Foun­da­tion

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - BEAUTY & FITNESS - Paddy McGur­gan is one of NI’s best-known beauty ex­perts and over the com­ing weeks he will tell you all you need to know about the lat­est make-up tech­niques

The is­sues when ap­ply­ing foun­da­tion to dry skin are mul­ti­ple, from a caked fin­ish and ex­ac­er­bat­ing flak­ing skin to em­pha­sis­ing patches of dry­ness and fine lines. Add to this put­ting on the wrong foun­da­tion, and you can end up mak­ing things look a whole lot worse. The re­sult is you feel self-con­scious while out and about.

Whether it’s all-day, long-last­ing make-up for the of­fice or a dra­matic look for a spe­cial night out, the best ad­vice is the same. For the per­fect can­vas, choose the prod­ucts that will en­hance and per­fect the skin’s nat­u­ral beauty.

I’m not, nor do I want you, to be un­der the il­lu­sion that there is a one-size-fits-all foun­da­tion or that it is the com­plete so­lu­tion to dry skin.

It is al­ways best prac­tice to keep to a reg­u­lar hy­drat­ing skin­care regime; build­ing up your base with ei­ther a mois­tur­is­ing or il­lu­mi­nat­ing primer and a medium-full cov­er­age con­cealer. Nonethe­less, choos­ing the right foun­da­tion is an im­por­tant as­pect of your make-up and beauty rou­tine. Here are my tried and tested favourites for dry skin that will aid the ap­pear­ance of flaky skin or fine lines and wrin­kles.

Il­la­masqua Skin Base, £33, Make up Pro Store, Belfast, Newry, Lon­don­derry

This is al­ways in my kit, and for some­one with dry skin it sits so beau­ti­fully. The gel-based foun­da­tion, which con­tains vi­ta­mins E and A, al­lows your skin to ac­tu­ally look like the real McCoy rather than mask­like. Ex­pect build­able, ver­sa­tile cov­er­age that makes the com­plex­ion look fresh and dewy. Skin Base Foun­da­tion comes in a va­ri­ety of shades, so you are sure to find the per­fect match to blend in with your unique tone.

Elf Beau­ti­fully Bare Foun­da­tion Serum, £9, Su­per­drug

A light­weight and easy-to-blend serum for­mu­la­tion that min­imises the ap­pear­ance of pores and fine lines. This foun­da­tion pro­vides light to medium cov­er­age and broad spec­trum SPF 25 pro­tec­tion too. En­joy health­ier skin af­ter each use with the nour­ish­ing ben­e­fits of goji berry, pome­gran­ate oil, grape seed oil and vi­ta­mins A, C and E. It’s su­per-hy­drat­ing on the skin, adding a dewy ap­pear­ance. A skin saviour for any­one who suf­fers from a dull, tired visage.

Fresh Nude Foun­da­tion, £15, The Body Shop

En­riched with English rose wa­ter and aloe vera, this hy­drat­ing foun­da­tion for­mula leaves skin feel­ing beau­ti­fully fresh and com­fort­able all day. It’s also packed with SPF 15 to help pro­tect your skin from the dam­ag­ing rays of the sun. With a semi-matte fin­ish, Fresh Nude can be ap­plied ef­fort­lessly. It’s a must for those who love light­weight,

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