Combine a heavy-duty foundation with a heavy-duty sunblock, and you get…
… a smooth, sheer foundation that has great sun protection, feels lightweight, finishes to a natural velvety (semi-matte) texture, and no longer has the following cons:
- Colorstay’s paint-thinner fragrance
- an SPF50+ broad-spectrum sunscreen’s white cast
- a mask-like and overly-matte foundation texture
- an SPF product’s greasy-looking sheen
Depending on the proportion of foundation to sunblock, it also could work as a satiny tinted moisturizer (my formula of choice), or a semi-sheer foundation.
Things to Note:
- If you are going for a semi-matte, semi-sheer foundation look, mix 1 part sunblock with 2 parts foundation. Buy a matte foundation 1 shade darker than your skin (i.e. NC30 if you are NC25).
- If you prefer a sheerer, more satin tint, you will need to mix about 1 part sunblock with 1 part foundation or less. Buy a matte foundation 2 shades darker than your skin (i.e. NC35 if you are NC25).
- Never pick a foundation that is more pink-toned than you are. This is because sunblocks tend to make gold shades less gold. If you start out with a shade that’s already pinker than you naturally are and add sunblock to it, you’re just going to look like you have calamine all over your face.