We are all beautiful in our own unique way. Some people may not be 100% happy with their appearance, but there is a great solution to our imperfections and that is foundation. There are many types of foundations available on the market and only by trying them we can decide what suits us best or our clients or the job we were signed for.
Foundations best for TV has to be HD because of high resolution cameras used to film movies, documentaries, adds or life shows. In Branka’s opinion the best HD foundations nowadays on the market are Illamasqua Skin Base HD foundation and Makeup Forever Visible Cover HD foundation.
In my kit I have Mac Face and Body foundation, Mac Studio Fix and Le Maquillage Profesional foundations by Mandy Gold, Lizzie Yianni Georgiou and gossmakeupartist.
Face and Body foundation by Mac – great foundations on the market and as name suggests it can be used on face or body or both. This foundation is buildable which means that after first layer added on the face you can go over it again and apply more without making look too heavy. Foundation has light to medium coverage and it’s in a liquid form, but when it oxidase it can become thicker, by mixing it with the brush. It has glow finish leaving skin looking fresh and ‘young’.
Studio Fix another creation by Mac. It has good medium coverage but it is not very friendly for sensitive skin.
Le Maquillage Professional palettes are combination of different colours. They all have very thick texture and can be applied on its own, giving heavy coverage or by adding mixing lotion which would dilute the product – this will allow the product to have light coverage. When in its natural state, this foundation can be used on face but also on prosthetic pieces. I have worked with this foundations and I really liked the heavier and lighter finish.
Light/no makeup look using Face and Body by Mac
Adjust chair hight and cover model with protective gown. Check the skin condition and ask about allergies. Next step is to remove any makeup. Moisturise well models face, if someone has dry skin apply extra cream on nose and around nose area, this areas have tendency to be the driest on the face (it may become flaky).
We need to judge what is models skin undertone. The best way to do that is by looking at forehead, cheeks, chin and arms. Once we established the skin undertone we can use correct concealers and foundations. In this look it is important to conceal only if the skin needs it (any blemish or spots). My model had dark under eye area and I had to add derma colour D32, which on its own is very red, but once I’ve added it under eye it counteract the darkness. I used small concealer brush. She also had few veins on her upper lip which I’ve covered with concealer. Than I have chosen Face and Body foundation C1 ( which has yellow skin under tone ) and I worked it on my hand , waiting for it to oxidise and get thicker, I used foundation brush to do that. I’ve started applying foundation from the forehead moving downwards, making sure I had very little on my brush as the aim of the look is light, almost no makeup look. I used buffer brush to smooth any visible lines. Last step was to set the foundation bybusing translucent loose powder by Ben NYE, light application.
I enjoyed doing that light/no makeup look. I struggled with concealing under eye. I could not get it right, it was either too red or I could still see the darkness coming through. Next time I will pay more attention to this area and I would spend more time on colour matching. Another lesson is to take pictures from the front! as well as from the profile. Next time I won’t forget.