Reader Beauty Q: My Foundation Slips Right Off. What Am I Doing Wrong?

make-up-for-ever-hd-foundation-kitQuestion: “I recently invested in the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation ‘kit’ (for an extra $30 I received a good sized sample of primer and setting powder). I know this foundation is AMAZING and I’m using it per the directions and tips from the Sephora gals, but I’m really not satisfied. Knowing this product is fantastic and my skill level is … well … extremely amateur, I’m thinking it’s me. I wash, moisturize, prime, stipple foundation & blend then apply powder. However after 3-4 hours my face is extremely shiny and looks wet — and the foundation comes off as though I’ve just applied it when I brush my skin with anything (Kleenex, my fingers, hubby’s shirt sleeve).

I’ve tried changing up moisturizers, not using primer, using more primer, using more/less powder … I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.” — Jessica

Answer: To help Jessica get to the bottom of her slippery foundation issue, I enlisted Make Up For Ever’s managing educator Jessie Powers. If anyone knows how to use the Make Up For Ever products, she does. According to Powers, “It sounds like [Jessica] might have oilier skin.” Unfortunately, Jessica, that means you might not be using the right products for your skin type. Here are the application tips and products that Powers says will help you (and anyone else with this issue) get flawless-looking skin that lasts:

  • Apply one to two pumps of Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer, $35. “Use fingertips to massage it into the skin,” says Powers.
  • “Apply Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $42 with a sponge instead of a brush or fingers. Press the foundation into the skin so it really adheres to the surface,” she adds.
  • Swap your Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, $34 with the Make Up For Ever Super Mat Loose Powder, $28. “Use it to set the foundation. This is the really important part because the HD Powder is just going to slightly mattify, but it does not set the makeup. Setting powder needs talc to really hold makeup in place,” says Powers.
  • To apply the loose powder, “get a dime-sized amount of loose powder on the [included] puff, fold the puff in half and rub the sides together to distribute the powder evenly.  Then apply the powder by pressing the puff into the skin with a rocking motion. The pressing motion will help set and lock liquid makeup in place,” says Powers.
  •  Finish by buffing a little HD Microfinish Powder on top, she adds.

If the above steps alone don’t help your foundation last or look less shiny, “you may want to look for a foundation that is more geared toward oily skin or high humidity climates. Often times, just finding the best formula for your skin type will do the trick,” says Powers. She recommends Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation, $36.

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Dakota Fanning's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Red Carpet Look

By the time some of you true Twihards out there read this, you’ll have already seen the highly-anticipated final flick in the Twilight series. And, if you’ve been paying attention to all of the hoopla surrounding the release of this film, then you probably know that the lovely Dakota Fanning showed up at the premiere as a brunette. What do you think of her new hair color?

I think it definitely adds a level of sophistication to her look. And, the makeup she sported was the perfect complement to her new hue. One of my in-the-know friends gave me scoop how to copy her look. Here’s the breakdown:

Skin

Dermalogica Age Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30, $48. (Love this stuff!)

Eyes

Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Burnished Copper, $22.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara in Black, $22.

Cheeks

Nars The Multiple in Portofino, $39.

Lips

Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Intriguing, $20.

It’s the perfect makeup look for day or night. A classic go-to.

Image: SFGate

Dakota Fanning’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Red Carpet Look

By the time some of you true Twihards out there read this, you’ll have already seen the highly-anticipated final flick in the Twilight series. And, if you’ve been paying attention to all of the hoopla surrounding the release of this film, then you probably know that the lovely Dakota Fanning showed up at the premiere as a brunette. What do you think of her new hair color?

I think it definitely adds a level of sophistication to her look. And, the makeup she sported was the perfect complement to her new hue. One of my in-the-know friends gave me scoop how to copy her look. Here’s the breakdown:

Skin

Dermalogica Age Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30, $48. (Love this stuff!)

Eyes

Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Burnished Copper, $22.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara in Black, $22.

Cheeks

Nars The Multiple in Portofino, $39.

Lips

Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Intriguing, $20.

It’s the perfect makeup look for day or night. A classic go-to.

Image: SFGate

Steal Her Makeup Look: Elizabeth Banks From the What to Expect When You're Expecting Premiere

My friend and fabulous makeup artist Gita Bass posted a photo (via Facebook) of the latest look she created for Elizabeth Banks’ What to Expect When You’re Expecting premiere (Are you going to see it?) and I had to know how to copy it. Here’s the scoop she gave me — just in case you’re game for recreating it:

“I evened out her skin tone with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 5, $59,” says Bass.

Next, she used Dior Skin Flash Radiance Booster Pen in Candlelight, $37 to highlight the areas under her eyes, along her cheekbones and down the bridge of her nose to add dimension to her face.

To define her eyes, Bass blended Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Emerveille, $36 (a peachy-golden hue) on Banks’ lids and “layered the gold shade from the Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad [in Burnished Amber], $75 over the top,” says Bass. She then blended the bronze shade from the same quad into the creases of Banks’ eyes. She lined top and bottom lashlines with Laura Mercier Caviar Eye pencil in Cocoa, $24 using a small stiff brush, and finally, she curled Banks’ lashes and “applied several coats of Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara, $30.”

Then, to give Banks a “peachy glow” Bass reached for Yves Saint Laurent Creme de Blush in Velvety Peach, $38. She applied to to the apples of her cheeks and blended outward.

Bass completed the look by adding a bright pop of color to Banks’ lips. She used Make Up For Ever Rouge Artiste Natural in Soft Fushia, $19. I’m so buying this shade. It’s gorgeous and I’m always for a bold lip color.

That’s it. Will you give this look a try?

Image: trend911.com