Face

Powder Foundation Reviews.

Hello pretties. 🙂

So today I am going to review all the powder foundations I own which is basically all I use foundation wise. I find that powder foundation tends to be more long wearing, doesn’t come off unevenly and doesn’t enlarge the look pores of pores like liquids do, though everyone’s skin is different. I also have quite oily skin so most liquids tend to create too much shine and make me break out. Though I do love the lovely, glowy finish that some liquid foundations have and the feel of putting them on. Anyway here are some reviews the powder foundations I currently use.

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Foundations

Maybelline Mineral Power Foundation in Classic Ivory.

This foundation is great for everyday use and is a pretty good colour match though maybe just a touch too light for me personally. They don’t have many colours to choose from (literally just two- the other option is Nude 2) but if you’re quite fair the shade Classic Ivory should work. I find that this is a good, inexpensive foundation (around $17 AUD) for those no fuss days when you just want light- medium coverage (depending how much you put on). It lasts quite a long time (around 6- 7 hours). I couldn’t really see myself using it for dramatic, night time makeup or when contouring though.

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Rating: 7/10

Antipodes Performance Plus Mineral Foundation in Light Yellow 02. 

This foundation has such a smooth, silky finish and gives a subtle glow similar to the kind you get with liquid foundations. This is because of the nutrient rich minerals in it. It is around $40 AUD so is in the mid price range. I got the colour Light Yellow 02 which is actually a bit dark for me and really wish I got Pale Pink 01 instead which is their lightest colour. Though it still looks ok if I blend it right down to my neck and use bronzer with it. There isn’t a great amount of colours in the range- 4, but these would suit many fair- medium skin tones. It has SPF 17 in it which is great to know you’re protected, and it is quite long wearing (about 8-9 hours without needing to touch up). There is no mirror inside it but the actual top of the case with the writing is like a mirror itself, though does get smudged.  It is 100% organic.

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Rating: 8.5/10

Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder in B53 (Light) 

I love this foundation. I have been using this foundation for years as it gives me the right amount of coverage, is very long wearing, has such a beautiful texture/ consistency and is a good colour match. This is in the high end of price range at around $50/60 (AUD) but is worth it due to its ability to control shine, hide pores and blend evenly with your skin tone. It works perfectly for day/ night time makeup and I love using it when I contour. It doesn’t come off unevenly and leave you with patches when you blow your nose or rub your face like some liquid foundation does and  once again is very long wearing (hence the name double wear). There are 14 colours in the range which suit very fair- dark skinned people. It has a separate compartment for the sponge and mirror so you don’t have to worry about the loose powder getting all on the mirror. This is a great full coverage, matte foundation It has SPF 12 in it so provides protection against the sun. This is the loose powder version which they no longer sell but they do sell a pressed powder version currently.

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Rating: 9.5/10

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer (2 in 1) in 2 Alabaster.

This weightless foundation won’t clog pores and gives you a natural, matte, full coverage finish which lasts all day. The compact case is perfect to carry in your bag and is a pressed powder so it wont go everywhere. The sponge it comes with also provides really good application though I tend to stay away from sponges and use buffing brushes. There are 12 colours to choose from which suite very fair- dark skinned people. What I love about it is that it provides full coverage while still looking very natural and is just as good for both night and day time makeup. It is the most long wearing powder foundaton in the Clinique range. It is good for those with sensitive skin/ allergies as it is fragrance free. I like how there is a button to open and close it snap shut which makes it very easy to pop open. It says it is a 2 in 1 concealer and it does work well with concealing though if you have very noticeable scars or pimples I’d suggest using a concealer as well. I also still use concealer when I contour to create highlights in different areas. This is in the high end of the price range at $55 AUD but you won’t regret buying it as it is extremely good and ticks all the boxes.

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Rating: 9.5/10

Thank you for reading. 🙂

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Face

How To Contour and Highlight.

Hello.

I thought I would do a contouring and highlighting post as I recently became a qualified makeup artist so feel confident enough to show you. There are so many ways to contour and highlight. It is something which is different for everyone and it is all about experimenting and finding out what’s right for you. This is just how I do it.

This is the look I created:

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Products and tools

There are many products for contouring. You can use powders, cream and liquids. Many people like to use liquid concealers or creams to contour if they use a liquid foundation and powders if they use a powder foundation. For me I usually use a liquid concealer to highlight, a powder foundation and a powdered bronzer, blush and illuminator, however for this look today I wanted to use a liquid foundation because I got a free tester and couldn’t wait to put it on. Some good powder products are the Australis AC On Tour Contour Kit, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit and the Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette. Anastasia Beverly hills also has a cream contour kit and Mac Prolongwear Concealers are great liquids which can be used for contouring and highlighting.

You can buy brushes specifically for contouring however I find normal bronzing brushes work just fine. A buffing brush or beauty blender is essential when using liquid products as you want the colours to blend together nicely. A fan brush comes in handy when applying powdered illuminators as well.

How to:

1. Apply primer and foundation all over you face.

2. Begin the highlighting process by using a concealer a sahde or two lighter than your foundation. I use the Mac Pro long wear concealer in nc15. Apply this to the middle of the forehead, along the bridge of the nose, onto the middle of the chin, beneath the eyes all the way down to just under the nose and above the cheekbones. You can use a photo such as this one to guide you and it is a must for the first few times you try to contour and highlight.

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3. Suck your cheeks in and apply a dark contour colour 3 or 4 shades darker than your foundation using a just beneath the cheek bones. I create an imaginary line in my head and stop where the outer part of the iris is when I look straight ahead. You can also use this colour at the edge of the forehead around the hairline and blend.

3. You can contour the nose and eyes by taking a small brush (an eye shadow brush will do) and applying the contour along the side of the nose and up to the eyes just above the crease and blend. I tend to just put it on the sides of the nose as I find it doesn’t suit me beneath the eyes but you can experiment and see if it looks good. I sometimes use a lighter colour around my nose than I do on my cheekbones (about 2 shades darker than my foundation) but for this look I used the same as I did on my cheekbones but only a very small amount. Don’t be worried if it is a bit too dark at first as you can use your buffing brush to blend it and layer foundation on top to make it look more natural.

4. Now for the cheeks. You can either brush your blush onto the whole apples of your cheeks or stop it where you took the dark contour colour. I prefer to stop it where I take the contour colour but you can also take it a bit further dependant on the look you want to create.

5. Illuminator time! This is my favourite part as it ties the whole look together and really makes the skin glow. Take the fan brush and lightly dust the highlighter on the top of the cheekbones, across the bridge of the nose, beneath the brows, on the middle of the forehead and on the chin. You can also dab a bit on the cupids bow using a small brush.

6. This final step is really optional and simply increases the definition in the cheekbones. You can add three dabs of concealer beneath the bottom of the contour colour and blend it in, adding foundation if needed.  This just gives the cheekbones that added definition.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

 What I used:

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fan brush, brozning brush, blush brush, buffing brush, eye shadow brush, Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in nc15, Mac Pro Longwear Foundation in nc20, Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette, Napoleone Perdis Auoto Pilot Primer.

P.s I just want to say that I didn’t really like the Mac Pro Longwear foundation which I used for this as it made my pores look bigger and came off unevenly after a while, the Pro Longwear concealer is fantastic though.

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