It's been almost 8 months since I've started making videos on YouTube and about 7 months since I did a foundation routine.
Since then, I've become a more avid (or obsessed) collector and I've found what works for me and what doesn't - what techniques work, what foundations stay on, what primers are fantastic, what is the fastest with the best finish etc.
Because of that my foundation routine has changed SO much from when I originally posted my foundation routine (which can be seen here).
The products I use now are products that work for my skin type, tone and are a finish that work for me both on and off camera.
So, first, here are the products that I currently use everyday, and then after I will compare it to what I used to do and have a little explanation as to why/what changed. A review of these products are in the video above, so there won't be much of a review here, just an explanation as to why I am using them now.
Keep in mind that although I use a majority of these products everyday, it's rare that I use ALL of them together all the time. These are just the ones that I go to the most... there are other products in my collection I just don't use them and rely on them as much.
The routine in my video is the one I do when I have the time to do it... If I have less time, I'll normally just skip the Benefit products and concealer all together because I don't need that much coverage on a daily basis.
Current Face Products:
- Moisturizer (Clinique 3 step for Oily/Combination skin [type 3])
- Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer
- Mac Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment
- Benefit That Gal
- Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer, NC20 or Mac Studio Finish Concealer NC20
- Benefit Some Kind-a Gorgeous
- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free, "Sand"
- Mac Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation, NC25
- Nars Sheer Matte Foundation, "Punjab"
- Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, "Fiji" (currently not using that much, but will in the fall)
- Mac Studio Fix Powder, NC30
- Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
Foundation Brushes (I cycle through them)
- Mac 190
- Sigma SS190
- Louise Young LY02
- Sephora Professionel Foundation Brush
- Mac 130 (limited edition)
Again, yes, that is a lot of products, but no I don't use all of them together everyday. That's not practical, economically responsible and it wouldn't look good at all. It's too many products to cake on and it would just look bad :|
Here are the products I listed in my old video's description box:
- BareVitamins I.D. (primer)
- Mac Mineralize Satinfinish SPF Foundation, NW25
- Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer, NW20
- BareMinerals Foundation, Medium Beige, Fairly Light
- Mac 217
- BareEscentuals Full Flawless Face Brush
Now, obviously, I used to use way less products. And I do miss that. It's something I do miss because the more I put on my face the guiltier I feel.
The thing is, I have such oily skin that those products simply didn't suffice.
First off, though I do love my BareVitamins I.D., I no longer use it as a primer because my oily skin just didn't find any positives about using that as a primer. It didn't stick, and my foundation didn't stick. Now, I use my I.D. as a night cream after my 3 step and I ALWAYS wake up with happy, and healthy looking and feeling skin.
The next problem was the foundation I was using. Before I really realized what type of skin I had, and what type of foundation I needed, I went to the Mac counter at my Nordstrom and asked to be matched to a foundation. I went at night, and the lighting in that Nordstrom is dark and really... there was no way I could have been matched to a foundation accurately that night. I'm a little miffed that the lady there did sell me a foundation because although she swatched it onto my skin and removed any makeup prior to the swatching it was still dark, there wasn't very good lighting and now that I look back on it she didn't really ask me what my skin type was or anything.
I love the girls at that counter but still, a little miffed. Anyways, I didn't know very much about makeup when I got this first foundation and so I asked for a dewy finish and then she gave me the Mac Satinfinish in NW25.
The problems I had with this foundation were a)it was too pink for my skin, b) the finish didn't work for me at all because I have oily skin and c) the shimmer and mineral bits in the foundation photographed horribly and gave my skin an ultra oily shimmer look.
So after about 2 months of wearing this and finally realizing at the end of the 2 months what I looked like at the end of the day, I switched to Studio Fix Fluid, to a color that matched me perfectly (after learning what the Mac numbering meant via Pixiwoo) and it has been my favorite foundation ever since. I started using both Nars foundations to try out other brands but I still reach for my Mac because of the way it feels, looks and works for me.
Next was the BareMinerals.
I love Bare Minerals. I love the concept, it was the first makeup I really seriously used and when just applied as a light dusting to even out the skin tone, it works great. Especially the Matte formula. When my skin looks great, and I mean that once in 3 months no flaws for like... a day great, I pull out the BareMinerals and just do a light sweep of it to keep the oil under control and for the SPF.
Otherwise, I don't use it anymore to set my foundation because the minerals in that products photograph horribly as well.
The mineral bits in all of these products reflect the light in the flash of a camera and basically make your face look cakey and white compared to the skin that doesn't have any of the product. No flash, and you'll look fine, but when there's a flash, it's just bad news.
So, I switched to setting powders and face powders that weren't mineralized because of that. It's why I'm weary to try out the Mac MSF Naturals because I'm all "gross face photo" phobic. The normal MSF's photograph ok, but they also have pigmentation in them and I only use them as highlight/blush so that gross look doesn't happen.
Again, nowadays I don't really use concealer unless I have time and it's absolutely necessary. My dark circles aren't really existent anymore and no matter what concealer I use over breakouts, it just looks cakey and awful so unless I have red spots all over my face (with no texture) and that can't be covered by foundation (which rarely happens) I don't even bother with concealer anymore. I still use a blending brush for it though when I do use it, or I use my fingers.
I will probably reflect back again on the whole Face Routine thing in another 8 months, because I know I will again have learned much more and things inevitably change.
For now though, after this long post, this is it.
I hope everybody had a great 4th of July, and more blogs and videos will be up soon!