Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Staying shine free ... a new foundation and primer combo

Staying shine free throughout the day is always a challenge for me, especially during the hot, humid summer months and sometimes even in the cooler months. 

I have a shiny t-zone which I consider the bane of my face makeup existence. I also have to admit, that I like when I don't have to blot at all during the day and I *feel* matte and dry all day, but usually, blotting is a common occurrence and happens at least once a day, if not twice, which really, is not too bad.

I've also done a couple of videos about dealing with a foundation routine for hot humid weather, and you can watch it here and here.

Right now though, I'm currently loving this combination for my face and to my delight - matte all day, with no need to blot at all, plus it lasted a good 10 hours on my face, which is about as long as I need my foundation to last on a work day.

I'm using:
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in cream ivory
  • MUA Matte Primer
  • NYX Shine Killer
  • Elf Translucent Powder

And the routine is quite simple too:
  • I mix the MUA Matte Primer and the NYX Shine Killer, using a small amount of both - probably about the size of a 1/4 of a pea of each product, and apply to my freshly moisturized face. I let this set on my face for a few minutes, while I dress.
  • Then, I apply the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation using my fingers (my fingers are my preferred way of applying foundation and I do this whenever I can or whenever the foundation itself permits). I also only use a very small amount of foundation as a little goes a long way with this foundation, and I get great coverage with it.
  • After applying the foundation, I go about putting on the rest of the makeup on my face. I like to give my foundation time to set. Once that is done, I powder my whole face lightly with the Elf Translucent Powder.

So that's it really. It's very simple and I'm just really happy with the results that I'm getting.

What's your go-to stay matte foundation routine?

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