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Foundation Masterclass Part 2 – choosing a type Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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A little late, but better late than never.. Part 2 of the Foundation Masterclass is all about choosing your type of base.
There are a lot of ‘sub types’ to choose from, but I’m grouping them into the general categories of:
Liquid; Stick; Powder; Cream and Mousse.

Liquid Foundationis one of the most common, and also the most versatile. This is partly due to the fact that formulations have become a lot more advanced and so there are so many types on the market – for dry skin, oily skin, ageing skin, tired skin… You can get anti-ageing versions, ones with light reflecting pigments, those that promise to mattify oily skin, or moisturise dry. It is also relatively easy to apply and comes in many different coverage types. As such it’s probably the best bet for most people. (more…)

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Foundation Masterclass Part 1 – choosing your coverage Sunday, June 1, 2008

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Foundation, base, whatever you want to call it, as the name suggests this is the building block upon which the rest of your makeup look relies. No matter how good your skin, if you want to create a really good look you should always use a building block of some kind to start on, but there are so many products around, where on earth do you start?

First things first – type of base. The key thing to decide first is the type of coverage you want. If you have good skin that just needs a bit of evening out in terms of tone, look for something with words such as ‘sheer’ or ‘light coverage’, or something like a tinted moisturiser. My personal favourite it Benefit Cosmetic’s Some Kind-A Gorgeous. It now comes in two shades – original and deep – and blends to match your skintone. Very fair skins or darker skins will probably find you may sit outside its colour boundaries (unfortunately Benefit has quite a limited range when it comes to darker skins in particular) but for most caucasian skin types and olive tones, this product is fab. It gives your skin a beautiful ‘finished’ look but is very lightweight and easy to use, and when finished with a bit of translucent powder it lasts well too. Other favoured high-street brands are Collection 2000 Sheer Coverage, Natural Collection Tinted Moisturiser.
If you want more coverage and something longer lasting, for example

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Look of the Day: Cupcake Princess Friday, May 9, 2008

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Spring/summer catwalks were filled with brightly coloured make-up looks. My personal favourite collection was John Galliano’s, with a variety of looks I like to call ‘Marie Antoinette meets Miss Haversham’. (Check out the looks on Style.com – http://www.style.com/fashionshows/collections/S2008RTW/detail/thumb/JNGALLNO )

In honour of Galliano’s collection I have created the Cupcake Princess look.

Cupcake Princess

A bit theatrical for everyday wear perhaps 🙂 but it could be easily toned down for both daytime and a night out, especially with the wig out of the equation…! Here’s how to get the look:

*I try to mention a selection of products that are available in both the US and the UK so you can always find an alternative to use. Although a UK resident myself I do buy a lot of cosmetics from the US – check out my links to see where I shop*

The key to the look is a flawless, pale face. Skin was thoroughly cleansed and moisturised beforehand and the moisturiser allowed to sink in for 15 minutes before any more makeup was applied. I used MEMEME Perfecting Base Primer which has a slight iridescence to it, but there are loads on the market. Particularly oily
skin or skin with enlarged pores might want to try Benefit’s Dr Feelgood or Pure Luxe Cometics’ Eraser. If you already have great skin, a moisturiser with a slight shimmer like Superdrug’s Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream or Oil Of Olay have several whose names don’t spring to mind right now! (more…)