The Best Tools for Applying Foundation


When it comes to the application of foundation - fingers are one of (if not) the best tools. (Clean) Fingers are great for applying foundation as the warmth helps to blend the product into the skin easier - resulting in a seamless finish. Smooth your liquid foundation over your skin using your fingertips (as you would with your moisturiser) for a natural, dewy finish.

Foundation Brush

A flat foundation brush is fantastic for applying liquid and cream foundation onto the skin and generally tends to give great coverage. Using a “painting” motion and short, light strokes will help give you a finish that looks like your skin, but so much better. The bonus? This brush can be used for just about any cream or liquid face product.

Try: Beau-Make by Abbamart Cream Base Brush

Foundation Sponge

If used right a foundation sponge can be fantastic for applying foundation onto the skin to give an airbrushed finish. Use a small amount of liquid or cream foundation on a large foundation sponge and use a “bouncing” motion on the skin, if you need more coverage than add another layer using the same technique.

Try: Beauty Blender Sponge

Kabuki Brush

If you’re a lover of mineral or powder foundations then this one is for you. A kabuki brush is ideal for “buffing” mineral foundations into the skin and the short handle allows you to get closer to the face, allowing for more control. If you’re not a lover of powder foundation brushes don’t write this brush off just yet; spritz it with a little hydrating mist and buff your liquid or cream foundation into the skin for a dewy finish.

Try: E.L.F Studio Kabuki Face Brush

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NARS’ All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation and Soft Velvet Loose Powder will hit our shores in Feb.

The brand’s take on the new-gen “liquid velvet” foundations (à la Armani Maestro) seems to be designed for our weather. It gives long-wearing medium coverage, a luminous matte finish, and feels airy-light on the skin.

I personally recommend matte-lovers check out the ultra-fine Soft Velvet loose powder though. “Very Matte” and “Natural” usually don’t go hand in hand but this one does it pretty darned well. Full review of both soon!

  • LaPrairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream
  • AnnaSui Lipstick V 303
  • SergeLutens Jeux de Peau eau de parfum
  • Chanel Coco Mademoiselle - no I’m not layering these 2. I just couldn’t decide!
  • NARS St Paul de Vence Duo - this gorgeous coral brown duo launches in Feb as well
  • Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eyeshadow PK 224
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Shiseido Foundation


Ainda não tinha aqui falado em bases, mas esta é uma das que mais gosto.

Esta base da Shiseido é bastante cremosa o que torna a sua aplicação bastante fácil, dando lhe uma boa cobertura de pele. É quase como se fosse um creme hidratante mas com côr. Se pretende uma cobertura média/total aplique com um pincel próprio de base. Se pretender apenas dar uma ligeira cor na pele e uniformizar o seu tom pode aplicar mesmo com os dedos e espalhar bem. Para mim, é uma excelente base para usar no Outono/Inverno, já não a usaria no verão pois considero um pouco espessa para esta estação. Apesar disso esta base tem um indice SPF 15, bom em qualquer altura do ano. Base para o Verão falarei noutro post mais à frente…..

O pack dest a base é simples e efficient, que muitas vezes é o que é realmente preciso. Está disponível em vários tons, desde os bejes rosados a bejes amarelados e tons claros de pele.

Testem, acho que vão gostar!

Marca: Shiseido

30 ml

Rating: 9 (0-10)


Classic Glam for the Lunar New Year Holidays

This was the weekend Face of The Day that I posted about on Instagram  (find me @makeup_box!) over the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday season. 

After days of late nights, early mornings and endless junk food, my skin protested by breaking out in rashes around my cheeks, and I needed higher-coverage foundation AND powder foundation on top of it, to mask the patchiness and redness. 

Here are some of the key items that helped save the day.

  • Base: NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Fiji - this and Dior Nude are the 2 foundations I rely on to give me coverage while maintaining a radiant, skin-like finish. 
  • Concealer: Kosé Sekkisei Concealer 01 - yellow enough to cancel redness on spots, and it sets and stays put without looking dark under powder.
  • Powder: Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Powder Foundation 764 - YESSSS, there is going to be a powder compact version of this mega-hit, for those who have oily skin but want some matte radiance to the skin. The coverage is high, so I actually use it to set foundation when I want extra coverage that doesn’t look like a lot of heavy powder. More about this soon!
  • Blush: Chanel Joues Contraste 99 Rose Pétale - something pink and pretty but with some depth and tawniness so it sculpts at the same time. Enough sheen to add a glow but not so much that it emphasizes my rashes!!
  • Red lipstick: Lime Crime Retrofuturist; a deep warm red with the slightest brown tint so it doesn’t go orange against the skin.

Other products used:

  • Brow pencil: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 pencil in Grey
  • Undereye corrector: Shiseido Sheer Eyezone Corrector 303
  • Black liquid liner: Givenchy Parad'eyes Liner 01
  • Soft brown shadows: shades from the Narsissist eye palette
  • Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash in Blackest Black

I was recently sent this ‘Luxe Liquid’ foundation by Glo-Minerals to try out. 
I’ll be honest, I usually write-off many products in my head before I’ve even tested them out, based on whether I’ve heard of the brand or not.
Naughty, I know. 
We are all guilty of it to some degree though, whether it be a unusual food brand, beauty brand, or even a shampoo brand that we’ve never heard of. 
But rather than dismissing unknown prooducts completely, I will always say ‘Yes’ to receiving them. I do find I don’t like the packaging or look of the product then I’m pretty much convinced it’s going to be pants, and usually I’m correct in my premature assumptions. 

