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Summer Foundation and Base Edit

July 7, 2017

Best Summer Foundations for Warm Weather | The Beauty Look Book

By popular request I have a roundup of foundations and bases I’ve been testing since I’ve moved to Florida where the weather is warm, sunny and humidity levels are very noticeable. By comparison, San Diego is very dry although to me it always felt moderate and what I considered normal. We live in the Tampa Bay area and so far the humidity isn’t quite as bad as I had expected. I’m saying this because in December we drove to Key West which is extremely wet and humid feeling – so humid the air feels like you’re walking around in a sauna. Also a few years ago we took almost a month to travel throughout Europe through Italy and the Mediterranean in late June. It was so scorching hot and humid during out travels I completely gave up wearing makeup on most of the days after trying and failing. That being said, yes Florida is humid and hot and finding a makeup base that stays put, doesn’t budge and that won’t slide off has been a challenge.

To date I haven’t found any makeup base or combination of products can truly 100% last or stand up to serious humidity especially if I sweat. I’m the type of person who doesn’t break a sweat easily but since moving to Florida I start sweating if I’m outside for 5 minutes and there’s no wind or breeze. I’m rounding up what I’ve tested by formula and coverage and note what I’ve found wears the best. Even though it’s humid here the reality is that both Andrew and I are rarely outside for long consecutive hours unless we’re at the beach or a park doing touristy things. Also even on those occasions we can take a break from the heat while in the car with the AC or take a stop at a coffee shop or restaurant.

Up first are the more natural looking foundations with sheer to medium coverage. The most requested reviews I get are for BB Creams and CC creams and I am sad to say that those are products I really do not like. Most feel thick on my skin or look pink in undertone. As one with really yellow/olive skin I can’t do bases that have pink so unfortunately I will probably not review any. Also a quick note on shades – many of you have commented over the years that you’re the same shade as me. Since moving to Tampa I’ve tanned quite a bit – it’s something I can’t avoid. I also lose my tan quickly so my color changes on a weekly basis. Because of this annoying fact I have to mix colors a lot – more than I ever have.

Shown below from left to right:

  • MAC Next to Nothing Face Color is the sheerest base I’ll do. It really has a super natural tint but adheres well to the skin. I fluctuate between Medium and Medium Plus. The shades run on the pink side but since the formula is so sheer it’s really forgiving. Review and swatches of all shades here.
  • Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer with SPF15 is more like a natural foundation. It’s sheer like a tinted moisturizer but gives better coverage than most that I’ve tried. It does contain Octinoxate 7.5% and Titanium Dioxide 3% so if those cause problems for your skin you may want to skip. I had no issues with this formula for my skin. If I were still in San Diego I would probably use this more regularly – since it has a mild moisturizing quality it can get a little bit dewy. I bought mine at Nordstrom but Bobbi Brown Online has more shades available.
  • NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Hydrating Glow Tint is one that really surprised me. It’s hydrating but not too rich or heavy. It makes the skin glow naturallyย  Review and swatches of all shades here. It was limited-edition so may be hard to track down.
  • NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint with SPF 30 is one you’ll see me wearing a lot in beauty looks or lip swatches. This one has Octinoxate 7.5% and Octisalate 3% – it’s one that doesn’t irritate my skin and has a natural looking finish that isn’t too matte, just naturally velvety. I wear St. Moritz now but on my lighter wear Groenland or mix the two.
  • Diorskin Forever Foundation SPF 35 is one of the best foundation bases I’ve ever tried. The only downside is finding a match can be a bit tricky. I tested 30 and 31 first – in store I had one on each side and they both matched perfectly. When I got home and tested again I found they sometimes darkened about a 1/2 shade. 31 is more yellow while 30 is more pink so I kept 31. I went back to find the next shade down which is 21 (even though there are a lot of shades in between). 21 is the most yellow. If you’re normally my skintone go with either 21 or 25. I use both 21 and 31 mixed together to get my perfect match. For me it’s 100% worth it because this looks naturally flawless on the skin and gives me exactly the coverage I want. It also stays put the best for me. It has 3% Octinoxate and 1.75% Titanium Dioxide.

