BLOG # 8 GIVE GREAT FACE! PART 2 HOLY GRAIL FOUNDATIONS

Foundation. Face Makeup. Base. Spackle. Pan Stick. Pan Cake. It has had several names over the years. All promising to deliver better face when you wear it. But alas many don’t live up to their hype. Most women I know hate the thought of foundation. The “Unnatural Mask” or “Clown Grease Paint” as it were. Luckily technology has moved forward not only in the Tech sense! New formulas are more light weight, natural, and concern driven. But as always there are many to choose from. What’s a girl to do?

 

As promised! Here’s my list of Holy Grail foundation formulas. They made my list because I’ve used them on clients & girlfriends with great success.  I’ve broken them down into categories that make them easily recognizable based on your concerns. I’ve included a description and the link to buy for easy shopping. In some categories, I’ve included a drug store best version for my girls on a budget!

Ready? Here we go!

HARVEY’S HOLY GRAIL FOUNDATION LIST

BEST ALL IN ONE FOUNDATION

 HARVEY HELMS BEAUTY

MOUSSE FOUNDATION

 This is the reason I launched a cosmetic brand. Every day, my clients were asking for the best “All in One” foundation in a tube that is weightless, pore & wrinkle disguising, with buildable coverage that looks like their skin only a little better version of it! It’s become one of my top selling products! Women who hate foundation love my mousse! I call it “Instant Goddess in a tube!”

Buy it here https://www.harveyhelmsbeauty.com/collections/face/products/mousse-foundation-fair

BEST OIL CONTROL FOUNDATION

Hourglass

Immaculate® Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free

This innovative foundation helps reduce the appearance of oil, acne scars, and the severity breakouts. It’s formulated with Cashmere Kaolinite Clay, which absorbs 75 percent of its weight in oil without over-drying the skin. The oil-free formula transforms instantly from liquid to powder, creating an all-day finish that camouflages imperfections and never appears dull, flat, or cakey. This foundation’s ultra-fine pigments provide unsurpassed coverage and effectively eliminate the need for powder, blotting, or constant touch-ups throughout the day.

BUY IT HERE http://www.sephora.com/immaculate-liquid-powder-foundation-mattifying-oil-free-P301802?skuId=1489368&icid2=hourglass_foundation_carousel:p301802

BEST LONGWEAR DEPT STORE FOUNDATION

Lancôme

Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation

This foundation gives you the full coverage, comfortable, long wear that you need. Not thick or greasy, this foundation’s innovative formula gives all skintones flawless, complexion-perfecting coverage, while the broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen protects. Redness, pores, and imperfections visibly disappear, evening the skintone and leaving a mattified-yet-natural result. Formulated with color-true NAI pigments, it maintains your skin’s pH level so that color stays put all day long—meaning your makeup doesn’t need to be re-touched and provides transfer-resistant coverage—plus, it’s infused with perlite and silica, absorbing oil for a shine-free wear.

BUY IT HERE http://www.sephora.com/teint-idole-ultra-24h-long-wear-foundation-P308201?skuId=1397884&icid2=products%20grid:p308201 

BEST LONGWEAR DRUG STORE FOUNDATION

REVLON

ColorStay Makeup For Combo/Oily Skin

Foundation smoothes on evenly for a flawless look. ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex SPF 6 for Combination/Oily Skin by Revlon features SoftFlex technology that will not rub off with normal wear. Oil-free formula looks fresh, feels natural and controls excess oil. Also available in a Dry Skin formula.

BUY IT HERE http://www.ulta.com/colorstay-makeup-combooily-skin?productId=xlsImpprod1810157

BEST FULL COVERAGE FOUNDATION

IT COSMETICS

Bye Bye Foundation™ Full Coverage Moisturizer™

This first-ever full-coverage moisturizer from IT Cosmetics™ lets you say bye bye to foundation—and hello to beautiful, flawless-looking skin. Perfect for all skin types, Bye Bye Foundation™ covers absolutely everything while truly caring for your skin. More than a foundation with skincare thrown in, or skincare with a hint of color, this game-changing formula is infused with proprietary 3D SKIN FLEX™ Technology to deliver weightless coverage that lasts all day and is clinically shown to improve the look of your skin, even after you take it off!

