Mineral Foundation : 7 Tips for a Flawless, Long-Lasting Finish
A complaint we hear our new client’s mention on a daily basis is that their mineral foundation doesn’t last all day. It becomes patchy and starts to slip off the face. How we prepare our skin plays a huge part in how our make up sits and lasts. Follow these steps for a flawless finish that lasts all day long!
Step 1: Cleansing
Overnight our skin rejuvenates, produces oil and kicks off old dead skin cells. It is very important we cleanse the off the skin in the am to remove excess oil and debris that could interfere with the foundation.
I would recommend Image Skincare Max Stem Cell Cleanser:http://www.mediskin.ie/product/max-stem-cell-cleanser/
Step 2: Exfoliation.
Using something with enzymes or AHA’s will buff off dead skin cells on the surface that cause dry patches. Make up will sit in these dry patches and cause an uneven finish. I recommend exfoliation 2.-3 times per week.
I recommend Image Skincare’s Vital C Enzyme Masque: http://www.mediskin.ie/product/vital-c-hydrating-enzyme-masque/
Step 3: Hydration Serum.
Hyaluronic Acid is naturally produced in the skin, but unfortunately as we age our levels of Hyaluronic starts to drop. This leads to dehydration in the skin. Using a serum containing hyaluronic acid underneath your moisturiser will improve hydration and the lifetime of your foundation.
I recommend Medik8’s Hydr8 B5:
Step 4: Moisturiser with SPF.
A good base is vital to the finished look. I love a matte moisturiser under my foundation and will always use one with an spf of 15 or 30. I find my mineral foundation sits best over a matte base, it also helps to absorb excess oil throughout the day.
My recommendation is Image Skincare’s Matte SPF 32:
Step 5: Primer
I have only recently started using a primer, and I have to say it has made a huge difference to the finished mineral makeup look. It evens out the skin texture and provides a smooth finish. Mine has anti-aging benefits. A primer helps to prevent trans-epidermal water loss. It also soothes, brightens and nourishes skin while minimizing the appearance of pores and visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
I recommend Jane Iredale’s Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener:
Step 6: Full Coverage Foundation.
How you apply your mineral foundation and concealer will affect how long it will last. Always start with a thin layer of foundation on your brush, then build up more coverage if needed. A thick layer of foundation is more prone to sliding off throughout the day because it just can’t adhere as well to the skin.
For your concealer, start out with a small amount and build it up to get the coverage you want. Always pat the concealer in place with your fingers. Do not use a back-and-forth or rubbing motion, as that basically just wipes the concealer away as soon as you apply it. This will leave you with uneven coverage. Whether you apply the concealer first before your mineral foundation or after is a personal preference. I recommend you play around to see what works best for you.
I love Jane Iredale’s BB Full Coverage Foundation in shade 7:
Step 6: Pressed Powder.
Lastly and most importantly, set with powder. No matter what brand of concealer you apply, your makeup will last longer with powder over it. I don’t recommend a thick layer of powder as this can emphasise fine lines, just a soft application brushed on all over. You can apply a bit extra over oil-prone areas.
I recommend Jane Iredale’s Pressed base, latte is my colour:
Step 7: A setting, hydration spray.
I set my foundation every day with a facial spritz. The one I use contains Pomegranate Extract, a powerful antioxidant and UV protector also known to help protect against skin cancer. It hydrates, conditions and protects all skin types. You use it to set the bases and help to conceal pores and fine lines. Can you spritz it on throughout the day for added hydration too? Of course!
I recommend Jane Iredale’s Pommist Spray: