sheer to medium coverage, waxy consistency that is similar to lipstick, good for most lip types, usually needs re-applied after eating, glossy or satin finish

Lip Liner - high color and coverage, pencil form, lipstick like consistency, good for most lip types, can be slightly drying, last 6-8 hours, matte finish, traditionally used to outline the lips in combination with other products, can be used to completely fill lips

How you apply your lip color is also important. The key is to accentuate the best parts of your lips. If you have an awesome Cupid’s bow, accentuate the fuck out of it. I see a lot of people that over draw their lips to try and make it look like they have something that they don’t. Usually that ends up looking stupid. The best thing to do is to accentuate what you have. That will end up looking 100x better.

I would recommend using NYX’s Plush Gel Lipstick (or honestly any NYX lip product) or e.l.f.’s Matte Lip Color. You can get those here and here, they are both very high quality for a cheap price.

8. Be patient with eyeshadow/eyeliner

Learning how to apply eyeshadow and eyeliner can be very difficult. It’s tedious. One wrong move and BAM!!! You look like a raccoon. It really is an acquired skill that takes a lot of practice. If you are anything like me, you’re gonna want to do complex, beautiful eyeshadow with winged eyeliner right off the bat, but you’ve gotta start simple. If you try to do difficult eye makeup before you’ve got the basics, you’ll end up frustrated and disappointed. Here are a couple of tips for learning to do eye makeup:

get some brushes
 - they don’t have to be expensive or anything, basic brushes work just fine. Having even a couple of basic brushes will make your life so much easier

get some decent eyeshadows
- it doesn’t have to be super expensive but decent quality eyeshadow will bland and apply so much easier than really cheap stuff (I’m not saying it even has to be Sephora quality, just better than $2 makeup palettes)

get some neutral eyeshadows
 - neutrals are a must have and I personally think that it is easier to learn with neutrals than with bright colors

have your first eyeliner be pencil or a gel stick
 - (At least for me) learning to apply eyeliner will be much easier with a pencil or gel stick. Once you have mastered that, you can start using felt tips eyeliner pens or gel eyeliner with an eyeliner brush.

master a basic eyeliner line before trying winged eyeliner
 - being able to draw a basic straight line of eyeliner will make it much easier to do a winged eyeliner, cat eye, etc. (this sounds easy but it was v v hard for me to learn to do the basic straight line).

scotch tape can be a life saver
 - when doing winged eyeliner, you can use scotch tape to make a straight line. Just lineup the tape along the lower lash line and past the eye, then draw your wing along the tape. The tape will serve at a barrier for if you go out of line. Once you pull off the tape, you will have a perfect winged eyeliner. (I used this trick for at least a year before I learned how to do winged eyeliner without it)

9. Experiment with your makeup

Don’t feel like you have to stick to the same thing every time you do your makeup. Try new things. Try different products, try different techniques, do something completely new. Experimenting with makeup is the only way to find what you like. You’ll make some mistakes, you’ll do some horrible eye makeup, you’ll buy a lip color that looks like shit but that how you learn. It’s how you learn what you like. That leads me into my next tip…

10. Do your makeup however you want!!!!

That is seriously the one thing I wish I would have known when I started doing makeup. I though I had to do super subtle, natural looking makeup because that what I was told I was supposed to do. The thing is, I like doing bold, interesting makeup. It wasn’t until about 6 months ago that I really started doing my makeup how I wanted it to look.

It’s your makeup. It’s not anyone else’s. Do what you like. Do what makes you feel beautiful. If you like doing natural looking makeup, go for it!!! If you like doing bright colored makeup, do it!!! If you want to do bold, intense makeup, you go!!!! If you want to cover your face in glitter, do it!!! Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to do you makeup in a certain way. Makeup is, in my opinion, the ultimate form of self expression. So express yourself through your makeup. Do your makeup however you want!!!!!!!

So that’s it. My biggest tips for doing makeup. I hope it helps and if you have any other questions, send me an ask or feel free to message me (and that goes for everyone).

***** The last tip sounds a little hypocritical considering I just told you how to do makeup but that’s not my intention. I just wanted to give you tips, from my own personal experience, that might help you on your makeup journey. I in no way am saying that you have to use them, they are just things that I wish I would have known when I was a beginner


Doing the 5-minute Face in 2 Ways!

Here are 2 ways to get out the door quick while looking polished. 


1. Look for bases with high coverage. Whether you do the first method (powder foundation) or second method (liquid/cream) the key is something that gives a lot of coverage quickly.

2. If you have very oily skin, the first method is better for you. If you have dry skin, the second method gives you a better effect. If you have normal skin, you can do either!

3. When you don’t have much time, the easiest way to look “done” is to use a stronger lip color and/or blush and keep the eyes simple. Strong eye makeup usually takes more precision and time to do.

