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Choose a good base for winter


FOUNDATION INVESTIGATIONS Most brands on the market today will cater for a myriad of skin concerns, so it’s well worth a bit of research.


Maggie Gibbons

Winter is here and with it comes central heating, winds and rain, and woollies. It’s time to review our skincare routine, and this year the autumn/winter makeup collections are fabulous.
There are some gorgeous foundations, eye palettes and lipsticks. Foundation has come such a long way over recent years. Gone are the orangey colours and caked on creams that sank into lines, emphasising wrinkles and imperfections. Thanks to modern technology, they’ve upped the ante with wonderful liquid foundations that impart an ‘almost’ airbrushed appearance.
I always advise upgrading your skincare regime for winter. A beautifully made-up face starts with a good base, so it’s important to put some thought in to the best foundation for your particular skin and its issues. Most brands on the market today will cater for a myriad of skin concerns, so it’s well worth a bit of research. What kind of coverage do you like? Matt or glowy? Light or heavy? Faced with dozens of foundations it can be hard to make up your mind about what to choose.
If you’re in the market for a new foundation, take a browse through these offerings, which I think are worth considering. Whether you’re a high-end or budget lady, there’s something to suit you.

High End
Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation (€40) is a real game changer. It offers full coverage, yet feels weightless and promises to transform skin into flawless perfection. No wonder they call it  ‘The miracle in a bottle’.
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation (€48) offers full coverage and lasts all day. It has a matte finish, so it’s great for oily skins.
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick (€30) is a great product. It will give full coverage while also contouring and highlighting. This makeup promises to deliver radiance that raises the bar. It’s also incredibly long-lasting.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup (€38) is a real favourite with beauty editors. I think it’s because it stays so well and it takes only the tiniest amount to do the face. It really does exactly what it says on the tin!
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (€45) is another great foundation. Though more expensive, it has a fantastic range of shades. Get yourself colour matched before you purchase to be sure you get the right one for your complexion. Most makeup counters will be only too happy to do it for you.

Budget buys
Rimmel HD Liquid Radiance Foundation (€7.95) is a moisturising foundation that gives a natural, radiant finish. Catrice Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation is a steal at €8.50. I’m a big fan of all Catrice products. This budget foundation will appeal to anyone who has oily or combination skin.
A little sister to Catrice, Essence Stay All Day 16hr Long-Lasting Make-Up (€4.79) feels nice and light and has a subtle sheen.
The L’Oreal True Match (€14.99) range has so many shades it’s almost impossible not to find your perfect colour! It gives good coverage, and is also long lasting.
Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid (€11.99) contains hyaluronic acid and leaves the skin feeling hydrated and smooth for a luxurious dewy finish and a radiant healthy looking glow.

Before you change from your current makeup brand, don’t be afraid to ask for testers. I find some chemists and department stores can be reluctant to give out testers, though. Maybe they don’t get them from the suppliers. It’s totally ridiculous, the least they should do is let you try the tester in the shop!

Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at

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