Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My foundation routine staples

I uploaded my foundation routine on my You Tube channel and thought I should do an accompanying blog post because I wanted to do a voice over style video but I encountered some technical difficulty, which prevented me from doing that.

In any case, in this video I wanted to show my very simple foundation routine. I only used a handful of products but the final result is amazing!

Before applying my foundation, my face was moisturized. 


On a typical day, I go straight from moisturizer to foundation.  But if I have an event, I will use a primer to help my foundation stay nicer longer. My favorite primer these days is the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser.  I love how it feels on the skin. It does help the foundation's application. I heard about this product from many You Tubers I follow.

My foundation is the L'Oréal True Match (shade W8). I like its consistency, which allows it to be smoothed on the skin very easily. It is not too thick but not too runny either. It gives a light coverage but you can build it to medium coverage as well. It also gives an excellent finish. And the best part is the color selection. Anyone can find a shade to match him or her. As a black woman, that part is very important.


I recently started using concealer. I haven't really felt the need before but now that I found a concealer I like, I do find myself applying it every time I apply foundation (or almost). The one I currently enjoy is the Rimmel Wake Me Up (shade medium). It's easy to apply, easy to blend, it does offer some highlight under the eyes and it doesn't crease. I heard about this product from YouTube's JustKellee101 and I really like it.

Under eye setting powder

Since I just started concealing my under eyes, I didn't really have a great powder for that task. I'm realizing that I am not a fan of loose powders. I've used this NYC translucent powder but personally, I'm ready to get rid of it. It does the job but it's messy, and I don't like that. 

My cousin just gave me a sample of the Ben Nye banana powder. I will test it out. But it's also in the form of a loose powder. I may get the hang of it... We'll see.

Face powder

I typically always set my face with a face powder. My favorite is the Mac Mineralized Skin Finish Natural (shade Dark). I lightly dust it all over my face. It gives it a nice finish. It allows for my blush, contour and highlight to apply and blend easily. I don't contour and highlight often.

Beauty Blender

This is one of my newest tools and I love it.  You use it damp and this has been my favorite way to apply my foundation for years, even with my Sigma kabuki brushes. But with the Beauty Blender it is so much better.

Face brushes

Of course, a foundation routine requires a couple of face brushes. For my under powder, I try to use a very large eye brush or a small blush brush that is fluffy enough.

For my face powder, I prefer a very soft and large face brush. The powder application is light and diffused this way.

What is one product you swear by in your foundation routine?


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