wedding foundation guide

Giorgio Armani Foundation



Thought I would do a pretty eyes/lips make-up look but to really show a few examples of different types of foundations. Going to use a few from the ones I mentioned in my ‘Five Best Foundation’ blog.

I am going to make a video with the different foundations in but I thought I would just take a few pictures first of all.

Today I will be testing - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

1) Start with a clean, moisturised face.

bare face no make-up

2) Was feeling a little pale so thought I would just add a little colour by using St Tropez wash off face tan. Just a little to perk up the skin!

St Tropez face tan

3) I've now applied the foundation all over my face and blended with the Mac foundation brush. I used a little extra coverage on my breakout. I also used Laura Mercier secret camouflage concealer to cover my under eye circles!

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4) Added a little highlighter to my cheeks by using Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer and some colour with Nars blush in Orgasm.

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5) I used Nars eye shadow duo Belissimo to define my eyes for a soft but defined look. Then blended with a Mac 217 brush.

NARS eye shadow

6) I finished the look with a slick of pink gloss. I used Stila lip glaze in Passion Fruit.

Stila pink lip gloss

I wanted to show the foundation as it is. It is very beautiful and gives a candlelit glow to the skin. If you like this finish but have a slightly oily t-zone finish the look with a little velvet powder.

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The Five Best Foundations






There are many factors involved in finding the best foundation and though may manly depend on your skin type, in general I would say these are the 5 best foundations on the market.

1) Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

Creamy texture, with easily build able coverage. I really like these as they are really easy to blend and you can find the perfect shade for nearly every skin tone.

bobbi brown foundation stick

2) MAC Face and Body Foundation

Super lightweight and long lasting foundation and an excellent choice for the hotter month as it is non-oily. Best used for a natural make-up look, due to those lightweight capabilities.

mac face and body

3) Clinique Even Better

This foundation offers great coverage, but still with a duet effect. Could also be used for slightly oily skin tones. One of my true favourites as it manages to brighten up even the dullest of skin.

clinique even better

4) Channel Perfection Lumiere

Offering a good level of coverage with an added creamy glow. This is a tried and tested product and makes skin look picture perfect. Not the best choice for people with really oily skin, or those susceptible to breakouts.

Chanel perfect lumiere

5) Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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Want that lightweight super glow? This foundation is really light on the skin and adds that dewy texture that many crave.
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Best Foundations Sensitive Skin



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On your wedding day you need all the best care you can get so that you will look amazing on this special day. What if you have sensitive skin that tend to develop reddish areas that could be itchy at times. Sensitive skin is a bit problematic and fragile but this doesn't mean you cannot look radiant. Mineral foundation is ideal for sensitive skin type as it has low allergy risk for those of you having skin prone to acne offering you everything you can ask from a make up foundation so keep that in mind. Read on to discover the top 5 make up foundations for sensitive skin in order to have glowing skin on your wedding day!

neutrigena skin clearing

Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Makeup(£ 8): this is the only liquid foundation formulated with MicroClear technology to -apart from treat blemishes- help prevent emerging breakouts. This way your skin can breathe and at the same time has a natural glow free of acne and pores! As the desired result is to achieve a flawless look and hide redness and you can slightly dab makeup onto your face, then blend using gentle strokes in an upward and outward motion and you have the most glowing make up ever on your wedding day!

No7 sensitive skin foundation

Boots No 7 Intelligent Balance  Foundation make-up (£12.50): this make up with its light air texture contains a formula that will absorb all sebum excess. This will give your skin a perfect finish and will provide flawless medium-to-full coverage for your wedding day. Being fragrance free this product is especially designed for a sensitive skin like yours and it creates a barrier that will keep your skin glowing on your wedding day.

rimmel london stay matte

Rimmel London Stay Matte Clarifying Matte Foundation: this make up is a 24 hour make up that is enriched with a revitalizing Mineral Complex and moisturizing Aqua Primer that leaves your skin feeling hydrated and gives you a flawless and lightweight touch. Ideal for sensitive skin it is an oil-free formula that’s also fragrance and paraben-free protecting your sensitive skin when at the same time offering you the desired coverage.

