How happy are you with your complexion routine right now?

Fairly happy! I think I have a close enough match with a formula that sits well on my skin most days that is comfortable to wear and lasts long enough for my purposes.

— Christine


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Celesta Avatar

It’s hit or miss. I’m not sure if anyone else does this but here’s what tends to happen for me: I have a really good complexion day. I try to replicate what I did another day, but get a little too confident so I end up using more product than what I need and it ends up looking bad. On to the next combo of products and the same thing happens. Also, very temperamental skin at the moment doesn’t help.

Blue Avatar

It’s an expensive solution, but I can’t lie: ring light. Having consistent, really bright lighting every morning brought me up to a new level with delicate stuff like blush and contour work. And then to a new level after that. It seriously made all the difference.

Marie Avatar

Right now, I’m trying to use up certain bottles of primer and foundation (and tubes of concealer). They’re not quite moisturizing enough for winter. And they’re not long wearing enough for rainy weather.

But I’m forcing myself to deal with it for a few weeks to consolidate my makeup.

But I still have FOMO about new formulas and brands. It’s like I’m always looking for the holy grail. Just because… the formulas are always improving.

Wednesday Avatar

Quite happy. I still have to blend foundations for the right level of coverage and texture, but at least there are more shades in my ballpark. I really do not mind making custom blends as some days I prefer more matte look and others a more natural dewy look. I have a really good group of core products right now in terms of foundation, setting powder, finishing powder and concealers. Still.. I will be looking at the new Hourglass foundation ☺️

Weijia Avatar

Very happy. I’ve been a loyal fan to Everyday Minerals base. Loose powder with proper care does not go bad easily over time and a little goes a long way. It sits well on my skin, especially when I have a little oil seeping through.

Mariella Avatar

I’m pretty happy. I should go for another laser session to “zap” my broken capillaries (had it done a few years ago and it’s time for a “re-do”) but I want to wait til the mild weather as it’s winter that plays havoc. Other than that, my skin is clear and I often get compliments when people learn what an antique I am!

Ginny Avatar

I’ve been using the same stuff for years. Nars RCC to even out red areas and MAC MSF Natural powder to set. Occasionally MAC F+B if I’m feeling that super smooth look, although it takes a bit longer. Trying new complexion products is stressful for me—I struggle with color matching and separation throughout the day. So I’d rather not spend time thinking about it and stick with what I know.

kjh Avatar

Foundation: fine, whether it’s PC SLDWD, basically a sheer sunscreen for me, KGD liquid, powder, cushion, a BB, or a mix. Always working on concealer, and may tackle primer for water based foundation this year. TBH, so glad the search for matching/no chem sunscreen foundation is over. It was a brutal 2 years.

Emma Avatar

Better than ever. I’ve started putting on concealer before foundation and letting it dry down a bit before I blend out (thanks Jackie Aina) and it’s been a game-changer. Very happy with my Make Up Forever foundation as well, after years of searching for the right coverage and finish.

Amy Avatar

Pretty happy. Foundation, I’ve got a couple of good matches, Boots No 7 in Calico and Mac NW20 being the best so far (scarily identical on my skin). Benefit Believe in Me Ivory is slightly too pink but workable (and the only foundation I’ve found so far where I look luminous rather than wet). The Calico I have in a matte finish, although I’m oily enough that it’s not true matte, which suits me.
Sleek Rose Gold is a fantastic blush for my skintone, and I have a pale pink (Nyx) that works too, although I’d like a better one. I recently bought No7 bronzer in Golden Sand, and it’s wonderfully understated/ buildable.
Highlighter, still searching for a formula I like at a price I’m willing to pay at this stage, but less important.
Really love the concealer tricks I learned at Mac, and using NC20 under my eyes is the most effective dark circle trick I’ve ever used. (I may retire the Boots under eye concealer, it’s long frustrated me as it’s quite sheer and I hate the applicator)
My skin is better than it’s ever been at the moment, so I’m very happy.

Deborah S. Avatar

Overall I am pretty happy with my current products although I like my summer products better. Winter in Montana can be pretty brutal in terms of cold and wind chill. Finding the right foundation is difficult as my already dry skin is even drier and my foundation doesn’t always want to spread well even when my skin is well hydrated and moisturized. Probably the only product I still am working on finding is concealer. As I have stated before on the blog, my hyper-pigmentation is really resistant to all of the concealers I have used up to this point. I am a finishing powder junkie and have a ton of them and love all of them. I tend to stick with Guerlain Meteorites most days though. A good finishing powder just makes me happy.

Nancy T Avatar

Hmm…Happy with the formula of Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation, but the shade needs tweaking for winter. Perfect match during the hot part of the year when my skin darkens even with sunscreen, but never burns. However, my winter color best matches. MAC Studio Fix C3.5 and 4.5 mixed with MJ Dew You Dew Drops? The “old” C4 would have been perfect, but MAC did something inexplicable and made C4 pale as NC15 or 20 now! The “C” range in the liquid works extremely well with my somewhat difficult to match coloring, as it is for olive undertones that aren’t yellow enough for NC, nor pink enough for NW. Peachy olives! Very happy with my HG Maybelline Fit Me Concealer for undereye and covering up red patches or breakouts, because it doesn’t accentuate dry spots or easily crease up on me. My HG winter setting /finishing powder has been DC’d, unfortunately. I did buy 4 backups of WnW Reserve Your Cabana, so I’m okay for awhile. They need to bring it back though!

