It is so tough to find foundation for my oily acne-prone skin! The following are the two foundations I have used over the past four years:
Vichy Norma Teint Anti-Imperfections Foundation
Purchase: $28 at London Drugs
Claims: For a clear, matt and long-lasting complexion.
Coverage: 5 out of 10
Mattifying effect: 5 out of 10
Skin clearing effect: 8 out of 10
I bought this product because a friend of mine said she loved it when her skin was breaking out because it was gentle and non-irritating. This much is true, however, I find the coverage is just not what I need for my complexion (which includes some red acne scars). Also, this stuff does not last all day. After just half-a-day of wearing it, it seems to disappear. Also, this stuff only comes in three colours. One is really light and the other two are quite dark so it is hard to match with all skin tones.
Almay Clear Complexion Liquid Makeup
Purchase: $14.99 at London Drugs
Claims: This soothing makeup works with salicylic acid, a proven blemish clearing ingredient to prevent future breakouts. Infused with meadowsweet to help purify skin as well as aloe and chamomile to protect against dryness and reduce the appearance of redness. Helps eliminates oil all day to banish unwanted shine.
Active Ingredients: Salicylic acid
Skin Clearing effect: 8 out of 10
Mattifying effect: 7 out of 10
Coverage: 8 out of 10
This is my go-to foundation. My favourite colour is 'Sand' and I can usually wear it all year round (unless I go sunless during the winter months). This stuff is great! It has acne-fighting Salicylic acid in it so that the makeup is actually HELPING your skin instead of clogging your pores. My skin never got irritated by this stuff and the coverage lasts all day long. I cannot wait until I am done with my Vichy foundation so I can go back to this stuff! I definitely recommend this stuff!
There are many different ways you can apply foundation. Here are a few I have tried:
1. With your fingers:
Applying foundation with your fingers is a great way to blend in your make up. When you apply it to your hands and gently rub it in your skin, the heat made through friction helps the foundation to blend in to your skin beautifully. On the contrary, I have found that using my fingers does not give me the same coverage as using a sponge or brush. If you are going for the more 'natural' look I would suggest using your fingers but MAKE SURE your hands are SUPER CLEAN before doing this or else the oils from your hands will just clog your pores.
2. With a makeup sponge:
There are many different makeup sponges out there. Some you can wash and use multiple times and some you throw away. Some are triangle shaped, some are round and some are egg shaped. I have only used triangle shaped ones but make sure to get the better quality kind or else they will just flake off on your face (ask your cosmetician what she recommends). When applying with a sponge you will get better coverage if you blot at your skin instead of wiping it across your face. Also, always start at your nose and work your way outwards and make SURE to blend it in to your neck! The worst thing you could do is not properly blend your makeup in to your neck/jaw line!
3. With a foundation brush:
I have just recently started applying my foundation with a brush. I went with a cheap liquid foundation brush from LD that was about $8. You can buy fancy stippling brushes from places like Sephora or M.A.C.. I have never tried a stippling brush so I couldn't tell you how well it works. The liquid foundation brush I have works pretty well. I start at the centre of my face an work out and sometimes I even go in a swirling motion to make sure to use both sides of the brush (so that the liquid doesn't build up on one side). One annoying thing about this though is that you have to wash your brush ever other time you use it or else you will be putting old flakey makeup on to your skin, or worse, bacteria. I also suggest buying a brush with a protective lid so that it stays clean longer.
ATTENTION ALL VICHY USERS:
London drugs is currently having an awesome sale on Vichy product packs! Right now there are a few Vichy Normaderm packages (I can't remember what is included in them) from only $21! It is a great deal especially if you are just venturing in to using the products! I highly suggest trying them out!