Flawless Foundation from Our Stylists, Part Two | Beauty School

There are so many options when it comes to your foundation wardrobe. We know! Primers, tinted moisturizers, concealers, finishing powders … we have hundreds of ’em. While we love choices, we also love some great advice for selecting the perfect foundation and supplementary products. So we’re enlisting the expertise of a few Beauty Stylists to be 100% ensured of the best look possible, whatever the skin type or concern. They had so much information to share, we’re making it a miniseries.



Judy Monachello, The Village at Corte Madera

My perfect foundation look includes five products. After applying my skincare, I move on with a generous amount of the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. This primer is amazing for any skin type and makeup application. You will look like you have a soft-focus lens on your face and beam with a soft glow. Blend all over the face with fingertips.

Next, I use the Amorepacific CC Compact in color 106. The CC compact is so wonderful! It has a powerful broad-spectrum SPF 50, is ultra hydrating and provides long-lasting, flawless coverage. I apply this compact with the Bobbi Brown Full-Coverage Brush.

Under my eyes, I first apply La Prairie Cellular Eye Essence Platinum Rare. This instantly lifts, firms and brightens–it’s perfect under any concealer! Then I use the new Dior Fix it 2 in 1 Prime & Conceal Concealer, two light swipes under each eye, then tap it in with your ring finger. This concealer has a built in primer, so it glides on flawlessly and provides excellent coverage that lasts all day.

Last, I set everything with the LaMer Translucent Setting Powder. This powder is light, luminous and so silky, so you can use a generous amount without a dry or chalky look. I apply my foundation everyday at 6am, and I am ready for my day, which starts by taking my 8 year old to school. Then I head to work, come home make dinner, help with homework, read a bedtime story…and before I know it, it’s 11pm, and I haven’t had a minute to look in the mirror until I’m ready to wash my face. But my foundation looks just good as when I applied it that morning!



Susan Antone, Nordstrom Twelve Oaks

My favorite foundation is Luminous Silk by Giorgio Armani; this foundation has been rated #1 for the past 15 years. Before applying foundation, I start by prepping the client’s skin with Smashbox Oil Free Primer to perfect the skin and ensure long-lasting results. I use the Dior Professional Fluid Foundation Brush #12 to lightly stipple the foundation into the skin to create a flawless, airbrushed finish! The foundation looks like a second skin with a beautiful glow.

I set the makeup with the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder using the CHANEL Retractable Kabuki Brush. Lastly, I add dimension and warmth to the face by using the CHANEL Soleil Tan de CHANEL Bronzing Makeup Base with the kabuki brush to the contours of the face.


Ronnie Kim Payopay, Nordstrom Santa Monica

The first step before applying foundation is skincare! Exfoliation is key to creating a smooth surface for the makeup application process. In addition, it also prepares serums and moisturizers to penetrate deeper into the skin to maximize their benefits. Some of my favorite skincare pieces are from Arcona, Trish McEvoy and La Mer. Arcona has amazing exfoliating products and my favorite is the Brightening Gommage. Trish McEvoy must-haves are the Triangle of light Eye Mask and the Beauty Booster Serum because the results are INSTANT. Dr. Max Huber’s scientific discovery of the La Mer Moisturizer is outstanding. I find this cream to be amazing on sun burns, dried skin or skin that has undergone major environmental damage. I love using these products religiously, because the results are impeccable.

The second key product is primer. I personally have three primers in my makeup bag for different types of occasion. The days I am outdoors, I love to use my Protective Face Base from Bobbi Brown because it includes sun protection with an SPF 50. For an illuminating glow I love the Giorgio Armani Light Master Primer to give me added moisture and brightness to my skin. This product also helps minimize the appearance of sun damage and age spots. For days I feel extra oily I love to use Lancôme’s La Base Pro. These are all primers with different functions but they serve to pro-long the wear of foundation.

Now let’s talk about foundation! I like to wardrobe my foundation just as I would with my outfits. I love using Luminous Silk by Giorgio Armani mixed with a couple drops of Armani’s Maestro Foundation for a flawless finish. I use this combination for special events like weddings and formals because it looks phenomenal. On my days off I love using Face and Body by M•AC because of the light texture and the simple application process- all you need are your fingers! For days I need maximum coverage I love to use Estée Lauder Double Wear, because it hides the worst blemish or even a tattoo. These foundations are all amazing and have served me well.

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