Sheer to Medium Foundations | The Beauty Look Book

Sheer to Medium Foundations | The Beauty Look Book

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Next up medium to full coverage foundations which is what I usually prefer. Most people, friends and family included don’t realize that I’m almost always wearing a full coverage foundation until they see me with bare skin and see all my freckles. I was active in outdoor sports while in high school and even though that was YEARS ago I still got a lot of freckles and sun spots from being outside a lot. I have tried a number of whitening/brightening treatments over the years which has helped with acne scars and dark spots but I still have a lot of freckles.

Shown left to right:

  • Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation and Concealer is hands down my most-worn foundation base. It offers medium to full buildable coverage and I love everything about it. For me Tom Ford Beauty has the best foundation shades to match my skin tone. It blends easily and covers my skin exactly how I like it without getting cakey. It lasts an impressive amount of time without sliding, creasing or budging. Review + swatches here.
  • Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation is the newest one I’ve tried. I got an early sneak peek at some of the shades and given my challenge finding a match in the Candleglow version I was skeptical about this one. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how good a formula is for a base – if there’s no decent match, it’s going to be a no-go. I was lucky to find my match to either Buff or Dusk. Right now Dusk is the better match because it’s more olive. On a few occasions I have found I need to mix in a bit of Macadamia to lighten it just a slight amount. I am extremely impressed with this formula. You do need to blend quickly as it dries and sets in a short amount of time. Once it sets it gives a flawless finish that looks matte but not flat. This is one of the few true matte finishes I’ve tried that I like the look of. I’ve found it pretty budge-proof – this is one I wore this on the 4th of July. I applied a fresh face of makeup in the early evening before we headed downtown to scope out some firework locations. I had this on from 4:00 pm until around midnight. That evening the air wasn’t too and we were thrilled that it actually stopped raining by the time we found parking and walked a mile to downtown. After looking around the Channelside area we decided downtown was not for us so we walked back to our car and drove to Hyde Park Village for dinner. After we then walked another mile to Bayshore Boulevard to watch the fireworks. All this rambling is to explain how this formula held up. The humidity was probably the highest I’ve felt here to date – this one held up remarkably well although I did get very glowy looking, it did not slide off or budge.
  • Giorgio Armani Power Fabric is another long-lasting full coverage foundation that works well in this heat. Before I had to mix 4 and 6. Right now I’m probably 6.5 which is more golden, but I can make 6 work. If you can find a shade match this an exceptionally good one for lasting power.
  • Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick is one of my top picks for foundation sticks in this humidity. While in San Diego in my winter skintone I wore Warm Ivory. I’ve since moved up to Nude but only use this on areas I need extra coverage. It does warm up/darken a little. Right now I could probably use the next shade up but since I don’t use this all over my face I haven’t bought it yet.

Medium to Full Coverage Foundations | The Beauty Look Book

Medium to Full Coverage Foundation Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

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Next are cushions. I’ve always been interested in cushions but testers usually look pretty gross and also finding the right shade can be a challenge. Korean brands tend to run pink (at least the ones I’ve tried) but I’ve had luck with a few in the past. The best thing about the cushions is that they usually come with a refill pack so you’re getting 1 plus a backup. Right now there are 3 cushions I really like:

  • Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Cushion is one I featured in my sunscreen story. It has SPF 50 and isn’t really a foundation but actually a skincare product. I can use this alone or as a base for other foundations. I think the swatches can be a bit misleading because you have to put this on your skin to see how it matches. 30 looks way too dark for me but because it’s sheer it blends in seamlessly with my skin.
  • Saturday Skin All Algow Sunscreen Perfecting Cushion Compact with SPF 50 is probably the best cushion I’ve tried. I ordered two shades online sight unseen. 05 Honey is my match as this darkens just a tiny bit on my skin. Color selection is pretty limited – so far I’ve only been able to find 4 total, 3 are available at Nordstrom and all 4 are available at Urban Outfitters. It offers medium to full coverage but pulls more towards the full size. It gives the skin a very natural looking glow without being too dewy. It also stays put and doesn’t budge. Active Ingredients are Octocrylene 2%, Octyle Methoxycinnamate 7%, Octyle Saliclate 4.8%, Titanium Dioxide 9%, Zinc Oxide 2%.
  • Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion has full coverage with limited shades. I bought the Brightening Version while in New York in 25 and 33 and after testing them at home was so disappointed to find they are simply too pink for my skin. I ordered the Perfecting Cushion in 25 to try instead which has fuller coverage and a better match. This darkens about one full shade on my skin. The formula is a bit on the heavy side for my preference but still holds up well in warm weather. I don’t hate this but don’t love it – I suspect it’s due to the fact that I don’t have a 100% shade match but I can make Shade 25 Deep Beige work for me.

Cushions Dior Dreamskin Cushion, Saturday Skin All Alglow Cushion, Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion | The Beauty Look Book

Cushions Dior Dreamskin Cushion, Saturday Skin All Alglow Cushion, Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

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Next are a few miscellaneous items I love for powders, concealers and a couple tools. I own a lot of loose powders but in general prefer pressed ones because they’re not as messy and easier for touch ups.

Best Pressed Powders, Concealers and Tools | The Beauty Look Book

For pressed powders:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder has one of the longest product names I think I’ve ever seen but it’s seriously THE best pressed powder I’ve tried. I saw this applied in action on my BFF at a Charlotte Tilbury event. Her foundation/base had completely worn off already and she told the artist she didn’t really want to try the foundation. The artist applied #1 on her skin and it was literally transformed into a smooth flawless canvas in front of my eyes. My shade is #2 and although I think she could add more options this one has been my go-to for at least a couple years now.
  • Armani Luminous Silk Compact Dual-Use Powder is another great setting powder. This one has more color options compared to the Charlotte Tilbury. It offers medium natural coverage and comes with a dual-sided sponge so you can either apply it for sheer or more full coverage. I use a powder brush to set my liquid foundation with this one for the most part. The sponge is something I use for touch ups. Even though I’ve darkened quite a bit I’ve still found Shade #4 to work perfectly for me.
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus is one of the few mineral powders I actually like. I tried so many when mineral powders were in – so many just looked too heavy on the skin, even after buffing it in. This one offers medium coverage and I use a brush to set my foundation. It gives an airbrushed finish but it’s not completely weightless in feel. It is a very natural looking product though and holds up well with the heat/humidity.

For concealers, I really don’t find myself using concealer a lot anymore. I simply don’t need it with good coverage foundations but my 3 most-used ones:

Concealer Swatches Cle de Peau Beaute, MUFE, NARS | The Beauty Look Book

Tools, an updated brush tool series coming up soon on the blog, but for now my two must-haves:

  • beautyblender is the best foundation application tool I’ve used. I’ve tried a number of the different colors and while technically they should all perform the same, I don’t find they do. The best ones for me are the original beautyblender (bright pink), bubble and nude. Review from a few years ago in this post here.
  • MAC Brush 140 S Synthetic Full Fan Brush is probably the best powder brush I own. It launched with the MAC Next to Nothing collection and has the perfect density and softness to pick up powder and apply it in a sweeping motion all over the face.

I wasn’t able to face swatch and photograph all the foundations, but here’s a look at two and also what my bare face looks like. With the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation in Dusk I’m just wearing the foundation (no powder to set). It was taken with a low flash and I didn’t get any white cast or flashback. Lipstick is MAC Faux.

Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation and Concealer photographs the best in my experience. This was also taken with a flash and I’m facing a sliding glass door so some natural light is on my face. Lipstick worn here is Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk (you can also see it on me when I was a shade lighter here).

