PSA: Sheer Your Foundation!!


Oh foundation. Such an vital step in evening out skintone and serving as a base for other makeup to make us look ~naturally gorgeous~.

Unfortunately, foundation is also one of those steps where it's so, so incredibly easy to mess up. Too much, and you'll be sent to Madame Tussauds' (or Barbie's Dollhouse), and too little will....wait, who puts on less than they think they need? But actually, a lot of people put on more foundation than they need! And often, as a result, it's very noticeable and ends up looking like what people refer to as a 'cake-face'. (Not that there's anything wrong with that if it's deliberate, in my opinion)

Struggling to find natural-looking coverage during my first few years of acne was my main concern, and in the early years, I would slather a thick layer of foundation all over my face, despite only having a few blemishes. Crazy once you look back, ain't it?

(CAN WE JUST TAKE A FEW MINUTES OF SILENCE TO CRINGE AT MY HAIR, FOUNDATION MATCH, FOUNDATION FLASHBACK, AND BASICALLY EVERYTHING UGH AWKWARD TEENAGE YEARS, MAN)

Earlier this year, I decided to mix my Revlon Colorstay and Maybelline BB cream, and you know what? Natural-looking coverage for acne hyperpigmentation solved. (I also did I post on that here, but who reads my older posts, right?)

Here's how:

1. Mix together a full coverage foundation and moisturizer/BB cream. If you're feeling fancy, throw in your primer and illuminator into this cocktail.


2. With a foundation/buffing brush, buff the mix onto areas you need evened out

3. For extra coverage, stipple the mix onto areas of redness, such as areas of acne hyperpigmentation.

4. Set with powder. (Or don't, depending on your own routine and skin type/needs)

Alternatively, if you've got relatively good skin, just skip everything and head straight to concealer and spot-concealing.

Incredibly easy, and easier to control the amount of coverage you need for different areas compared to using a full coverage foundation alone. (E.g. It wouldn't make sense to slap on full coverage on a patch lightened hyperpigmentation, right?) (WELL, IT'S LOGIC, BUT OBVIOUSLY WITH GR.11 VANESSA, IT WASN'T, OK ;-; )
________________________________________________________________

Alright, you may be like, "ALL TALK, NO ACTION. I WANT ME SOME COMPARISON CHARTS."
Or even:

To that I say "RUUUUDDE." (But Happy Endings anyone?)

But you know, it wouldn't be my post without a comparison of sorts.  (Grossness ahead, proceed with caution)


Sheered out foundation gets the basic coverage down, and from a distance, people will pretty much think you have good skin. One very, very thin layer of foundation was used here, and of course, it offers slightly more coverage than sheered out.

You'll barely notice a difference between sheered out foundation and one layer of foundation in an overall view, but there are minor colour differences that make the sheered out coverage more true to your natural skintone.


Oh, how I love thee, Photoshop, and your eyedropper tool. 

Basically, those weird colour circles you see are colours I retrieved via the Photoshop eyedropper tool (colour sampler/matches a specific colour), and as you can see, my bare skin contains warm yellow undertones, but with Revlon Colorstay on, my face becomes a lot cooler (red/pink-toned).

Sheering out the foundation has kept my natural skin undertone, resulting in a more natural coverage for my acne hyperpigmentation. Of course, you could buy a foundation to suit your undertones, but it's easy to over apply and end up with heavier coverage than expected. Sheering out foundations gives more control over your coverage, building it up slowly and only in areas where you need it the most, while other areas get perfected with a light cover. Plus, you get a double duty product--it'll be a tinted moisturizer, and if you mix it with BB cream, you'll get sun protection and all the other benefits the BB cream offers. 
_____________________________________________________________________

So yeah, MIX THEM UP. PLAY WITH COMBINATIONS. (I've also realised I got super serious in this post...writing and face-wise)


Also, I've been a bit slow at posting these days because UHM, UNIVERSITY. I GOT TIRED AND PROCEEDED TO HAVE AN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS AFTER ONE CLASS; TOTALLY NOT CUT OUT FOR ACADEMIA.


OMFG, DO YOUR FRIENDS EVER JUST OMFG :'D

More gifs to describe school...'Happy Endings' edition.





Ok I'm going to go now because I turned this post into a I-hate-school post, so yeah. 

30 comments

  1. I swear I was just thinking about this today! Looked in the mirror and whoa - think I'm caking my face up. ;n; But thank you thank you thank you for this! I've got some different BB creams/CC creams I'd love to mix up with my foundation, so yay for sheerness!

    And... uni. My first day back is tomorrow... NOOOO.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ~maybe I'm a mind reader~

      UGH, first week is fun because it's an excuse to not do work, but second week is e x h a u s t i n g, man

      Delete
  2. Every time I put on foundation, I'm always always paranoid that my face looks too cakey or the colour doesn't match!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I usually like to mix foundation with moisturizer to sheer it out. This post reminds me that I should try out that trick again with my Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Foundation that always goes on cakey when applied x

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

    ReplyDelete
  4. You look like such a baby in that first photo Vanessa! Not that you're such an old lady now ;p I had pretty much that same haircut when I was a teenage as well XD I definitely don't miss the days when acne plagued my skin and I think I was more apt to just use a ton of concealer back then. I don't use foundation anymore but if I did I'd be into a sheer finish cause i can't stand the feel of it. I'm just glad BB cream is way more weightless.

