Sunday, 13 March 2011

My Foundation Routine

Despite the fact that I'm turning 20 in less than two weeks, I'm still cursed with teenager's skin. Most of the skin on my face is fine, good even, but it seems that I always have a spotty chin. 
Over the years I've experimented with dozens of foundations and concealers in an effort to cover up my spots but nothing seemed to work. In the past few months, as I've started reading more beauty blogs and extending my make-up know how, I've finally discovered a foundation routine which makes me feel confident about my skin.
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1. Moisturise
I know this is basic stuff but it really is essential if you want even coverage on your face. I use Tesco's own Vitamin E moisturiser which is something silly like 78p a bottle. Cheap and effective.

2. Maybelline - Dream Creamy Foundation
I apply this all over my face using the sponge applicator provided. You can already see a reduction in the redness.

3. Vichy Dermablend - Corrective Foundation
I apply this just to problem patches using a brush I got in Primark for £1.50. It's the shape of a foundation brush but slightly smaller at one end and an angled brush at the other. This range is designed to cover any and all imperfections such as vitiligo, acne and scarring so it provides thick coverage. Because of it's heavy texture you only need the smallest amount which spreads a long way. You only need to use it on small areas where blemishes are most obvious. At this stage, most of the redness has disappeared.

3. Jerome Alexander - Italian Marble
This is a mineral foundation which I use all over my face with a medium kabuki for a matte finish. I absolutely love this product. It's long lasting and gives me even coverage. It's perfect for summer when you don't want to wear heavy make-up but still want a generous amount of coverage. When the weather heats up I'll probably just use this over the Vichy.

Do you have similar problems with your skin? What are your Holy Grail products when it comes to covering blemishes?


  1. I just wanted to say that I think it's fantastic that you're so honest about your skin, and manage to talk about this sometimes touchy subject in such a positive way. You're a gorgeous girl, and I'm so happy you manage to see yourself that way, despite not having the perfect PhotoShop skin we see in the media every day (but hardly anyone's actually got). Well done, darling!

  2. you're great...I have some spots in my chin and redness on my cheeck and I try to avoid foundation as I can to make my skin breathe. If i have to go out and I need to cover, i use vichy normaderm foundation in 12 Opal (the lightest) then some concealer, powder and my foundation routine is complete :)

  3. Thanks Airam. It took me a long time to realise that I won't be getting airbrush skin any time soon but now that I do I'm fine with it and I'm just grateful that I don't have more problems with my skin. It's sad that young girls all look up to the airbrushed models they see and believe that's the way they have to/are expected to look.

    Thank you Alice! Sounds like you have similar skin to me. Recently, I've started putting TCP (antiseptic) on my chin every night before bed and it does a great job of drying out the spots, so my chin is nearly clear at the moment. I've never heard of normaderm but I'll have a look next time I'm in store :D

  4. :) it's more light coverage than dermablend one...
    my skin trouble are for stress since my ormones are keep under control by the pill... so I need to realx :)