Foundation Face Swatches Tom Ford and Laura Mercier | The Beauty Look Book

I hope this roundup was helpful for you! A few notes on other formulas I tested, previous favorites and why I don’t use them as much now:

  • The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer worked better for me when I was in San Diego. Right now it’s really too dewy for my skin type. It’s still a great product for sheer coverage.
  • The Make Up For Ever Ultra HD is still an amazing line for the liquid and stick foundation. I used my shades up the first month I arrived here (this was back in March). Since I’ve gotten darker I haven’t had a chance to investigate other shades to find what my current match is.
  • The Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation is too luminous for me right now. Earlier in the spring or even when I was here in December it worked perfectly. Right now it’s a no-go just because I have normal/combo skin.
  • I will be testing the new Diorskin Forever and Chanel Les Beiges cushions. Will keep you posted. I have tried the Lancome Cushion but it’s really heavy in coverage – too heavy for me.
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid is one of the most full coverage foundations I’ve tried, I do like the formula but it’s a bit too opaque for me on its own. I can wear it and find it has impressive lasting power in this heat but I need to mix it with a Strobe Cream or something along those lines to sheer it out for my coverage preference.

Some final thoughts and favorites:

  • Best foundation for me is anything from Tom Ford, but right now my favorite formula is definitely the Waterproof Foundation/Concealer. I used to use Bisque. Now I alternate between Natural (more neutral) and Sable (more olive/yellow).
  • Longest lasting matte base is the new Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion. If you have normal to dry skin definitely make sure your skin is well moisturized or add a hydrating primer. Reason for this is it’s medium to full coverage and matte formulas can emphasize lines. For me this one went on flawlessly without a primer but my skin is a bit more combination with the heat/humidity.
  • My most-used concealer is from NARS.
  • Best sheer/natural looking foundation is the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint.
  • Best new discoveries this year for me are the Diorskin Forever Foundation and Saturday Skin All Aglow Cushion.
  • I really can’t pick 1 favorite powder (sorry!) – it’s tie between the Charlotte Tilbury and Armani. If you want a flawless truly airbrushed look go with the Charlotte Tilbury. However shades areย  limited as there are only 3 so the next best option is Armani. The Armani has sheerer coverage with a brush.
  • For other touch ups and this heat I swear by the Tatcha Japanese Blotting Papers. While my in-laws were visiting we went to Orlando. All of us were sweating with the heat, humidity and thunder showers. I kinda forced them to use these – even my husband didn’t want to use it, he looked at the little square and said “there’s no way that’s going to help.” I gave them 2 each and assured them it really would help and after they tried it I was really happy to find that they did feel a lot better after using them.

Finding a good base in truly humid weather is going to be a challenge and results will definitely vary depending where you are located. Even within the Tampa Bay area humidity levels vary depending on how close I am to the coast. We live in one of the canal areas and while we aren’t directly on the bay we can see if from our house. Temperatures just a few miles inland in certain areas fluctuate and since the weather changes by the hour here so there are some times and places where it’s so hot literally nothing will truly stay put.

For those who are looking for a new base to try I hope this gave you some good ideas. If you have any you swear by let me know in the comments!

Press samples featured include the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion, MAC Next to Nothing, Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer, MAC Brush 140S Brush. All others purchased by me.

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  • Very informative blog post, thank you! I live in Florida too so finding that perfect all-day foundation is tricky in this humidity. I want to try the Hourglass vanish stick, I’ve heard a lot about that. I’ll need to head to Sephora to find my exact shade. My current favorite foundation is L’oreal infallible pro glow, but I’m still on the hunt for my HG. Thanks for your awesome review!<3 Kristin | BlondeisBeauty.com

    • Thanks Kristin! Glad you found the post helpful, but yes definitely try the Hourglass in person to find a match. I wish the Loreal Pro Glow worked for me – color and finish is so amazing, but there’s an ingredient in it that causes an allergic reaction for me ๐Ÿ™

  • emeris

    Such great recommendations !! I also moved from the a drier climate (Las Vegas) to a much more humid climate 18 months ago. I understand what you mean about finding what will work. My skin went bananas. Lots of trial and error :). The Dior Forever foundation has worked for me the best and love the coverage and finish. Have you tried the Dior Forever Matte Loose Setting Powder with the foundation too? I find that it works really well and helps my makeup to stay matte, but not dry or flat looking. Hope you have a wonderful Friday !!

