Foundation Shopping Realizations + 20 Days of Foundation Challenge (Week 2 Update)
I didn’t commit myself to a specific product in Week 2. I wanted to know which ones I would actually pick up.
But before I talk about them, I have good news, I think I already know the silly reason why I own too many face bases. I’m not sure if knowing would help curb my foundation appetite, but I have a feeling that it will.
I used to hate foundation. Every time I go to a makeup person to get caked up for an event, I always feel like erasing everything after checking the makeup in the mirror. My face would always end up looking either too ashy, too dark, too light, too pink, too orange, too dry-looking, or too off.
It’s the same thing when I try to shop for foundation. Did they only recently started making Rae-shades? Looking back at those years, it seemed like I came from another galaxy and there was no other person on this planet with the same skin color as me. Then, I finally knew what my skin color was and how to google for foundation shades. One of the first foundations I bought was the Shiseido Sun Protection Stick followed by L’Oreal Lucent Magique and Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick (it all came tumbling down from there).
Who knew that there are foundations that would actually make me look like a better version of myself? I got so excited that I wanted to try everything — different textures, finishes, and coverage. It was like I was deprived of good foundation for so long and I am making up for lost time.
Realizing that I’m not a unique snowflake, and that there is no shortage of foundation brands carrying a shade that will match me (however few they are), helped me reach a zen state that’s something like: Chill, Rae, you will always find something when you need it and you don’t have to buy now.
Let’s move on to the foundations I used in Week 2.
Apparently, I don’t prefer layering wet products e.g. a liquid foundation over a cream-type sunblock.
Speaking of sunblock, I’m trying to use them up too, so Week 2 ended up being powder foundation week.
I always do any of the following, it seems:
- Liquid Foundation with SPF (worn alone)
- Sunblock + Powder Foundation
- Tinted Sunblock (aka mixing sunblock and concealer or a full coverage foundation at the back of my hand, then slapping the goop on my face)
I have three zero-SPF non-powder foundations, which means I will have to do the Tinted Sunblock trick more often if I want to use them up. I’ll probably do that in Week 4. I already started this week with SPF foundations.