A flawless foundation tutorial for photography and special occasions! Perfect for black tie events, weddings or prom. I hope you find you find it helpful for your next night out! x
PS: this might seem like a lot of products but the application is strategic and purposeful. Explanation as to why I’ve chosen each product below – feel free to omit steps where you please 🙂
Nail Polish I’m wearing in this tutorial
Complete List of Products Mentioned/Major Ramble
Alpha H – Liquid Gold* // Important that you use this three days prior to an event as you might experience minor peeling that could make you base look parched.
Sisley – Black Rose Mask // Review here. I love using this the day before an event, it soothes any redness and quenches dehydration – hydrated skin is happy skin!
MV Skincare – Rose Soothing Protective Moisturiser* // Review here. I find most skin types benefit from a moisturiser prior to makeup application. Pick a product suited to your skintype, this is my just personal favourite.
Max Factor – Face Finity Primer* // Not as slippy as Benefit Professional, not as matte as Becca Matte Primer – the Max Factor pins a good medium. I think it’s easy to overapply primer so I use a brush to smooth a very small amount over areas with enlarged pores or uneven texture.
Giorgio Armani – Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5 // Review here. My go-to foundation for photography, it pictures flawlessly.
Chanel – Le Blanc De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base // Review here. I mix a little Le Blanc De Chanel into my foundation for some extra luminosity, it also provides a soft focus effect that registers well in photos.
By Terry Touche Veloutee in 3 + Clarins Instant Concealer in 01 // These formulas are very similar, I mixed for shade. Both are kind to fine lines and sit very close to the skin (i.e. no visible layers).
YSL – Touche Eclat in Shade 2* // Used on the high points of the face and to illuminate shadowy areas, like the corners of the mouth. I really do like the Touche Eclat, but the drugstore has equally awesome alternatives (Maybelline Age Rewind comes to mind).
Kevyn Aucoin – Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX07 // Review here. Sensual Skin Enhancer is ridiculously pigmented, ideal for spot concealing blemishes or scars (or scratches, if you’re clumsy like me!).
Laura Mercier – Secret Brightening Powder for Eyes // An illuminating powder used to set undereye concealer. Now, this is silica based and I frequently receive questions as to whether silica is safe for photography – if you’re not sure, err on the side of caution and SKIP! I know makeup artists who use silica without issue but prom night is not the time to experiment, y’know?
Guerlain – Meteorites Perles in Teint Dore 03 // Technically a finishing powder, I used the Meteorites to set my foundation as I find it takes down the tackiness of foundation somewhat. If you have an oilier skintype, opt for a conventional setting powder as this one doesn’t enhance longevity.
Kevyn Aucoin – Sculpting Powder in Medium // Review here. I love this contour to bits, I can’t even.
Chanel – Joues Contraste in Notorious // Review here. Two contour powders? I know, I’m crazy. If epic bone structure is on the menu, I’ll add a little grey to deepen the very hollow of the cheekbone. More effective than packing on the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting, methinks.
Guerlain – 4 Seasons Bronzer in Nude 00 // Review here. This is a rather subdued bronzer on my medium skintone so I use it as a transitional shade, so that my contour meshes better with the surrounding skin.
Milani – Blush in Luminoso // Totally infatuated with this blush. If you like a lil shimmer and a lil coral, this will be all up in your alley.
MAC – Mineralized Skinfinish in Lightscapade // The shimmer in Lightscapade is a rather neutral white so it pairs well with most looks and most blushers. If you’re pale and find that highlights often read as nothingness on you, swatch Lightscapade, it’s a goodie.
For a full list of brushes used, check out the Youtube Description Box.
ERMAGERD, got a bit carried away with this blog post! Also, you probably noticed that I implemented some new editing techniques – some of you will love it and some may not but hey, I want a challenge and I want to learn. My voice will be back soon, don’t worry 🙂
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