    • Hi Emeris – I haven’t tried the Dior Loose powder but need to!

  • Suzanna

    As a landlocked Northern Floridian, I can tell you that Gainesville has much worse humidity and heat than Tampa, so you can imagine the ruins of my foundation after working outdoors in the heat. Last year I loved the Hourglass Vanish in Sand, but as the tan faded a bit I found Warm Ivory too yellow (Sand is neutral base). This summer Sand isn’t working for me at all. It is quite a bit yellower than I recall, but my tan isn’t as dark. It also slips off easily and I am left with sweaty glow and not much foundation. I’ve returned to my winter staple, YSL Fusion Ink in B30 which, applied sheerly, works year-round and doesn’t budge. I am keen to try the Tom Ford but will have to go to Orlando to try it I am sure, or Tampa (am guessing NM at International might have it? Or Nordstrom?).

    Thanks to your wonderful and detailed descriptions I have now ordered the Tilbury powder since on some days any foundation at all is not going to work. It has been a heat index of 100 or more here for the past week ๐Ÿ™

    • Hi Susanna – sounds like you have skin like me! I tan easily but it also fades quickly. Finding a good match is hard because my skin color changes by the week.

      For Tom Ford Beauty – I’m not sure about Orlando, but I know Tampa International Plaza Nordstrom just got the entire Tom Ford Beauty line (not lips and boys though). The Neiman Marcus has some beauty items, mainly fragrance, lipsticks and some seasonal items.

      • Suzanna

        Lips and Boys disappeared from the Jax Nordstrom a few months ago, but they don’t or didn’t have the whole makeup line. I will check next time I go there. I don’t get to Tampa as much, although I love the International :–)

        Using the YSL is working because I can sheer it out so the tan shows through. I do want to try the TF, though!

  • MH

    Have you tried the new Chanel Sublimage LE TEINT
    ULTIMATE RADIANCE – GENERATING CREAM FOUNDATION? It’s wicked expensive, but it’s so lovely. It’s probably the only foundation that doesn’t sit in my pores and it’s super build-able without being cakey or heavy. I wanted to hate it because of the cost, but It’s amazing.

    • I’m covering my ears! (Or eyes lol.) I’ve heard such great things about this one. I’m seriously tempted as the Sublimage Cream Texture Fine is probably my holy grail face cream but so expensive I can’t bring myself to repurchase.

  • I recently moved from the deep south to Baltimore Maryland and found that with way less humidity, my typical bases last a lot longer. I want to try out that Armani Power Fabric Foundation so bad I think that will be my next big purchase! great post!

    Trecee | http://www.treceefabulous.com/

    • Nice Trecee! Let me know what you think about the Power Fabric if you test it!

  • Raechel

    Thanks for going into such detail on this post; it’s super helpful to know why you liked or didn’t like some of the foundations instead of just reading a description of them. While I live in the midwest and have much fairer skin tones, these are still great recommendations. I just purchased the Charlotte Tilbury pressed powder, so hopefully I have similar experiences to you. Great post, thanks again!

    Raechel | raediancebeauty.com

    • Thanks Raechel – glad you found the post helpful! The Charlotte Tilbury powder is life!

  • Carolina Pereira

    I have to purchase the NARS velvet matte skin tint and the diorskin forever foundation!

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  • karrie

    This was super helpful. I am going to look into the cushions and Nars products next time I am out shopping.

  • I really want to try the hourglass stick foundation, but its so pricey that I kinda don’t wanna risk it!

