foun­da­tion Q&A

OUR SKIN HAS DIF­FER­ENT DE­MANDS, CHAL­LENGES AND CON­CERNS, WHICH MAKE OUR CHOICE OF FOUN­DA­TION A VERY PER­SONAL ONE. MARIE CLAIRE’S BEAUTY EDI­TOR, MATHAHLE STOFILE, AN­SWERS SOME OF YOUR MOST PRESS­ING QUES­TIONS ON FIND­ING THE RIGHT FOUN­DA­TION FOR YOU

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BEAUTY SPECIAL -

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Q: I am in my early fifties, with drier skin than ever be­fore. As a re­sult, my lines and wrin­kles are ob­vi­ous, mak­ing it tricky to find a foun­da­tion that doesn’t ac­cen­tu­ate the creases. Is there a par­tic­u­lar con­sis­tency I should use? Per­haps an ap­pli­ca­tion method I could learn?

A: Firstly, choose a liq­uid, cream or min­eral for­mula, as pow­ders and matt con­sis­ten­cies make lines more vis­i­ble. Sec­ondly, al­ways ap­ply an eye cream and a primer be­fore your foun­da­tion to prep the skin and fill the lines a lit­tle. Lastly, use a qual­ity foun­da­tion brush to make sure the prod­uct is evenly ap­plied and blended for a flaw­less fin­ish.

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Q: I have un­even skin tone. Can I get away with ap­ply­ing foun­da­tion only on the needed parts and not all over my face to achieve a nat­u­ral fin­ish?

A: You don’t have to wear your foun­da­tion as a mask. Use a foun­da­tion brush to ap­ply cov­er­age just where it’s re­quired and then blend. Hav­ing said that, the best so­lu­tion would be to treat pig­men­ta­tion by us­ing a daily serum to ad­dress the prob­lem long-term. We are par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with Elemis Ad­vanced Bright­en­ing Even tone Serum (R1 275). Clin­ique’s Even Bet­ter Foun­da­tion (R375) acts as both a cov­er­age and pig­men­ta­tion treat­ment.

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Q: I have quite a dark com­plex­ion and of­ten find that many brands have the cor­rect-look­ing shade for my skin, but as soon as I ap­ply it I find that the un­der­tone is not the right match. Help!

A: This is a prob­lem be­cause many foun­da­tions are not tested on South African skin tones. We’ve found that Black Up al­ways de­liv­ers when it comes to darker shades – they of­fer a wide range with dif­fer­ent un­der­tones that suit var­i­ous com­plex­ions. Ask for a sam­ple at the counter to try at home over a few days and al­ways test your foun­da­tion in dif­fer­ent light­ing con­di­tions.

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Q: I love BB creams, es­pe­cially in sum­mer when I don’t want to wear too much cov­er­age. Un­for­tu­nately, I do re­quire more cover-up as I don’t have the health­i­est-look­ing skin. Is there a foun­da­tion you can rec­om­mend that is as light­weight as a BB cream but pro­vides more cov­er­age?

A: We know what you mean! We have found that El­iz­a­beth Ar­den’s Flaw­less Fin­ish Per­fectly Nude Make-up SPF 15 (R345) is so light it feels like sec­ond skin.You can build it up as much as you de­sire, so how much cov­er­age you get to­tally de­pends on you. The range also of­fers a great se­lec­tion of shades.

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Q: I have oily skin. Does this mean I should stick to pow­der foun­da­tion rather than cream or liq­uid?

A: Not nec­es­sar­ily. It is good to get your oil un­der con­trol but you don’t want your skin to ap­pear flat by go­ing over­board with a matt look. If you en­joy a liq­uid con­sis­tency then there are def­i­nitely op­tions for you out there. We love Estée Lauder’s In­vis­i­ble Fluid Makeup (R435) with its ‘see no make-up, feel no make-up’ prom­ise. If pow­der works best for your skin’s oil con­trol, Clin­ique’s won­der­fully smooth-tex­tured Clar­i­fy­ing Pow­der Makeup (R350) comes in a com­pact and is bril­liant for oily, acne-prone skin.

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