BUY IT HERE https://www.itcosmetics.com/bye-bye-foundationtm-full-coverage-moisturizertm

BEST STICK FOUNDATION DEPT STORE

Bobbi Brown

Skin Foundation Stick

Formulated with skintone correcting pigments for an incredibly natural look, the Skin Foundation Stick delivers a natural-looking finish and hydrates where your skin dry while it absorbs oil. An innovative blend of emollients help to lock in moisture so that skin stays looking soft and smooth all day. Light diffusing powders and oil-controlling minerals help perfect the appearance of skin while reducing shine—even through sweat, water, and humidity.

BUY IT HERE http://www.sephora.com/foundation-stick-P270549?skuId=1587435&icid2=products%20grid:p270549

BEST FOUNDATION STICK DRUG STORE

MAYBELLINE

Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick

Maybelline’s Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick has an anti-shine core with ultra-lightweight powders built in to instantly dissolve oil. The gel stick formula goes on creamy, blends easily, and transforms to a matte powder finish. Natural looking longwear.
BUY IT HERE http://www.ulta.com/fit-me-shine-free-foundation-stick?productId=xlsImpprod5721110

BEST COMPACT FOUNDATION

Lancôme

DUAL FINISH – Multi-tasking Longwear Powder Foundation

This portable compact is a powerful multitasker that provides sheer to full, buildable coverage. Dual Finish offers a virtually weightless feel for a natural matte finish that lasts all day, and it can be applied wet or dry, depending on the desired effect. Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups, use it for contouring and highlighting, makeup setting, color softening, and spot coverage.

 

BUY IT HERE http://www.sephora.com/dual-finish-multi-tasking-longwear-powder-foundation-P54419?skuId=135558&icid2=products%20grid:p54419

BEST ANTI-AGING FOUNDATION DEPT STORE

LA MER

THE SOFT FLUID LONG WEAR FOUNDATION SPF20

A weightless texture meets luxurious, long wear. NEW Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 seamlessly blends soft color, healing hydration and Miracle Broth. Pores look refined. Imperfections virtually disappear. SPF and antioxidants help protect a newly flawless complexion. New color capsule technology helps color stay true – even in humidity.

BUY IT HERE http://www.cremedelamer.com/product/5817/40984/skincolor/the-soft-fluid-long-wear-foundation-spf20/weightless-touch-for-luxurious-long-wear

BEST ANTI-AGING FOUNDATION DRUG STORE

COVERGIRL

Simply Ageless 3-In-1 Liquid Foundation

CoverGirl + Olay Simply Ageless 3-In-1 Liquid Foundation instantly reduces wrinkles, improves tone, and hydrates to firm skin. Hydrates skin over time. Reduces the look of discolorations, fine lines and wrinkles. Instantly helps you look younger. CoverGirl Beauty meets Olay Science and instantly gives you a flawless look.

BUY IT HERE http://www.ulta.com/simply-ageless-3-in-1-liquid-foundation?productId=xlsImpprod13501013

There you go Gorgeous! I hope this helps you find your Holy Grail! Be sure to catch next week when I’ll be Giving Great Face Primer recommendations!

 

Stay covered up!

Xo

Harvey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIVE GREAT FACE 2017 Harvey’s Definitive Best Face Covers List PART 1 – SKIN TINTS

Welcome to 2017. Yes!

We made it. Looking around at everyone, including my own mug in the mirror, I decided to help put our best face forward to begin the year. Why? Because last year was so friggin stressful and it’s showing up in our skin. Tired. Dull. Broken out skin. So here’s Harvey to the rescue.  My clients & girlfriends are always asking me what “The Best” products are to prime, tint, cover and powder so my next blogs give you my best from experience as a makeup artist and beauty columnist. I’ve had acne since age 16 so this category is near & dear to my heart. It’s also the reason I finally launched Harvey Helms Beauty in 2016.  The products on my list are from my personal experience with thousands of women with very diverse complexions. I have no affiliations with any brands other than my own. If my HHB product is on a list, it’s because I created it to answer a need not being met for all my Harvey Girls out there! Also after reading product reviews on Sephora and Ulta, I see many confused comments about which product is right for who.

