5 Ways to a Multi-Seasonal Foundation Ft. Kevyn Aucoin, The Body Shop & Face of Australia

Do you have that one foundation that just looks flawlessly natural and ticks all the right boxes for you? But as soon as the season changes, you can’t use it any more because it’s too light or too drying for the skin? Well here are 5 simple says to make your favourite foundation adapt to all the seasons, all year round.

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Mecca’s Smoothing Primer is also great for the winter if you have oily skin, it’s definitely one of my favourites.

Hydrating vs. Moisturising: As the seasons get warmer, your skin might get oilier. And as the season gets colder, your skin might get drier. So how do you make your foundation to drastic temperature changes? Switch up your base with something either more mattifying or more hydrating than what you might normally use. Changing to a more mattifying base like Make Up For Ever’s Mattifying Primer will help with oil control, keeping you oil free. But if it’s winter where you are then you might consider using something more hydrating like the Smashbox Hydrating Primer or even mixing your mattifying primer with something super hydrating like the Aveeno Daily Moisturising body lotion (love this stuff for the winter!!).

Loose Powder vs. Pressed Powder: Depending on what kind of foundation you have, you could always skip the powder. But if you’re someone who does like to set their foundation then you may consider switching between a loose powder and a pressed powder. Pressed powders tend to have more oil-controlling capabilities which can be a overly drying for the colder months. My Etude House Dear Girl’s Oil Control Pact has been doing wonders for my oily skin. However, by switching to a loose powder, you still get to set your foundation but it leaves you looking a little less matte and a little more natural. It’s almost leaving you with more of a satin-y/semi-matte finish. But it’s Untitled designalso great if you wanna use the baking method for summer. The Face of Australis Loose Powder is also a great product, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth!

Sponge vs. Brush: Another great way to customise your foundations with the seasons is changing the way you apply foundation. Using a sponge to blend out your foundation will not only give you a natural looking coverage but it also blots away the excess oil, leaving an ideal complexion for the summer. I have the black Beauty Blender and it’s become an absolute staple in my make-up collection. Using a brush, however, creates a fuller coverage complexion whilst maintaining the moisture you need for winter. The Real Techniques Expert Face brush is a coveted tool for most users, the density of the brush makes it a piece of cake to build up the coverage.

Dark vs. Light: As the season changes, so does the colour of your skin. Whether your frolicking out under the sun or bundling up to keep warm, your foundation might not match your skin’s colour. But there’s a number of ways you can fix this. Use a darker or lighter concealer and mix it with your favourite foundation to adjust the shade. They are also a lot of products these days that are specifically made for shade adjusting like the Cover FX drops and The Body Shop’s Shade Adjusting Drops…really great to have in your kit if you’re a make-up artist! Or if your wanting to darken your foundation you could also use your bronzer! Take a tooth pick to scrape off some loose bronzer then mix that in your foundation to give it that extra hint of bronze.20160428_154458

Natural coverage vs. Full coverage: Let’s say this foundation you love is great for everyday but you want something with more coverage for those more special occasions. Well here’s how you can adjust coverage. For a lighter, everyday natural coverage take your foundation and mix it with your favourite moisturiser. Mixing in a 2:1 ratio is going to give you a radiant, lighter coverage look, like a BB cream. But if you want something with fuller coverage then add a high coverage concealer into the mix for a flawless complexion with less spot concealing. Any moisturiser should do the trick as long as it absorbs well and isn’t too sticky. The Maybelline Fit Me concealer has a really great consistency to blend with with foundations and moisturisers while the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer works wonderfully for adding extra coverage.

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Left Image: Swatches of the original foundation (left) and then the foundation is mixed with my bronzer (right) making the foundation a few shades darker. Right Image: Left swatch is the foundation mixed with the Aveeno moisturisier, swatch on the right is the foundation mixed with the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, dramatically increasing the coverage.

That’s all for today! Hopefully this has been helpful to you if you’re battling with sudden weather changes. You don’t always need to buy a new foundation for the new seasons, you can always use what you already have! Is there a foundation you like to use all year round? Or do you have different foundations for different seasons? Leave you comments below and I’ll see you all next week! xx

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