Typically finding your perfect foundation shade takes some rigorous trial and error. Thanks to Sephora Color IQ technology and knowledgeable Beauty Advisors, five fierce Essence staffers found their flawless hue with ease. But that’s only the first step to achieving a flawless look! With the help of a makeup artist, the ladies learned step-by-step ways to get a flawless finish in 5 minutes with each of their foundations found at Sephora. Scroll down and start your timers now!
Kiera Richardson, Integrated Marketing Assistant
MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation
Golden Girl – For A Lit Girls’ Night Out
Kiera achieves full coverage in no time with MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation in Y425 HONEY. This foundation from MAKE UP FOR EVER comes in 40 shades and is perfect for a fun night out. “Because I have quite a few blemishes, I wanted a full coverage matte foundation that would last long,” Kiera says of her new go-to product. To brighten her eyes, she adds a light concealer to her under eye area and a metallic merigold eyeshadow for an extra pop! Issa youthful and vibrant slay thanks to a nice sheer pomegranate red lipstick and a terracotta-colored bronzer to warm her complexion.
Calune Eustache, Client Solutions Manager
ESTÉE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
The Radiant Effect – For A Boss A** Business Meeting
Calune’s skin is covered for the whole day with Estée Lauder Double Wear Liquid Foundation in 7W1 Deep Spice which comes in 56 shades. Not only does her skin get that semi-matte skin smooth effect, her boardroom-ready beat stays radiant for every second of face-to-face time with higher-ups. To emphasize the look, the waterlines of her eyes were rimmed with dark liner and a pop of a bronze down the center of the lids to create a subtle daytime smokey eye. Calune’s look is finished with a playful pink glossy lip to compliment her radiant and bronzy complexion.
Simone Porter, Sales Manager
SEPHORA COLLECTION 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation
Take Me As I Am – For Natural-Looking Everyday Wear
After browsing through 37 shades, Simone’s natural glow jumps out with Sephora Collection 10 Hour Wear Perfection Foundation in 10 Light Ivory (N). A shadow palette helps to create a gilded gold look that compliments her maple-colored skin tone. A few flirty flicks of a black liquid eyeliner and Simone can take her fresh face anywhere from work to after-hour play. But if she wants her beat to be a little more lit, add a highlight and bronzer for cheek sculpting. To complete the look, Simone simply adds a gold gloss to her natural lip liner and lives her best life!
Allyson Brown, Creative Director of Marketing
LANCÔME Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation
Sophisticated & Chic – For A Conference
After applying her LANCÔME Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation in 425 Bisque W, Ally’s deep set almond shaped eyes are accentuated with natural earth tones and the makeup trifecta —a bronzer, contour palette and concealer. Conveniently available in 40 shades, the coverage pairs well with layers that add further dimension to the face. Here, Ally gets “a flawless finish look” with this long-lasting product that she can feel confident in for any panel discussion!
Danielle Brown, Brand Sales
HOURGLASS Vanish ™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick
One & Done – For A First Date
A quick-and-easy stick foundation with 32 available shades is the go-to choice for a first date. For Danielle, Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick in Sable is a perfect hue for her standout caramel colored complexion, and she can touch up on the go! To ramp up the flirt factor, the artist went with a sultry smokey eye and a dramatic feather lash look using high volume black mascara. If you’re trying to make this summer bae stick around til’ winter, add a bronzer for warmth and a gloss to make those kissable lips pop!