GIRD YER LOINS everyone.
I have normal to dry skin. My skin concerns are dark spots, small lines and dullness. Please consider this information while reading my thoughts on various foundations and bear in mind that what works for me may not work for you.
OKAY! On to the fun stuff.
Given my skin type and concerns, I tend to steer clear of mineral or powder foundations and anything with the word “matte” or “oil control”. I prefer a natural, satin or a dewy finish liquid foundation, which seems to work best for me.
Light to Medium Coverage
Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Tinted Moisturizer $75
In the summer time, I am all about a nice little tinted moisturizer. I’ll admit I haven’t tested iotas of various brands, but this one from Trish McEvoy is vury nice. I like to apply it with a flat foundation brush and kindof paint it on, rather than buffing it in. This one has an SPF of 30 and lots of antioxidants so I feel really healthy when I use it. The coverage is really pretty good for a tinted moisturizer and it just feels amazing on the skin. Pricey, sure but I think it’s worth the investment, plus the bottle is a good size.
Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB+ Hydra Beauty Balm Instant Hydration $75
A friggen’ mouthful, this is. And it’s also really expensive. But this stuff is SO amazing for my skin. I can apply this with either a foundation brush or my fingers and I love the way it feels SO moisturizing but also provides a nice coverage. I find that my skin feels hydrated all day long and makes me look more youthful.
L’Oreal True Match Lumi $12.99
L’oreal is easily my favorite drugstore brand and this foundation is one of the stand-outs for me. I love this foundation for everyday and I like to apply it with my Real Techniques Expert Face brush. I find that it lasts decently and provides beautiful, natural-looking coverage. If you’re not in to the dewy face, try this stuff in the original formula because it’s great too.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation $45
I feel so late to the game with this stuff but OH LORD is it nice. I prefer using the Beauty Blender to apply this and I find I get a lovely, airbrushed-yet-luminous look. I never thought a foundation could make me so happy…but this stuff does.
Medium to Full
Dior Skin Star Foundation
I have mutual feelings of adoration as I do for Nars Sheer Glow for this little sucker. The first time I wore this foundation I felt like a movie star and I KNOW THAT SOUNDS SO CHEESY. But it’s true. The brand boasts that it’s “Inspired by the professional illuminating techniques and expertise of its makeup artists” but like, they ain’t lying. This foundation is beautiful, luxurious and provides wonderful coverage without looking cakey. I would definitely recommend using the Beauty Blender with this one again, to achieve that airbrushed look.
Laura Mercier Silk Cream Foundation $47
This one is definitely full-coverage for me. You might be surprised at it’s inclusion here because this one is popular with the oily gals – but I like it. I find it photographs really nicely and although it is quite thick in texture, it blends wonderfully into the skin. Additionally, a little goes a long way, so it could last you a long time. I have applied this with both a Beauty Blender and a buffing brush and love the effect I get with either.