Three Foundations for Summer
In summer I tend to wear less foundation, base makeup than usual. When it comes to texture and formulation I rather go for long-lasting, non drying and I always sheer them out. Most of the time I conceal my redness, even out some imperfections. I already wrote a bit about my preferences here, this applies to any season (including carefully selected skincare products, which is more important to me than makeup).
Guerlain Tenue de Perfection #01 Beige Pâle – runs a bit darker than Parure de Lumière (review). I haven’t experienced any oxidation. This foundation belongs to my HGs I can say, even though it is a rather new addition to their line. I always get lots of compliments on my skin while wearing Tenue de Perfection. It is unbelievable how natural the finish is and how forgiving it is on uneven skin texture. It doesn’t feel heavy once applied, last a whole day on my dry skin. Coverage goes from sheer to medium. It sets satin on me, I tend to use my Guerlain Meteorites with this foundation a lot, the best finish ever. It also photographs beautifully. I also like the scent a lot, which is typical for a lot of Guerlain products. Tenue de Perfection is by far one of my favourite foundations I own.
Nanoce BB Cream #01 – my favourite BB Cream (and I am not into those whole BB, CC, DD whatever creams at all). On my lazy days, when I just need a bit of concealing, I use this. The coverage is sheer to medium, it does a very good job on covering my redness on my cheeks and around my nose. The finish is rather satin on me than matte. It doesn’t feel heavy, like a lot of BB creams do (at least I find). It is scented but not overpowering.
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer SX-01 – my holy grail multi purpose product. I never use it as a full coverage foundation, you need a tiny bit of product and it goes a long way, as the texture feels very thick. I warm it up in my hands and press/work it into my skin, the finish is matte on me but never dull. When I have major redness on my cheeks and around my nose, forehead, I use KA SSE. It is too drying to use under my eyes and it may accentuate dry patches (I always use my RMS Beauty lip&skin balm on my dry patches or Weleda Skin Food, problem solved). SX-01 is one of closest matches for my skintone and I don’t have to mix. It contains mineral oil and is scented.
Without fake tan I am about N10. Both, Guerlain Tenue de Perfection and Nanoce BB Cream match my fake tanned N15 skintone very well though. Otherwise I just mix those two (or any foundation that is too dark for me) with either MAC face and body white or my beloved Rouge Bunny Rouge highlighter. I like using powder on top of my base products, even though I have dry skin. I feel like the result is even more refined and airbrushed. My favourite powder is Kanebo Sensai Loose and Guerlain Meteorites (also my HGs).
What’s maybe important to say, I don’t like sheer foundations that much. Not because I don’t like sheer coverage but for me, the finish is much nicer when I sheer out a medium coverage foundation, I never wear a medium or full coverage foundation medium-full … never. No matter if it is winter or summer. Therefore those foundations above look sheer on me once applied, I use them to even out some imperfections, make my skin look better.