Number 2: The Foundation
Now you have a lovely base to work with, the next step is your foundation. A BB or CC cream is a fantastic compromise for every day wear, but if, like my friend Claire, you are looking to apply a little more one day; whether you are a wedding guest or perhaps part of the bridal party, it’s important to pick a foundation which will a) stay on, and b) look great in photographs.
I would always advise using a carefully selected primer – one which is oil-free & not too shimmery. I use Laura Mercier Radiance Primer on my clients, or, ELF have a fantastic range of primers suitable for different skin types.
When abroad, a light foundation, with buildable coverage is your best friend. Tried & tested, with the ‘no budging’ seal of approval include Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, Dior Forever, and Kat Von D Tattoo Foundation.
What I will note is that many foundations are now fantastic, multi-purpose, all singing, all dancing formulas, which contain skincare ingredients. Great for everyday wear, yet, these can actually cause ‘Foundation Flashback’ particularly if they have a high dose of SPF in them. SPF contains titanium dioxide which, in front of a flash camera, can make you appear a little more washed out, or cause your skin to appear much whiter than it actually is. Not great for wedding photographs…
I use Kat Von D Tattoo Foundation & Graftobian HD foundation on my clients, as they contain no SPF or skincare ingredients, just highly pigmented colour. They are both buildable, lightweight, and can be thinned out using elixirs (the Kat Von D Elixir is superb). They also stay put! I buff them in using the Real Technique Face Expert brush.
Graftobian sell their HD Cream Foundation in palettes of 5 colours (pictured), which is a great way to ensure a fantastic colour match as you start catching the sun. You can literally go 4 shades darker & they are all in a plastic, lightweight palette, so you don’t have to worry about your luggage allowance taking a hit.
Now you’ve got your foundation sorted, you can start thinking about your eyes. Number 3 to follow…