Since the beginning of time (or well, since High School) I've always been a huge fan of medium, buildable to full coverage foundations. The more buildable the better. I've researched every brand that offers high coverage foundations (and purchased several) and it wasn't until recently - maybe the past 6 months that I've realized I don't need all that coverage.
I always loved the look of a completely flawless, airbrushed face. Therefore, I never found interest in exploring each of my favorite brands lighter coverage options.
My recent love, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua opened up my mind, that more isn't always better. My preference for a foundation has actually changed from medium-full to light-medium.
I don't have acne, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, etc. All I have is a little redness in my cheeks and some minor blemishes here and there. Through watching one of Lisa Eldridge's videos, it really made me think. Why in the world am I covering up all of my "good" blemish-free skin with a full coverage foundation, because I have a breakout on my chin? That's what concealer is for. I definitely recommend watching the video below. It's extremely helpful!
I've grown to like the look of my redness peeking through my foundation a little bit and even some of my freckles - which I've always stressed concealing prior.
Furthermore, I get asked pretty frequently what my favorite tinted moisturizer is, and the truth is, I've never tried one! So, I'd have to give recommendations based on reviews - rather than from my personal experience. Often times I recommend Laura Mericer or Bobbi Brown as they are really popular choices.
So, I made a special trip to Sephora to pick up a sample for myself of the oil-free tinted moisturizer. The Sales Associate was incredibly kind and recommended trying it with the oil-free primer, so I have a little sample of that as well. And she added in some really awesome extras - I'm very curious to try the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. I've tried the waterproof version, and I really liked it! But it did transfer under my eyes after a couple of hours, which was a total bummer.
Anyway, can't wait to try the tinted moisturizer and I'll post my thoughts as soon as my sample is done! In the meantime, I'd love to hear all of your recommendations on your favorite tinted moisturizers so I can pick up a few more samples.
Talk to you all soon!