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Q) How do you define ‘foundation’ and ‘base’? Leave your answer in the comments!
So this just happened. I stopped by a Bobbi Brown counter, and my conversation with the sales lady/makeup artist there went like this:
Me: Hello, I’m looking for a pressed powder foundation.
MUA: Do you mean foundation? *indicates foundation sticks + liquid foundation at counter*
Me: No, I mean the pressed powder foundation.
MUA: You mean you’re looking for foundation and pressed powder?
MUA: Foundation is foundation. Pressed powder is pressed powder.
Me: (so confused)
Uh. So to me anything that looks vaguely skin-like and goes on your face is foundation. Foundation is pretty much interchangeably used with base – it means the same thing, something you slap onto your face (well not quite slap on, but you get what I mean) to get nice even looking skin. Then everything else that comes after is is applied on a nice fresh base without your natural body colour (think eye bags, redness from acne etc.) to distract from it.
Like sure, there is translucent pressed powder, and sheer pressed powder. While the former doesn’t count as foundation, I recognize the latter is a little contentious as it can act both as a setting powder/touch up powder, or if you have perfectly good skin as your foundation. But Bobbi Brown has a heavy coverage powder foundation so it definitely doesn’t fall into that contentious category.
Pfft. I hate it when rude salesgirls are rude, especially when I’m pretty sure I’m right. (This is why I need to wear makeup when I purchase makeup, so I can go “Ha! Behold my superior smokey eye! Now answer my questions and recognize I know more than you!”
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