Mixing a whole bunch of foundations because your usual foundation faithful doesn’t make the cut (or cover) anymore? It could be the cold season. There are so many factors to take into account when it’s ffffffreezing out. The winter sun is a harsh one and exposure can produce new blemishes. The dry cold air has the ability to make your once supple skin feel as crusty as your aunt’s favourite mutton pie. The winds also play havoc – zapping out any moisture and inside is no better – the heated air inside finishes what’s left of any moisture. It’s all a total mess. But don’t sweat it. Here are swaps you should consider for a smoother even finish.
Your Skin Is… Tight And Flaky
Nothing is worse than you slapping on a cover-up at 7am, but come afternoon the coverage has quit. When you hear the words “long wear” you may imagine your face suffocating under a clay-like mask. Get a foundation that will hydrate your skin and won’t leave it dry but won’t clog your pores. Try Revlon Youth FX Fill+Blur Foundation (R360) available at Clicks. The lightweight, hydrating formula fills and blurs lines and wrinkles, giving you glowing, youthful looking skin.
Your Skin Is… Uneven
Sunspots, brown dots, red patches: all signs of pigmentation. While sheer foundations let your natural skin tone show through, opaque formulas completely block it. Highly pigmented creamy formulas combine the best of a concealer and a foundation. Try Essence Camouflage 2-In-1 Make-Up & Concealer (R80) available at Clicks. Its high-coverage formula lasts much longer and leaves skin with a gorgeous matte finish. Leaves skin with no mask effect.
Your Skin Is… Flat And Dull
Lost your lustre? Build a brighter canvas with good prep. Exfoliating and niacinamaide-based serums can help re-energise skin. Then add glow with an illuminating type of foundation. Try Sisley Teint Eclat Foundation (R1530) available at Edgars. Easy-to-apply texture provides a smooth, luminous finish.
Your Skin Is… Shiny
When you are battling with shine try stay away from formulas that are for dry skin or formulas that have a glowing finish to them… hello major shine. You should definitely stick to foundations that are matte and oil-free. Try NYX Professional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation (R150) available at Clicks. It’s oil free and made with water to allow your skin to breathe, leaving a matte finish.