Sarah Joynt Tries the Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit

Getting your base right is one of the most important steps in applying makeup. With a great base, your skin looks flawless and provides the perfect canvas for whatever feature you choose to highlight. When your base goes wrong, it’s glaringly obvious and can ruin your whole look. For the experienced and beauty obsessed, the bursting market of foundations is a playground, but for most women it’s a bazaar filled with confusion. Luckily, Make Up For Ever, a favorite brand of consumers and makeup artists alike, has launched a new version of the HD Complexion Starter Kit, the perfect place to start if you’re looking to get flawless skin without the terrifying shopping experience. The kit comes with a bottle of HD Invisible Cover Foundation, in your color, of course, the HD Microfinish Primer, which is an oil-free formula suitable for all skin types, and the best-selling HD Microfinish Powder, which is a smooth mineral silica which blends out any remaining imperfections, to be applied with the HD Kabuki Brush. (A word about this brush: once you feel it you’ll want to spend all day brushing it on your skin – it’s that soft. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!)

The primer not only acts as a solid base for the foundation, it also softens the look of the skin and adds brightness, helping to work towards an HD-ready finish. When applying primer, work in smooth, fluid motions starting in the center of the face and working outwards. Any extra product on your fingers should be blended down the neck. If you’re just starting out with foundation, applying it with your fingers can be a great way to not only learn the product, but also learn how your skin responds to makeup. I applied the HD Invisible Cover (in shade 115) with a buffing brush and worked it into my face in circular motions. I have issues with medium to full coverage foundations because of my freckles (I don’t want them completely covered) but the Invisible Cover did a great job at covering my problem areas (more on that later) while also maintaining my skin’s natural tone. 

Before (left); After (right)

Since I was travelling home for the holidays when I tried this kit, my skin was having a bit of a meltdown. My normally manageable combination skin had turned dreadfully dry and a combination of extreme central heating and a suspected cat allergy left me with dry patches and redness all over my face. As inconvenient as it was, it turned out to be the perfect time to test a new full coverage foundation because my skin was at its worst. I needed less than two pumps to cover my whole face – on a normal, non-blotchy day I could get away with just one – and that was enough to blend and layer the product on my skin. Lastly, my favorite part of the kit, I applied the powder with the Kabuki brush. The HD Microfinish powder is a favorite of mine because of its truly invisible finish and smooth silica formula. Between the soft powder and the very soft brush, I had no shame in spending a good 30 seconds buffing the powder into my skin. The finished product was a very even and polished base. It’s clear to see why so many makeup artists swear by this foundation because it’s very easy to work with and provides an excellent finish.