I’m talking about good makeup. The very base of your makeup, should be a good foundation. For me I find it time consuming, so I reserve foundation for special occasions, or a night out.
Setting Powder & why you need it: If you use a liquid foundation, you will need a powder on top as well. It helps the foundation from cracking when you sweat. The best option (also the most flexible) is called setting powder. Setting powder is usually a white powder that goes on clear, that you can substitute for a matching powder foundation. For a budget one, Sephora has one for about $16, or you can try NYX at Ulta which is only $10. Ulta always has coupons, sign up for their email to get it! If you want to splurge, NARS has one for $35, while Laura Mercier has one for $37.
And for liquid foundations! Budget makeup I always go with the Sephora brand. It’s not expensive, and I find the quality is good. One bottle of liquid foundation is about $20. If you would like a drugstore brand, L’oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable one is only $10, or Cover Girl’s Ready Set Gorgeous is about $7. For a splurge a bottle of Makeup Forever is $43.
If you have Combination or Oily Skin:
There are foundations with oil control!
Just keep in mind that if you do wear liquid foundation then you will definitely need the setting powder from above. Put on your foundation, & then dust on some setting powder to prevent it from cracking when you sweat.
Oil absorbing minerals cause this foundation to last up to 12 hours!
Helps balance oil, but also treats & prevents blemishes!
Then finally.. how to apply?
Of course you head to your beauty sponges, that you can pick up almost anywhere. Of course they will have it at Target, Walmart, BUT the cheapest place I’ve found them was at the dollar store. Thats right!! For the EXACT same thing. Honestly to save yourself some money in the long run, get one of the makeup sponges below (like the Beauty Blenderor the The Real Techniques Miracle Sponge) because also you will end up making less garbage.
You will need a big makeup brush for your powder, the big ones are usually called kabuki brushes. And again, I will hit Sephora. I find it best to buy a makeup brush set, (there they usually come in pouches) for the best deal. The great deal about the brush set is that you can also get ones for your blushes, eye makeup, etc. You can always ask a makeup artist there in the store for advice. Makeup brush sets start at about $20, while an individual one can also cost about $20. (See the difference? Best to buy a set) Budget wise you can pick up a set of Sonia Kashuk’s brushes at Target, starting at about $15, depending upon which set you buy, or Real Techniques at Ulta, has lots of good brushes at great prices.
And finally I always touch upon new fangled items. There’s an item that’s relatively new on the market, called BB creams. (short for beauty balm) It’s a primer, foundation, moisturizer, sunscreen & concealer in one. And they’re all the rage in Asia. Budget: For drugstore brands I find the one with the widest range of colors is Maybelline New York BB cream around $8, Splurge: Estee Lauder has a BB cream that’s about $40.
And finally, the (relatively) new Beauty Blender. Some of you may have already seen it; it’s a makeup sponge that looks like an egg. I have it, tried it, & I love it. BUT, because of the popularity of the item, they have knock offs everywhere for lower prices. You can buy a set of ‘copies’ on amazon , a set of 4 of them are only $11. They sell the original on Amazon as well. The makeup store Ricky’s sell their own version for about $10; I happen to find one at TJMaxx for about $5. (Check out the link below for Amazon, where they sell both the original & copies) I don’t recommend the makeup sponges by Target or Sonia Kashuk; the sponges are really HARD (not really soft at all) to work with.
Finally! I’ve given you options on foundation, setting powder, bb cream, & makeup brushes / sponges! You will find below a video of how to use the beauty blender.
Optional Things: Setting Spray
And what is setting spray? A setting spray will help you keep all the products on your face in place, especially for long wear. If you plan on wearing it for a long time i.e. to a wedding or any other special occasion, putting on some setting spray WILL help your makeup stay one longer vs. look like it’s melting off your face. I happen to have the Urban Decay one because I happened to buy it in a makeup set, along with some other items. However, the E.L.F.’s Makeup Mist & Set is getting rave reviews, & for only $3!! I happen to get setting spray for my wedding, but you can get one for whenever you need your makeup to last awhile. And believe me, once you put it on, your makeup will last on hours longer than without it!!
If you have oily / combination skin:
I know what you’re going to ask. What is the difference between this one, and the Urban Decay Spray above? This one helps with oil control, & you’re supposed to spray it before AND after you put on your makeup. Not only does it help your makeup stay on, but helps your face from getting oily & caking on your face. I would definitely need this!