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?)
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 ;-; )
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.
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.