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Alternative to Bare Minerals Foundation?

Post date: 2021-01-20 15:35:53
Views: 10
I feel silly for using a question on this, but can you recommend an alternative to Bare Minerals/Bare Escentuals foundation? I'm looking for something less prone to caking or flaking anytime my skin isn't perfect.

Basically what it says on the tin. I've used the brand since high school because my mom (who didn't inherently know much about makeup) first bought it for me, and the "fairly light" formulation did a fine job tamping down on shininess and smoothing out red patches, etc. But 15 years later I realize that if my skin is too dry, or if I moisturize too soon before putting it on, or something else isn't perfect it can turn out looking flakey and cakey on my skin. What should I check out instead?

Some maybe-relevant details:

- If I'm wearing makeup, I typically start with SPF-containing moisturizer, followed by foundation and mascara. The whole thing takes ten minutes and eight of those is waiting for the moisturizer to sink in. The correct answer might be finding a primer to add to the routine and if that's really the best route I'll try it, but I'd prefer not to add any more steps.

- My skin is generally fine, which is why I don't think this should be hard. I use foundation to even out my skintone (especially some minor reddish blotches around my nose) and get that slightly more "professional" look. I haven't had a bad experience with skin products causing breakouts or other problems in the past, but would certainly like to avoid it (I think that's supposed to be part of the bare minerals appeal?).

- I feel like the right answer should be a tinted moisturizer but the one I tried, Laura Mercier, ended up looking more painted on and blotchy than the bare minerals powder, especially if I perspire even a little - it also didn't do much to make my skin look more even. Happy to hear about others that might be different.

All advice welcome!
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