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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Foundations of the Seasons | Winter

Foundations of the seasons Winter. YSL Touché Éclat Nars sheer glow, Laura mercier silk creme, Rimmel stay matte
Foundations of the seasons Winter. YSL Touché Éclat Nars sheer glow, Laura mercier silk creme, Rimmel stay matte
Foundations of the seasons Winter. YSL Touché Éclat Nars sheer glow, Laura mercier silk creme, Rimmel stay matte
Foundations of the seasons Winter. YSL Touché Éclat Nars sheer glow, Laura mercier silk creme, Rimmel stay matte
Foundations of the seasons Winter. YSL Touché Éclat Nars sheer glow, Laura mercier silk creme, Rimmel stay matte
For reference, shades above are - Laura Mercier Rose Ivory, YSL BR20, Rimmel Light Porcelain and Nars Deauville 

Being a huge fan of foundations and a beauty collector it's only right that'd I'd own a few different brands, finishes and formulas which give different results and coverage. Ranging from drugstore to high end I've got a small collection which means I have choice and a good knowledge of what works for me.

So what is a perfect foundation? In my opinion there isn't a single perfect foundation, I have favourites don't get me wrong but I don't have an ultimate one that I'd give up all the rest for or give up the search for the next best thing so it means I, along with many others, am on a continuous search for what works in that moment.

Different seasons can change the finish and coverage that we're looking for from a great foundation, I'll be telling all on my choices for each season, today being winter, and the reasons I've chosen them for that particular weather period.

Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation £34.00 is a well known and rather expensive foundation but for good reason, it's a favourite among many, myself included. It gives medium-full coverage and I'd say a glowing skin finish which is perfect for winter when our skin can be drier and exposed to harsher weather. I've recommended this to so many people and most have gone and bought it to fall in love with it too. It's pricey but worth every penny, it's been my longest lasting foundation to date and its because so little is needed, it goes so far and is easy to build and layer should you choose to. The shades are darker than I expected, I ordered the shade Rose Ivory which is the third lightest with cool undertones and you can see above its not the best match, next time I'll try the lightest shade available but I'd repurchase this within seconds of running out!

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation £31.00 is another well known and again expensive foundation. It's a dewy finish and another medium-full coverage that gives tired winter skin a lovely, fresh looking boost and glow. It's a natural dewy finish, not a shiny one. It stays in place most of the day and just leaves skin looking flawless and radiant. It wears away evenly and not in patches. My problem with this foundation is the readily availability of it. I struggled to get hold of the shade I needed when I was first looking to purchase this which was really frustrating so if this were my only foundation and I found myself running low it may be awhile before I could repurchase and thats not really convenient in a woman's busy daily schedule. I do really enjoy wearing this though as it feels light on the skin and melts into it rather than sits on top so I'd repurchase it if I was able to find it at the time.

Rimmel Stay Matt Liquid Mousse Foundation £5.99. This foundation had me in two minds as to whether to write about it. I first tried this foundation in a sample and loved it, I'm not a fan of matt finish so didn't think I'd take to it but was pleasantly surprised and went and purchased it. The sample shade was Ivory which I found ever so slightly too dark but wearable so I decided to purchase the lighter colour Light Porcelain. Now here is the confusion. Ivory was wearable, smooth and lovely but Light Porcelain was awful. It patched, clung to dry patches and sat on top of skin obviously showing I was wearing foundation. This shade just didn't work for me despite it being more suited. I was really disappointed but honestly it's not the first time this has happened with a paler foundation. Despite this I liked the Ivory shade so much that I decided to borrow my Mums after finding she too owned this to make sure that it wasn't just a good sample and yes, the Ivory shade was still as good as the first time I tried it, ever so slightly too dark but it's something that can be blended to look right and in my opinion it's worth the extra effort as it's one of the only drugstore foundations that I can happily wear and compare with the high end foundations I so love.

My all season wonder YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat £30.50 is one of my foundations that I can find myself reaching for all year round. It's glowy enough for dull skin in winter, it's dewy enough for spring, sheer enough for summer and subtle enough for autumn. It can be paired with powders or worn alone for a natural look. It's minimal coverage whilst being long wearing and no matter the condition the skins in it looks amazing, I find it's not buildable in that the coverage isn't hugely effected the more thats applied but yet almost reflects off the face in a positive way that blends imperfections and minor flaws.

Top winter skin tips for flawless looking foundation

I'm sure we've heard many of these before but to really achieve the most from our base products there are certain things we can do to help foundation look its best.

☆ Moisturise. Moisturise. Moisturise
☆ Exfoliate regularly to leave skin smooth and flake free for a flawless application
☆ Treat skin to face masks and treatments even if done at home with homemade products
☆ Drink loads of water
☆ Wear a primer, to help achieve a softer and smoother foundation application
☆ Don't apply too much foundation so it looks caked on and opt for less is more
☆ Remove all traces of makeup before bed
☆ Give skin a break, have make up free days and let your face breath
Don't forget the all important Smile! Everyone looks beautiful when they smile!

What are your favourite winter foundations? Do you agree with any of the above?
Lots of Love

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