    I did list toasted sesame seeds as an optional ingredient in my recip. I just tend not to use them because they always get caught in my teeth O_o

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. WHOOPS I GUESS I MISSED THAT PART OF THE POST o_o''

      Nah, I'm pretty much a honorary member of the seniorhood club XD
      Yeah, I never knew what people meant when they say they can feel 'foundation' on the skin, but now I do! BB is fabbity fab.

      Delete
  5. Nice post! I think I shall hop on the bb cream bandwagon now! *runs to store
    Hehe the pictures from your tv shows make me laugh :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. hahahahaaha the gifs you add girl XD
    Goodluck with your fourth year <3 I'm just about to start my first *gulp* (perhaps a little -what to do i your first year of uni post- when you have the time ;D or you could just tweet me the main NO-NOs)

    This post was so informative! I agree it was hard to see the difference between the one layer of foundation and the sheered out, but with the shots slightly zoomed out and with the help of photoshop you could really see the difference in tones - awesome tips!
    The Blushing Giraffe | The Bloglovin'

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. RITE?
      I read your comment in class today and then I zoned out as to what I would write for a university post L O L...SO YEAH

      Hehe, thank you!

      Delete
  7. hahaha Love this post so much! I'm not ready to sheer out my foundation just yet as I suffer from really bad acne scarring, but good for you for making this post! I hate it when people who don't need it cake on layer after layer of foundation! Your skin looks lovely already. xx

    http://ferdies-place.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ack, my skin is far from lovely, haha! GOOD LIGHTING + A TOUCH OF PHOTOSHOP = I'M A LIAR XD

      Thank you!

      Delete
  8. Ugh, I hate school too, so I can totally relate.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to make sure makeup doesn't cake? I'm having that problem right now :(

    -Lillian Mascaradise

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. UGH, I DON'T UNFORTUNATELY. And concealer is the worst at caking up too

      The closest I've gotten to looking ~really natural~ was having my natural oils slowly break down the makeup on my face, and continuously blotting through the day.

      Idk, I just prefer the look of -end-of-day makeup vs. freshly applied makeup

      But surprisingly, I've gotten really nice results using setting powder on targeted areas (I say surprisingly because I used to not use powder, idk)

      Delete
  9. congrats on being in fourth year! huzzah
    and i'm still struggling to find a good foundation color match and just a good foundation in general. trying them all is such a major pain and its got to keep the oilies away. seemed to have settled for the urban decay naked.
    jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. NO CONGRATS, I HATE IT. LIKE HOW DID I END UP IN FORTH YEAR ALREADY THIS IS BULL...

      Yeah I know dat feel :(
      I've gotten so lazy with foundations that I don't even bother with them anymore. I just slap on concealer and go

      I like UD's Naked! Esp. the finish

      Delete
  10. School totally sucks for realsies! I don't know if I can last much longer -.- I so totally need to try out the whole foundation + moisturizer method for my base makeup. I'm not really sure why but I just have never done so... I'm sure it'll save more time that is the best part. Always looking forward to reading your posts ^_^
    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. UGH, BARELY DONE ONE MONTH OF SCHOOL AND I QUIT LIFE ;-;
      School stress is hard, yo :(

      Thank you! ಠᴗಠ

      Delete
  11. Awesome post. I actually use the same products as you so I may try it out. I do have strong hyperpigmentation though so it may not work the same for me but definitely worth trying out. Looking forward to future posts :)

    Debra Bros Blog

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you!
      Definitely do try it out! If it doesn't completely cover, there's always spot concealing :D

      Delete
  12. I'm going to try this with my Studio Fix Fluid... it can totally make me look like cake face if I'm not careful!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hope it works out!

      I find a lot of medium-full coverage foundations go cake-y on people (or maybe it's just me), so sheering is always a good option :)

      Delete
  13. Hey! I've nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award :-) it's another way to gain attention to blog which have less than 200 followers. I like reading your blog and i've just bought that BB cream too! If you want to find out more then go to my blog: xsundaygirl.blogspot.com and follow the instructions! Let me know if you do a blog post about it! Also I am now your newest follower! Xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for the nomination (and follow)!!
      I will head over and check it out!

      Delete
  14. Revlon foundations are too cool toned :( I'll try sheering it out with a bb cream (just not my covergirl one, that one is pinkish too). AND OMG YOU HAVE A TWITTER !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. UGH RITE???
      I think it kinda helps if the BB is a bit warmer toned (I mean, they have a slight tint, but...)

      YEAH, it just reduces/sheers out the amount of cool tones in the foundation :(

      Delete
  15. I started adding an Aveeno moisturizer to MAC Studio Fix Fluid and it CHANGED MY LIFE!!! This was the best idea ever! Thanks for your post! My foundation looks about 1000 times better since sheering it out. SFF can look soooooo cakey if you add too much or if your skin has a lot of texture. Buy adding the moisturizer it has a mousse like consistency, which I LOVE!

    Total game changer, and I officially love you. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HUZZAH!!
      SHEERING FOUNDATION DOES MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER :D

      I'm just glad someone actually tried this out! Thankyouthankyou!

      Delete
  16. I love mixing foundations, Glad to know we aren't the only ones! My favorite mix is with Revlon's Nearly Naked foundation and a bit of Kat Von D's foundation , perf!
    xx

    www.beautearose.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete