Friday, April 4, 2008

Q n A from HETAL

Hetal asks: -

Hi Doc,
My skin is of oily t-zone, fair, with yellow undertones. I have no spots or skin problems.
I have two queries for you: -
1) is about mineral foundation which I have heard a lot about sheer cover or bare minerals. Would like to know where in Mumbai do we get it? Or do MAC cosmetics offer similar products?

2) is regarding primers. Which company makes good ones in the drugstore and department brands? And does it control oil control or not, because usually in a party/occasion I see my face a bit oily.

For me budget isn’t an issue or suggest me the best you can.

Thank you

Thanks for the query.

First of all its nice to hear that you have a clear complexion. Please do take care of your skin to maintain it. Bare mineral foundations are powder foundations that come in loose form and give very good coverage and yet not feel heavy. They can be used on sensitive skins as well and the primary substance in them is mica which is available in a micronised from small enough so that it doesn’t clog pores.

L'Oreal has come with Tru minerals foundation that is available in leading stores and priced for Rs.850 but unfortunately have only 3 colors which might not work for all complexions.
MAC comes with Mineralize Skin Finish powders in fantastic textures. They go on light and impart a flawless complexion and are priced Rs.1450. They can be used over a moisturizer or a foundation.
Bare Escentuals has the best mineral foundations but they haven’t come to India. They even have a fantastic range of mineral eyeshadow and mineral blushes which makes me jealous as they aren’t available here.

Recently tinted moisturizers are picking up as a trend in India as they are light weight foundations. Internationally this trend has been there since 1990s and so is the trend of mineral makeup. I’m sure India will pick it up soon too.

Shiseido makes some fantastic primers and makeup bases. They have a Pre-makeup cream Rs.1400, Makeup Enhancing Veil Rs.1750 and Makeup Brightening veil Rs.1750 for all skin types as well as mattifying veil Rs.1750 for oily skin. Lancôme makes an excellent makeup base with SPF 50 Rs.2200 that can be used over a moisturizer and under any foundation or powder. MAC has prep n prime which comes in a light texture for oily skin. Clarins has Instant Light Complexion perfector Rs.1650 approx. which creates a flawless base for the foundation to glide on. Other brand that I love is Complexion Enhancers from YSL which have various colors for various complexions. I love the no.3 from YSL,they are priced at Rs.1730.

You should apply a pinky sized amount of primer after moisturizing and not more than that. For t-zone you can also use T-zone mattifiers from Pure Focus Lancôme Rs.2000 approx. They absorb oil and prevent further oil formation where as the menthol in them helps in cooling. They are also called pore minimizers in Shiseido Rs.1500.

For a party look, u can do the following things with your makeup base.
-Use a mattifying or an oil free moisturizer
-Apply a tiny bit of primer and spread it gently all over the face. Dab on some pore minimizer over your nose.
-Use a tiny amount of liquid foundation made for oily skin such as Chanel’s Matt Lumiere Rs.2250 or Shiseido’s Dual Foundation Rs.1525 on your skin. You can also a tinted moisturizer for a sheer coverage. Then use a powder foundation like MAC studio fix Rs.1450 to keep the oiliness at bay. Lancôme’s Dual powder Rs.2500 does a fantastic job too.
-you must invest in a good quality foundation brush like the one from The Body Shop Rs.695 and a Kabuki brush which is available in many brands but I love the one from Elizabeth Arden as it comes free with their Duo Bronzer Rs.1160 which would be a must have this season.
That bronzer is just perfect for this season.

I hope this enlightens you enough.I have mentioned all the prices of the products that I knew to the best of my knowledge and I happen to use many from these as well.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much..this wil really help me before i invest in products,. gr8 job


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