Being a curious creature by nature, I rarely pass up an opportunity to try out new beauty products. Even though my preference is a natural “le no makeup look” effect (especially so in the summer) I’m always open to finding new ways to achieve maximum results with minimum effort. Regardless of how simple or complex your makeup routine, skin that looks healthy and glowing is an essential starting point, and sometimes we all need a little help to get it.
1. Good news for those of us in the States: I’ve been told by Clarins customer support that the “Extra Comfort” foundation I fell in love with in Paris last month will be available here in September or October! Fingers crossed…
2. In the meantime, if you can’t wait until fall and are looking for a great foundation for drier or mature skin that doesn’t settle into lines and pores and has coverage that builds from sheer to full, Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation is definitely worth trying. Here’s the thing: a little goes a LONG way. Start with much less than you think you’ll need, and build where you need it. There’s a good range of colors too.
3. For applying primer and foundation, I still love my Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Brush best….
4. …but I’ve been reading so many rave reviews about the BeautyBlender Sponge, I had to give it a try. If you love a sheer, my-skin-but-better makeup application, you may love this little goody. You wet the sponge thoroughly, squeeze out excess water and towel-dry, then use the pointy end to apply the foundation which goes on evenly cake- and streak-free. After experimenting a couple of times, I found that a motion between dabbing and brushing worked best, but your preference may vary depending on coverage desired and the viscosity of your foundation. There’s a special cleanser for the sponge that you’re supposed to use each time, which adds about a minute to the makeup routine, but you may find that application is quicker so you come out even time-wise.
5. For those who are diligent with their high-SPF sunscreen use (and we ALL are, right??) the price of that dermal health and a solid investment in future wrinkle and spot prevention might be looking a bit pastier that we’d prefer. I’ve been bronzer-phobic after the first two I tried had me feeling like an Oompa Loompa. “No BRONZER!!!” I’ve been known to hiss at department store makeup people when they say “now let’s just add a little warmth…” But I relented after seeing this Laura Mercier “Bonne Mine” Stick Color “Bronze Glow” in the tube. Not even a hint of orange. It just provides a bit of that spent-a-few-hours-at-the-beach glow, very subtle.
6. Though you could apply it right out of the tube or with fingers, I find that I get the most controlled results with a brush. You could do worse than the Laura Mercier Crème Blush Brush, which I prefer for the nice short handle and dense, tapered bristles.
Do you change up your makeup routine in the summer months? Any new finds or favorite products?
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