Laying firm foundations

Laying firm foundations

Q) I’m having trouble finding a foundation for my combination (oily t-zone) skin. By mid-afternoon my foundation practically slips off my face! I use a liquid foundation and then translucent powder, but I still end up shiny. Can you recommend a foundation that will stay put but not cost the earth ($25 max)?

– Teena, SA

A) You need to use an oil-free foundation. Though there are some water-based ones on the market, most liquid foundations contain oil. I recommend a stick foundation.
These are oil-free and tend to be quite dry, which is great for oily or combination skin. Sticks are usually more expensive, but, because you use much less and there is no waste from spillage, they are actually much more economical and last much longer. A heavier powder in a compact (as opposed to a light, translucent powder) will also assist in setting your foundation. A pre-foundation primer can help make it last too.

For best results, apply your foundation with a sponge or foundation brush, then apply powder with a sponge (for a heavier application) or a powder brush (for a lighter application).

I suggest Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer, Foundation Stick and Camera Finish. These are more expensive than you asked for [each is over $45], but they end up much cheaper in the long run and the results speak for themselves.

– Cassandra Rae Ferguson, make-up artist

Seriously can’t stretch the purse strings?

Try these budget buys:

Face of Australia Stick Foundation, $10.95
Natio Pressed Powder, $16.95
Maybelline New York Dream Matte Powder, $17.95
Australis Primer, $13.95

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