An ode to foundation…


So I’ve noticed a lot recently, girls boasting about not having to use foundation – not seeing the need for it, and instead just preferring some moisturiser and concealer. Sure – that’s fine, but here is why I think that they’re wrong.

All foundations are not cakey and “foundationy”, most have skincare benefits and work to not just cover your skin, but enhance it. Want some extra glow and a general feeling of radiance? NARS Sheer Glow is for you. Want a polished satin finish? Chanel Aqua Vitalumiere would be ideal. Fancy showing off your freckles and not wearing anything too heavy but something that just gives a little coverage and a lot of glow? Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser is ideal.

The world of bases is intricate, and I dare anyone to find me a person who doesn’t look better with a little bit of base. Even if your skin is flawless, the right base adds an extra glossiness which just enhances the natural beauty. Case in point, a few friends of mine I know swear off liquid foundations, opting instead for the odd dusting of mineral makeup, then I see the same girls for a special occasion wearing the ‘dreaded’ liquid foundation and can’t help commenting on their gorgeous complexion – it’s like they’re lit from within.

I think that girls don’t enjoy being girls enough. Everyone is craving that low maintenance no makeup makeup look, but even the so – called “makeup free” celebrities you see on the sidebar of shame have a little bit of the F word slathered on to their faces. What other product gives you a hint of glow in the dead of Winter, minimises shine in the Summer and overall gives a photoshopped effect?

My final argument towards foundation is that it also acts as a barrier, now of course moisturisers with SPF are also a protective barrier, but foundation just gives that one extra layer that really protects the skin from the sun, pollution and general day to day life. Don’t get me wrong, I try and have at least two foundation free days a week to let my skin breathe, because, as with all things in life, there can be too much of a good thing!


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