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Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 with Probiotic Technology(£22): this soothing oil-free makeup instantly colour-corrects flushing and blushing leaving your skin more than perfect on this special day that there is no place for spots and redness on your skin. Calming ingredients help minimize flare-ups and this makes it ideal for your wedding day that all you want is to look glowing. Beneficial probiotic technology helps strengthen your skin's barrier and can
visibly reduce redness leaving your skin looking amazing!

extra virgin body shop

Body Shop extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact Foundation (SPF15) (£30): this is a dream product for your dream day! This cream-to-powder mineral foundation contains pure minerals and cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil for an impressive matte finish. It has an ultra-blendable formula and contains a custom brush for flawless application and more importantly it is fragrance & Paraben-free leaving your sensitive skin perfectly protected and glowing!


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previous make-up reviews or our massive make-up page


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Best Foundations Oily skin



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The big day has come and yet you haven't decided on the make-up foundation you wish to use. The most important thing is that the more your make up lasts the best it is for you! Besides you need to consider which make up routine you will choose for your wedding day. Will you wear your make up just a few hours before walking down the aisle or you will start preparing from very early in the morning? However the most important thing to consider is which are the best foundation choices you are given according to your skin tone and type. Read on to find out which of the 5 suggested top make up foundation that are perfect for oily skin types!

Tip: when choosing your wedding foundation there are several things you need to consider. Bear in mind that you need a high standard make up for this particular day that will match 100% your natural skin tone and will also be chosen according to your skin type. Your skin tone is also of great importance, as if you choose a foundation that is not right for your skin type the result will be disappointing for both your guests and your skin. Find out which are the top 5 make up foundations made to suit oily skin perfectly!

stay matte oily skin foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation (£5.99): on your big day you should fight your oily complexion's cons by choosing a make up with a powder feel and that will offer you great coverage for 12 hours like Rimmel's stay matte foundation. With a system that controls oiliness-Unique Natural Shine Control Complex- this foundation is offering you flawless matte coverage that hides imperfections. Also be aware that it is fragrance free, oil free and paraben free product so rest assured that nothing can go wrong!

clarins

Clarins ever matte oil-free foundation(£24): when you have oily skin then what you are looking for is first a great mattifier. Well this product is an anti-shine foundation ideal to create a matte finish. The plant-based "Skin Detox" complex helps stops oil production and tighten pores, which is all you can ask from your make up on your wedding day. With its lightweight texture, it allows your skin to breathe and more importantly keeps your skin shine free when minimising fine lines and skin imperfections. Find the colour that perfectly matches your natural skin tone and let clarins ever matte foundation work its miracle on your skin!


bobbi brown

Bobbi Brown natural finish long lasting foundation (£29): this award-winning, all-day wear oil-free foundation by Bobbi Brown is offering you a soft-matte finish without having to pile on powder at all on your wedding day as it is very possible that you will not even have time to hit the bathroom! Excess oil is absorbed by the surface of your skin leaving it looking unbelievably matte and clean coming packaged in compact with a sponge for easy application. Choose the shade that best matches your natural skin tone – you will find nine shades available- and enjoy a perfect matte touch for more than eight hours!

no 7

No 7 Beautifully matte foundation (£13.50): a perfect price for a great foundation ideal for oily skin! This foundation will effortlessly provide you with shine-free coverage for up to 12 hours, thanks to its Salicylic Acid packed formula that helps minimise open pores and keep your skin lokking stunning with a silky matte look.

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Lancome teint idole silky mat foundation, (£26): if a perfect matte complexion is what you are dreaming of on your wedding day, then try Lancome's teint idole silky mat foundation! With its matte and fresh finish it concelas pores and imperfections and it is also very lightweight and you only need to apply a small quantity to your face and neck! Be aware that this product refines the skin's surface leaving it with a silk and radiant glow!

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previous make-up reviews or our massive make-up page



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Best Foundations Normal Skin



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5 top make up foundations for normal skin

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Your wedding day is here and you wish to look your best on this special day. The thing is that what you ask from your make up on this day is a lot and all you have to do is find the perfect make up for your skin type. Read on to discover the top 5 make up foundations for normal skin in order to naturally glow on your big day!

