For powder contour using a bronzer or a darker shade of powder you contour after your foundation and powder. Powder blends best on top of powder.
For a cream/liquid contour you can contour with foundation or over foundation. You always contour with a cream/liquid before any face powder. I normally like to suggest using a translucent or sheer face powder after contouring because you don’t want to cover up all the contouring you just did :)
When contouring with foundation you apply a foundation shade about three shades darker than your skin tone in areas like the cheekbones, temples, jaw line, etc and apply a foundation a shade or two lighter than your skin tone under your eyes, middle of the forehead, etc. Then you blend it all together as your foundation and you look naturally “contoured”. This method is a little more extreme and time consuming something makeup artists do for celebrities. However you can totally rock it every day if thats your style, just know it’s not a super quick and easy look :)
When contouring over foundation you even out your skin tone with a light layer of foundation. Then you would use something more light weight like a cream bronzer or even foundation but you’re using a lot less of it and covering a lot less surface of the skin than when contouring with foundation. You’re not contouring/highlighting your entire face like when contouring with foundation.
NYX Matte Lip Creams $6
Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Lip Color $3. Some are matte some have shimmer you can see the shimmer in the tube!
Lime Crime Velvetines $20
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks $22 only some are matte
Totally normal concern, not dumb at all! :)
Light/Fair skin tones should usually go for a paler champagne/cream highlighter with pink or neutral undertones because a lot of people with fair skin have pink/cool undertones.
- Loreal Magic Lumi Highlighting Primer (basically a cream highligter), Benefit High Beam, ELF Baked Blush in Pinktastic, MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Lightscapade (was limited edition but is permanent now) & Physicans Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl.
Medium/Tan skin tones usually look best in more golden, champagne highlighters with no strong pink undertones because a lot of people with medium skin tones have warm/yellow/golden undertones.
- MAC Soft & Gentle, Hard Candy Baked Blush in Tiki (sold at Walmart), ELF Blush in Gotta Glow, Benefit Moonbeam, NARS Albatross & Benefit Watts Up.
Tan/Deep skin tones usually look best in more bronze, golden highlighters.
- MAC Gold Deposit, Benefit Sun Beam, Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Light Bronze & Dior Amber Diamond.
Blushes are a little more tricky because you can really wear whatever color you like! It doesnt matter much the color of the blush but the undertone.
If you have pink/cool undertones cooler pink blushes will look best on you. If you have more warm/yellow undertone peaches and corals would look best on you.
Usually your foundation oxidizes because your skin’s oils are mixing with the foundation causing it to change colors and oxidize. This has something to do with the PH balance but I havent taken a chemistry class in a few years so i’m not going to try to explain that LOL.
Your foundation usually starts to oxidize as the day goes on because your skin gets more oily as the day goes on. So basically, stop the oils!
- Use a primer to help your foundation last longer
- Use oil controlling moisturizers and primers
- Use a long wearing foundation thats made to help last on oily skin
- Use clays masks once a week to help shrink & clean pores thus decreasing oils
Theres not much you can do about the actual foundation because some foundations just arent meant for oily skin. But you can change your skincare and use a foundation primer to help make your skin less oily all together so you won’t have this problem.
Check out my post all about oily skin skincare & makeup here :)