If you want a subtle glow without a ton of…
This summer, I have a secret weapon: a foundation that feels light and stays put. It’s the cult classic MAC Cosmetics Face and Body Foundation! The shade I use is N1 (a neutral pale shade, one of the two palest shades… not including the “white” one).
A fluid foundation that provides low-to-medium buildable coverage and a flawless, natural satin-shine finish. Skin conditioning, water-resistant and long-wearing.
I am regularly very close to the NW15 shade (shown above on the right). MAC Face and Body N1 is a bit darker than that but it’s sheer and won’t oxidize so it ends up being about the same and way closer to my Summer colour.
You can see from the above swatches, that this is truly a water-based sheer foundation and very thin. You can apply a small amount for sheer coverage, or double up as I do for a more translucent look.
Now this can be a bit tricky since the formula does come out of the giant container like water and can be a bit hard to control. What I do is pour some on my fingers, pat on my face in sections and then quickly blend with a foundation brush or sponge (weapon of choice: Ecotools Skin Perfecting Brush). This product sets fairly quickly and evenly. Because of its viscosity, I rarely see brush strokes on my face.
For application to your body, it’s a bit less of an issue because you can just wipe on with your hand and then buff out. I love applying to my chest to even out any tanlines or cover imperfections. And it doesn’t transfer onto my clothes!
My naked face vs. two layers of Face & Body foundation.
It dries down to a semi-matte finish and evens out my complexion perfectly.
This is truly longwearing, which is why make-up artists worldwide swear by this stuff (and why it comes in a BULK format). I just wore this all day at the World Pride parade and it lasted through 4 hours of sweat and water gun fights.
Another reason why this stuff is the best? Because of the water-based formula, this is perfect for both oily and dry skin!
MAC Cosmetics Face and Body Foundation is available in two sizes (50ml and 120ml) but it is way more economical to by the large size, especially if you plan on using this on your body (which I do in the summer… perfect legs anyone?)