My skin is a temperamental little sucker. I break out easily, and when it comes to choosing make up for my face, I have to be pretty choosy. My skin is combination dry/oily, which is a pain to deal with.
I spent most of my teen years trying different liquid concealers to cover any blemishes, but a few years back my mom got me into using bareMinerals. I’ve tried other types of concealers, but I really like the lightness and natural look of bareMinerals. I use the SPF 20 Concealer in the Summer Bisque shade ($18), which is a medium to full coverage concealer.
Anyway. Last week, after months of watching makeup vlogs, I decided to take on the challenge of foundation.
Previous to this, I had never worn foundation. I don’t really have a reason why, other then I thought it would be too heavy on my skin, or would look fake. I don’t know. But I always wanted the clean, flawless look that foundation gives people, so I thought I would give it a try.
I stopped by Sephora, and I had a beauty consultant match me with a foundation. I told her I was looking for a liquid foundation, because I figured that the powder would look chalky on my dry skin. So, she applied a oil free, liquid Lorac brand foundation. I was excited to see what it looked like, but when she finished I was unimpressed. It just looked…dry, and coverage wasn’t anywhere near what I had been expecting.
Luckily, I had my mom with me to help me out. She once again steered me to the bareMinerals store, and we matched the MATTE Foundation Broad Spectrum with SPF 15 ($27) to my skin. I ended up picking the Light shade, and I took it home to try it out.
I actually like it a lot! It’s light, and it doesn’t have any nasty chemicals in it. The matte is good for controlling any oily spots on my face. It comes off easily at night, and even though the package says it lasts 8 hours, it seems to stay put basically all day . But, most importantly I haven’t noticed any breakouts after wearing it for a couple of days. Score!
Before I started using the foundation, I had to look up how to put on mineral foundation properly, because I was kind of scared I’d end up looking like a clown, and I had no idea how to use it. After some furious googling, I discovered not only how to apply mineral foundation, but also that I had been putting on my mineral concealer wrong for the past, oh, four years? That’s embarrassing.
Basically, for all of you that don’t know hot to put mineral powders on your face the first step is moisturizing! If you don’t moisturize, any piece of dry skin you have is going to be highlighted by the powder, and it’s not going to look good. I have been alternating moisturizers every other day, Clinque Acne Solutions Clearing Moisturizer (review to come) and Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Moisturizer, which I have used for a long time, and it’s great for super dry skin.
After you are all moisturized, and you’ve let the moisturizer sink in a bit (about ten minutes), you need to shake a little of the mineral foundation/concealer into the cap of the product. Remember, you don’t need a whole lot. You can always go back, and get more if you need it.
Swirl your brush around in the cap, and pick up the minerals.
Then tap your brush on the rim of the cap to remove any excess product back into the cap. For foundation, apply to your face in swirling motions, working from the middle of your face outwards. For concealer, gently swirl on whatever you are trying to cover, and make sure to blend.
And you’re finished! I am really loving the bareMinerals. It’s pricey, but for my face, I have always been willing to pay more for a product that I know will limit breakouts. I would recommend bareMinerals to anyone who is looking for a more natural foundation/concealer or has troublesome skin like me.
For Friday’s post, I’ll be talking about stress, college, and taking on too much at one time.
Do you use liquid or powder foundation? Ever used bareMinerals? What’s your favorite brand of foundation, and what skin type do you have?
*I was not compensated by bareMinerals. I just really like this product. I paid for it with my own broke college budget. :)