Dress Well: Foundations of My Makeup Routine

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Have you ever heard the same beauty tip over and over, never tried it for yourself, and then one day on a whim given it a try and realized that you've been missing out all along? Anybody? Because that's what's recently happened to me with the concept of blending your foundation with moisturizer.

I've known about the concept of blending moisturizer and foundation since I was a wee preteen reading Bobbi Brown's Guide to Teenage Beauty (have I gushed about that book before? Because it's awesome). However, I've unfailingly shied away from trying that strategy myself - it was always advertised as a great way to lighten up your foundation, but I had never wanted to lighten up my foundation. For the vast majority of my life I've struggled with finding foundation heavy enough to cover acne, redness, and acne scars. Why would I want to let my skin show through?

Well, I'm finally in a place where I no longer want to feel like I'm wearing a mask of makeup. My skin isn't perfect, but it's nice enough to give it some exposure to the world. So, I finally decided to try blending moisturizer with my foundation. And you know what? It's awesome. It's easy to do, it extends the life of your bottle of foundation, and it allows you to look and feel natural.

Below is a photo-diary of how to do it for yourself. A few tips: 1) If you have oily skin, oil-free lotion is key. Lotion that has oil in it will make your face super oily by the end of the day. Oil-free lotion looks the same at the end of the day as normal foundation. 2) instead of moisturizer, you can blend your foundation with face sunscreen. It's a GREAT way to cover your bases on SPF while lightening up your makeup. Finally, 3) don't forget to set with powder, just like you would do for normal foundation!

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Finally, while you're doing this, be sure to always look this cool:

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