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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Me and my skin

I am a dry-skinned gal. No two ways about it. Although I have always suffered a little bit (tight face after washing, the occasional flaky patch in winter), since hitting a certain age it has got exponentially worse. It means my face routine has had to change dramatically over the past few years (I’ll post about that one day) but thankfully, I seem to have hit on the right combination to cease and desist the whole Sahara-desert skin thing. But I still have to be relatively choosy about which primers and foundations I use. I tend to favour a dewy-satin look for the daytime, but do also occasionally dig out the more flawless and matte look for the evenings (if I’m having a good skin day!).
Just in case you were wondering, here are my current foundations. Unfortunately, now I’m getting on a bit, my colouring changes daily – but generally, this is the stuff I buy and wear regularly. I am neutral to cool, but do occasionally have “warmer” days.

Foundation matches:
Diorskin Nude – 020
MAC Face and Body – N1
Nars Sheer Glow – Mont Blanc (I usually use this one more in winter)
MAC Studio Fix Fluid – NW20 (I don’t usually wear this one – it oxidises like a bi-yatch)
NARS Loose/Pressed Powder – Flesh
Guerlain Lingerie de Peau – 02 Beige Clair (not a completely perfect match – might try 12 Rose Clair next time)
I’m always on the hunt for my “holy grail” foundation – the one that gives perfect coverage while looking natural, lasts all day but doesn’t clog pores, is buildable but not cakey-looking etc. I’m not entirely convinced that it exists, but so far it’s been fun trying to find it! Not sure my wallet would agree though……..
Anyone got any suggestions of good foundations to try for dry skin?


  1. I have ridiculously pale skin, and in some parts its really greasy and others its really dry. I have tried hundreds of foundations (really not an exaggeration) but I constantly come back to Max Factor Xperience in Ivory. Unfortunately, its STILL too dark for me, so I actually mix in a little bit of Make Up Forever white concealer stick, which just helps to tone down the colour and give better coverage. The only problem is, it does tend to break around the mouth, so I always keep a little make up sponge in my bag to smooth it out again!! Your blog is looking lovely xxx

  2. Cheers hon, getting there slowly but surely!

    I used to be a lot paler too - NW10 - not sure what happened, but I got a bit of a tan one year (well, I went beige anyway) and it never went!!!

    I can't really do Max Factor foundations, there's something in them that my skin doesn't like. Love their mascaras though. I'm thinking I might try that Bourjois Healthy Mix stuff next, I've heard it stays put quite well? xxx

  3. Try Liz Earle, really like this. Lauren Geller also does a good foundation. Happy jutting.xx

  4. Should have said happy hunting.

  5. I've heard really good things about the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser - I'm using the No. 7 one at the moment but definitely fancy the Liz Earle one to try - might have to have a look to see when it's next on QVC.....!

    Thanks for enabling my habit a little bit - I don't feel so guilty when I'm buying because of a recommendation! :)

  6. I think your blog is amaze-balls, gonna try the lanolips ointment you suggested, thanks for the tips xxx