If you have dry skin like me, I bet you also have a hard time finding and applying foundation! Using the wrong moisturizer, the wrong foundation, or even the wrong brush can emphasize dry patches and cause flaking. Putting on too much product at once can also cause caking! So how do you avoid these foundation mishaps? These are some foundation hacks I compiled:
- Use an effective moisturizer as primer. I can’t skip to foundation or to a regular primer without thoroughly exfoliating and moisturizing my skin first because my makeup ends up caking or flaking off! One time I made the mistake of using a mattifying primer directly on my skin before applying foundation and once I applied a liquid foundation it just started sloughing off dry skin! Ew! I had to redo everything. I’m currently using CosRX honey ceramide moisturizer as a primer and it’s been working really well for me. So if you’re having the same problem, try using a thicker moisturizer first that doesn’t make you feel like you have a mask on your face, before applying any other primers. If you have oily skin, use a thinner moisturizer. But MOISTURIZE nonetheless, no matter your skin type! This will also prevent your foundation from causing any breakouts as the moisturizer will serve as a barrier to the skin.
- Use the right product texture. The first foundation I bought was a powder and I didn’t understand why it was causing dry skin to peel off when I put it on! I didn’t know then that powders just weren’t suitable for dry skin — unless I used a ton of moisturizer beforehand and applied it with a damp beautyblender. I switched to a liquid foundation afterwards, but the one I bought still looked matte, emphasized my dry patches, and caused flaking off of skin even though it was supposed to give me a dewy finish. When I switched to a cream foundation, that problem was reduced. It only completely went away when I also switched to a thicker moisturizer. Usually, people with oily skin are better off with liquid or powder products, while those with dry skin are more suited to cream and liquid products!
- Warm the foundation in the back of your hand or a mixing palette. First rub enough amount of product to cover your entire face on the back of your hand, then use the brush or sponge you use to apply to pick it up from your hand. Whether it’s a cream foundation or a liquid foundation, warming the product first at the back of your hand before application will make it easier to apply and blend! The heat from your hand brings the texture back to how it’s supposed to be after sitting in the bottle or the palette.
- Apply thinly in multiple LAYERS. Apply foundation in thin layers to build up coverage only on areas you need it. So some areas of your face will only have 1 layer on and less coverage while some will have multiple layers and more coverage. This prevents caking and looks much more natural because it creates the illusion of having barely any makeup on!
- Blend foundation using a beautyblender or similar sponge. Using a beautyblender or a similar sponge helps to prevent emphasizing dry patches and flaking of dry skin because a) you’re using it damp, and b) you stipple/bounce the product onto your skin rather than rub it in. Because a beautyblender is used damp, it adds moisture to your face as you’re putting the product on, so the product doesn’t end up drying out your skin. And because you bounce the beautyblender on your skin to apply product, you’re also not rubbing off and “exfoliating” your dry skin. When I use a beautyblender, I get very minimal dry patches or none at all! You CAN still use brushes, but I find that the end result is just a lot better when I use a beautyblender than brushes especially when I have to use more product than usual.
- Apply loose setting powder by using a “push and roll” motion with a puff. Applying powder in loose or pressed form is usually needed to set concealer, and other more emollient makeup like cream foundation, in place. When you have normal or dry skin, applying setting powder will again emphasize dry patches or cause flaking. One thing I learned is to apply powder with a powder puff instead of a brush. Tap the puff on the powder, fold it in half on the side with powder, rub this side together to distribute the powder, and then reeeally press and roll the puff onto your T-zone or parts of your face with the concealer or more emollient makeup. Video HERE.
So these are the foundation hacks I’ve learned from watching the professionals and experts like Lisa Eldridge, Wayne Goss, and Charlotte Tilbury. I’ll come up with a video tutorial on how to apply foundation and concealer next time! I hope this helps!