Confession: I didn’t wear foundation for years because there’s nothing worse than cake face, IMHO. My skin is far from perfect and I didn’t want to highlight acne and oversized pores. But now I’m a big believer in mixing my own foundation for both shade and texture, because it’s almost impossible to find the right one when you deal with mild rosacea, dryness and a pallor that can often be described as deathly. The idea of “cocktailing” lipstick and foundation is nothing new but I like to follow a few simple recipes to tweak my daily base.
Mix 1: A Dewy, Sheer Finish
These days I swear by Stila’s Stay All Day Foundation in Hue as my starting point. It has a handy pump dispenser with a flat top that I use for all my mixing. If I don’t use one full pump, I just put the cap on and save the rest for later. I tend to use a slightly damp sponge to get the smoothest finish.
On super dry days, I’ll mix a drop or two of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil for a dewier look and sheer coverage. If I’m feeling très indulgent, I mix in one dose of the Elizabeth Arden Daily Youth Restoring Serum Ceramide Capsules. The finish is TO. DIE. FOR.
Mix 2: Summer Glow
While I’m a fan of tan, I wouldn’t be opposed to walking around wearing a visor all the time (because vanity and wrinkles are not friends). No matter how much I avoid the sun’s rays, I tend to get slightly darker in the summer so I add a hit of Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in a darker shade to whatever foundation I’m using. Sometimes I’ll mix it on the back of my hand or directly on my face. The key is to blend, blend, blend. I use a complexion perfector brush with short, even bristles to buff everything into my skin and neck with circular motions. I find that if I mix my SPF with my foundation as opposed to applying it directly on top, it tends to slide around less. I like StriVectin’s Advanced Retinol Day Treatment SPF 30 for a double whammy of retinol’s anti-aging benefits and the preventative measures of sunscreen. The texture is on the oily side so a mattifying foundation works best with this option.
Mix 3: A Brighter Complexion
I like to dab a concealer a few shades lighter than my skin tone under my eyes, around my nose and on my chin before blending my foundation over top for a brightening effect. I tend to use more in the winter months, when I’m pale AF and need to better match my skin tone. I rely on bronzer instead of blush to bring depth back to my face. To counteract redness, I then add a few drops of Skyn Iceland’s Arctic Elixir serum into the mix because it’s ultra calming and meant for people with a bit of rosacea.