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