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Finding a desert-friendly foundation routine

May 22, 2014
How I'm dealing with the hot sun and dry air
Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, DreamWorld Hermetica Cloud loose powder foundation, MAC Pressed Blot Powder

When I was packing for our trip to the Southwest, I knew I should be prepared for some heat. However, about a week into the trip it became clear that my skin wasn’t reacting the way I had assumed it would – I’d completely underestimated the dryness of the climate. Because the makeup in my collection was either going to be carried with me on the trip or heading into storage, I had decided to bring along a handful of different foundations, which would allow me to experiment with a number of different product combinations to help me deal with the climate.

This is a longer post, but it’s a good chance to tell you a bit more about what products I brought with me on our big roadtrip!

Foundations I brought: Shiseido Tinted UV Protector, NARS Tinted Moisturizer, Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous, Rimmel Stay Matte, DreamWorld Hermetica Cloud, Revlon ColorStay Whipped
Foundations I brought: Shiseido Tinted UV Protector, NARS Tinted Moisturizer, Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous, Rimmel Stay Matte, DreamWorld Hermetica Cloud, Revlon ColorStay Whipped

Here are the foundations I brought along with me. It’s a mix of more moisturizing and luminous formulas, mattifying mousse options, and a loose powder: Shiseido Tinted UV Protector in shade 1 (review), NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland (review), Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous foundation in Bisque, Rimmel Stay Matte foundation in 100 Ivory, DreamWorld Hermetica Cloud loose powder foundation in Rhea II (review), and Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme foundation in 220 Nude (moved into a 1 oz. plastic jar, much smaller than the clunky glass jar it comes in).

Basically, I brought most of the foundations I had that were in my summer shades because I wanted to have them with me for the warm weather rather than put them in storage during the months when they’d match my skin tone the best. However, my assumption was that I would need oil-controlling formulas in the warm, sunny weather and I hadn’t really considered that my skin might actually need some hydration. Additionally, it hasn’t actually been consistently hot down here, we have seen some cold days, some windy days, and we even had two days of snow in Santa Fe last week. When I left for the trip, I thought I was bringing way too many foundations with me and I was sure I’d be annoyed at the clutter a week into the trip. But really, having different foundation options on hand has been incredibly helpful, and I’ve been using all of them.

Primers I brought: Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro, L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Base, Rimmel Stay Matte
Primers I brought: Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro, L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Base, Rimmel Stay Matte

In addition to foundations, I have a few primers on hand to play with: The Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro, L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Base (review) which is nearly completely empty, and the Rimmel Stay Matte.

Pixi Correction Concentrate, L'Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer, and Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up Concealer
Pixi Correction Concentrate, L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer, and Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up Concealer

And, a simple concealer team: Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach (review), L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer in Light, and Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up in Porcelain … an under-eye corrector, a lightweight under-eye concealer, and a creamy concealer for all over the face. I don’t use a ton of concealer, but I always apply a little bit.

Powders I brought: DreamWorld Hermetica Cloud foundation, and finishing powders in Peache Creme, Whipped Peach, and Ghostly Glo
Powders I brought: DreamWorld Hermetica Cloud foundation, and finishing powders in Peach Creme, Whipped Peach, and Ghostly Glo

And for powders, I stuck with my collection of DreamWorld Hermetica options because they come in small little plastic jars that have sifters that can be twisted closed. So many loose powder jars don’t have sifters that can be closed, and are such a huge mess to travel with. The DreamWorld powders are great, and these particular ones give me a few different finishes to play with (check out my original review of their foundation and Creme finishing powder here, and an overview of 8 of their finishing powders here). I brought my Cloud formula foundation in Rhea II, and finishing powders in Peach Creme (natural finish), Whipped Peach (satin finish), and Ghostly Glo (luminous finish).

 

A winning routine:

How I'm dealing with the hot sun and dry air
My go-to combination: Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, DreamWorld Hermetica Cloud loose powder foundation, MAC Pressed Blot Powder

So, over the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying out different combinations of these products and for a while there I was changing the routine up every day to try and cope with the weather. My skin was getting oily in the center during the day but was also clearly getting really dehydrated really quickly and I needed to amp up the moisture in my skincare and find a foundation that made my skin look healthier and smoother. It came to a combination of using a mattifying primer, an illuminating and light-coverage foundation, and a setting powder for the center of my face:

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer ($6.49 for 1 oz.), an oil-controlling primer with a somewhat thick lotion texture. I find this really helps control oil throughout the day while still not making my skin look dried out. I really just apply this on the center of my face, since that’s the only area I get oily. This is the newest product in my collection out of the bunch.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland ($42 for 1.9 oz. / review), a light coverage foundation and one of the absolute staples in my collection. This shade matches me year round due to the sheerness of the coverage as well as the warm tone that works well with my skin. This has really helped my skin look more luminous and healthy but it does tend to make my nose shiny, hence the mattifying primer. This also includes SPF 30, which is convenient and saves me from the extra step of layering sun protection under my makeup.

DreamWorld Hermetica Cloud foundation in Rhea II ($20.50 / review). Out of all my powders, I’ve actually had the best luck with using my powder foundation as a setting powder as a partner to the NARS tinted moisturizer. It provides a little bit of coverage and sets my foundation and concealer, and I’ve really only been had to use it in the middle of my face where makeup might crease or get oily.

MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Light ($25 for 12 g/0.42 oz. / review), which I use to touch up any oily areas. This has been my touch-up powder for a good long while and I always keep it in my purse. With a workable foundation routine, I’ll generally just need to touch up the center of my face once during the day, and usually right around dinner time. With a mattifying foundation I may not need the touch-up at all, but I tend to reach for it when I’m wearing the NARS tinted moisturizer.

Albuquerque Botanical Garden / No flash
Albuquerque Botanical Garden / No flash
Albuquerque Botanical Garden / With flash
Albuquerque Botanical Garden / With flash

Yesterday we spent the day at the Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanical Garden, and I have some photos of me wearing the combination. The first photo is natural light and no flash, while the second one used flash so you can see how the foundation and powder works with it. Keep in mind these are not fresh application photos – we had been walking around in hot, sunny weather for a couple of hours and I had not touched up once with the blot powder yet.

I feel like my face is under control now. It started to dry out pretty darn quickly as we moved south! Now, my body is another story. I can’t keep up with the dryness and I have these patches of flaky and irritated skin on my arms and legs, ha. Seattle has spoiled me.

Hope you’ve been having fun in the sun! Have you had to change your routine for the season?

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    1. Yeah, man! Thanks! I picked the necklace up at Taos Pueblo, so it’s one of my little souvenirs from the trip. I’ve had the hat for a while (it’s from Club Monaco) but I always forget to wear it in my “real life”. It’s perfect for vacations, though.

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