Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Makeup Miracles…

Makeup itself is so magical and if you’ve a brand who has dedicated more than 100 yrs in makeup then there is no looking back. When the legendary makeup maverick Mr.Max Factor started his own company he was attributed to be the father of most of the makeup inventions those days. One of them was the foundations that he used on Hollywood stars.
Since then its been the company’s forte to do one of the best foundations in the market. May it be Seamless or Color Adapt or Age Renew, Max Factor has never failed to enthrall us with their stuff. No wonder the hand behind all this is the makeup maestro Pat McGrath whose achievements are sung by the biggest and most prominent faces in fashion. She is called as the “most powerful woman in the makeup industry” by Vogue’s Anna Wintour and she has maintained it.

Anyways latest from their innovative technologies is the uber chic Miracle Touch Foundation. I have written about it earlier but every time I use it, it keeps me smitten all the time. It was long since I was searching for a cream foundation which would give me very smooth finish without any great effort. I started with Kryolan, which is a German cosmetic brand and their foundation seemed to be very heavy and greasy. Then I used some compact foundation but wasn’t satisfied and then this foundation came along.

At the Max Factor counter I tested a few shades and found a universal shade for Indian skin called Bronze.

This being a compact foundation you cannot guess the texture unless you touch it. It feels like liquid foundation and on application dries up to a nice powder finish. What an innovation? But the question is how to use it?

There are many ways of using Miracle Touch foundation and here are some: -

- They provide a sponge with the foundation. But for hygienic reasons its better not to use it. Incase you are using the sponge that they provide. Then first with clean hands take some product out of the compact. Warm it on the back of the hand and apply as tiny dots all over the place. Start with a less amount and gradually build up. Then with the sponge blend the foundation outwards and downwards as quickly as possible coz it dries off to a powdery finish. Generally one layer is sufficient to give a flawless finish.

- Since I use the foundation as an under eye concealer as well to hide light under eye circles, the product works as a miracle. I dab on some foundation using a concealer brush under eyes and then just blend it.

- Now I’ll tell you what I do? I use a foundation brush from The Body Shop or Smashbox cosmetics. The former one has a triangular head which helps me take the product easily on brush. Then I dab off the excess on the back of my hand and start with big strokes horizontally on the forehead blending into the hairline and then downwards and out wards centripetally. The synthetic bristles of the brush help in blending the product well into the skin. Then I warm up my hands and blend the foundation to give a smooth radiating finish. Then I dust some Shiseido Luminizing Powder over it to set the foundation. And there you have a perfect canvas.

- Its better to start of with less product because if you use a lot of product it might turn cakey and please remember that this foundation is not water resistant so its better to set it with powder.

- Using it over a makeup primer has additional benefits making the foundation glide smoother and last longer. I use MAC prep n prime and Shiseido’s Makeup smoothening Veil and it does wonders.

I love this foundation as it works on many skin types and tones and even on the darkest skin tones.
It is available at Max Factor counters nationwide for Rs.590. The only disadvantage buying this foundation is you get addicted to it. Others are only advantages….

Try them and let me know…

Next read: -
1. The brushes that I use and feel are good though I might not own them....
2.Matte and Satin eyeshadows that make statements..

1 comment:

  1. I can't get wait to get my hands on this one.your enthusiasm about it is infectious.thanks for quoting the price range.from where i am, we don't have max factor counters..yet!


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