So when this Luxe Liquid foundation arrived on my doorstep, I was initially quite intrigued as I really took a liking to the bottle. I like the appearance of the smooth frosted glass, the feel of the gloss printed text, and the shiny Black lid. 
I think the font is sophisticated, clean and it does the bottle justice. 
Presentation and packaging goes a long way when it comes to selling commodities. If the consumer doesn’t like what they see first off, then they are less likely to want to delve further. 

Now, my preference in foundation is mineral based as firstly I have oily skin, so oil based formulas do not favour my skin type. And secondly, many foundations tend to make me break out. 
Powders contain no oils or emollients that could contribute to clogged pores, and I find they help to keep me looking matte throughout the day. 
This isn’t to say mineral makeup is suitable for all oily people, everyone is different, so it really is a case of trial and error. 
This Liquid Luxe foundation is mineral based, but is in a liquid form (hence the name). 

The coverage is sheer to medium; sheer if applied using your fingers, and medium coverage if applied using a foundation brush.
It claims to leave a dewy finish to the skin, but I find it gives me a nice glow, with more of a demi-matte finish. 
But again, everyone is different, so you may find you get more of a dewy finish. 

My preference is to apply this foundation with my fingers as it gives me the most natural finish. I also find I get a ‘soft focus’ appearance to the skin when photographed in this foundation. 
It does claim to have ‘Diamond Powder’ technology, so as light passes through the diamond powder, it is reflected and diffused for a visibly softer, more radiant complexion. And I would agree! 

Luxe Liquid Foundation is talc-free, non comedogenic and fortified with exclusive blend of antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea Extract. It contains an SPF of 15, as well as anti-ageing ingredients within the formula. Thumbs-Up to that!

I do think the foundation is a little on the pricey side, last week it retailed at £32.95, but I see on their website the price is currently at £27.95, which is better but I wouldn’t be inclined to spend more than £25.00 on any foundation.

The shade I sampled was Naturelle

My Favourite Foundations in My Makeup Kit…(This was makeup I did for The Sun Newspaper photoshoot)


Tinted Moisturiser


If you or a model needs a lot of coverage but do want something to even out the skin tone and relieve dry skin, tinted moisturisers may provide you with just what you need. Tinted moisturisers are perfect for softening and protecting the skin while adding a hint of foundation colour. I am in love with the NEW Origins VitaZing, £26 this makeup is perfect because you don’t have to put on moisturiser and then foundation on the skin: this is a multi-tasking moisturiser which hydrates and protects to maintain skin all day long. It’s a one-step process. I generally use this on models with absolutely amazing skin! Your catwalk models ;)


Airbrush Liquid Foundation (without the airbrush machine)


Most people opt for liquid foundation because it applies so smoothly and is easily found. You can enhance the smoothness by putting it on with a slightly damp fibre foundation brush (I love using MAC’s 188 small duo fibre brush, £26). Liquid makeup is good around the eyes, where you may want a bit more coverage; you can put it on with a small lip brush for the best control. I have mentioned it before but this is my favourite foundation of all time- Airbase foundation , £32.95 which can be applied with an airbrush or free hand. It makes all my models skin amazing! I also use this foundation to apply to men’s skin for photography work. You still pretty much need good skin for this foundation so here is my best foundation for models with pigmented, problem area skin…


Cream Foundations:

These are mostly available as sticks and compacts, cream foundations are the first choice of most makeup artists as they cover skin quite well and give a flawless smooth look. They are easy to apply too. I LOVE Kryolan Cream ultra-foundations , £12.95 each. I buy the stackers for each shade as obviously this is great for working on models with different skin tones. All I am going to say to you is- Your skin looks flawless! But is not ideal for everyday use as can be heavy on the skin.


Start experimenting with different types of foundations…





[Requested[ Sultry Look with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and Sweetheart Blushes

I got a request to do a sultrier look using the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette as most of the looks around were softer day looks.

It’s actually not hard to do stronger looks with this palette, even though the shades aren’t particularly dark. That’s because many of these shades are high-shine, dramatically metallic ones, which can really give a look plenty of drama without necessarily needing to be all dark and smoky. 

I used 4 shades marked out in the image above, and if you are not able to get hold of this palette, you just need to look out for similar shades. 

Products used: 

  • Base: Dior Nude liquid foundation 021
  • Concealer: MAC Studio Moisture Cover
  • Setting Powder: Guerlain Meteorites 03 Medium
  • Blush (base): Too Faced Sweetheart Blush in Peach Beach all over the cheeks and brow bones
  • Blush (pop): Too Faced Sweetheart blush in Something About Berry
  • Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 in Grey
  • Eyeshadows: Too Faced chocolate Bar palette
  • Eyeliner: NYX Skinny Brown Liner
  • Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash mascara in Blackest Black
  • Lipstick: MAC Angel lipstick