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Nina’s Foundation Class

Nina’s Foundation Class

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Pro U.K. Makeup Artist Nina Westbury


When it comes to makeup application, there is one question that Nina Westbury and I get more then any other: foundation. Purchasing the correct shade and applying it properly is a challenge for so many people and with good reason. There are so many different textures, formulas and brands. How does one choose the best one? And when is it time to try a new one? Nina recently hosted a fantastic Twitter chat with some basics of foundations. (@ninawmakeup on Twitter and Here are some of her best tips and explanations:

Cream/creme foundations come in little pots or tubs. These foundations are best suited for dryer and mature skin. They offer a lot of coverage so a little goes a long way. They will leave you with a glow that will last all day.

What is a moisturizing foundation? It’s a foundation that contains an element of skincare ideally suited for dryer skin types. These are also good during colder seasons as dryer air conditions can dry out the skin. You’ll see more moisturizing foundations in the coming months as this is a huge trend in Asia right now.

Liquid foundation is suitable for all skin types. They blend by capturing moisture within the skin. They come in a wide range of shades and are usually packed in tubes or bottles.

What does full coverage foundation do? It allows a little of your skin to show through. It typically contains a higher concentration of pigment which downplays redness and imperfections. It is best applied with a brush or sponge.

nina westburyPowder foundation is usually applied with a brush or sponge. It is generally best for light to medium coverage. Powder can help absorb oil. Nina keeps powder foundation with her for quick and simple application. It is great to refresh your complexion at the end of the day.

If you are using powder foundation, here are the basic steps: 1 Conceal where needed. 2 Apply your powder foundation with a brush for sheerer coverage in a sweeping movement or sponge with a dabbing motion for heavier application.

If you use a liquid, creme, mousse, spray or stick foundation, apply it first. Then conceal where needed and finish with a powder to set the foundation. The finishing step of applying a translucent setting powder is the secret here. It will set your foundation and keep it in place throughout the day.

Foundation technology has evolved incredibly over the past 2 years. Beauty companies have made big advances on making foundations feel featherlight on skin and shades that flatter complexions. Don’t be afraid to try a new product from time-to-time. You may be amazed at how it feels on your skin.

When you find a foundation you love, buy it in two shades: a lighter and a darker shade. That way you can adjust the shade in summer and winter to match your complexion.

nina westburyFor more beauty tips, follow Nina on Twitter at @ninawmakeup


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    Wendy Lam-Vechi
    March 26, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    Very useful information. I think I need to think about changing to a moisturising foundation as I have really dry cheeks at the moment

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    Lana Hood
    December 6, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Thank you for demystifying the world of foundation! Nina and Dave are a great collaboration.

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    December 28, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Nina has been an amazing person and very helpful this whole month! I fallowed her on all of her social media platforms! Thank you for bringing her on hand! She really is talented and a beautiful person! @ Missbigz

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    December 27, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I’ve worked the big box make up counters, many years, since make-up is my love! There are are of beauty experts out there, but my go to people, when I want to really know something are Nina and Dave, I found them by coming across the Dave Lackie cityline website randomly, have been a fan everysince…….Love you guys!

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      December 27, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      ‘are a lot of’, I meant, sorry

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    Karen Hanley
    December 14, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Great tips as usual Nina! Merci beaucoup! ????????❤????????

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    December 14, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Nina is absolutely fabulous!


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    Annette P.
    December 14, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Nina is the best!

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    Linda L
    December 13, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Nina’s #protips regarding foundation have helped women with different skin types. Her expertise is invaluable! @linlett60

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    Gail Siemko
    December 13, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    As per usual, Nina you never fail to surprise me and always have the best #protips. Thank you so much for all of your support!!

    I must mention #DaveLackie too along with #BethAnderson ????????????????????????

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    December 13, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Always top notch advice! Thank you! @AdeleAWright

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    jennifer corrigan
    December 13, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Oh Dave this is so wonderful!! Our Nina has taught us so much!!! we love you both!!! @jenni40

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    Cynthia Chambers
    December 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Nina you have the best tips, along with Dave, I don’t have to look any further! Thanks! Also, you look marvelous! @ chambs24

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    Rhonda Lushington
    December 13, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Nina always has great tips and tricks????

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    Iris Carter
    December 13, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Good to know! Any recommendations for a finishing powder? Thanks

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    September Dee
    December 13, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Thanks for the tips Nina!!!

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    December 13, 2017 at 7:37 am

    This information is a help for the changes in my skin as I move closer to the 60s. At 58 I find what used to work no longer does. Thank you Nina.

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    Tamara Dungan
    December 13, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Great tips! Do you have a tip for preventing oxidation? I have some great foundations that I love the finish of but find they oxidize throughout the day.

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