Tag: Foundation

Foundation Advice

Part of the reason I decided to start my blog and YouTube channel is because friends frequently ask for my advice and product recommendations relating to natural/non-toxic beauty and lifestyle. ย I’d send them detailed emails with links and suggestions, and really enjoy doing it. So, I had dinner with a good girlfriend this past Tuesday and she wanted some foundation advice. I thought I’d share my follow-up email to her here, since it’s illustrative of the way I enjoy helping others discover new brands, and green their beauty and self-routines – which I think is awesome and powerful! Connecting women through shared beauty rituals – I think that’s what the argan oil brand Kahina espouses as their guiding ethos, and it resonates.

So as we know, I am not much of a foundation wearer, though I am always searching for non-heavy/cakey ways to perfect my skin and appear effortlessly flawless, so I’m CONSTANTLY researching and trying to learn about new base products. Here are the suggestions I gave my friend (she specifically asked for powder foundation recommendations) – verbatim from my email, but the email was sans photos:

A pressed one (talc free) –
100 percent pure
I’ve also heard good things about one by Honeybee Gardens, but I’m not a huge fan of the eye and lip pencils I’ve tried from them so hesitate to recommend the brand.
Three loose ones I’ve heard all raves about –
Alima
Tarte
inika-closeup
And not sure if you have any interest in liquid foundations but I’m dyyyying to try this – saw a huge rave over on No More Dirty Looks about it:
GRESSA-Skin-Foundation-+-Contouring-Serum

I want to be a foundation-wearer

In the past year I’ve become increasingly infatuated with bases. As I tend to go for a very minimal, yet chic and polished makeup look on a day-to-day basis, an effortlessly flawless base has been my quest. I don’t think I have ever, in all my years of makeup wearing, purchased a foundation. I’ve gone through lots and lots of tinted moisturizers, and now the BB and CC creams. Also, ViviannaDoesMakeup (my “favourite” beauty blog and youtube channel) is foundation-obsessed, and it seems there’s nothing in the world a good foundation can’t solve.

However, whenever I have tried foundations in the past I feel they CONSISTENTLY cling to dry patches, and generally do not feel good on my skin. I recently went into Sephora to give the Nars Sheer Glow a go (not clean….I know, I know), and it did not look good, at all, on my skin. I switched to their tinted moisturizer et voilร  – much better. So does this indicate that I should give up and stick to the lesser coverage of tinted moisturizers forever? Or press on, trying to find the proper formulation and use in conjunction with a primer to eliminate it looking like obvious foundation? I JUST WANT GLOWY, DEWEY, EVEN, FLAWLESS SKIN!

The following are the ones I’ve had my eyes on and have been sitting on my wish list for awhile – two are from “unclean” brands, two are from “clean” brands, and two are from “semi-clean,” or sometimes greenwashed clean brands. I should note that while my proclivities are towards clean/non-toxic makeup and body care products, I’m NOT a purist and if a conventional brand performs better than anything I can find in the natural community, I’ll make some allowances, if it’s really worth it to me.

1. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation ($45): All the rage on many a youtube channel, I love everything Nars – the aesthetic, and product performance, gets me EVERY.TIME.

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2. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua ($45): Another darling of the blogosphere and youtube, this seems to be many people’s absolute favorite everyday foundation – a water-based formula with a dewey finish.

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3. Studio 78 Paris Chameleon Foundation ($52): Studio 78 is a beautiful, high-end, all-natural, non-toxic makeup brand. I’m a tremendous devotee of their bronzer, and their concealer is waiting patiently for me in a beauteabar.com shopping cart.

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4. Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation ($68): The cadillac of this wish list, it is a f***ing expensive foundation. A luxury green beauty brand with gorgeous metal packaging and perfect ingredients, if money were no object this would already be mine. Yet I find creams to be a little high maintenance, requiring a brush, and often times a beauty blender to get even, flawless coverage. On a day to day basis, this is why I don’t reach for my RMS Un-Coverup more. I need to be able to just slap on and go!

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5. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation ($38): Reasonably priced, great shade range, and excellent reviews, this seems to be my best pragmatic bet to actually try. A Sephora sample is likely on the horizon.

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6. bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation ($29): The most reasonably priced of the bunch, Sona Gasparian mentioned this in her most recent YouTube video. The ingredient list looks decent, it’s a water-based formula, and seems like a good bet. However, the reviews on it are mixed, and it looks like there’s a bit of a learning curve to learn how to apply for best results.

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In my dream world, I’d have all of these (muahaha), but in reality I’ll probably get some samples of the ones I can and TRY to make them look good on my very dry skin. Can one even be foundation obsessed without owning any foundations?

*Photos are not my own – gleaned from google images