As soon as people learn I’m a makeup artist, they invariably weave their burning questions into our conversation, even if we’re only talking about the weather. “Seems we’re in for a bit of a warm spell… ..speaking of warm spells, what kind of foundation should I be wearing?”
I’m lucky I’m not a doctor, because my answer is always unoriginal. I’d like to say that I carefully evaluate each and every person’s skin type and make a qualitative analysis of each line, pore, and wrinkle…but the truth is–I think EVERYONE should wear tinted moisturizer with sunscreen instead of foundation.
I know, that seems rather general, doesn’t it? I do use “foundation” (a full coverage liquid or mineral) on my brides or models when doing event makeup, but unless you are on a movie set or being professionally photographed, I would never recommend foundation for everyday. It’s simply unnecessary. The point of makeup should be to enhance your natural features, to make your individual beauty shine, not to reinvent the wheel.
The use of foundation, or “base” is as old as mud; women throughout the centuries have endeavored to cover everything up (and sometimes shave everything off) and paint it on again. It’s a way of creating a completely new persona, and Hollywood relied heavily on this idea in the 30s and 40s when creating sultry starlets out of freshly scrubbed girls-next-door. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to start from scratch, but before you camouflage your features in a thick shade of beige, take a look at your freshly scrubbed face. What is it that you really want to change about your visage? Here are the typical complaints:
Redness/blotchiness around the mouth & nose, unevenness/blotchiness on the cheeks, freckles/age spots, under eye circles, blemishes
As you can see, the majority of concerns have to do with evenness of skin tone. The good news is that tinted moisturizer (a lightweight lotion with a hint of color, and spf) will even out your complexion without smothering it. Your skin will GLOW, rather than look matte or cakey. Your skin will BREATHE, rather than gasping for air, and your skin will IMPROVE in both appearance and texture.
If tinted moisturizer alone doesn’t address problem areas, then all you have to do is use a small amount of concealer (under the eyes, on a blemish or age spot, around the nose). There’s simply no need to conceal your entire face!
Here’s my favorite everyday 5 Step Fast Face:
1. tinted moisturizer all over
2. concealer under the eyes
3. creme blush on cheeks
4. lip gloss
Your face is your calling card. Do you really want to be the kind of person who is unrecongnizable without their makeup? Embrace your face. Save the foundation for the Big Ball, or your cousin’s wedding. You don’t need it at 8 in the morning, and you certainly don’t need it in the office.
Special HIPPIE note: If you’re the kind of person who NEVER wears makeup, considering making tinted moisturizer your new best friend. You won’t look like you’re wearing makeup, because it’s really not makeup–but your skin will look and feel fantastic, and you’ll have the added protection of at least spf 15, everyday.
Here are some of my favorites:
100% Pure fruit pigmented
Suki tinted moisturizer
mask photo courtesy of flickr’s Flamed