Saturday, May 21, 2016
No Foundation Redux #1: Test Phase
As mentioned in my recent post that explained how I have been hating on my face a lot, I think a No Foundation challenge do-over is in order. This is especially timely for me because I managed to jack up my skin's moisture barrier something fierce, so my skin has been quite sensitive, red, and splotchy. What better time to forgo foundation and avoid testing too much new stuff?
I decided to start with just a few products to get a feel for how a no foundation look will read on me right now. I quickly realized that just spot concealing and putting on eyebrow pencil already makes me look and feel a dozen times better, probably because the parts of my face that frustrate me the most are "fixed." I think I'll feel even better with blush, to be honest, but I just used highlighter today because the lower parts of my cheeks is still extremely sensitive.
Here's what I used on my face today. Now, I know the three base products are very suspicious, but let me explain: I only used the D&G powder foundation on my nose, because my nose and my eyelids get oily while the rest of me is Sahara dry, and this powder provides sheer coverage without caking. I mixed a few drops of the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer because NARS Chantilly is my "true" shade match...but without foundation, my face is two to three shades darker than my neck and chest. So I needed something to sheer out and darken the concealer. I applied the mixture to part of my chin, under my eyes, and on a blemish near my eyebrows. Honestly, it wasn't entirely successful; take a look at the FOTD picture and you'll see that my chin looks unnaturally smooth compared to the rest of my face. I think this is the concealer's coverage and the tint's blurring properties working together.
In other words, if you have a recommendation for an under-$20, relatively fair and neutral, very skin like, kind to dry skin concealer I can use for no foundation days, leave it in the comments! (I'm thinking MAC Select Cover, but I don't recall it having a very neutral shade range, and Maybelline Fit Me was too dark.)
The other stuff is the basics. I went for the Hard Candy Cherry Blossom lipstick because I figured it would brighten up my blush-less face without highlighting my surface redness. The Colorpop brow pencil is a cheap, quick, and easy addition to this look. And I'm currently testing out the Tarte mascara and the Makeup Revolution highlighter.
Overall, this look would cost $154, assuming I was using the full-sized mascara. A little over a third of that price is the D&G powder, and I could easily lop off another $25 or so if I found that ideal "no foundation" concealer.