Making Fenty Foundation work for me

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Fenty Foundation has been the crème de la crème of foundations since its launch in 2018. Unfortunately for me, it never worked for my skin type. A year after trying to make it work for me, I finally found a product that allows for a flawless base. Here’s the problem, the solution and my technique. Hope you enjoy a quick read.

The problem with my skin type 

The Fenty Foundation is a dry-set, matte foundation. It has a hint of a glow, but really, it lacks any glowy depth. This is a dream for very oily, oily and to a certain extent, combination skin, but the minute a hint of a dry patch shows up, this foundation fails to perform. This was my issue with the foundation; I’d have to exfoliate my face, add a thick layer of moisturizer and still, it clung to my dry patches, looked cakey for the most part and did not compete with my superhero bases.

The solution

Whilst, I had tried adding a face oil as the last step to my routine before applying the foundation, I had never tried mixing it! This has been a revelation. As I usually shy away from too much oil to break the foundation, this one requires a good 3 drops to make it more manoeuvrable and skin-like. Currently, I’m applying three drops of Diptyque Face Oil with 3 pumps of foundation and it has made my skin look like a dream. This hack gives my face a more natural (but high) coverage and allows the product to wear off more beautifully without clinging on to any dryness or becoming cakier through the day.

Bonus tip: I have also added 2 pumps of oil and one pump of Becca Liquid Highlighter or the Iconic Glow Drop to add an extra boost of glow.

 

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The technique

I usually prefer my application with a beauty blender, but I find that the Fenty Foundation, combined with the oil can easily soak up in the tool, without providing me with the coverage. So, I start the process by mixing the product on my Scott Barnes glass palette and apply it with a Zoeva flat top brush, with the final step of tapping my beauty blender to ensure my base is streak-free and blended to perfection.

Be aware! 

Ironically, when I applied the Fenty Concealer on top of this, it really broke down the concealer and made it look patchy. I find that balanced concealers like the Too Faced Born this Way or Tarte Shape Tape work better as both of these are high coverage, not fast drying and set under the eyes.

Dior Nude Skin Foundation Review

Wearing the Dior Nude Skin Foundation in the Day
Wearing the Dior Nude Skin Foundation in the Day

An expensive buy, however, Dior Nude Skin Foundation it is the perfect blend of a bb cream and a medium coverage foundation. I need to take a pea-sized amount for my face and blend towards my neck for a day-coverage. For a more flawless finish, use a concealer on problem areas with a setting powder. If you are going for an evening high-sheen look, keep the powder away from the high-points of your cheek so you would get a natural glow sans shimmer.

Also, the foundation is great for normal / combination and dry skin. Oily skin would find this too glowy for their skin.

The packaging is not travel friendly but makes a great dressing table piece.

Pros

  • Dewy and easy application (i.e. with fingers if you are going for a light coverage look)
  • Build able (with a kabuki or foundation brush)
  • Long – Lasting
  • Great for evenings
  • Gorgeous packaging for dressing table
  • Perfect for combination/normal/dry skin

Cons

  • Packaging too heavy for travel
  • Bad for oily skin