What do you look for in a foundation? For me it’s 3 things: shade range, natural-looking coverage ( I hate that “I have foundation on” look, and always look for products that give me that “my skin but better” appeal ) and lastly – staying power. My latest find is Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup. For someone who prefers a more natural looking face, it’s not always easy to find a full coverage foundation that doesn’t look obvious, so the reason why I’ve been using nothing other than this particular foundation as of late is because it looks natural even in daylight yet covers all the pesky little things you want to cover. Another reason is staying power. I didn’t think it would last me all day long, but it did, something I particularly appreciated in rainy Paris during fashion week ( also really, really appreciated it in humid Italy this summer… ). Though I am somewhat used to fixing my makeup during the day, going touch up free is kind of wonderful! Love the fact that I can apply it in the morning and sort of forget about it! In addition to the Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup, I’ve added 2 more Estee Lauder products to my current makeup routine, scroll down to read what they are and why I love them.
The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finish – my new favorite primer! I’m sure you know by now that I have oily skin, so shine control is always appreciated. I’ve tried a few mattifying primers but disliked most of them because they would really dry out my skin and make it hard to blend the foundation. This one does not, in fact it makes my skin feel very smooth and soft and helps prepare it for the next step. Another reason I love this product is because it’s a multitasker. Though you can certainly use it as a base, you can also apply it over your make up throughout the day to touch up and mattify. A total game changer for me since I’m not a huge fan of blotting sheets and this is a great alternative.
Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup – though I love this foundation for many reasons, one of my favorite thing about it is the buildable coverage. Yes, it does offer full coverage, yet you can easily sheer it out by adding a bit of liquid highlighter to get that glowy skin look or even mixing in a bit of your favorite moisturizer to tone it down to a very natural/sheer coverage that’s perfect for every day. I took this foundation with me on all my recent trips and it worked out really well! Natural coverage during the day and full coverage for night time and special events. The staying power of this foundation is very impressive as well which is another reason it’s been my favorite, especially for travel when I’m running around all day with no time to retouch my makeup. Aside from above, I absolutely love the shade range this foundation comes in – there is a shade for everyone!
Set + Refresh Perfecting Makeup Mist – to wrap up this 3 step routine, I set my face by spraying this mist all over the face once I’m completely done with my makeup. It doesn’t make me oily or shiny which I love and really helps blend all of the makeup into the skin which lends to a more natural and super smooth look. Aside from using it when finishing my makeup, I loved having the bottle with me on the plane to give my skin a slight hydration boost throughout those super long flights. Love that it’s oil free too!
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup, The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finish, Set + Refresh Perfecting Makeup Mist, Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick, and Little Black Liner | Self Portrait Satin Paneled Lace Midi Dress