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Makeup

Makeup Secrets: Top 7 Bridal Foundations!

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Having a flawless base is the key to having the most beautiful bridal makeup look.  Makeup artists in the Middle East and Asia are renowned for having the best bridal foundation base and everyone wants to know, WHAT DO THEY USE! Here is a breakdown of some of the best bridal foundation available on the market.  You must know choosing the right foundation is a science that depends on your skin type, the level of coverage you need, lighting and your specific skin issues.  Read ahead to find out what makeup artists use for creating that perfect bridal base with a detailed review on each of the products to help you decide which one would suit you best!

1.     Kryolan TV Paint Stick

Rating: 4.5/5

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The most widely used foundation for bridals in this region the TV Paint Stick has proven to provide an excellent bridal base.

Coverage:Medium to Full Coverage

Skin Types:Works Best on Normal to Oily Skin

Pros:

  • A little product goes a long way
  • Very Long-Lasting
  • No Need for Concealer or Touch Ups
  • Works well under lighting
  • Designed for TV & Photography Use
  • Affordable
  • Available in 250 different Shades as per their website (but most retailers of this product carry just a few selected shades)

Cons:

  • Not available easily in many countries
  • Feels heavy on the skin
  • Heavy formula can clog pores and promote acne breakouts
  • There is a fine line between looking great and overdoing this product, so you have to be very careful not to make it look cakey.
  • Is a bit of a nightmare to wash off
  • Generally you have to mix shades to create the right tone for your skin
  • Looks great in photos, but heavy in person
  • Can enhance fine lines and wrinkles particularly on dry or mature skins

Pro Tips:Use it with a wet sponge (particularly the Beauty Blender Sponge) or with your good old fingers for optimal results.

 

 

2.     Illamasqua Skin base Foundation

Rating 5/5

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Illamasqua is a newer makeup brand made by Kryolan.  Kryolan is a brand that generally caters to professionals.  Illamasqua on the other hand has the same high quality and highly pigmented products as Kryolan but designed for everyone to understand and use.  Illamasqua’sSkin base is one of the best bases available on the market; it’s the perfect formula.

Coverage:Light to Full Buildable Coverage

Skin Types:Suitable for All Skin types

Pros:

  • Natural to Full Coverage (Buildable)
  • Liquid Formula sits close to the skin to allow for more natural base (even if you build it up to a full coverage)
  • Controls Shine
  • Hydrates
  • Smoothes the skin
  • Suitable for ALL Skin types
  • Free of Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, GMO’s and Triclosan

Cons:

  • Illamasqua is a new brand so its not available in all countries yet
  • Available in only 26 colours (you may have to mix to get your shade)

 

Pro Tip:You can apply this product in many ways (there is no right or wrong) Works well with fingers, buff brush and Duo Fiber brush.

 

3. MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation

Rating 4/5

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Mac Studio Sculpt is a creamy, luxurious GEL-based foundation that provides a medium buildable coverage.  It’s a very popular foundation in the UK and North America for South Asian Bridals.

Coverage:Light to Medium Buildable Coverage

Skin Types:Best for Normal to Dry Skins + Mature Skins

Pros:

  • Comes in a great variety of cool and warm shades
  • Natural Satin Finish
  • Hydrating
  • Instantly smooth’s and softens the skin
  • Great to use as a liquid highlight and contour (golden shades for highlight, warm bronzy shades for contour)
  • SPF 15
  • Long-Wearing
  • Water Resistant

Cons:

  • Doesn’t work as great on Oily Complexions
  • I find MAC is missing some of the middle (brown) shades which would suit darker South Asian skin

Pro Tip

Apply with a foundation brush starting at the center of the face to build up the product, blend out with fingers or Duo Fiber brush.

 

4.    Airbrush Foundation

Rating 5/5

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Airbrush foundation has taken the world by storm.  It’s basically a fine mist of foundation sprayed with a small air compressor.  It covers skin flawlessly, but allowing the skin to breath.

Coverage:Medium to Full Buildable Coverage

Skin Types:Suitable for All Skin types

Pros

  • Flawless Finish
  • Looks Great in Photos and in Person
  • Light Weight
  • Invisible look but with a FULL Coverage
  • Never Looks cakey
  • Water Resistant
  • Easy to remove
  • Long Lasting
  • No Touch Ups necessary
  • Sanitary

Cons

  • Airbrush Gun is irritating to clean
  • You’ll have to order it online in most countries outside North America, Uk and Europe
  • Expensive
  • If you are planning to do your own makeup you’ll have to learn how to use the machine J

Pro tip:

Practice makes perfect, it’s not very difficult to use.  Test on paper first to see how different settings work.

 

 5.     Dior Air Flash Foundation

Rating 4/5

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Dior Air Flash is an ultra-light foundation that delivers an easy to do airbrush effect.  It’s an innovative mist foundation that you simply spray on and you’re ready to go.

Coverage:Light to Medium Buildable Coverage

Skin Types:Suitable for All Skin types

Pros:

  • Light to Medium Buildable Coverage
  • Soft, Velvety Finish
  • Light Weight
  • Easy to Use
  • Evens Skin tone
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines
  • Gives a glowy effect

Cons:

  • Only comes in 10 colours
  • Expensive

Pro Tip:

Spray onto the face in a circular motion for a natural finish, for a fuller coverage spray on and buff with a kabuki brush.  Works extremely well with a liquid foundation as a base and the Dior AirFlash applied as a second layer of foundation when wanting to achieve a fuller yet natural coverage.

 

6.     Estee Lauder: Double Wear Foundation

Rating 5/5

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Estee Lauder owner of infamous makeup brands such as MAC, Bobbi Brown and Clinique is a powerhouse brand.  Its Double Wear Foundation is an award winning foundation for it’s range of shades from Allure Best of Beauty Awards 2013. Why is this a great bridal foundation?  As the name suggests its DOUBLE WEAR – so it gives a great full coverage.

Coverage:Medium to Full Buildable Coverage

Skin Types:Suitable for All Skin Types

Pros:

  • 15-Hour Staying Power
  • Fantastic non cakey full coverage
  • Natural to Semi-Matte Finish (Matte Finishes work better under lighting and for photography)
  • 31 Different Shades (the shade range is just great has those in-between colors many of us South Asians are looking for)
  • Easily Available in most countries
  • Stays well under heat and humidity
  • Evens complexion

Cons:

  • Formula can be drying
  • They just changed their formula this year (2013), and many women are complaining about that the new colors and formula is not as great as it previously was.

Pro Tip:

If you find it drying in certain areas of the face just mix in some drops of Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair and it works like a dream.

 

7.  Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation

Rating:5/5

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Cover FX is a 2-in-1 concealer and foundation that is popular in North America.  It’s a cream that is so good it can cover up even the worst of scars.

Coverage:Light to Full Buildable

Skin Types:Suitable for All Skin Types

Pros

  • Radiant Finish
  • SPF 30
  • Optimum coverage of skin imperfections: ance, redness, under eye circles, uneven skin tones, post-surgical bruising, tattoos
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Suitable for even sensitive skin (zero irritancy score)
  • Medium to Full
  • Great Shades – each being 3 percent darker then the previous shade in the series
  • Does not contain: Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMO’s, Triclosan

Cons

  • Not available in all countries
  • Can get cakey

Pro Tip:For full coverage, apply a small amount with a foundation brush starting at the center of the face and blend outwards.  Build product on problem areas and spots.  Set with a powder.

For sheer coverage apply an even smaller amount and blend using a patting motion.

 

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