Insecurity confession alert. My oily/acne skin gets me all kind of depressed, self-conscious and ugly AF. I thought I would just break it to you, that way we can all start accepting that it is completely normal to have those days where mirrors are our enemies. By now I feel like I have almost embraced it, I got the acne of a 14 year old at 25, it will stop when it decides to stop. But as a blogger, well, I kind of feel like I need to pretend to have perfect skin all the time. That led me to develop a deep love for foundations, I am constantly on the hunt for new formulas that leave my skin matte and covered for most of the day. That being said, I am absolutely not an everyday foundation kinda girl. If you have met me outside of the blogging world, chances are I wasn’t wearing make up at all. I am not one to hide, but one to enhance. I have learnt that my acne is not my enemy, letting it influence how I perceive myself is. I picked 5 of my favourite foundations, they are the ones that truly helped me embrace my skin to the fullest and that make it look almost flawless most of the time.
ESTEE LAUDER, DOUBLE WEAR
For the days I want to trust 100% that my make up will stay in place without the need to retouch. Pure magic. This is probably the foundation I will wear on my wedding day, well if I ever find the poor guy willing to marry me. It lasts for literally forever, covers EVERYTHING and is as matte as it can get. There are times where I went to the gym in a rush without taking my makeup off and that was the foundation that handled all my jabs. That being said, it is also very thick and can make you feel like you are wearing paint on your face.
YSL, ALL HOURS
For the days when my skin is on the dryer side. This one was definitely a grower. I tried it the first time while I was in Barcelona and for some reason my skin always gets CRAZY OILY when I am home, so it just didn’t work. I was extremely disappointed because everybody was RAGING about it. A few days later, I’m back in Toronto and give it another shot. Surprisingly, my skin looked simply beautiful: matte with a hint of glow and high coverage without looking cakey. I recommend setting it after hand though, especially in the T-zone and the chin area.
L’OREAL, INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE
For the days when I don’t want to invest too much money in my makeup. I’m pretty sure a lot of you will relate, you go to the grocery store, are you really gonna waste a 60 bucks YSL foundation on your skin? Nope. Not me at least. This is why I am so in love with that foundation, the finish is beautiful, the coverage is perfect and you won’t need to break the bank to get it. This is a keeper babes, the real deal that doesn’t make you cry at the cashier.
For the days when I want a healthy glow. This is one is definitely not on the full matte, full coverage side. So definitely not for the days when your skin is oily and acneic. However, it looks absolutely stunning on days where my skin is more in control, it gives you the right amount of glow without the shine of a disco ball. It also stays in place for a good amount of time and looks more natural than the YSL all hours.
FENTY BEAUTY, PRO-FILT’R
For the days when I want to look natural. Listen, I have to give it to Riri, this foundation is a miracle. I love how it looks like your own skin minus all the flaws attached to it. It is medium to high coverage (depending on how you layer it) but feels incredibly light on the skin. It really doesn’t feel or look like you are wearing make up. However, it is full matte and drying so I would recommend using a hydrating primer before hand.
What about you loves, what are your Holy Grails?