Claire Renee Avatar

I’m fair with warm undertones (NC15). I was using Estee Lauder Double Wear in 1W1 Warm Bone and wasn’t totally happy with the shade but it was the lightest yellow shade. Then a new (to me) shade became available: 1W0 Warm Porcelain and I am quite pleased as it is a much better match. My only real issue right now are largish pigmented brown spots on my cheeks. Last two Lime Light sessions did not help at all. Been using MUAC peels (glycolic) faithfully last five years and use high spf sunscreen every day whether I leave the house or not (retired). Just started using Lactic Acid peels lately, fingers crossed.

Katie Avatar

My complexion routine is basically my only constant with makeup, and I love it. I gave up on wearing foundation and instead just combine Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer and Burberry Fluid Luminous Base to blur and brighten my face. Then I lightly dust Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light over that. I love that I can do this without a mirror and still feel confident with how I look.

zeezee Avatar

not bad! i’ve learnt that my oily skin prefers a more watery foundation like sisley phyto teint. also, letting a liquid concealer dry down a little before buffing it out helps to improve the coverage and longevity.

DVa Avatar

Good overall, I’m still looking for the perfect balance and magic combination with the correct amount of product(s).

For foundation I’m using a number of products, to use up stuff I’ve bought (powder, stick, liquids), and I’m at my winter pale, so I have a good selection of fair-light/light options to rely upon.
In the summer when I have to start blending with darker shades, I stay closer to a routine.

I’ve finally pulled back on the concealer for under eyes, so many 20-something youtubers use a hefty amount of product, and have no fine lines, so more is fine for them; not for me.

Over the last couple weeks I’ve been testing a lot of setting powders, under eye primers, under eye brightening powders, and: use of a light hand with a powder brush vs. buffing vs. baking…
It’s exhausting.
I’m in my very late 40s, but have very little wrinkling, but still I get a crepe-y looking under eye pretty easy.
Baking still seems to work best for me, followed by a good spritz of Mac Fix+ or Smashbox Pimer Water to get rid of powdery looking results. The powder I use under my eyes does matter; I’m narrowing it down.

Finally I’m also testing a few different illuminating powders: Mercier, Becca, Hourglass.
The Becca Soft Light Blurring in Pink Haze is this week’s winner–love it!

Nikki Avatar

I just changed my complexion routine today, because I finally have my perfect foundation match-Fenty Pro Filt’r 110. I find it works best when I apply it to my face with a cotton round and blend with a foundation brush. I’m extremely happy with my routine now!

Sarah Avatar

Mostly just looking for a good concealer. I want something matte that doesn’t give me desert levels of dryness under my eyes after a few hours of wear. Also I don’t particularly want to splurge on a high end one since I go through concealers relatively fast and don’t want to pay up lol.

I’m also starting to warm up to my Hourglass Dim Light powder again…I had written it off since the effect is pretty subtle, but it actually shows up pretty well in pictures. It’s brightening and helps blend out my blush into my skin.

Silvia Avatar

I’m very satifisfied with my makeup routine and color selections I guess I have learned plenty between watching YouTube thousands of videos and Temptalia. I’m absolutely loving as foundation L’Oréal Lumi in cool 03 I finally found my perfect match made in heaven! It does not look overly glowy just the perfect magic potion for my skin it goes so well with a light touch of dewyness. Havinh dry/normal combo skin and this fits perfect like heavens send!

Alecto Avatar

Pretty happy, actually. I’m still in my “using up excess products that I won’t rebuy” phase, but I have enough real winners and favorites mixed in that I feel like my skin is receiving real benefits, and the results are favorable. I am going to say I firmly believe that changing my diet has made my skin a lot less finicky and has decreased my overall frustration. This is also the reason that I’m finally fine with cutting down on experimenting with multitudes of products: I don’t need a different moisturizer or treatment very day to combat whatever new or intermittent issue crops up.

The reason I responded to this from a skin standpoint rather than foundation is that I’m working toward a complexion that doesn’t require foundation to look normal and healthy. But as far as foundation, I do finally have a routine that leaves me looking so much better than I used to that I sometimes catch my reflection in the rearview mirror and feel all warm and fuzzy (though I firmly believe that 90% of the reason that my foundation routine works as well as it does now is because I’ve gotten my skin to a really good place).

Jane Avatar

Pretty much. I accept that the wrinkles I have, I have, and the best I can do is slow them down a bit, but they’ll still come as I age. So, as long as my skin feels soft and relatively hydrated, I am fine. All I want is to be able to figure out how to keep wearing colorful eyeshadow as I age without having the look-like-an-old-lady-with-too-much-makeup look. 😉

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