In the beauty blogger world, the term “HG” is used to describe those just-can’t-live without products. The ones that you keep repurchasing over and over because they just work so well for you. The HG stands for holy grail.
I, ladies and gents, have found my HG foundation routine. Two products that work so well together for me that I want to sippeth from my cup till it runneth over…HOLY GRAIL!
A while back, I wrote a post about my top 3 foundations. They were Makeup Forever HD, Estee Lauder Double Wear and CoverGirl Stay Flawless 3 in 1. These are still my top three, however the CoverGirl Stay Fabulous is just so great that I have no need for the other two. Why buy foundations that are upwards of forty dollars, when you can get results that are just as good (and possibly better) for twelve buckaroos?!
Now , I said it before, and I’ll say it again. Makeup is super subjective. Because a product is really effective for one person, doesn’t mean it will be that way for everyone. This is especially true for foundation since people come in about a bazillion shades, and each company usually has a max of fifteen foundation colours that we are supposed to choose from. Another big factor is skin type. All I can say is that I am super oily and shiny, and CoverGirl Stay Fabulous is great on my skin.
I know youre saying, “Umm Ash, you already told us about this.” Yes, yes I did. But there is a key difference. I said TWO products remember? Patience, grasshopper.
I have been setting my Covergirl Stay Fabulous with Bare Minerals original formula mineral powder foundation. This product is described as an award-winning mineral foundation gives you all the flawless coverage you want with a no-makeup look and feel that lasts up to eight hours. The creamy minerals diminish the appearance of imperfections without drying out skin. The formula is clinically proven to promote clearer, healthier-looking skin. Bare minerals is formulated without parabens, binders, fillers, or synthetic chemicals.
I decided to try setting my liquid foundation with bare minerals after one of my favourite YouTubers, Jaclyn Hill talked about doing this. Sounds like a lot of foundation, but I literally use the tiniest amount of both products. I use a Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush to buff the CoverGirl Stay Fabulous in to areas of my face that need evening out. Then, I use a Sephora 55 air brush to dust the bare minerals all over my face. The result is really natural. The original formula of Bare Minerals (as opposed to the Matte one) has a really luminous finish. I don’t want to call it shimmer, as it is more subtle than that. So, it’s a really glowy fresh way to top the mattifing CoverGirl foundation.
As I mentioned, colours are tricky and the best results often come from mixing more than one shade. I mix CoverGirl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 in Golden Tan with a tiny bit of a darker colour called Tawny. The tawny deepens the colour a bit and creates my perfect shade. The Bare Minerals that I use on top is the original formula in the shade Golden Tan.
And there you have it, my HG foundation routine. Even though I love this combo, I recently picked up a Makeup Atelier foundation to try after Wayne Goss said he felt it was probably the best liquid foundation in the world. That’s a pretty big claim. We’ll see how it stacks up to my new HG combo. Stay tuned to TNL to find out…
Do you have an HG foundation?