Normal skin is the least problematic skin type as it doesn't have traces of oils or dryness that can block your skin. Besides normal skin is considered the less problematic skin type of all skin types. Liquid or powder makeup are both suitable for your skin type but be certain to layer it bit by bit rather than applying a lot right away so that you will achieve a more natural look and prevent caking.

Normal skin has a great advantage, it can look great even if you do not take great care of it, it somehow manages to look radiant and glowing at all times and more importantly on your big day that the expectations are so high. Mineral make up is the best for most skin types and of course normal skin type as it is effective and provides full coverage all day and night long but read on to discover the top 5 foundation make up for normal skin ideal for your wedding day!

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 (£9): if what you are looking for is natural coverage with light silk texture then this make up will do miracles with your skin on your wedding day! Ideal for a perfectly natural look it can even improve your skin's tone and the groom will not be able to take his eyes off you! Its silky formula is offering your normal skin full coverage without showing that you have any make up on, while giving your skin a natural glow!

bobbi brown


Bobbi Brown long-wear even finish foundation(£30.00): what else can you possibly ask on your wedding day other than a natural- looking glow on your skin and a foundation that will stay put for the whole day and night? Well this dream foundation offers you full moisturized skin with a light-weight finish that can last up tot 12 hours that protects your skin at the same time. Bear in mind that this is an oil free product that is ideal for your skin type and will keep all eyes on your glowing face!

second skin foundation

Max Factor Second Skin Foundation (£12.99 ): an innovative formula that will become your second skin on your wedding day is introduced to you by Max Factor and with no doubt it is a miracle foundation! Having a fresh cream texture and leaving you with a natural finish you must only use a little quantity to cover your whole face and you will see its fine texture blending perfectly with your skin. More importantly you will see that it does not have any shimmers and as a result it leaves your skin looking naturally radiant and fresh on your big day.


maybelline dream bnude

Maybelline Dream nude airfoam(£ 5.20): offering you light-medium coverage that lasts this magic air infused mousse foundation by Maybelline can be lightly applied on your skin and leave you with a lightweight feel thanks to its amazing mousse formula that is light, airy, and soft . If you do not want to look like you are wearing make up on your wedding day and you want to go for a completely natural look then this is the best way to achieve it.

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Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream ( £8.60): this innovative formula combines the benefits of skin care and make-up in one moisturiser while offering you natural coverage. The moisturiser- an all-in-one cream that contains vitamin C and mineral pigments for long-lasting hydration - with a light touch of make-up leaves skin looking flawless absolutely naturally on your big day. Be aware that it can be worn on its own or under your make up since its light weighted texture gives you a fresh and natural glow.


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Best Foundations Dry Skin



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Finding the perfect make up for your wedding day is the second hardest thing after finding the groom. Which make up will take full responsibility to keep you looking smoking hot for your whole wedding night? If you have dry skin then you must definitely give it some time to figure out which make up foundation is ideal for you. Read on to discover which make up foundation will make your skin glow the big day before hitting the stores.

Do you have dry skin? If you are not certain that you have dry skin then there are several ways you can understand this by just giving a closer look to your skin. Do you suffer from occasional breakouts or do you face a dull skin in the mirror? It is not hard to recognise dry skin when you see it as the skin feels rough and appears dull and flaky so you will notice it straight away. All you need to do is find a deep moisturiser to make it regain its glow and as long as coverage is concerned choose the correct make up foundation for your skin type. Read on to find the best foundations for dry skin for your wedding day!

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Mac Mineralize Satin Finish Foundation(£22.20): available in 16 different shades this foundation make up by Mac will with no doubt make your skin appear healthier and will cover perfectly your skin imperfections and fine lines leaving you with a satin finish that is all you could ask for from your make up on your wedding day. Containing vitamins A, C and E it enriches your skin while offering you full coverage making your skin appear more radiant than ever!

infallible dry skin

L'oreal Paris Infallible make up (£12.29): best applied with a damp sponge with red undertones this make up foundation is ideal for dry skin as it stays put and is matte but the best thing is that it covers perfectly any skin imperfections as it stays put and stands up to its name! If you are looking for a natural finish from your foundation on your wedding day, then this is the ideal make up for you!

