How To Pick a Jane Iredale Foundation
We have a new function on our site called “Ask an Esthetician“. It’s a quick way to ask for specifics regarding skincare. When the question is relevant enough I can use it to start a blog post.
It just so happens that the very first question was a great one and got me thinking about our Jane Iredale line. I’m not going to go into the benefits of mineral makeup up in this post.
Jane has 4 foundation options, so how do you know which is going to be the best for you?
Let’s go over their strengths:
Pressed Powder: This is best for those with oily or combination skin. You’re going to get the quickest/easiest application with a matte finish. Use with the Handi brush, swirl it in the pan, tap the handle and apply to the face. You can layer wherever you feel you need more coverage. It can double as a concealer as well if you use a small, stiff, synthetic bristle brush (Camoflage brush). It also has an SPF benefit as long as it’s applied evenly enough.
Loose Powder: This is great for drier or more mature skin . It’s got a little more of a glow and it’s not quite as matte as the pressed. The colors are about a shade or two darker than the pressed. This is because an additive is put into the pressed to keep the cake form and lightens it slightly. I’m not sure why they don’t just rename them. It’s something that comes up at every training session that they’ve still never dealt with.
The application goes as follows: flip the container upside down and tap it a few times, this will put some powder in the lid. Unscrew the top. Dip the sides of the Chisel Brush in to the powder in the lid and press lightly onto the skin then follow with sweeping motions. Most people associate loose powder with mess, but this is really easy to use. You can also use it as concealer with the camoflage brush.
This is my personal favorite but I use it a bit differently. I mix a small amount in with my moisturizer and apply it, then finish with a dusting over top. I find it makes my skin radiant and flawless.
Liquid: This one is probably the most complicated, but well worth the effort. It’s the only one without an SPF but is packed full of anti-oxidants and hydrators. Best for dry and mature skin, there is a very specific way to use it.
- Apply two pumps of the foundation to the tip of a dry Flocked Sponge. Spritz the foundation 3-5 times with a hydrator (D20 or Pommist) and then massage into the skin.
The reason for this is the liposome technology. All those suspended beads burst when they are forced through the mesh screen in the pump. Inside those are more “baby liposomes” that deliver fresh antioxidants every time you use it. This is way the product looks a little grainy when it comes out of the tube. The massaging action breaks them and smoothes them onto the skin. You get a beautifully hydrating coverage that will boost any anti-aging skincare routine.
Sunscreen is important though. They can’t formulate it properly with sunscreen ingredients in it, so have chosen to highlight the antioxidant aspect and allow you to choose a different method of UV protection. Either of the other powders will work fine for that.
Dream Tint: The fastest, sheerest coverage. Choose the one closest to your skin tone, apply and go! Every so often I’ll layer some powder over top. The peach and lilac can be a bit confusing. They aren’t really meant to be worn on their own. They’re meant to even tone or brighten respectively then have a separate foundation of other Dream Tint over top.
Hopefully that clears up the choice for you! I highly encourage trying each of them at some point before settling on the one that works best with your skin. That being said I’ve not met many oily skin sufferers that really love the liquid. But it’s up to your discretion as a consumer.
What’s your favorite form of foundation?
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