It means researching and double-checking, because I can't afford to trust blindly. It's my body.
It's exhausting. Beauty and wellness services are meant to be about self-care, for taking a moment or an hour in which you don't have to think about anything else. But I can never really fully relax because even after I've done all the research, I always need to pay attention and supervise. Just in case.
This is the hidden cost of beauty when you are a minority. If only not being able to find the right foundation shade was the unique issue minority Australians were facing in the beauty industry.
So, What's My Global Shades Foundation?
What: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup - A long-wearing foundation that combines a flawless matte finish with comfortable wear for up to 24 hours.
Why I love it:
I've always wanted to try this foundation and now I have, I get why people say it's so good. It's a long-lasting foundation with great buildable coverage. I find it covers my hyperpigmentation and gives my skin an even, flawless finish.
Double Wear also mattifies the skin, which is great if you have oily skin. That said, it's the kind of matte that's super comfortable to wear and doesn't dry out your skin. I like sheer coverage for every day, but I'll definitely be using this foundation for special occasions.
I know how overwhelming it can be to buy a foundation online. Nevertheless, I decided to trust the [Adore Beauty] Findation shade matching tool to find my shade online. The shade 6C1 Rich Cocoa suits me perfectly. It's the right undertone; not too yellow, not too red. The only small downside is this foundation doesn't come with a pump (you have to buy the pump separately).
For a seamless application, prep your skin with a hydrating primer, serum or moisturiser. A little goes a long way, so start with less product than you think you'll need and add more until you're happy with the coverage. Or if you prefer a sheer coverage finish, mix it into a pea-sized amount of your favourite moisturiser or primer.