Beauty For Beginners Series: Foundations & BB Creams

Hi everyone, so here I am with part 2 of my Beginners Series and today I’ll be discussing Foundations and BB Creams. I feel like there isn’t nearly enough posts and once again I’m not trying to say that I’m a pro, but I hope you’ll find my information useful.

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Pictured above are my holy grail foundation products and my all time fave, the BB cream.

From left to right: Garnier BB Cream in the shade Medium (light coverage), Yardley London Foundation in the shade Natural (Full coverage but lightweight) and Black Opal cosmetics foundation in the shade Honey (full coverage, heavy).

 

There are various aspects to foundation such as the right shade, the amount of coverage, the feel on your skin, how long it lasts and most importantly how well it works for you. It can be really daunting using foundations and if not applied properly, it may look cakey (a term used when too much product is visible on the skin) and not blended properly, so your neck doesn’t match your face, which can be really embarrassing. Last night I posted my introduction to brushes and in this case I would recommend a foundation brush and a Beauty Blender or sponge.

Foundation:

There are 2 types of foundations: liquid and powder. Liquid foundation has grown considerably over time and has developed into products such as BB cream, tinted moisturizers, CC creams and so much more. Simply put, the difference between liquid and powder foundations is that the one is in the form of a compressed powder and the other comes in a liquid or cream. The cream versions are products like mousse or paste. You can use either or both, I personally like liquid foundations and prefer to set with a pressed powder.

Finding The Right Shade:

Oh how I wish I had known this before I went out buying make-up for the first time. You can’t judge the colour of foundation by looking at the bottle, you need to test it out. I prefer asking a cosmetics consultant to help me when choosing a foundation due to the fact that it is free of charge and you may ask them for advice such as the coverage you need, which products would suit your skin best etc.

Your Skin Type:

This is extremely important when dealing with foundations and the reason I prefer to speak to a consultant. If you have oily skin, you don’t want to use a shiny, illuminating foundation because that will make your skin more shiny. If you have really dry skin, you don’t want to use a matte foundation because that will make your skin appear more dry and in turn dry out your skin. If you struggle with acne, you should look into a foundation that contains blemish-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid.

Coverage:

Basically, coverage is how light or heavy your foundation is. The lighter your foundation, the less coverage it is likely to have for example a BB Cream. The heavier a foundation is, the more coverage it provides so for acne and skin problems you’d look for a foundation with excellent coverage whereas for everyday use and just brightening up the skin you’d use a lighter coverage. I prefer a medium coverage because I hate the feeling of product on my face especially for the whole day.Β  There are light, medium, and full coverage foundations. Tinted moisturizers, BB and CC Creams (light) foundations will provide a very light, natural look. Medium coverage will be slightly heavier to cover up blemishes and dark marks. Full coverage is usually thicker and hides basically everything. Foundations can also have different finishes like matte, illuminating, satin, and more. Matte finishes will finish without any shine. Illuminating provides a sort of shimmer effect that looks dewy. Satin provides a sheer finish for a healthy glow.

TIPS:

Prime your face with a primer, gel or moisturizer. This acts as a barrier between the skin and the foundation and gives the foundation something to hold on to.

Use a good brush, or your fingers to apply the foundation.

Blend well, I love using my Beauty Blender. More information can be found in my previous post.

Lastly: Set your foundation with either a setting spray or pressed powder.

Hope you enjoyed!

 

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 9 – January Beauty Favourites

Hello everyone! I am so happy to be writing again, I feel so proud that I haven’t missed a day of the 30 day blogging challenge and I am seeing a huge improvement in my blog. I’m feeling a little bit under the weather today because I found out that I am allergic to acai! I broke out in the worst skin rash after drinking a smoothie with acai in it.

All that aside I just wanted to put out there that someone left a petty comment on my blog saying that I’m illiterate because I don’t spell “favourite” properly. For those of you who don’t know, I live in South Africa and we do not use American English so most words commonly spelt with an “o” we add a “u” for example “neighbourhood, colour, favourite”. Just thought I’d put it out there for some of you who are confused.

MY JANUARY FAVES:

All photos are my own and were edited myself, I worked really hard on it and editing them. It took a lot of time to research how to take and edit my photos so I hope you enjoy.

Beauty Treats Prism Party Eye Shadow Palette:

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I received this palette from my mom for Christmas and I was a bit skeptical at first because I’ve used a lot of eye shadows but I haven’t found one I’m in love with. I really like the colour pay off this provided me with. I haven’t really had a chance to play with the brighter neon colours but I use the white in the corner of my eyes to give me the “more awake” effect. I’m really impressed.

Charlie 8 Pan Eyeshadow – Neutrals

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Another Christmas gift I have been absolutely loving at the moment would definitely be this neutrals palette from Charlie. I love their Rocking Curls Mascara as well but it’s really been through the ringer and didn’t look good at all on camera. Colour pay off is really important to me when I purchase shadows as I’ve mentioned before and this one doesn’t disappoint.

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Garnier BB Cream In Medium:

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This is something I’ve tried out of curiosity and then fell in love with it. I’ve been using it for about a year already due to the fact that I don’t like heavy foundations. I have sensitive skin and don’t like to put too much product on my face so this is great for everyday use. Love how lightweight it is because I can’t even feel it on my face, it evens out my face and moisturizes at the same time. Love, love, love it!

 

Yardley London 16 Hour Airbrush Foundation – Natural:

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For the days when I feel like going out and need more coverage than usual I opt for the Yardley London foundation. I had to be colour matched in the store because for the life of me I just can’t pick out foundations myself. I felt like this shade works best for me and it’s not as heavy as most foundations are. This has to be my favourite foundation by far.

Labello Lip Butter – Blueberry Blush:

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I suffer from dry lips, especially when I’m sick or in winter. Most of the time I feel like chapsticks tend to make it worse but after trying the Labello lip butter I am completely blown out of the water. I love wearing this underneath my lip products so that it doesn’t dry my lips out and I love keeping this in my handbag for when I’m on the go and feel a little dry. Not only is it inexpensive but it really does work.

 

Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil in 02 – Brown:

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I’ve never really been on the eyebrow wagon but I’ve decided to give it ago. Due to the fact that my hair is dark I thought black would look the most natural but it didn’t and actually made my eyebrows look weird but I didn’t experience this problem with brown. I love the brush it comes with because the bristles are dense and tame my wild brows.

What’s your fave January product?

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