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Take her swimming on the first date

Take her swimming on the first date

Credit: JESSICA THOMPSON

Brittany Du Ly, left, without foundation on Dry/Combination skin. Right, with Smashbox Studio Skin 2.1


Ajiitha Anand | Interrobang | Culture | May 27th, 2016




The summer weather is finally making an appearance and it's time to change up your makeup look to fit the season. The most common issue during the summertime with makeup is finding a foundation that will fight through the humidity and sun trying to melt your face off. Interrobang decided to test out five high-end foundations, found at any Sephora location, on five different skin types that you can try this summer. All the foundations have a matte to semi matte finish, to avoid a sweaty look, which also works on dry skin.

Full Coverage: Makeup Forever Ultra HD $52

I tried on Makeup Forever Ultra HD in the shade 173 and the foundation lasted all day indoors and outdoors with no creases or troubles with application. The foundation blended well and smoothly to my skin tone. The foundation has a fair amount of shades and I was able to find a suitable colour for my skin. Makeup Forever HD is a liquid based foundation with a semimatte, medium to full coverage finish. This is a lightweight foundation that focuses on giving the skin a soft look especially in photographs, hence the “HD”. This foundation is fairly thick, so applying the product with a beauty blender or a flat foundation brush is the best way to receive a natural finish. Although this foundation can be for a full coverage face, it does not feel heavy or caked on. So if you were looking for a full coverage, photogenic look particularly for a night out during the summertime, this foundation would work wonders for you.

Don't wear makeup often? Full coverage for newbies: Urban Decay Naked Skin $47

Jessica Thompson used the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in the shade 2.0.

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation is a great full coverage liquid for people who do not wear heavy makeup. Thompson went through a day of hockey, as well as casual indoor activities. The results were still positive, a few spots were wearing off after playing a game; however, this fragrant-free foundation achieves a natural and bright finish. This skin foundation formula is thin and concentrated, perfect for an invisible makeup look. However, there aren't many shades in this foundation, it ranges from fair to dark colours, with the option of mixing colours. This foundation finishes in a demi-matte powdery texture quickly.

Shine-Free Coverage for Oily/ Combination Skin: Becca Ever Matte $51

Becca Ever Matte Shine Foundation is perfect for a sunny day on a patio. This foundation features a micro-fine powder made to absorb oils and give your skin a matte, shine-free look. Hency Thacker finished the day with a flawless, matte look in the shade “tan” and the foundation stayed on well for the entire day. The liquid formula focuses on minimizing the appearance of pores and fine lines with a soft finish photo finish similar to Makeup Forever Ultra HD. The foundation has been tested by dermatologists and is made without oil, alcohol or fragrance.

Mineral Foundation: Cover FX $42

Jessica Eden applied the Pressed Mineral Foundation in the shade G30 by Cover FX. This foundation ranks among the best “mineral” selections. The mineral foundation is a buildable coverage with a matte finish and has oil-absorbing microspheres with a moisturizing formula. This prevents the foundation from being “cakey” or drying out. This works with both dry and oily skin, the finish is matte with a subtle shine to keep the skin looking bright rather than flat. By the end of the day, the foundation was still matte and in place.

Summer photo shoot? Try Smashbox Studio Skin for Dry/ Combination Skin $48

This foundation is best for oily and aging skin types. Smashbox Studio Skin provides skin with nourishing formulas to hydrate oily skin, as well as dry skin. Although your skin may be oily, it can still dry up and lack hydration. Brittany Du Ly is wearing the shade 2.1, perfect for a photo-shoot in the sun or just a good night out, with its sweat and humidity resistant studio skin 16-hour wear formula. After a full day, there wasn't much difference in the before and after shots when the foundation was fresh on Du Ly's face.

Other ways to beat the shine

— Use a primer

— Set your foundation with a powder

— Use a setting spray

— Invest in blotting sheets

Ajiitha Anand

Ajiitha Anand

Without foundation on combinations skin (left)

Makeup Forever Ultra HD on Combination skin (right)

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson

Without foundation on normal/dry skin (left)

Makeup Forever Ultra HD on Combination skin (right)

After workout/hockey game

Hency Thacker

Hency Thacker

Without Foundation on Combination/normal skin (left)

With Becca Ever Matte Shine Proof Foundation (right)

After 8 hours of wearing Becca Ever Matte Shine Proof Foundation in 'tan'

Jessica Eden

Jessica Eden

Without foundation on normal skin (left)

Fresh face of Pressed Mineral Foundation (right)

After 8 hours of Pressed Mineral Foundation G30
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