To Foundation Or Not To Foundation: That Is The Question

The Beginning

I started caking my face with make-up at the tender age of 10 when I found my auntie’s tube of concealer. I covered my entire face with its mattifying effect and instantly aged eight years. As a child always wishing to be older, I was obviously thrilled and proceeded to show the rest of my family. Needless to say, they were not impressed. Particularly my auntie Louisa, whose trusty stick of Maybelline magic had greatly depreciated from my enthusiastic endeavours.

I delved into the world of make-up application once again the year after. In my early years of high school there was a trend for wearing Elizabeth Arden’s compact foundation in ‘Honey Beige’ (who’s colour match would have only been an original Oompa Loompa), and to apply it you would dampen the sponge that came with the compact and apply the greasy concoction from there.

I had discovered another unfortunate look.

After that I remember trying a few other high-street foundations (Rimmel, Revlon, etc.) up until the age of 13, until eventually I gave up with it all together.

The Problem

I always felt that foundation created a mask that was unlike my own visage, smothering my personality. Plus, the thought of removing my make-up and my boyfriend’s reaction being: “who the hell are you?” was never a personal objective of mine. So I took a different route on my foundation journey, away from the liquid and solid variety, and went looking for a powder-based path.

The Solution

I found what I was looking for at eighteen years of age in MAC’s Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. It’s affordable, blends in nice with my skin tone and lasts for 3-4 months. I apply it with the MAC 150 Large Powder Brush and top up throughout the day with the sponge that comes hidden in the foundation’s base.

MAC Studio Fix Plus Powder NW25

MAC Studio Fix Plus Powder NW25, £21.50

Another Problem

As I have aged however, I have found that powder-only bases have begun to highlight my premature ageing. And yes, I am getting the dreaded ‘lines’ at the age of 23 and now have three age spots – and I’ll say to you what my mother tried to drill into me: DO NOT USE SUNBEDS, YOU WILL BE SORRY!


I found a cosmetic solution to lines in the shape of No7’s Beautiful Skin BB Cream (Normal/Dry Skin). I apply this very thinly, as too of it much feels a bit greasy (I mositurise a lot too, it’s more likely a fault in me rather than the product), and then apply a little of my old favourite MAC Studio Fix to give myself a little extra coverage.

No7 BB Cream Beautiful Skin Normal to Dry

No7 BB Cream Beautiful Skin (Normal to Dry) £13.50

The Secret Weapon

Two months ago I was looking for something a bit special on the NARS website and came across their Light Reflecting Pressed Powder. I was dubious at first, but now can’t live without it. I use it as a ‘sealant’, if you like, to encase my face with its silken lightness.

This NARS product is honestly wonderful and worth every penny, especially after being in work for nine hours, travelling on the bus there and back, and on the way up to my apartment I catch a glimpse of my face in the lift* mirror, to be pleasantly surprised that my make-up is still on my face.

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder (Translucent) £26

And there’s no “who the hell are you?” when I get home from work…

*(USA: elevator)


9 Beauty Tips You May or May Not Already Know

A cat has nine lives, there are nine rings of power in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and there were nine planets in our solar system (sorry Pluto).

Now here’s nine beauty tips that you may or may not already know!

 1.  Vaseline is a Godsend. I know it has received bad press as of late due to the fact that it’s made out of petroleum jelly but there’s no denying that it keeps your lips smooth and flake-free. It’s also great for keeping your brows in place and if you dab a little on your eyebrows before plucking them it will ease the pain. Go Vaseline!

Vaseline Aloe Vera Lips

Vaseline Aloe Vera – my lip care go to!

2.  Deodorant isn’t just for armpits. If you spray some to your shoes that are causing you cuts and blisters the deodorant will stop your shoes from rubbing (works especially well on ankle straps). This is because the deodorant acts as a barrier between the shoes and your skin, to stop those pesky shoes from rubbing your flesh off.

3.  Seeing as we’re on the topic of shoes, do you own a pair with black (or white) scuffs on them? Nail varnish remover on a cotton wool pad will remove those pesky scuffs like magic. Works particularly well on patent leather (but do not try on suede! It will remove the colour too).

4.  There’s no need to adjust your hair anymore, because now you know that you place hairgrips in THIS WAY!! Mind-blown.

Hair grip the right way

5.  If you lick a cotton wool bud (only a tiny lick, and no it’s not gross) you can use it to remove excess mascara. I also use a dry one to fix my eyebrows/eye shadow – basically any loose power that’s not where you want it to be – by quickly rolling it across the area.

6.  Is your Kohl eyeliner down in the stumps? Put it in the fridge overnight and sharpen it in the morning – it will be a perfect point once more.

7.  Want to know how to make your smokey eyes come alive? Apply a little peach-coloured eyeshadow or blusher on to the centre of your eyelids as the final touch to your smouldering peepers and it will give your eyes a cinematic quality. Think of it as a beam of light that forever lingers on your eyelids, a la Kristen Stewart.

Kristen Stewart smokey eyes

Beautiful image of Kristen’s smokey eyes, courtesy of ‪

8.  Are you a Mickey blue eyes that’s been using blue eyeliner/shadow to “bring out the colour of your eyes”? Stop! Blue doesn’t bring out blue. Imagine a sapphire on a blue cushion – do you not think if it sat upon an bronze poof it would be more prominent?

9.  A very basic tip to end on: Sudocream heals all. Get it on your cuts, burns and spots to lend your skin a healing hand overnight. You gotta love that thick, white nappy rash cream!

Sudocrem heals spots

Spots are rubbish but Sudocrem will heal them away!

What’s your best-kept beauty tip? It’s time to share!