Several questions about foundation from a BSBB reader. Which one to use? How much? Does powder cover better than liquid?
Here are some helpful suggestions for beautiful babes of all ages.
For women in their20's:
Unless your acne prone, you don't need much coverage. Try a tinted moisturizer or light oil-free foundation that lets your skin show through. I like LAURA MERCIER's OIL-FREE TINTED MOISTURIZER with SPF20/$42. If your complexion is really clear, opt for spot coverage and blend.
For women in their 3o's:
You may notice fine lines around your eyes. Create a smooth canvas with a bit of primer. For a nice glow, stroke on GIORGIO ARMANI's LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION with a brush and blend well. Finish with a translucent powder to make sure makeup stays put.
For women in their 40's:
Along with some creasing, you may experience an "extreme" in your skin condition: excess oiliness or intense drying -- probably due to hormones. (UGH!) Simple solutions to shut down the shine -- prime skin first and use an oil-free foundation. For dry skin, try M.A.C. SELECT SPF FOUNDATION with SPF 15/$26.00. The hydrating formula offers medium coverage.
For women in their 50's and up:
Perfect your skin with an anti-aging serum. Avoid powdery or shimmery foundations altogether as they draw attention to wrinkles. Try LANCOME's ABSOLUE Bx MAKEUP for moderate to full coverage to conceal imperfections and even skin tone. Won't sink into lines and restores moisture. Helps skin look rejuvenated and regain suppleness/$57.00.
If you prefer luxury brands, visit a counter at a department store for a professional shade match. Shopping locally? Check your favorite drugstores for return policies so you won't spend a small fortune on foundation. I think Rite Aid and CVS will return with a receipt.
(Photo courtesy of Glamour.com. Women's ages range from 25 to 44.)