I’ve started to cool it on the foundation lately.
For years I relied on foundation as a kind of cosmetic cloak of invisibility, on top of which I would draw on all the best features of a human face; rosy cheeks, cat eyes, rabbit ears, whatever’s trendy.
Now I realise that, even when my skin isn’t looking its best, it looks infinitely worse with a thick layer of gloop cemented on top of it.
The trick to looking fresh and glowy beyond your twenties is in the application; get the skin prepped and the tools right and you’re laughing.
Now that I’m aiming for lighter, more transparent coverage, I like a squidgier sponge. My preferred level of squidge usually occurs after a few weeks use of a box-fresh Beauty Blender, the world-famous pink egg-shaped foundation sponge that changed everything when it bounced into our lives in 2007.
The BB is great and all, but at €16 a pop, I was more than intrigued by the buzz around the Real Techniques Miracle Sponges, which are a bargainous €7.99.
When you dampen a foundation sponge (wet it so it puffs out a bit, then squeeze out all the excess) it holds onto more of your foundation and disperses it in a lighter, more even layer so it never looks caked on.
For me, the Miracle Sponge was an instant hit – the texture was perfect from the get-go.
On Real Techniques’ advice, I tried dampening the sponge with hyaluronic serum and stippling it into the skin before foundation to give the skin an additional boost of hydration.
I can confirm they know what they’re talking about. The result of this piece of beauty trickery was that my skin looked peachy and distinctly un-make-upped.
Does that even make sense? Who cares! I like it.
They also do a Miracle Powder Sponge (€7.99 at McCauley’s pharmacies and chemists nationwide) for blotting away excess oil without sweeping off your foundation and (joy) a multi-pack featuring enough sponges to do you for months for €29.99.
It’s time to lighten up.