Make up for the party season – the best foundations
Foundation is a probably the most important part of one’s make-up. As someone with combination skin, that is around a step darker than the fairest complexion, with some yellow in the skin and not a lot of money in the pocket, I’ve often chosen the wrong foundation. For years I had no idea what to look for, allowing pushy sales people, bad lighting or cheap alternatives to lull me into getting the wrong thing. But now this amazing thing called the internet has leveled the playing field, allowing the cream to rise to the top. I present to you three foundations that not only talk the talk, but they also walk the walk.
The overly hyped and mega impressive Armani Maestro Fusion Make-Up is not hyped enough. Yes, I know, sounds crazy, but that potion’s almost magical. First time I tried it on, I thought it’s too sheer and didn’t cover all imperfections, but after it had time to sink in, it blended beautifully. The only time it stays on the surface limply is when the skin is not well hydrated. The line has a good amount of shades, even ridiculous gradations as 5.25, and they’re easily blendable to obtain the perfect hue. At £38, it’s a steep price to pay for more than one bottle but it’s absolutely worth it. It even works as a concealer if you apply it in enough layers. The one thing that bothers me about it if I were to nitpick about something, is the smell, a sort of classical shaving cream odor.
Dior’s no fuss Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup is also a great choice, good blending and it stays on for hours. It’s slightly thicker and has a better SPF than Armani (25 as opposed to 15), so I guess it would work better in the summer when the sun’s out to get you. It does tend to dissipate after 8 hours and need some reapplying, especially around the eyes. At £32 a pop, get it before they decide to discontinue it.
The newest member of the foundation family is the magnificent Dr.Lewinn’s Skin Perfect Anti-Ageing Foundation, Radiant Youthful Glow, (mouthful!) which tackles skins with more mature concerns. It’s a thicker, heavier coverage formulation that gets even the toughest spots homogenized and smooths wrinkles and fine lines. It also contains rose stem cells that promote skin stimulation and tourmaline, which enhances radiance. The downside in choosing this one, is the limited range of shades – six. At £25, it’s a steal though.