My Holy Grail Face Products, Part 5: Everyday Foundation Routine
What’s Up with my Skin???
I thought it was about time to write a series of blog posts about my everyday foundation routine. I am going to begin with reviews on each of my holy grail face products and then I will do a mini tutorial on how I use the products. I’ve been doing this specific routine now for a couple of months and I really love how my skin looks with it. I usually do not like heavy or full coverage foundations or the cakey look you can sometimes get from using them or using too much. On the other hand I prefer a more natural look. I guess you might call it a no-makeup makeup look.
I would say my skin is normal to combination skin with my T-zone being the oiliest. Also, I have extremely sensitive skin on my face and have to be careful about the products I use to cleanse it, moisturizer it, and create a base for the rest of my makeup. I have had allergic reactions to many products and so I try to be ingredient conscious when choosing which products to use. The allergic reactions that I tend to have are increased acne and rashes. My preference is towards ingredients and products that are more natural. The products also need to come from a cruelty free brand and it’s a plus if they are vegan. I need to avoid gluten and dairy as I have allergic reactions to both of these. Some other ingredients I avoid in my skincare and makeup products are mineral oils, parabans, and phthalates.
(This blog is Part 5 in the series, and you can find Part 1 about my holy grail dark circle corrector here, Part 2 about my holy grail foundation here, Part 3 about my holy grail concealer here, and Part 4 about my holy grail setting powder here.)
In a future post I will go into more details about the products I use to cleanse and moisturizer, but for this post I am going to explain my foundation routine using four products. I tried many different products and brands until I found ones that achieve what I’m looking for in them.
Mini Tutorial: Everyday Foundation Routine
My Skin Concerns
As you can see from the photo above, I do not have perfect skin. Thankfully it has improved a lot since I began doing my current skincare routine. I am in my mid-30s and I still get acne now and again. There are red spots and blotches around my face from acne scars, stress to my skin, and allergic reactions (sometimes I do not know what causes them). The redness is usually around my cheeks, nose, and chin, but it can be anywhere. I also have under eye circles that can are pretty dark most days. They also stretch from the bridge of my nose all the way to the outer corner of my eye. I get them from my mother (hereditary), but I am also a mother of a 3 year old and a full-time teacher, so they are kind of inevitable.
Also, I would describe my skin as being combination skin. I have areas of dryness and areas that are extra oily. The areas change depending on the time of the year and the weather. I live in New England so the weather is ever-changing and can be harsh on a person’s skin. During the winter my skin tends to be on the drier side due to the cold weather and I need to moisturize regularly. On the other hand, during the summer my skin tends to be more oily due to the heat and humidity.
Now let’s dive into how I do my everyday foundation routine!
My Everyday Foundation Routine
I begin my everyday foundation routine with Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach. Using my pinky finger, I dab it onto my under eye circles. I use my pinky finger so I can apply it directly on to the darkest areas and then I carefully blend out the edges. Make sure to only apply it to the darkest areas and to blend out the edges so the Correction Concentrate stays on the dark circle areas only. Too much of the peach color on areas that do not have the blue/purple color of the under eye circles will cause some discoloration if you’re not careful.
Next, I place a small dot of Pixi by Petra H2O SkinTint in Cream on to the MakeupDrop and dab and press it on to my skin. Then I gently press the product into my skin. Once the product is absorbed and blended into my skin, I place another small dot of product on to the MakeupDrop and continue until I apply it all over my face. In certain areas, like the apples of my cheeks, I apply a little more product to cover up any redness that still shows through.
After the H2O SkinTint absorbs fully into my skin, I use Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Concealer Crème in Warm L7 to cover my under eye area a little more and to make sure the peach color doesn’t peek through. I apply it using the Makeup Drop and then blend out the concealer by pressing the MakeupDrop gently into my skin. Next I use the concealer to cover any red spots or discoloration that are still peeking through the H2O SkinTint. This is usually around my nose and on my chin.
Once the concealer is set, I take a small, dense kabuki brush and I apply Baby Bat Beauty Translucent Setting Powder to the areas where I placed the concealer. So, this would be my under eye area, my nose, and my chin. I also apply it on my forehead on days I feel like I’m extra oily there. And, I’m not going to lie. There are days I just apply this product to my entire face because I love how it makes my skin look and feel.
This concludes the mini-tutorial on my everyday foundation routine.
As you can see from the photo above the redness, acne, and acne scars I have on my face are completely covered by my everyday foundation routine. I am extremely happy with the results I achieve by using these products. It’s not going to stop me from trying out new products as they come out, but so far I’ve always gone back to these ones.
The only extra products I added for this photograph were Pacifica Beauty Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara and Kiss My Sass Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Rose Colored Glasses.