I remember the first time I ever wore foundation. I was fifteen, sitting in a family friend's kitchen whilst she was teaching me how to apply it with a sponge. It was the Max Factor Colour Adapt foundation and I can remember her explaining all about T zones and blending. Sure, I'd worn mascara and lipsticks and coloured lipbalm for years, and spent many an hour experimenting with very bright eyeshadows in one of my mum's Liz Earle palettes, but this make up masterclass was for a special occasion: the leavers' ball.
Since then, I've been through countless bottles of drug store foundations but never found one that gave me what I wanted so I started looking at higher end make up offerings...and well, I'm not having much luck on finding a favourite yet either. I've tried Estee Lauder's Double Wear in two different shades but found them both pulling towards the orange end of the scale. Mac Studio Fix wasn't a bad alternative, offering a polished finish without the mask like feel, and I thought I'd hit the mark with Illamasqua's Rich Liquid but wasn't a huge fan of the squeezy bottle and it's tendency to look a bit heavy, even with a light hand.
So I turned to the beauty bloggers and, after lots of scouring, took myself off to get matched at the NARS counter at Selfridges. A Wednesday evening, it was surprisingly busy and it took far too long to get someone to come and speak to me. I explained to Angelo that whilst my skin's good (a little dry at time), I prefer a medium+ matte coverage when it comes to foundation and I need something that'll take me from day to night.