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So I am doing my own makeup for my wedding in September. I wanted to do it because I wanted to learn more about makeup, maybe take a course and get some lovely new products.

I have always struggled with foundation and have yet to find my 'holy grail' product so I am on a MISSION.

My skin is oily and acne prone. It is not super super oily but enough to need a blot or two throughout the day and to need a setting powder.

I have read review after review and watched so many YouTube videos but can't decide what to try! Everytime I think I have found something that looks amazing, it has SPF in it and is not great for photos.

I'm hoping that you lovely ladies have some advice and some foundations you can recommend! I want a medium coverage as I do have a bit of redness and something that will mattify somewhat to last all day and night with minimal blotting. I will be using a primer and a powder.

Please help!! Any ideas? Xx


  • Curl88Curl88 Posts: 70

    I think you need to go with a product without the SPF in all  honesty as those are the ones that can cause flashback in photos and also tend to generate more oil. 

    i've heard really good things about Make Up Forever's Ultra HD foundation. May be worth popping into Debenhams for a trail (and a sample if you're lucky!) 

  • SparkystarSparkystar Posts: 158

    I swear by bobi brown! They give you a wedding consultation for an hour for free and they don't pressure to buy :) 

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  • I also have oily skin 😩 Estée Lauder double wear foundation is definitely my holy grail! Lasts forever as you only need a drop! Xx

  • Julia49Julia49 Posts: 25

    Hello, I work for Boots head office so get boat loads of products to try all the time (although its nothing to do with my job). I should probably advocate no7 and I think their matching service is great, however after using Clinique for years I jumped ship about 6 months ago and changed to Estee lauder for my long wear foundation. I use the "light" version of double wear and find its great with a sweep of powder. I would recommend you go on a few trips to your local department store or Boots and give some of them a trial. As well as estee lauder, Id recommend Bare minerals, Armani, charlotte Tilbury (which is meant to be absolutely amazing) and chanel. All good counters should give you some to take away and try. Don't feel pressured to buy - that's not what they should do. Id avoid a Saturday if you can. I too have oily skin and find I need a bit of loose powder to set my make up, I also use Touch Éclat and if on a big night a primer.

    Enjoy xx


  • Jessica147Jessica147 Posts: 365 New bride

    Thankyou so much ladies for sharing your wisdom! I am definitely going to go and try to get some samples of the products you have all suggested - really appreciate it!

    It was the Estee lauder foundation that I had heard such good things about but then I heard that it flashes back in photographs :( is the light version the same? What is its coverage like?

    Thanks again xx

  • MrsMest2014MrsMest2014 Posts: 251 New bride

    I had the double-wear light for my wedding day as I was advised that this wouldn't interfere with the flash on the photographs. Definitely use a primer underneath to make it last longer. I've only ever tried smashbox primers, but they were great for me and you can normally get a decent sized sample from the counter. They make them for various different skin types.

    I also got a bare minerals sample foundation that I applied over the top which helped with the staying power I think. Most importantly - get a setting spray. I'm a huge fan of urban decay all nighter. On the wedding day I also used a tiny bit of hairspray (I don't do this often as it can cause spots a few days later, but I figured that it was worth it for my wedding day). My make up stayed put from 10am - 1am save for a little blotting around 19:30 and an slight eye-shadow change for the evening.

    I went to so many counters and managed to avoid the pressure selling - I have combination skin as well as roseacea which I always explain first and then say I'd like to see how the products last the day out. I did warn a friend of mine not to get swept away when she went for her bobbi brown wedding makeover - she didn't listen and ended up £300 lighter that day.


  • Hey, give Hourglass Immaculate a go. Amazing for super oily skin. xx

  • sam163sam163 Posts: 1

    I know it pretty late to reply on this topic searching of right makeup foundation never end, Checkout the list of best makeup foundation in 2018:

  • Smashbox primer is fab (the clear one) followed by estee Lauder double wear liqud foundation xx

  • MrsS2019MrsS2019 Posts: 137 New bride

    Estee lauder double wear and smash box photo finish primer are the ones I’ve found that work the best. I’ve have oily acne prone skin and this covers it all and stays put. I always set my foundation after applying it, I then don’t have to powder again for at least 8 hours

  • I’d highly recommend a Bridal Makeup Lesson on a Bobbi Brown counter. Bobbi do brides The Show every year and are the perfect makeup brand for bridal. They will find everything that suits you and the lesson is for 1 full hour. Ask for an advanced artist or bridal specialist. Xx

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