I’ve been using an actual foundation recently…even though my face doesn’t believe it, and I have some thoughts on it. As recommended by many an internet friend, I’m wearing the Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation!
First off, my skin type and condition right now are a weird combination of combo-oily and acne-prone textured areas. Not good! Not to mention, my skin tone is really uneven during this time of year because it’s the palest it’ll get but former ance-touched areas of hyper pigmentation aren’t pale. I need to blot, but my skin hates piling on powder throughout the day. Does that paint a confusing enough picture?
The photo above was my second time using the Blur foundation. Originally, I just used the foundation in on top of the below base.
However, when I wrote Milk customer service to suggest my best shade, they suggested the shade Medium, at which I seriously winced because, I mean, medium?! but I purchased it anyway. The thing about this foundation–on me, at least–is that it settles darker than medium into my tanned skin tone after a few minutes (I’d say give it a good 15 before judging). That makes me think that, if I’d originally bough the shade Medium Dark, it would have been way too dark on me once it would’ve settled. There are several medium-level shades available, but they’re all too warm, olive, or golden for my neutral undertone. Therefore, I now accept that Medium is the best shade for me, but it needs some time to adjust and also benefits from other products to bring back color to my face (since it’s considered a full coverage foundation).
Anyway, this time around, I tried the combination below for my beauty base:
This was before I accepted that my best shade is Medium. I tried mixing a bit of Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint in Dark* (a super low-maintenance fave!), and changed my moisturizer to the Priming Moisturizer Rich* because it doesn’t leave a dewy finish, even after Invisible Shield*. I loved the glow this produced, but two problems: the finish throughout the day was actually too oily for my low-maintenance wear, and mixing the Blur foundation with the Skin Tint actually made the color lighter for longer in the beginning. I had to do a lot of adjusting with Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Dusk* to not look like a ghost.
As far as the base of the Glossier Skin Tint and the Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation, as long as you factor in the right combination of shades, it’s a beautiful finish but ideal for normal skin types. As for me, though, I’ll stick to using these two great products separately and get my glow with the right moisturizer (Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer) and highlighting product (I believe I used the Make Beauty Dew Pot in Dew here).
However, it’s the time for those iconic fall shades, and this is where another couple of Milk products shine.Lip Color in Wifey and Lip + Cheek in Quickie.
Firstly, Milk’s Lip Color in the shade Wifey is my creamy pink-toned MLBB color and has the best finish because it’s a comfy, moisturizing matte. Alone on my lips, it’s a bit too pink for my liking, so I use a red or purple-based stain underneath, so enter Milk’s Lip + Cheek Quickie. I’ve had this for a while but find that now is the appropriate time for wear. I used it here for the apples of my cheeks, my eyelids, and my lips as a base below Wifey. This combo is so wearable and creates a soft, romantic, monochromatic look in seconds. No, really, seconds.
Remember that I told you that the Skin Tint + Blur Foundation combo was a bit too oily for me and that I hate powder? Well I balanced it out with another VIB sale purchase: the Beautyblender Blotterazzi Pro.
This guy has the utility of blotting sheets with the eco-friendly habits of that crystal-toting hipster who essentially lives at the coffee shop. Because of its shape, the case is easy to find just by feeling around in my bag. I also love that there are two included sponges so I won’t be without da blot while washing one.
So, through trial and error, I’ve found the best combination of products for my weird skin. I hope this helped fellow morenas who may have similar skin tones and everyone with similar skin types (or not, since I also found what didn’t work for mine). Until next month, apparently!
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