Oily skin is annoying. Dry skin is annoying. I get it, the grass is always greener on the other side and none of us like the problems that our skin presents. But I'm lucky enough to have the worst of both worlds - the dreaded combination skin.
I have pores the size of craters, you could actually fall into one if you're not careful. I am fairly certain it's where happiness goes to die; my happiness anyways. I'm not oily, but I've had multiple aestheticians guess otherwise at first glance. As if that wasn't problem enough, let's add dryness and flakiness to the mix. But wait - there's more! The dryness is most frequently found in the SAME spots as the clusters of graves that the public recognizes as pores.
So if you're at all curious about how I try to mask these fun little presents I wake up to every morning, here are my go-to's for foundation application:
Numero uno: prime with a purpose. Sure, any product that helps hold your makeup in place is great! But this little beauty also fills in your facial potholes like nobody's business. I've trusted this product as a primer for myself and my clients without disappointment.
Product: The POREfessional by Benefit Cosmetics
Secondly: the right brush can make all the difference. I fully admit that I will, on occasion, apply my foundation with my fingers. You know....when I'm camping, or when I'm drunk. Typically those two go hand in hand. But seriously, using this brush has multiple benefits. 1) You don't waste product. While sponges tend to soak up an overabundance of foundation and not redeposit it, this brush picks up the product and puts it right back down where you want it 2) Most of the time I'm a supporter of streaking, but not when it comes to my foundation. When used properly, this brush helps to ensure you will be streak-free.
Product: Optical Blurring Brush by Urban Decay
Trois: Remember how I said I have dry skin? I hate it. I would say this is my biggest daily struggle. Next to controlling the amount of food I eat. Ok, so what does this do for my dry skin? Nothing. Well, nothing directly that is. But to me, the opposite of dry skin is beautiful, dewy skin and this helps create that illusion.
Product: Copacabana Illuminator by NARS
Finally: I'm now on my 3rd bottle of this foundation. So I guess you could say I'm a fan. Typically I bounce around, trying to find the one that compliments me most. A common practice for me, which could also explain why I'm not yet married. But this stuff....we compliment each other mutually. It's light-medium coverage, but it's buildable so cake it on there if that's yo thang.
Product: Le Teint Touche Eclat in Beige 10 by YSL
The Process: Now that you know my weapons of choice, here's how I use them.
1) Apply the primer (a.k.a. the wiper-outter-of-pores...or somehing else that sounds more badass) generously in the areas that need it the most. Those areas, for me, are all within the T-zone so between my brows, my nose, my cheeks right beside my nose, and my chin.
2) Mix the foundation with a small amount of the illuminator - 1 little, teeny, tiny, hamster-poo-sized (don't worry, it won't actually look like hamster poo unless your hamster craps like a unicorn) drop of the illuminator for every 2 pumps of foundation. I would then use my makeup spatula to thoroughly mix the two products together. Voila, a subtle shimmer is now fully immersed in your foundation. Way to MacGyver that shit!
3) Most people probably mixed their foundation on the back of their palm, so now dip your brush in it and get to paintin'! I start on my cheek, applying in downward swipes. Then I branch out to my forehead, temples, nose, and chin. I generally don't need to pick up more product until I start the other side of my face. Using the brush, throw in some dabbing motions to avoid leaving any lines. BUT DO NOT MOVE AROUND IN CIRCLES IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN!!!! This is not kindergarten and we are not on a damn merry go round. I appreciate your efforts to break up any possible streakage, but please DAB the brush instead. Moving in circles on a dry face is like attending your high school reunion....so many unwanted flakes that you've worked hard to avoid...
That's it, that's all! Sorry for the lengthy read, but now you know my method for concealing pores and pretending your face is less dry than it really is. Yay for temporary fixes!