Another cautionary tale is with young beauty bloggers who are basing their entire commentary on their own skin alone. There are many variables when choosing the correct product. Skin type. Finish. Coverage. Skin concerns. I hope to help give clear choices based on real women in real life.

So for 2017, let’s get it together and always give great face! Ready? Here we go!

 

SKIN TINTS

How do you know if this category is right for you? Well, first and foremost, you have very little to hide. Do not expect this category to give you complete or full coverage. Skin Tints are great for the most natural look and for busy girls who need one product to perform skincare as well as skin evening tasks. You can normally expect sheer coverage, SPF protection, pore refining, fine line blurring, oil controlling, super hydrating, and tube portability in this category. Sometimes called Tints, but can also be called BB and CC creams.

For easy shopping, I’m breaking these down by the main skin concern or primary skintype and including the link to a number of my favorite beauty retailers for instant retail therapy!

 

OILY/ACNE PRONE

CLINIQUE

Acne Solutions BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40

This all-in-one skin perfector for oily and acne-prone skin features high-level UVA/UVB protection, moderate coverage, and oil control in an ultralightweight formula. The non-greasy texture eliminates shine throughout the day, does not cause breakouts, and minimizes the look of pores. It’s available in a broad range of natural-looking shades from light to deep—mattifying skin without leaving it feeling dry or uncomfortable. Long-lasting for up to 12 hours of wear and oil-free, it conceals imperfections without clogging pores for a super smooth, beautiful finish.

http://www.sephora.com/acne-solutions-bb-cream-broad-spectrum-spf-40-P394252?skuId=1677160&icid2=products%20grid:p394252

SENSITIVE/POST PROCEDURE

Dermalogica

ultra sensitive tint spf30

Broad Spectrum sunscreen ideal for sensitized, reactive and recently resurfaced skin. Natural mineral sunscreens help shield against photodamage and UV exposure. Contains our exclusive UltraCalmingTM Complex with Oat and botanical actives to help minimize discomfort, burning and itching. Sheer formula provides optimal hydration and helps protect and reinforce barrier lipids, which are often compromised in sensitized skin conditions. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.

 

http://www.dermalogica.com/ultra-sensitive-tint-spf30/142,default,pd.html?cgid=sensitivity_and_redness&start=4&cgid=sensitivity_and_redness

AGE-FIGHTING/ILLUMINATING

stila

Stay All Day® 10-In-One HD Illuminating Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Add a touch of illumination with this revolutionary, oil-free formula that uses the smallest particle of coated pigments for seamless, smooth coverage. Ideal for all skin types and skintones, this beauty balm gives skin a lit-from-within glow. The formula is infused with innovative micro-spheres, which have been shown to hide skin imperfections and reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth by up to 84 percent. It also contains natural, skin-protecting emollients, which have been shown to increase antioxidant activity by up to 89.7 percent. Enriched with a proprietary blend, this balm helps reduce skin inflammation, improve texture, support natural collagen production, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 67 percent.

DARK SPOTS

Estée Lauder

Enlighten EE Even Effect Skintone Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30

This ultra-sheer skin-transformer gives a hint of healthy color and creates an overall even effect. It immediately helps minimize the look of dark spots, sun spots, post acne marks, redness, and pores, while delivering high-level SPF 30 and powerful antioxidants to soften, smooth, and hydrate. Tonight, awaken the transformation to naturally glowing, even-toned skin.

http://www.sephora.com/enlighten-ee-even-effect-skintone-corrector-broad-spectrum-spf-30-P389529?skuId=1658343&icid2=products%20grid:p389529

 BEST ALL IN ONE

HARVEY HELMS BEAUTY

Mineral Sheer Tint SPF 20

 Lightweight, mineral-enriched, tinted cream with broad spectrum sun protection. Evens skin tone with a sheer natural radiance, as it nourishes, moisturizes and protects. Available in natural and glowing finishes.

Exclusive Multi-Mineral Complex (Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Chloride) helps protect skin. Vitamins A & E condition and protect skin. Antioxidants Ginseng Root Extract & Ginko Biloba Leaf Extract protect skin. Hypoallergenic, paraben-free

Next week is for my girls with something to hide! Best Foundations!

 Happy Shopping!

Xo

Harvey