It can be a scary world trying to choose the right foundation shade, let alone one that’s suitable for you and your skin type. With new products coming out daily and many claiming to have properties that will fix this and lift that, it’s no wonder it can get confusing! I’m here to lift the lid on my top 3 foundations for bridal makeup and why I chose them – not a thick, cakey base in sight!
1. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
Since it’s launch the stick foundation has received incredible reviews and awards and it’s no wonder with results like these! This foundation is the one that receives the most comments about how light it feels on the skin and is one I use for a lot of brides. Bobbi herself describes it as giving ‘a unique, transparent base plus skin tone correcting pigments.’ Erm hello?! Perfect wedding day talk! I use this foundation for my clients that prefer a slightly matte finish and for those that like a really natural feel because once it’s on, you hardly even realise you’re wearing it! Despite the slightly matte effect it gives it does still create a natural glow, which helps to make your skin look healthy and clear. The pigment correctors cover red marks and age spots, and the overall finish is incredibly natural. Plus it’s long wear which means even by 2am in the morning you’ll still be looking just as gorgeous as when you stepped out!
2. Illamasqua Skin Base
Illamasqua Skin Base is an amazing foundation with buildable coverage that creates a flawless finish. Vitamin E and C provide an amazing skin boost and once applied your skin looks plump and hydrated.
The fact that it is buildable coverage means it’s a great foundation for weddings. Each bride I see has their own preferences and the fact that this product allows me to customise, without risking it looking caked or patchy, is one of the reasons that this is a firm favourite! That and the fact that it makes your skin look damn right gorgeous once it’s applied (oh and it’s cruelty free – another winner in my eyes!)
3. Mac Face and Body
This one I reserve for the ladies who wear very little makeup on a day-to-day basis and the reason being is because it’s so light (particularly when applied with the right type of brush) but makes your skin look incredibly healthy. It creates a gorgeous dewy finish and as the name would suggest – it can be used on the body too. If your dress has a low front, or a dipped back, and you have uneven skin tone – then it’s perfect for that! I would steer clear of this for particularly oily skin – the formula is a very thin liquid and sometimes that ‘glow’ can translate as greasy if there’s extra oil already present in the skin – a setting powder can only go so far! For those that don’t like the feel of thick foundation though, this is perfect and as it’s waterproof it’ll create the perfect base for your bridal makeup.
So there we have it - my top 3 choices! All gorgeous in their own right, but providing very different results. If you're thinking of doing your makeup yourself, i'd love to know what you've chosen (just remember to pick a product with no SPF in or you'll get the dreaded flashback from the camera!)