I remember the days when all I hated about my looks were my stomach and elephant legs. That was an easy solution: I wear lots of long dresses, and there isn't a full length mirror to be found anywhere in my home (what you don't know, won't hurt you, lol). Nowadays, my face is chock full of fine lines, age spots, uneven color (aka blotchiness)... the list is endless. How do I cover all those signs of having lead a "full life"? Actually, it's quite easy. Here's what you do:
- If you have pretty oily skin, apply Oil Absorb all over your face, or in oily areas such as your T-Zone. This is best applied using a kabuki or a fluffy powder brush. (Skip this step and move on to step two if you have either dry, normal, combination or slightly oily skin).
- Apply Silk & Pearl Powder primer. I use a flat top brush, but you can use a kabuki or powder brush as well. Helpful hint: I even wear this primer to bed after washing and moisturizing my face. The pearl powder in it helps even your skin tone, and the product makes your face oh so soft!
- This is one of the most important steps. Put a drop of moisturizer (about the size of a pea) into the palm of your hand. Use a lightweight daytime moisturizer; one that is too emollient will not spread evenly. Tap out 2-3 taps of loose powder foundation on top of the moisturizer, and blend with your palms. Now apply that to your face and let sit for a minute or so. That's usually when I go stand in my closet and ponder what the heck I'm going to wear.
- Even though the title of this post is about maximizing coverage, if you want just a light coverage, you can stop here. It will give similar coverage to a tinted moisturizer, but you didn't have to go buy another product to get the look.
- Once that first layer has set (isn't tacky to the touch), buff on dry layers on top as needed.
- Spritz your face using a facial atomizer (I use Evian's facial spray). Hold the atomizer at arm's length and spray a light circle over your face. Be careful not to get your face too wet. Now pick up that same brush you used to buff on your foundation, and buff once more. The facial spray will set the foundation and avoid any cakey look.
- Add a layer of Diamond Perfect Finish using a Duo Fiber (aka stippler or skunk) brush to give an airbrushed look and blur fine lines and pores.
Side note: Many seem to think that Diamond Perfect Finish only works for those who have fair to light skin. It can be used for all skin colors. For those with darker skin, apply it between steps 4 and 5 and/or mix it with your foundation.
Here's the end result (one of these days, I'll get someone ELSE to take the picture):