Tag: Foundation

I Hated Stick Foundations – but This One Changed My Mind

Very few foundations make it to my favorites list. My combination, acne-scarred skin has made me the world’s pickiest base-makeup consumer, and I’m guilty of approaching new foundations with an extremely critical eye (sorry not sorry). For years I’ve kept to the same criteria when deciphering a good one from the bad: Is it full-coverage? Does it have a matte finish? Will it actually match my skin tone?

Most of the time, only liquid formulas – rarely creams . . . and hardly ever creams in stick form – check all the boxes. You see, I have a love-hate relationship with stick foundations. I love that they are portable and won’t get swiped by TSA. But I’ve found most variations I’ve tried to be too greasy, too sheer, or not as easy to blend as my go-to Estée Lauder Double Wear ($42) – that is, until I met Flesh Beauty’s new Firm Thickstick Foundation ($18).

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think these sticks would perform like my favorite liquids. But boy was I wrong. It goes against all my criteria for a great foundation, but it does so much more for me that I don’t care. For starters, the formula is available in 40 (!) shades, and I was able to use multiple on my skin tone (which can be a feat for many people of color). That means I could use shades 26 and 28 (Toffee and Cafe) for my base, shade 25 (Salted Caramel) to conceal, and shade 34 (Pecan) to contour. If my sunscreen fails me at some point this Summer, I know I can use shade 29 (Cinnamon) too.

Here, I am blending in shades 26 and 28.

Plus, the colors didn’t look ashy or oxidize to an orange tint. I expected either to look like a greasy mess or to feel overly dry, as I do with most stick foundations, but the effect was exactly the opposite: the colors blended like a dream, and my skin ended up looking like, well, my skin – but better. It has a medium coverage but is easily buildable on areas you need it, which is perfect if you have dark spots like me.

I did experience some shine after a few hours of wear, but I don’t mind my natural glow peeking through for a change. If you have oily skin, I do recommend using a mattifying setting spray or powder. Thickstick is best for “no makeup-makeup” days when you want to enhance your complexion without completely covering it. As for me, I can’t say that I’ll ditch my liquid foundation forever, but hey – at least Flesh has helped me kick my stick foundation phobia to the curb.

9 Top-Rated Foundations From Sephora – Get the Flawless Skin of Your Dreams

Finding a foundation that fits all of your specific skin needs is as easy as applying eyeliner in a car. Yeah, it’s hard. That’s why looking through Sephora’s top-rated section is a smart way to discover options that other customers are loving. We curated a list of five-star foundations worthy of your attention. Find your perfect match!

I Tested the 7 Best Fenty Beauty Products For Skin of Color So You Don't Have to

It’s mind-boggling that in 2017, having one makeup line with offerings for more than just a handful of complexions is a huge ask. So of course the hype around Fenty Beauty by Rihanna hit a thousand and hasn’t let up since the collection dropped last week. Just stop by any Sephora store and you’ll see ravaged Fenty Beauty gondolas where dreams of looking like Rihanna once lived.

Rihanna can pretty much do no wrong in many people’s eyes, including mine, but she isn’t the first celeb to do a beauty line. She has been very vocal about the importance of inclusivity with this collection . . . so I had to test it out for myself to see if it lived up to the hype and to find out which products actually look good on skin of color. Hint: it’s pretty much the entire damn collection, but here are the best ones.

Albino People's Rave Fenty Beauty Reviews Prove How Inclusive It Really Is

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Much has been said about how Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty foundation is groundbreaking for its diverse shade range. A lot of attention has been paid to how she catered to people with deeper skin tones – a population notoriously underserved by makeup brands. Perhaps you haven’t realized, however, that the lighter shades among the 40 were made to be inclusive as well. Now, new reviews from albino people have shed light on just how much Rihanna thought of all people with this launch.

Mississippi-based Krystal Robertson posted photos of herself trying out the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation ($34) on her Instagram and the closed Facebook group BeautyBook. “I had a small freak out today…my neck and face finally match each other,” she wrote, adding that she was wearing the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer ($32) as well. “Didn’t realize I was this light….loving the feeling of the foundation so far tho. Also I’m albino I have no pigment so it be hard to get a nice match…always end up orange. Now, I’m rethinking all those times I went orange.” She wore shade #110 and told us that, because she lives an hour away from Sephora, she figured out her color by looking at reviews before ordering online.

“It actually means the world that she not only made diverse shades for all women of color but she brought us all together. When I was in Sephora all the women were doing their swatches and complimenting each other – all skin tones – and giving advice,” Krystal told POPSUGAR.

