Bren New York Foundation Sticks
A blendable concealer and cream to powder foundation in one stick. Easy to use and perfect full velvety coverage for all over face or to dab on problem spots. Non greasy formula infused with Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Contains sun filters SPF 18. Benefits: Sun Filters, Enriched with Shea Butter, Multi-purpose Foundation
Fair - Creme, Mimosa,
Fair / Medium - Just Beige, Silky Beige
Medium - Sun Tan
Medium / Dark - Butter Rum, Dune, Honey, Sandy
Dark - Birch, Hazelnut, Jamocha, Maple, Mojave
When makeup artist Katrina VanDoran applies foundation, it’s without a trace. “I want people to say, 'Oh my god, your skin looks amazing!' not, 'Your foundation is so great,'" she explains. Finding the perfect formula that vanishes into your complexion is crucial. Here Katrina shares her fine-tuned application secrets for that ever-elusive, second-skin finish.
Create a Glowing Canvas
Clean and moisturized skin is a no-brainer, but to really supercharge your glow, begin with a hydrating mask and follow it up with a lymphatic facial massage. She begins with a sheet mask specifically targeted to their skin type, with ingredients such as rose to combat oiliness, aloe to treat dryness, and green tea to soothe inflammation. After masking, gently massage your moisturizer into the skin to boost circulation and reduce puffiness. “It creates a natural flush that makes the face look more awake,” and give a perpetually luminous complexion.
Prime as Needed
To prime or not to prime? It’s an eternal question for amateurs and pros alike. When applied correctly, primer can prolong foundation for all-day wear. Using your fingertips apply the primer on hotspots like the forehead, hairline, sides of nose, around the mouth, and tops of the cheekbone.
Apply From the Center and Move Outward
Only apply foundation where it’s really necessary adds Katrina whose on-the-go favorite is Bren New York Foundation Stick. "Start in the center of the face, on the apples of the cheeks, and slowly blend out," she instructs, adding that another key part of the face is the area around the mouth, which is prone to yellow undertones and shadows. To ensure the foundation looks as natural as possible, Katrina often skips the bridge of the nose—letting freckles show through for those who have them—and the corners of the nostrils, so the pigment doesn’t cling to dry patches.
Don’t Paint, Buff
No matter what tool you’re using—a foundation brush, a Beauty Blender, or your fingers—buff the foundation into your skin as opposed to “painting” it on to build coverage smoothly and avoid streakiness.
Strobe Wherever the Sun Hits
For dimension, blend highlighter into the high planes of the face that catch light naturally, such as the cheekbones, temples, and Cupid’s bow. “I’m not a fan of powder highlighters because it looks a bit fake to me,” says Katrina. “Creamy balm textures will give you a dewiness as if you’re not wearing any products.” Katrina recommends Colosé Swiss Highlighter
Look for a featherweight translucent powder—Bren New York’s Translucent Pressed Powder is a favorite across the board—to seal in foundation and prevent unwanted sheen. "Use a brush to apply it very lightly and only to the areas that get the most shin," adding that the leftover luster is what will really drive home that second-skin guise. Silky smooth and even-toned, with just the right amount of lit-from-within dewiness, that's how you execute believably perfect skin.