The older I get, the more I appreciate the need for a great foundation that evens the skin, while minimizing the look of lines and wrinkles and enlarged pores.
Almay is a brand I adore because their products are fragrance free, clean, hypoallergenic (unlikely to cause a reaction), ophthalmologist tested (great for those with very sensitive eyes, like me) and cruelty free.
I’ve been testing the new Almay Skin Perfecting Comfort Matte Foundation, R299.95 (available exclusively from Dischem) and can’t recommend it enough!
It provides a multitude of benefits from evening out the skin tone, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and blurring the look of imperfections.
Usually I’m a bit wary of mattifying formulas as they can sometimes be drying on the skin. However, this one isn’t. It’s lightweight and feels smooth, comfortable and moisturising once on the skin. It also stays put for up to 16 hours.
The formula contains optical blurring technology, giving the skin a really flawless look. I also like that while this foundation is lightweight, you can create medium, buildable coverage that dries to a lovely, soft-matte finish.
In this image, I only have foundation on the right side of my face. I think this image clearly demonstrates how well the formula perfects the skin while giving it a gorgeous matte finish.
The Almay Skin Perfecting Comfort Matte Foundation is available in 12 shades and can be bought exclusively at Dischem stores nationwide.
6 Top Foundation Tips
Consider your skin’s needs. If you have oily or combination skin, oft for a mattifying formula. If your skin is dry, look for a moisturising one that leaves a dewy glow. If you’re concerned with ageing, seek out a formula with anti-ageing benefits.
Test foundation shades on your face, NOT on your hand. Your hands are generally darker than your face.
When looking for the perfect foundation shade, select 3 colour options and swatch them on your jawline. The colour that disappears into your skin or is the closest match is the correct shade for you.
Applying foundation with your fingers warms the formula, ensuring it melts into the skin. Using a foundation brush will give a more professional, perfect finish.
It’s a good idea to have two foundation formulas; one for winter and one for summer when your skin is generally a shade or two darker.
Mix 2 or 3 drops of foundation with your day cream to create a tinted moisturiser.