Foundation shopping is worse than bathing suit shopping, jean shopping, and food shopping right before a winter storm all rolled into one. It's honestly the worst. I have tried foundation after foundation but I keep getting letting down! Until I tried KVD Lock It Liquid Foundation. Finding a shade to match my face is always a challenge, so I ordered one online and bought one in the store. Presently, I'm using Light 47 Neutral, but I figure, if I get some color, Medium 53 Neutral might be good to have. So, I ended up keeping both.
I use the KVD brush specifically made for her foundation and I've found that to be the best choice. I also mix a little of my Illuminare Foundation Moisturizing Formula in Porcelain because it adds moisture to a matte finish, and it also lightens it up a bit. Nothing matches my face perfectly so you gotta work with what you got. The L47N isn't really that off, but I like the added spreadability that comes with using the Illuminare Foundation with it as well. So it's a win win. The amount you see above is basically what does half my face, so a little does go a long way. I then use a drop more and stipple it on top of my pigmentation that need extra coverage once I've covered my whole face. Then, I let it dry for a few minutes before I continue.
I follow up with a light coating of my KVD Lock It Powder Foundation. I will say this: alone this does not provide full coverage, as it claims to do so. It does settle into your face, and looks powdery on your skin. This is post skin care and primer, and it still does that. On top of liquid foundation, it does a better job. Also, the colors are off. I was told to get Light 130 as that's comparative to my L47N, and it's not. I should've gotten a shade lighter. It's not noticeable enough of a difference to others, but I notice. I use a little on my brush, and kind of pat it on spots that need extra coverage and lightly buff a small amount on the rest of my face. I mean minimal amounts, so this will last me forever. The compact is beautiful, and it comes with a black sponge, but nowhere to store it. You can't store it directly on top of the foundation because of the oils from it will cause your powder foundation to harden, and also, gross. And you can't store it on top, which is where it was when I bought it because also gross. I don't even use the sponge. I did once, when trying different applications for coverage, and I didn't like it much for me personally. Below is the brush I use with the amount I use for half my face, and a before (left) and after (right) from applying it:
Once my base of my face is done, I proceed with my KVD Shade and Light Creme Contour Palette. Creme contour is scary when you have never done it before, but I got an Urban Decay UD Pro Contour Shapeshifter Brush from Ultra ($39, lifetime warranty) for applying it. I use a sponge to blend it out so the lines aren't so harsh and so that it looks more natural. I use colors Woodland on my cheeks, and Spice on my nose and my forehead. I then use Parchment (with a flat brush) on my jawline, kind of painting it on almost, above my cheek bones (prior to my blush), and down the center of my nose.
Now that I've gone creme contour I'll never go back to powder, it looks more natural and wears better overall.
Then, I apply my blush, which is Too Faced, to the apples of my cheeks. I'm cautious not to go too heavy because it really pops against the Parchment from the Shade & Light palette, and it stays on well because of that too. Just a small dusting works fine. Then, I bake! I use KVD loose Setting Powder, which I got the travel size awhile ago for $14. I use that, plus a little of my Wet n' Wild Zodiac Megaglo loose highlighter to add some shimmer all over my face. A light dusting is all you need, but I apply a little more to my T-zone, just in case. I don't have that problem now during the winter, but I may in the summer.
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