If you read my Foundation for Dry Skin Edit, you will have noticed that I didn't include any stick foundations - the reason being that I personally have never found them the easiest to work with. That being said, they do give an even flawless finish so when I was recently sent Diego Dalla Palma Makeup Studio Eclipse Foundation, I was determined to make it work. This foundation has a creamy texture, which means it is off to a good start but I have found that the key to making stick foundations work for dry skin, is primer and I have three to recommend.
Diego Dalla Palma Makeup Studio Eclipse Foundation is much more lightweight than stick foundations I have tried in the past and because of the creamy texture, it is easier to blend on my dry skin but for it to really look at it's best - smooth and flawless and also to be able to build coverage, I need to use a primer.
First up is Huda Beauty Complexion Perfection, which has quite a rich, creamy texture but it absorbs well into the skin without feeling like there is a layer of product on the skin. This primer allows the foundation to glide over my skin without any gathering, caking or highlighting of pores. It also means that the finish of the foundation is more skin-like than matte, which is my personal preference.
Much lighter in texture, is the ArtDeco Instant Skin Perfector - I like to use this as a primer but it also works well on no makeup days when your pores need a little blurring. A little goes a long way with this and it instantly soothes and brightens the skin. I find the trick is to apply your foundation immediately after application - don't let it dry first. The result is poreless, smooth skin.
Finally, on days when my skin is feeling very dry and uncooperative, I reach for Hourglass No28 Primer Serum. The tiniest amount of this smoothed over my skin means that I don't need to worry about the foundation clinging to dry patches, gathering around my nose or breaking down. Of course, the creamy texture of the foundation helps but it's the combination of both that makes it look smooth, even and flawless on Sahara-like skin days.
The foundation itself offers medium but buildable coverage. I tend to only build in areas that need a little extra coverage (if my skin is looking inflamed, for example). The finish is very natural - neither completely matte nor glowy but either could be achieved with a setting spray or powder, depending on your preference. It definitely deserves its place in my collection and, combined with these primers, is perfect for a quick flawless look.
Are you a fan of stick foundations? Do you have a favourite?
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