Ask Belle: A Strong Foundation
Oct 17, 2011
Hi Belle,I was wondering if you had any tips on the best type of all day foundation? I’m looking for something that is light-weight, but stays on most of the day and can withstand the swampy weather. My skin is a little combination-like. I have light freckles which fade away with make up, not to mention that I feel more pulled together with foundation on. But, I can’t seem to find the right brand. Most all-day foundations are sticky, oily, heavy and just overall gross.Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated!Thanks!Bethany-Lynn
When I was in college, I wore liquid foundation under powder foundation. (Talk about overkill.) When I moved to D.C., the humidity and the fast pace made that impossible so I switched to a quality primer and a tinted moisturizer.
Tinted Moisturizer is much lighter and more comfortable than most foundations. It will lesson most imperfections and allows me to wear concealer without feeling like I’m applying makeup with a trowel. Plus, unlike foundation, which must be perfectly matched to your skin in order to look natural, tinted moisturizer’s sheer coverage is much more forgiving.
In my opnion, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer ($42) is the best choice on the market. It comes in oil-free and fill power, depending on your skin type. I use the oil free most of the time, but I keep a tube of the regular formula for the dry winter months.
For me, the trick to making this tinted moisturizer last all day and cover like a real foundation is a good primer. And, after much trial and error, I’ve determined that the primer with the most staying power is NARS Pro-Prime Oil-Free Primer with SPF 20 ($32).
Occasionally, on the weekends, I will switch back to the Laura Mercier primer to conserve my supply of NARS. And when I do, I notice a BIG difference. I don’t know what they are putting in this stuff, bit it is miraculous. It hides small imperfections, holds like a magnet and smooths like you wouldn’t believe.
Finding a foundation that provides quality coverage without feeling like you’re wearing a mask can be tough. But pairing a tinted moisturizer with a strong primer will give you the same effect with far less weight.