I'm currently using Smashbox's new Liquid Halo foundation, after trying out a few other brands (bourjois, stila, mineral makeup). My skin is on the oily side, and I think this foundation would work even better on dry skin. So far, it hasn't broken me out and I have been using it for 2 weeks. Smashbox foundations never break me out, although not all the ingredients are good. Anyway, this one blurs imperfections but it is a bit on the light coverage side, so I use a concealer underneath.
I just started using Smashbox's High Definition concealer and it's really nice. I've never tried the foundations, but I'm a little wary about light coverage. I always feel like it almost highlights my imperfections. Do you always wear your concealer underneath rather than on top? I've tried doing that a few times, but my makeup brushes wipe away the concealer. What's your method?
I didn't have much luck with the concealer when I first tried it, the color didn't match me so I gave up on it but maybe I should try it again now. I think they reformulated it.
I feel the same way about sheer foundations, but actually the liquid halo is buildable and manages to cover everything when I use concealer underneath. I used to use smashbox's HD healthy fx foundation for 2 years, and even when I had bad acne people couldn't believe it. No foundation is going to cover up bumps, but these foundations are designed for people who get photographed a lot (which I don't lol) so they make you look flawless in photos. My profile picture was taken when I had a reaction to a glycolic peel and my whole face was red and irritated, but the foundation managed to disguise it quite well.
The liquid halo is supposed to blur imperfections, and I think it does that quite well. I tried the studio skin foundation too, which is full coverage, but I couldn't get it off afterwards, it felt too heavy on my skin. So now I stick with lightweight and just use 2 coatings.
Here's my usual routine:
Wash face, use toner (either evian spray or mineral fusion toner). Wait until my face is dry. Apply cover fx spf 30 primer. Wait until it dries. Sometimes I use meow cosmetics' powder primer too if it's a humid day to absorb the oil. Then I apply concealer - I'm still trying out a few, haven't settled on one because I can never find my shade. Right now I use a revlon concealer and a maybeline one, and blend them together to match my skintone. Then I wait for that to dry otherwise the foundation on top smears it. After it dries, I apply the first layer of foundation, and if I need a second layer I wait for it to dry and apply more on top. Then I wait for that to dry and put blush on (korres mixed with a lillylolo blush sample I got), and meow's top coat finishing powder to keep the shine away.
Usually, I don't have to blot a lot with this foundation, but sometimes I'll use foundation sponges or blotting paper to touch up. I never have to reapply foundation during the day, which is what I like about it. It stays on and looks better as it settles. Other foundations (like stila) look good for the first hour and then turn into an orange mess. Basically the key is to let every layer dry before you apply something else on top.