A base to help you face any­thing

Most days, all you need is light foun­da­tion. Some days call for heavy ar­tillery just to keep your head to­gether

The Irish Times Magazine - - BEAUTY - LAURA KENNEDY

Though I’m not an ad­vo­cate of wear­ing a heavy base every day – I pre­fer a light foun­da­tion with what you might call a “load­bear­ing con­cealer” ( some days it’s the only thing hold­ing up your en­tire head – see new moth­ers, morn­ings after and gen­eral bad patches in skin and life). Oc­ca­sion­ally, though, for fun, a change or ne­ces­sity, I’ll switch it up and opt for the heavy stuff. There are the Dou­ble Wears and the Der­mablends of the world to turn to, and both are ex­cel­lent. But if you’re in the mar­ket for some­thing with a fin­ish that looks au­then­ti­cally like skin when ap­plied gen­er­ously, look no fur­ther.

Mac Pro Long­wear Nour­ish­ing Water­poof Foun­da­tion (¤ 36.50): This is man­nequin skin in a tube. Rather than the dry­ing feel of tra­di­tional long- wear bases, this has a dewy, smooth­ing fin­ish that doesn’t set­tle into skin. I find it is best ap­plied with a damp sponge.

Clin­ique Be­yond Per­fect­ing Foun­da­tion and Con­cealer (¤ 34): Not for the faint of heart, this is ba­si­cally a very large bot­tle of ex­cel­lent con­cealer. Tap it in with fin­gers for a to­tal cov­er­age, or buff it for a high- cov­er­age foun­da­tion ef­fect.

Tom Ford Wa­ter­proof Foun­da­tion (¤ 77): If you can get over the price, you will have your­self a sump­tu­ous foun­da­tion for flaw­less skin. It lasts beau­ti­fully, doesn’t move, but also doesn’t sit awk­wardly or look like you’ve ap­plied a lot. A lit­tle goes a long way – I like this best buffed in fu­ri­ously with a fluffy brush.

The Or­di­nary The Cov­er­age Foun­da­tion SPF15 (£ 5.90 from

the­o­r­di­nary. com): This foun­da­tion, be­ing af­ford­able and ab­so­lutely ex­cel­lent, has taken the beauty in­dus­try by storm. It can be dif­fi­cult to get hold of due to de­mand, but you can keep up to date on The Or­di­nary’s web­site. It is highly pig­mented and ap­plies beau­ti­fully.

Char­lotte Til­bury Magic Foun­da­tion (¤ 40): It seems im­pos­si­ble to wear this foun­da­tion with­out some­one com­pli­ment­ing your skin. The cov­er­age is high and the tex­ture lovely. Again, mois­turise well as it can sit in dry patches. I like this best when ap­plied with a buff­ing brush.

Chanel Le Teint Ul­tra Tenue Ul­trawear Flaw­less Foun­da­tion (¤ 50): I have used this foun­da­tion on more than one bride, and it is in­com­pa­ra­ble. A soft, semi- matte fin­ish with­out a hint of dull­ness, it just looks like per­fect skin and photographs dream­ily.

Max Fac­tor Face Fin­ity All Day Flaw­less 3 in 1 Foun­da­tion (¤ 16.99): Best for younger skin, this has a last­ing matte fin­ish and se­ri­ous cov­er­age. It has con­ve­nient oil- ab­sorb­ing prop­er­ties, and makes for an ideal evening foun­da­tion.

Kat Von D Lock- It Liq­uid Foun­da­tion (¤ 34.50): Oilier skins will love this foun­da­tion, which sets in a veil over the skin. I’ve known it to set­tle a lit­tle in dryer patches, so mois­turise thor­oughly. How­ever, the cov­er­age is per­fec­tion and the shade range vast and in­clu­sive.

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