My Foundation Routine
I'm not a makeup artist, but I'd like to study cosmetology someday, so that's why I watch so many Youtube tutorials and try to find affordable products that can help me get the look I want. After trying different products, and knowing what I like and what I don't, I created this Foundation Routine. Enjoy!
1. Moisturizer - Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture Sensitive Skin $9.95
I've used this moisturizer for over a year and it has helped my skin so much. I first bought it when I had bad acne, and it didn't break out my skin at all! Also, I chose this type because I have sensitive and dry skin, but you have different options according to your skin type.
Application: Wash your hands before, and then apply it all over your face. Make sure to apply it every night and every morning for better results.
2. Makeup Sponge - Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge $5.99
This sponge has changed my makeup game. I used to apply my foundation with a brush, but this sponge makes it look more natural. Remember, you want the sponge to be wet before you use it.
3. Primer - Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer $32.00 or Nyx Cosmetics Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer $15.99
The only reason why I was able to wear the Too Faced Primer was because I got it on an Ipsy Bag and I love it (obviously), but although it's a great primer, it's also really expensive, so if you're looking for a more affordable product, then try "Angel Veil" from Nyx Cosmetics.
Application: Again, every time you're going to touch your face, make sure to wash your hands before. I apply the primer all over my face with my fingers, but feel free to use an sponge or a brush if you'd prefer.
4. Foundation- L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation $11.99
I have used the L'Oréal foundation for a couple of months, and so far it's my favorite. I used to wear the Neutrogena Skin Clear Foundation, and I liked it a lot, but then I bought the Neutrogena Shine Control Foundation and I was dissapointed (I actually think I'm allergic). Anyways, I heard so many good reviews about the L'Oréal foundation that I decided to try it out, and I have to accept that it's totally worth the hype.
Application: You want the Sponge to be wet, and then put a little bit of foundation on the back of your hand. After that, pick up some foundation and tap it through your face and neck. Apply more foundation on the areas where you need more support.
5. Concealer - Maybelline New York Fit Me! Concealer $5.29
This concealer has excellent quality, it's affordable, and it also perfect for those days when you don't have enough sleep.
Application: Apply it drawing a triangle looking down under your eyes, then on your forehead (between and on top of your eyebrows), on the center of your nose, and then on top of your lips (this helps to make your lips look more voluminous).
PS. Make sure that your concealer tone is two shades lighter than your skin tone.
6. Setting Powder - Nyx Face Powder HD $9.99 or RCMA No color Powder $12.00
I've worn the Nyx HD powder and I like it, but I've heard so many things about the one from RCMA that I can't wait to try it!
Application: Apply this with a brush on the same places where you applied concealer or the areas where you tend to shine the most.
7. Contouring & Bronzing - Milany Bronzer XL #1 Bronze Glow $8.97
I actually use a bronzer for both. This Milani Bronzer has two different options and that's why I like it so much (one softer, one darker).
Application: Apply it on the areas where the sun would naturally hit (on your cheekbones, on the forehead, etc). You want to use a fluffy brush for this step, although you can also use a dry makeup sponge. Then, apply it on both sides of your nose and on your chin for contour. Make sure to blend it really well for a natural finish.
PS. Make sure the bronzer is two shades darker than your skin tone. Avoid shimmery bronzers for a better finish.
8. Blush - Milani Rose Powder Blush. Color: Romantic Rose $7.99
This is one of my favorite blushes. It's beautiful and it's not shimmery, which is something I look for on my blushes.
Application: If desired, use the same brush you used for your bronzer. Then, apply it on the apple of your cheeks and blend it out really well.
PS. This shade looks beautiful on any skin tone!
9. Highlighting - Vintage Illuminating Highlighter Set $35.00 or Colourpop Wisp $8
This is my favorite part of this process. I love the Vintage set because both colors are beautiful, they stay on place all day, and they have an excellent quality. I received it on a Boxycharm, so I didn't have to pay the full price for it, but you can buy any Colourpop highlighter and not break the bank. They have beautiful and affordable highlighters! Wisp is just my favorite.
Application: What I do is I use a thin brush, and then apply the quantity of highlighter desired on my cheekbones, on the center of my nose, on my forehead, and on top of my lips.
10. Setting Spray - Nyx Matte Finish Makeup Spray $7.99
This spray makes my skin look beautiful after I apply it. It also helps to set my makeup on place, but being honest, it doesn't make it last longer and the smell is kind of weird. Anyways, it is really good for being a Drugstore product, and as long as you don't care about the smell (which only lasts while you're applying it), then I would highly recommend it.
Application: Use it before you apply mascara and/or eyebrow gel, and then spray it all over your face.
And you're D O N E! I'm sure you look flawless, so tag me on your pictures as #malhermonmakeup to be featured on my blog. Also, if there's a product you would like me to try, make sure to put it on the comments ;)
Thank you for reading me and see you soon!