Foundation Troubleshooting

Foundation Troubleshooting

When foundation is good, it’s good. When it’s not… it can be troublesome. I think applying foundation is the longest element of my makeup routine; it takes so long to achieve an effortless base. I do find that the extra little effort makes sure that your foundation does what you want it to do. If it doesn’t though, you can troubleshoot it with these simple steps…

When foundation slides straight off your face…

Normally my skin is dry and dehydrated, so to my horror in the last couple of weeks my nose has gotten so oily that my foundation was looking terrible. Awful. All patchy and just basically bad. Even though I was using primers and powders, it was still looking so bad that I had to switch things up. Enter the Clarins pore perfecting foundation, which has been the only thing sitting right on my skin. It’s the modern equivalent of the dream matte mousse foundation and it’s perfect for sitting on oily skin. I’ve been using it solely on the centre of my face, and then something illuminating everywhere else. So, the solution to oily skin? Patch-work your foundations depending on the skin concern. Using one foundation all over combination skin is a thing of the past!

When foundation clings to dry patches…

Sometimes a foundation can sit beautifully when applied and then look drier and drier as the day goes on. I’ve been there, sadly. The best thing to do with dry patches is to make sure skin is properly exfoliated a few times a week; I try and aim for three times a week when skin looks especially dull. A good moisturiser (that isn’t oily!) is also the key to a smooth base. One like the Glossier priming moisturiser works wonderfully and ensures that there are no dry patches for a base to cling to.

When foundation disappears by lunchtime…

If I ever have a big day ahead of me, I layer up my makeup. I start with primer, then base, then powder, then setting spray. Sounds elaborate, yes! It does mean that my base sticks around, though. Applying foundation on its own to the skin means it doesn’t have a lot to cling to and it has nothing setting it into place. If you want more longevity from your foundation, pick a primer and get a good powder!

When foundation looks cakey and not like skin…

When applying, start out small. It’s so much easier to apply more coverage later on than it is to have less once you’ve already applied. If foundation looking cakey is a recurrent issue, I would mix in a drop of illuminator or liquid highlighter in with the foundation to make it that little bit sheenier. Similarly, a drop of serum or oil makes a foundation far more blendable. My favourite way to apply foundation is with a damp beauty blender, because it’s impossible to make it look heavy.

When foundation doesn’t match your body…

Bronzer is your friend! If a foundation is too pale it can be used to warm up the face and make sure you have a healthy glow. If a foundation is a tad too dark and doesn’t match your neck seamlessly, then taking a powder bronzer down the neck helps to make everything match. I like to test foundations in natural light and always get a sample so you can try it in your usual routine, too.

 

Do you have any tips for troubleshooting tricky foundations?

 

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