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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.