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Top Tip Tuesday - Foundations

Choosing the right foundation can be a nightmare! We dab some on the back of our hand and think... 'yeah, that's about right'; then when we apply it to our face at home, we look like an Oompa Loompa!! Oh c'mon, we've all done it....?

So I thought I'd give you a few tips on how to get that flawless, fantabulous, foxy foundation finish...

There are many different types of foundation out there. First, decide what type of look you wish to go for - but take into account your skin type and your age. You may like a dewy finish but if you are prone to oily skin, you may be better suited to a matte foundation. Likewise, if you use a matte foundation on more mature skin, then this could settle in the fine lines so a dewy finish may be the better option.

We have no less than FIVE different types of foundation here at the Salon by renowned brand Mii Cosmetics.

Skin Loving BB Cream is available in fair, medium or dark £25.00. Can be used as a primer before your regular foundation (check out my earlier blog on BB creams) or can be used as a stand alone foundation for a light/medium coverage. I love using this BB cream during the summer months... especially if I'm lucky enough to have a tan! It has an SPF of 45 and is rich in amino soya extracts that combat the signs of ageing and has light-diffusing particles to help disguise imperfections.

Flawless Face Base - £19.95. Available in 6 colour options. This matte look foundation has an SPF of 10 and has a lightweight formula. Its buildable too so you can build up to a fuller coverage if you wish, or use it as a base for other foundations.

Perfect for all skin types and particularly good for brides and photographic work.

Absolute Face Base is available in 5 shades £26.50 - I love this foundation!! Once its on... it is on! Slightly fuller coverage than the Flawless Face Base but still relatively lightweight and it is also buildable. This foundation contains plant and fruit extracts that promote hydration and collagen production.

Perfect for younger to middle age skin types. SPF of 30.

Illuminating Face Base is available in 5 shades £26.50 - My go-to, everyday foundation...

Perfect for normal to dry skins. Brings a youthful radiance to mature skin as this is a dewy finish foundation.

It has an SPF of 15 and has a built in primer. Oil free.

Irresistible Face Base comes in 7 shades £21.00- Suitable for all skin types. Ideal for those with skin conditions such as acne or rosacea. SPF25, contains iron oxides, zinc oxide and titanium oxide which offer sun protection and healing properties. This award winning foundation can be used after facial treatments including waxing. Tip this 100% mineral based foundation into the lid of the pot, swirl your brush into the powder and as it is applied to your skin, it becomes creamy. This is so good for your skin, you can even sleep in it!

When testing for a new foundation, apply it to your jaw line as you can see how it looks in both the light and the shade. If possible look at it in natural as well as artificial light.

Need a foundation brush? We stock the full range of Mii brushes which are all high quality. My particular favourite though is the Mini Mii Brush Collection £24.95.

This set, which is exceptional value, comes in its own pouch and has a foundation brush, powder brush as well as an eyeshadow brush and a fabulous eye detailer brush (perfect for use under the eye and in the crease of the eye).

We are also stockists of award winning Beauty Blenders £16.00. These super sponges enable you to flawlessly apply foundation, powder, BB cream, and cream blusher. Available in a rainbow of colours and also different sizes (the small ones are prefect for travel, touch-ups and applying concealer). We also stock kits and cleanser too. Beauty Blenders were created by a renowned make-up artist to meet the demands of TV personalities who wanted as flawless a finish as possible following the invention of HD TV! Just dampen and dab!

If you would like to get grips with make-up techniques, why not book in for one of our make-up lessons £40.00 (which includes a £5 voucher to redeem against product purchase on the day).

We also offer:

  • Special occasion make-up £32.00;

  • Bridal Make-up £60.00 (Mother of the Bride & Bridesmaids are an additional £25 each)











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