Image Source: Krystal Robertson

Over on Instagram, she wrote, “It’s a new world great job @badgalriri 😍😍😍😍.” Then, the megastar herself shared Krystal’s post right on her Instagram Stories with a kissing emoji. Fenty Beauty also shared her photo on its Instagram Stories with the hashtag #THENEWGENERATIONOFBEAUTY. “I felt that me finally being myself was worth it! Those pictures had no filter,” Krystal reacted. “Fenty Beauty reached out to me which was a nice gesture, and I felt the real genuine pride they have for the brand! They know they’re killin’ it!”

That’s not the only review that has come from someone with albinism. UK-based Frey Prevett posted a comprehensive review of shade #100 (the lightest) on her Facebook as well, praising the “damn good shade range” and claiming that “this is the first ever foundation I’ve had that matches the color of my neck!” They kept updating how the foundation was working as time passed (even through falling asleep with it on) and told POPSUGAR they were so detailed because “I have a couple of friends who also have albinism, and lots of other friends who are pretty pale, and they’d asked me on an earlier post to review what I thought of it.”

“Out of the dozen or so foundations I’ve purchased in the past couple years, only one of them has been wearable at all,” Frey said. “And although a lot of high-end products have lighter shades, it’s frustrating to be expected to pay triple or more what a drugstore foundation would be because there are no shades that match you.”

Image Source: Frey Prevett

They added that, upon hearing about the Fenty Beauty launch, they were skeptical because they thought the foundations would all be medium/tanned shades as usual and “nothing for either end of the spectrum.” “I was definitely pleasantly surprised when I saw pictures of the shade range and found out it wouldn’t cost the earth too!” Frey said.

Consider this yet another testament to Rihanna’s commitment to celebrating diversity – she did not come to play. There’s a reason Fenty Beauty was in development for two years, and we have to say it was well worth the wait.

This Instagram Movement Will Make You Stop Photoshopping Your Face

The morning I took the selfie ahead, I did not feel good about my skin. It was blotchy and dull, and I had a few breakouts. I attempted to take a Snapchat but immediately deleted it, because the results were not flattering. Since I was into my hair that day (shout-out to Jen Atkin’s line, Ouai, which gave me those air-dried beach waves), I wanted to make it work. So I blended some of Charlotte Tilbury’s new Magic Foundation onto my face, along with Clé de Peau Beauté concealer, La Prairie cream blush, and Benefit highlighter. I was shocked when I stuck my camera phone in front of my mug and was able to snap a photo that needed little filtering (and I can admittedly feel very self-conscious about my #selfies).

I didn’t want to brag – because that’s so obnoxious on Instagram, right? – but I was really excited about how glowy my complexion looked thanks to makeup. Unlike past images, I felt no need to zoom in using apps like Aviary, Snapseed, or Facetune to blur my under-eye bags, red spots, or fine lines. With a touch of brightening, the photo was ready to post. But before I pushed “share,” I wanted to call out that this was a “real” photo. So I dug around the social media tool and discovered that diverse women have been using the hashtag #nofacetune when they shared similar sentiments and images.

The message behind #nofacetune is to shed light on the fact that these close-up pictures were not photoshopped in a popular app called Facetune. Kim Kardashian famously uses a comparable one called Perfect365, while many top vloggers rely on the former. In this essay, I coined the term Botox Instagram Face (aka BIF), which described the flat, matte complexion you often see on influencers. In person, their skin looks very different, but these aforementioned Photoshop Instagram apps can quickly change it with just a few swipes.

#Nofacetune is the antimovement to the BIF. Instead, women are calling out the foundation, self-tanner, and other makeup they’re using instead of Photoshop. And if some skin imperfections show through the coverage, so what? Makeup is not necessarily natural, but it’s a lot more realistic than photo manipulation. Instagram users are also going deeper, bravely revealing their bare skin – sunspots, wrinkles, and all – and philosophies on the matter.

Instagrammer Sarah Woodier writes: “It’s shameful that apps like ‘facetune’ and *ahem seriously* ‘cream cam’ exist, you don’t need a smooth face, no wrinkles, no freckles to be beautiful. What does it do for self confidence adjusting your face to within a inch of recognition? How does that increase your self worth when you’re not being yourself. I would revel in our differences and embrace the ageing process, you are you and nobody else can be you. That’s pretty powerful. Please embrace the you that doesn’t need to look like a generic version of beauty/womanhood. We’re all different and that’s a GREAT thing.”

Her message is empowering – as are these 15 photos shared by real women (including yours truly) incorporating the hashtag #nofacetune. There are even some familiar faces, such as a model made over by Kim’s go-to makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, and Jourdan Dunn. I encourage you to share your own snap and tag us (@POPSUGARBeauty) so that the world can see your true beauty!