supermosturise clin

Clinique Supermoisture Foundation (£21): with a thick texture and offering you a satin finish this make up foundation is offering you full coverage whilst being really light weight, slightly sparkly and deep moisturizing. You can easily apply it with your fingers for a more sheer finish that is all you need on your wedding day as it leaves yours kin looking naturally glowing.

channel

Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Make up (£31.66): this make up foundation is perfect for dry skin as it is ideal for winter months as well and it gives you light to medium coverage with its fully moisturizing formula. Maybe you find that other foundations leave your skin looking even drier and flaky by this one is top for dry skin type. You really cannot feel that you are wearing any make up at all and your skin looks more natural than ever as its perfect blending will make you look glowing on your wedding day!
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Bourjois Healthy Mix make up(£9.99): this foundation promises to offer 70% more radiance and flawless complexion for up to 16 hours with its impressive ingredients such as apricot for radiance, melon for hydration and apple as an antioxidant offers all it promises but most importantly leaves your skin looking naturally glowing and lets it breath but also moisturizes it, which is of major importance when it comes to dry skin.


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previous make-up reviews or our massive make-up page

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Best Foundations Combination Skin



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5 top make up foundations for combination skin

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Your big day has come and you are full of agony regarding your looks on your wedding day. Your foundation plays a significant role on your whole make up as it is the base where you whole make up will be built on. If you have combination skin like the majority of women then you might have signs of both dry and oily skin which in other words means different care is required for different areas on your face.

Combination skin zones: in order to identify your skin type as the combination type you can just check your dry zones that are located on the cheeks area as well as around the eyes. There you have the need for deep moisturiser because this the key to looking amazing with your make up on. Oily areas might be your forehead and the nose area and especially if you notice any spots around the area, there is no doubt that there is an oily spot. So when choosing the right make up for your combination skin type you must bear in mind both your skin type needs and make the best choice. Be aware that in the case that you have combination skin you might need two make up foundations one for the winter and one for the summer(depending on when you are getting married) as your skin's needs change along with the seasonal changes.

revlon photoready

Revlon’s PhotoReady Foundation ( £13.99): combination skin might be a bit of a hassle but on the other hand it is a challenge! Season's changing play a significant role if you have combination skin but Revlon's photoready foundation blends in beautifully with your skin tone and does the trick all year around offering you a soft, luminous finish. This make up promises and offers you poreless, airbrushed skin in any light and this is true bliss when you will be taking all these photos on your big day that you will need all the glow you can get in every light!

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Vichy Aera Teint Pure Fluid Foundation for Normal to Combination Skin (£12.99): an other miracle foundation that offers you fresh and radiant coverage and is ideal for you Allowing your skin to breathe this make up is offering you a natural finish for more than 12 hours. This make up with its mat finish and light texture allows skin to breathe as if it was bare since it is formulated in an oil-free base and is ideal for your big day.

estee lauder equalizer

Estee Lauder Equalizer Smart Makeup for Combination Skin( £22.20): this product is not just a foundation make up but it is an equalizer as it manages to balance oil and moisture and keep your skin looking amazing on your wedding day. It can actually release hydration in the places that you need it to do so and reacts to your changing environment whether it is daily stress or whether changes, while your make up stays on fresh all day long. What else can you possibly ask from your make up on this particular day?

clinque perfectly real

Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup Foundation for Dry Combination to Oily Combination Skin Types (£21.50): if what you are looking for is a weightless foundation that can perfectly match your natural tone and leave you with a natural finish then this foundation is ideal for you for perfectly healthy skin. This make up can neutralize redness, ruddiness and imperfections with just enough coverage that feels weightless on your stunning skin. Do not forget that the best way to apply it is by starting at the center of the face and then use your fingertips to blend foundation outward toward jawline and admire your glowing skin!

lancombe adaptive

Lancôme Adaptive SPF 10 - Re-balanced and Flawless Natural Finish Foundation - For Normal & Combination Skin (£28.09 ): this extra-light texture glides on silky smooth for flawless, natural-looking coverage that will amaze you! Why? Because it has the ability to matify oily zones using a unique, self-regulating complex capable of continuously adapting to the specific needs of combination skin. So really is there anything better than such a smart make up? Its exclusive formula contains 3 powders that work in synergy to absorb excess sebum and control shine that can ensure an absolutely matte finish for your oily areas.

