So where were we? Oh, yes, talking about Foundation. Let’s start by getting our terms down: foundation? makeup foundation? base? makeup base? Do we really care? How about foundation base. Now that that is settled, let’s move on….
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: This has been my everyday go-to foundation base for several years. I first got it at Sephora as a special offer set. I like buying the sets that are regularly offered by cosmetic companies because it’s a chance to try a number of products at much less than buying them individually would be. In this case, I got the four steps of Laura Mercier’s Flawless Face with the appropriate applicators and a cute little travel bag.
The total package was a tube of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, a tube of her Primer and a sponge for applying both. It also came with the cunning Undercover Pot which contains the much-touted Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, Secret Camouflage, Setting Powder. and the appropriate brushes.
Let’s talk about appropriate brushes. You know how all those Expert Articles on the Best Application of Makeup tout brushes. They’re right. It may seem like you can do an equally good job with your hands, but really, you can’t. I know. I’ve tried it. I’ve also tried getting away with using cheap brushes, the kind you buy at the drug store, the kind that are manufactured of yak hair and cheap plastic in some mega-factory in China. They don’t do the job, because to do a job well (as your dad or Mr. Shirk, the Shop teacher told you), you need the proper tools.
My freshman comp essay, for which I received an A. In 1962. Proof positive that
- even then I was obsessed with makeup, and
- the roots of my expertise are long and deep
What is your go-to Foundation Base? And–tell the truth–how do you apply it?