    Courtney | Lashes and Luxe

    • Swingtime

      It’s not much cheaper, but if you’d like a moisturizing stick foundation, I’m loving Wander Beauty’s (Sephora carries it). The shades are limiter, but Light is a perfect match for me (I’m NC 15-20), and it wears incredibly well, even in 117 degree temps (like we have in Phoenix today). It’s also easy to apply and looks beautiful on the skin. I bought it because I had a GC and forgot about it for a while, but I’m glad I tried it out. I really didn’t expect it to be so good, especially in hot weather. It’s not for oily skins, though. (BTW, I’m not affiliated with Wander–I just really like the products from them I’ve tried, and the foundation stick is a real winner.)

    • I agree – it’s pricey but I think it’s totally worth the price if you can find a good match.

  • Swingtime

    Outstanding review! Thank you!

  • urbanangel

    Great post! I live in sunny and humid Singapore so this post is very helpful. I use mainly Nars pure radiant tinted moisturiser and Chanel les beiges healthy glow cream. Both have SPF 30 which is essential in the tropics. I prefer an all-in-one base/foundation because it’s just too humid to put on a base or sunscreen underneath. I am keen to maybe try the cushions after this. Looking forward to your post on Chanel les beiges cushion.

    OH and I think the Tom Ford foundation photographs better on you.

    • Glad you have some favs! Wish I could use the Chanel Les Beiges Cream but their shades are way too pink for me!

  • I love the Deerskin forever foundation, it looks so natural and wears so so well. But they are pretty limited for shades plus the price point haha

    M xx | http://www.touchofconfetti.com

  • So many great products here, I seriously need some Nars in my life

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  • cpbebe

    Love this roundup, thanks! I have tried and enjoyed Dior skin Forever and Dior Star foundations but the shades are never a perfect match for me, so I have to mix. Cutting them with a dewy foundation that has more yellow in it works for me, and Laura Mercier Candleglow is my jam at the moment. Super curious about the cushion foundations, the concept reminds me of a compact product that Shiseido had out many years ago that I loved when my skin was oilier and I lived in a humid, hot climate. I have been looking for a replacement since it was discontinued- hopefully these new cushions could fill the void. I will look forward to your reviews!

    • The struggle to find something olive/yellow enough but not greenish is SO real! Looks like NARS is going to come out with a cushion later in the fall – since their shades are usually good for my undertone I have high hopes there will be a shade match.

  • Eileen

    Reading through your readers’ comments, this was a well-appreciated review that sparked a lot of interest. Your authenticity and wealth of personal details put everything into perspective. Although I live in So Cal, I frequently travel to hotter, more humid climes and am always on the lookout for something that will match my skin tone, work well with my skin care, and last at least a few hours ( ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) before slipping away. So far, my winning combination has been the TF with CT powder.

    • Thanks Eileen – so sweet of you to say. I really miss So Cal!

  • Lexi

    I really love this post because just recently I slowed down on trying to collect as many eye palettes as possible and started paying more attention to foundation bases and concealers. My favorite every day for a semi-natural look is the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint and for a medium coverage I can build I use MAC Studio Sculpt in a tube. I think I need to try others as the MAC is good for the first four hours and by the end of the day I start seeing all the blemish scars on my cheek that were covered up in the morning. Also, I need to go back to the NARS Radiant concealer and I really want to try mastering the LM Secret Camouflage. I think I have an advantage living in foggy NorCal and not having to worry about melt-proof bases but since I am going to Scottsdale in a few weeks, I better start investigating some better options.
    This is a great read and love seeing your pictures!!

    • Thank you Lexi! Yay for the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint love ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marie Parker

    I find that BB creams, tinted moisturizers melt right off and do not withstand in the heat and humidity. The only thing that works for me is EL Double Wear and BE mineral foundation. I only use those in the summer.

    • I hear so many good things about the Estee Lauder Double Wear – but in my experience I’ve found their shades run too pink for me. I’ll have to give it another look soon though. Thx!

  • Collar Wilson

    I use the Charlotte Tilbury powder and I love it!

