A much-debated subject in the world of blogging and Twitter is the topic of best foundation. As a professional makeup artist, I have concluded that there is no "perfect" foundation that does everything! However there's close-to-perfect foundations that does certain things really well.
You know what? I don't want to just have one type/brand of foundation. I like variety and the ability to be able to custom-blend a foundation that suits my model/client. Things I look out for in terms of choosing which foundation to use are coverage, finish, skin type/condition, environment, climate and colour.
Let me share with you the foundations I currently carry in my kit when I work. I always have at least 3 brands just in case any of my models/client has any sensitivity to any brands. And I always carry different finishes as well. You just never know!
These have the sheerest form of coverage, perfect for when all you want is a bit of colour. I would use these on good skin that need little or no coverage. I'd call them complexion enhancers rather than foundations. They're also perfect for layering and mixing. I would use these instead of moisturiser than layer a slightly heavier foundation to even out any redness before concealing.
L-R: Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant Glow, Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector, Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint.
These have a stronger coverage with a dewy or moist finish. Perfect for drier skins that require moisture and also great for when I want skin to appear plump and dewy. I would say these are my go to foundations on a day-to-day work basis. They're great for most skin types and layer well if you need more coverage. Apply with hands like a moisturiser if you want sheer or use a brush for stronger coverage.
L-R: Lancome Teint Miracle, Jouer Age-Repairing Perfector, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, MyFace MyMix Foundation.
Not necessarily the strongest in coverage but the semi-matte or matte finish gives it a slightly heavier coverage. Without a doubt my favourites for when I am shooting outdoors in the heat or humidity on location shoots. The matte finish prevents skin from shining and greasiness. I like these for close up beauty work as they give skin that matte flawlessness that contrasts well with shimmery sparkly eyes or wet glossy lips. Also great for problem skin, the matte finish gives minimal reflection so spots and bumps are less obvious.
L-R: YSL Teint Resist, Guerlain Lingerie De Peau, Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation, Kesalan Patharan Base Makeup.
Don't let these put you off, although strongest in coverage, you can sheer it down by mixing with mixers, moisturiser etc. I tend to use these on black or very dark skin tones. Why? These have really strong pigments and are perfect for black/darker skins. Many foundation brands found on the high street I find lack the strength in pigments and when used on black skin, results in a greyness that I dislike a lot. With these, all I get is intense pure rich colour that makes dark skin tones glow! I also like using these to contour and shade for all skin shades.
L-R: MAC Studio Sculpt, MAC Studio Tech, Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Cover Stick, MAC Full Coverage Foundation.
So there you have it, my foundation kit as it currently stands. Some have been recent requisitions, some have been in there for a while, so who's to say I won't have another new favourite in a few months time? Has anyone tried any of these yet? Please share your views and comments.