Products for The Powder Foundation Method:

  • A good concealer. If you need to cover spots and scars, look for high-coverage concealing products like The Body Shop’s Pencil Concealer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, or any camouflage cream. 
  • A high-coverage powder foundation that has some luminosity. Powders can look quite flat and heavy so products with some reflective properties like Shu Uemura’s The Lightbulb Powder Foundation would be better. (As mentioned in the picture above, never buff your powder on if you don’t want to buff off the concealer you applied beneath. Pat.)
  • An oil-free lip/cheek cream or stain goes on quickly and will last well. But if you did a lot of concealing on your cheek area, a powder brush will work better.
  • A powder highlighter in a soft, universal shade like champagne or beige.
  • Mascara and lip color.

Products for The Liquid Foundation Method:

  • A full-coverage camouflage cream or foundation that can be diluted as foundation and used straight from the tube/pot as concealer. Products like Cover Mark Extra Formula, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, or Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation work well.
  • A primer or lotion to “dilute” the foundation. Choose based on your needs. If you want a matte effect like I did above, go for something like Lancome’s La Base Pro. If you need hydration, use either your favorite lotion or something like Laura Mercier’s Hydrating Primer.
  • A powder blush. Again, this was chosen as I was going for a matte effect, but if you prefer a dewy finish go for a cream blush.
  • A powder or cream highlighter for the center of the lid.
  • Mascara and lip color.

anonymous asked:

I like to wear high coverage foundation and concealer, then I use powders for contouring and highlighting. All this can give me a cakey looking texture on the face. What would you recommend to get rid of the cakey look and make my skin look more smooth and/or dewy? Thank you xoxo

Hey! xo

There are a few minor changes you can make to your routine to prevent a possible “cake face”… 

If possible, try to switch your powder contour and highlight to cream products. A cakey, “makeupy” texture to the skin stems from over application of powder and flat products with no sheen. Even if you highlight the skin, if the rest of your face is powdery it won’t look completely dewy/smooth. Translucent or very lightly tinted powders are best because they are typically more finely milled and sit better on the skin. Also try to use powder products with good color payoff, if you have to keep layering on contour powder for the desired finish then it will look more powdery than it needs to. Find concentrated highlight/contour products so you can use less!

Consistency is key too! You can use full coverage products that are still light weight and thin. Full coverage doesn’t mean you have to use heavy cream products. Try foundations like Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate, a little goes a long way and the texture is thin so you hardly need any so it never looks cakey. Applying your foundation/concealer with a lightly damp sponge will go a long way too. Sponges give you a thin, even layer while blending out face products with a brush can cause them to look cakey. 

If you still want to use powder products I’d highly recommend dewy or moisturizing setting sprays! Setting sprays will get rid of a powder finish and sort of help all the products melt and blend together and into the skin making them look a little more lived in. Personally I love makeup once it’s been sitting on the skin for a few hours, it looks less “makeupy” and more natural. Setting sprays will give you that effect instantly! 


Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Blush and HD Pressed Powder

The HD range is the ultimate no-makeup-makeup range. I love everything from the texture-free high-coverage foundations to the concealers, to the invisible powder and the super-pigmented blushes. 

I was pretty surprised to hear that Make Up For Ever was launching a new HD cream blush (SGD50), since the original line-up of HD blushes were also cream blushes anyway.

But these are quite different from those, even though they still aim to give you a great second-skin texture-free blush that will work great on camera. The main difference is that the current range comes in more skin-friendly “glow from within” nude-based shades that aren’t quite as dramatic and strong as many in the previous range, and are very, very easy to use even for cream blush newbies.

The collection has a whopping 16 shades and are grouped into light, medium and dark categories (including a single “pop” shade, a bright coral that’s usable by everyone), from what I’ve seen at counters, and if you need an indication just look at the numbers. 200s are the light shades that will sit easier or lighter skin tones. The 300s are mediums that will work on many medium to tan skins, and the 400s are stronger shades that have enough richness of pigmentation to look good on darker skins. 

Less surprising was the launch of the HD Powder Compact (SGD59). This was the first invisible silky silica powder I fell in love with when I first started this blog, so it’s within expectations that the massively popular loose powder would be translated into a pressed, portable form for easy touch-ups outside. 

The compact has the same invisible talc-free finish and magically-smooth feel of the original, but I actually find you’re less likely to over-apply when using a pressed version. (Dusting on too much of the loose powder version and not brushing it out properly can cause it to catch the light in cameras, if you haven’t seen the many celeb makeup-disaster images on the red carpets.)

Silica is a slippery-feeling mineral that absorbs many times its own weight in oil, and if you’ve never touched it you HAVE to. Unlike many other “HD powders” that have been launched in its wake, the formula does not contain corn starch (ugh! I don’t want anything that can potentially breed bacteria in my powder), talc, or other fillers. it’s also a great light diffuser to soften fine lines and uneven texture. That’s why it’s often a key ingredients in many “instant line reducer serums and treatments”. 

I much prefer this to pigmented powders for touching up during the day. It’s less messy and the finish is less powdery. Great for those with combination or slightly oily skin who want to set their makeup but don’t want a fully-matte finish to their face,