This is a series of posts about that goop you put on your face to make it look nice. Face Paint. Spackle. A glossing of color just to even out the skin tones. Whatever.
When we were young (and cute), we probably didn’t wear such stuff. At least, I–maven of makeup from the earliest days–didn’t. I wore eye-makeup and maybe some rouge (as we called it then), but foundation or base (as we call it now)–nope.
When did I start? I think my gateway drug to base (free-base?) was a compact of cream foundation that was applied with a dampened sponge. I was in love with that sponge. And with the way I could control the amount of product that was deposited on my face.
That last is important: if there’s one thing you want to avoid, it’s Overdoing. The. Foundation. It’s a temptation, I know. If I apply enough of this stuff, then my face will look picture perfect like the models in the magazines. Who are airbrushed. Of course, if I get that look, I can’t move my face or smile or speak because the effect will be shattered into a million (okay, only a hundred or so) wrinkles. Because I am no longer young and cute.
Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up clockwise:
- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (spf20)
- Calvin Klein CK one 3-in-1 Face Makeup (spf8)
- Bobbi Brown BB Cream (spf35)
- Bare Minerals Foundation (spf15)
The first thing you’ll notice is that all of them have some measure of sun protection. That’s good. Of course, all spfs are not equal, as we’ve been told incessantly. And we’ve also been told that we never use enough sun screen to properly do the job. That being the case, I always do a sun screen moisturizer under the foundation. I am nothing if not well-protected.
Why do I have so many kinds of foundation, you ask?
- Because I’m a makeup junkie.
- Because I always think the newest one is the best.
- Because I need different kinds of products depending on the weather and the state of my skin.
- Because the event I’m going to often determines the amount of coverage I want,
- because I’m a makeup junkie,
- and I always think the newest one is the best.