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Perfect Wedding Foundation



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Whether you’re a foundation diva or a makeup novice, this article demands your attention! Foundation is the most important part of your makeup routine – not just because it’s the base or starting point, but because it can be the most noticeable product on your face. That is, if you don’t do it right, it won’t matter what else you put on; anyone will notice a blending blunder.

We’ll start with choosing a foundation.
There are a lot of tips and tricks floating about for how to choose the proper one. Just remember that different situations may call for different foundations. A glamorous, girl’s night out normally calls for a full foundation - unless you simply aren’t fond of using one. A more demanding day at yoga practice calls for ultra-sheer tinted moisturiser. A picture-perfect wedding face calls for a foundation that is right between the two. Here’s how to choose.

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1) Look for foundations with medium to light coverage.

2) Liquid or cream depends on you and your skin type. Check to see if the products are recommended for dry, oily, or neutral skin. Traditionally, liquid works for many women but cream foundations provide a bit more moisture for those with extra-dry skin. They also have a longer wear. If you have oily skin, look for foundations that counter skin oils so that your face won’t get sticky after long use. When in doubt, consult a cosmetologist.

3) For the right colour, start by narrowing down the possibilities to three different shades. Test each one in a vertical line across the flat of your cheek. The one that is hardly noticeable against your skin colour is the best shade for you. If you are unsure, you can do the test again with different shades.




Selecting the proper kind and colour of foundation is just half the battle! Now, here’s how to prepare your skin to avoid ashy-ness, contrasting lines, and a caked-on or uneven look.

First, start with a clean face. Before any makeup, you should always have a fresh canvas to work with. After washing, use a non-oil moisturiser, which will act as a primer for your foundation. Apply thinly and evenly to your entire face, pushing it just barely into your hairline and bringing it down along your neck.

Next, use a concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin or one shade lighter than your foundation. Dab it gently on any under-eye circles and blemishes you want to get rid of – but do it lightly. Many women make the mistake of using concealer as thick as possible. With a foundation added over it, it can create a noticeably caked-on area so be diligent about this. Apply it lightly and evenly.

Applying Your Foundation Correctly

Now you’re all set to apply your foundation! We’ll let you in on a technique that differs from the traditional “apply it everywhere” approach. Many women experience the “foundation line.” It’s that noticeable line that marks the end of your foundation and the start of your natural skin color. If you’ve picked the correct shade, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. However, this technique should put a stop to that once and for all.

  • Rather than applying foundation all over and working it in, start at the center of your face. Using a dabbing technique, apply it first to these key areas: above and behind the brow, on your nose and bridge, around the sides of your nose, along nasal-labial lines and on your chin. Blend from those points outward in all directions, making sure to get a natural blend over any concealer areas.

  • Next, add another round of foundation dabs. The trick is to apply it lighter. These will go on your forehead but NO higher than the middle of your forehead. Also apply it along the edge of your jaw and up the far side of your cheeks but NOT against your ear or hairline. Applying foundation right along the edges of your face will only contribute to a noticeable “foundation line.”

  • Now, spread the foundation both toward the center of your face, blending it into your first application, and toward the edges of your face, blending it into your natural skin colour. Done correctly and if you didn’t apply too much, the foundation will run thin toward your hairline and ears, blurring the line between foundation and natural skin colour.

  • Make sure to blend foundation over your jawline and just very lightly blend under your chin. Do not apply foundation beneath your jaw.

  • To finish, you can opt to use a large round brush and lightly dust the edges of your face with a loose powder slightly darker than your foundation – half a shade, if possible. As always, blend, blend, blend. This can further help to blur any foundation line.

  • If you opt out of the do-it-yourself routine, be sure to always tell your makeup artist what kind of skin you have. The same makeup does not apply well to everyone and your artist should know this.

And that’s it! Application of the perfect foundation is done! If you experience shine or want a softer look, dust the forehead, nose and chin with translucent powder. This can give off a soft and supple appearance, assuring that your skin doesn’t outshine you on your wedding day. Last but not least, always remember that less is more. You want to enhance your beauty, not cover it up.
- Tara - K Fuller




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