  • Charli Griffith

    I am on a hunt for my perfect foundation for my sons wedding for being in pictures, etc., I’m sorry if I’ve mentioned this already I can’t remember. I’m so happy to see this post. It is so well thought out and informative. I truly appreciate it.
    Thank you!!

    • Congrats on your son’s upcoming wedding ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely try a few test runs with a flash! I find the Tom Ford photographs the best.

  • Lisa C

    I really hope you like it in Florida, I’m a native so I’m used to the humidity. Although in the summer it can get very overwhelming! I’m not too far from you, in Orlando. I actually drive to Tampa every now and then to go pick up my favorite food ever! If you like shrimp, you HAVE to try out Shell’s. They have the best pasta shrimp dish ever! And I will gladly make the drive to go get it. Oh, and I love my loose powders also. Have quite a few! <3

  • Miki Nyckel

    Loved this! Thanks! MAC is usually my go to, so I also appreciated some mentions from MAC ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been wanting to try the new Next to Nothing and that brush!

    • Yay! What’s your favorite formula for MAC?

      • Miki Nyckel

        Well, believe it or not I haven’t actually tried any foundations from MAC LOL. I’ve really just relied on MAC for all colour/pigment cosmetics. My skin is very weird. I think my minor rosacea just makes all foundations sit really weird on my nose and chin (it’s like they crumble on me. Ugh. It’s terrible). So I rely on very lightweight foundations, and prefer CC or BB’s. Tints are right up my alley, but they rarely are mattifying (rather are usually way too hydrating/dewy for my oily as F skin). And I don’t like the feel or look of heavy foundation. So I’m going to try the Next to Nothing liquid and powder ๐Ÿ™‚ Uber thanks for such an informative, thorough post!

        • What you use as a moisturizer or serum can also impact foundation. Some can cause the base to break down and disintegrate.

          • Miki Nyckel

            Certainly true. Though I I’m careful to use only water based products that work together. I’ve tried just about everything. Short of going to a dermatologist. Seriously, my skin is so strange. Meh.

  • You should try the NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer! It’s very light but it’s got coverage. I live in a very humid place in Summer and I find it as hard as you to find a foundation that suits my skin and the weather. NARS is the brand you should go for!

    Lots of love,

    Gara. xx

    PS: If you fancy reading a little something…https://thingswedidntdo.squarespace.com/blog/review-kiko-milano-summer-20-baked-bronzer

    • I’ve tried it before and used it for years, however it doesn’t hold up at all in this humid weather for me.

  • Jen D.

    I’ve been waiting for a post like this since I started following beauty blogs. As a born and raised Miami gal, it’s always been super disheartening to own a bunch of cool makeup only to have it melt off your face as soon as you step outside. Can’t thank you enough for your review and recommendations. I’ll definitely check some of these products out.

    • Hi Jen – glad this helped! I’ve never experienced humidity like this before except while traveling in Europe and literally gave up on wearing makeup some days.

      • Jen D.

        The humidity struggle is very real in South Florida. Hopefully your adjustment period isn’t too brutal.

  • Jennifer Jones

    I’ve been using Lancรดme Teint Idole Ultra for years. It’s been my HG. I’m starting to want to switch up. I may try Armani. It looks pretty flawless.

  • Oooh the hour glass stick is my favorite full coverage. My only problem was finding the right shade. At Sephora I’m a y06 and the shade that matches up to that in the HG vanish stick has waaaay too much pink for my neutral skin. I’ll have to go in store and find the right one โค๏ธ

  • Stephanie

    I just discovered your blog while I was looking for Nordstrom Anniversary Sale recommendations and I am so glad I did. I’m half Taiwanese and I live in Bradenton, so I feel your pain on multiple levels. This post is going to be a great shopping list for me. Thank you!

  • Heeyoung

    What would you chose between tomford foundation stick and hourglass stick?

  • Karen.H

    May I know the font used in the photos? Great thxxxxxx