So here I am sharing with you a couple of pages I scanned off of an older edition of CanCam magazine talking about apply foundation/base. In Japan, makeup is often seen as a form of respect for the people that you see/meet everyday. Base is one of THE MOST important aspects of face makeup, even if they wearing natural looks the skin takes top priority. Unless they are going for a very particular stylized look, you rarely see super MATTE skin in tutorials/magazines (though I may be slightly biased as I tend to read particular magazines…but even with the others’ I’ve browsed there seems to be a consensus.)
This is a very typical “OL” look; which is short for “office lady” but I think its a very nice look for day to day. Here they focus on the steps of applying base/foundation. Mind you I dont read or speak a word of Japanese (ok, fine maybe I can speak a total of 10 words) but what I love is how these magazines are very picture based so we can follow along with out too much trouble.
Products used that I can identify:
A:Moisturizing makeup base [Exage ]
B:Highlighter/base [Esprique Precious]
C:Maquicreme Infinite Comfort Foundation [Lancome Asia exclusive]
D: Foundation brush
F: Illuminating/concealer pen
G: Loose powder [Awake]
H: Powder puff [Shiseido]
*Note that before Step #1, the model is giving herself a face massage with a face cream [Ayura brand]…many Japanese magazines stress this as an essential pre-step to applying your makeup. It makes the skin more resilient and moisturized which in turn makes the makeup go on smoother and stick better 🙂
The Clinique concealer is used for under the eyes, corners of the nose and smile lines.
Here they introduce some great foundation options for wintertime. I spot a couple that i recognize!
*From this page I have tried the Shiseido Maquillage Climax moisture foundation.
*From this page I have tried the Clinique MoistureSurge (Canadian/US Version) The formula kicks butt but the North American colour choices for Clinique are horrid. Just horrid. I may pick up an Asia colour online for winter.
*From this page I have tried the Dior Compact foundation*