MY SKINCARE & FOUNDATION ROUTINE

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The past couple of months I have embarked on a bit of a skin-care/foundation journey. All in the name of finding what works best for my face - brace yourself, it's a bit of a saga. 

For some background: I have dry skin, especially in the winter. A few oily patches may surface here and there, but I wouldn't ever classify my skin as combination.

Last summer when I ran out of my usual Mac Studio Sculpt foundation I stumbled across Mac's newest foundation formula: the Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation. I was intrigued! Never before having come across a long-wearing foundation for dry skin, I was eager to give it a go. I so badly wanted to love it, but I just couldn't. It clung to my dry patches, emphasized any mascara fallout, and generally didn't make my face look great. I went back to Studio Sculpt.

Now, I love the formula of Studio Sculpt. It's creamy, the coverage is great, and feels amazing on my dry skin. It requires minimal prep and blends beautifully. The only problem: it. does. not. last.
I ride my bike to work everyday and thus spend a lot of time outside exposed to the elements. I found that by the middle of the day, most of my foundation was worn off. Very annoying.

A couple of months ago when I once again needed to replenish my foundation, I decided to give the Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation another try. This time I was determined to make it work.

To do this, I needed to revisit my skincare routine to get to the root of the issue: dryness. I'll spare you the details and get right to what I discovered that works for me.

Skin Care

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

This stuff is amazing! I use it every night to remove my makeup and it just magnetizes all the yuck off my skin, leaving it feeling fresh and clean. It's not drying, either, like some makeup removers, so my skin doesn't feel tight after using it. 

Lush's Angels on Bare Skin

This has been my holy grail cleanser/exfoliator for many-a-year and I don't see myself jumping ship anytime soon. It's gentle enough to use everyday and for someone with dry skin, it's perfect for polishing away all the little flakes that build up. I use this every morning in the shower. 

Bio Oil

This is a newcomer to my skincare routine and I was a bit skeptical at first. I battled with acne all throughout high school so any mention of putting oil on my face freaks me out a bit - I never want to risk clogging my pores. My love affair with facial oil started when my friend gave me a sample of Liz Earle's Superskin Facial Oil. That stuff is liquid gold, I tell you! It smells divine and left my skin feeling rejuvenated. It was a sad day when my little sample ran out and I was forced to find a more cost-effective alternative. Enter: Bio Oil. It doesn't smell quite as nice as the Liz Earle oil but it doesn't the trick. I use it sparingly on areas of my skin that need a bit of extra love (above my lips, my cheeks, under-eyes, and between my brows). I use it a couple times a week at night if I'm noticing a lot of dryness, and every morning underneath my moisturizer. 

Lush's Celestial Face Cream

This is another product I have been using for a long time and I adore it. It's absolutely heavenly (pun definitely intended) and I would definitely recommend it if you have dry skin and are looking for a natural alternative to pharmacy skin creams. I use this every morning, without fail. 

Now, onto foundation application...

Foundation

This foundation retails for about £25 and I wear it in the shade NW15 (a.k.a the palest there is). It's a medium-full buildable coverage. If you're unsure about the product but want to try it, I would recommend visiting your nearest Mac counter, getting colour-matched and asking for a sample. The sample lasts for about a week and will give you a good idea of whether or not it will work for you. 

Skin prep

After exfoliating in the shower, I pat my face dry and apply a very small amount of Bio Oil to my upper lip, cheeks, under-eyes, between my brows, and sometimes over my nose - pretty much wherever I notice flaking or visible dry-patches. I top that with moisturizer all over my face.
I let that soak in for a few minutes while I brush my teeth or put in my contacts. 
Then comes primer. I have found that this foundation works best on my skin with a primer. My favourite at the moment is Hard Candy Colour Correcting Primer, which unfortunately can't be purchased in the UK. I recently tried the Max-Factor primer, but found it to be too sticky and not smooth enough. I think a silicone-based primer (anything 'bluring' or 'pore-minimizing) works best with this foundation. 

Application

To apply, I dispense a small amount of the product onto the back of my hand or into a separate container - it's quite a thin liquid consistency. I then use a Mac 190 foundation brush to apply a thin layer all over my face. I go back in with a Mac 100 brush to buff it all in and build the coverage over my cheeks, under my eyes, and over any blemishes. Because this foundation sets, I don't put any powder over top. 
Once I'm done, I'm set for the whole day. This makeup won't move until I take it off.

Below are some photos of my skin prepped with oil and moisturizer and my skin with the foundation applied exactly as I outlined above. I also filled in my brows and put on a couple coats of mascara - other than that, I'm not wearing any other makeup.

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Phew! That was a bit long-winded! (Perhaps that was me trying to make up for going two weeks without posting!).

Let me know if you have any questions and I'd be happy to answer them as best I can!

Much love!



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