Ah, the eternal struggle.
If you don full-face makeup, there’s a good chance that by the end of the day, your face looks a little worse for the wear. Factors such as humidity, oily skin, and the amount of time your makeup is worn can all impact the look of your foundation. Whether you’re concerned about your makeup separating or caking, here are four tips on how to keep your foundation looking flawless throughout the entire day.
Priming your face is paramount when it comes to getting a perfect finish. Look for a primer that claims to be “mattifying,” as it will be able to lock your makeup down as well as give it a smooth, natural appearance. After your skin care, apply a primer evenly across your entire face; be sure to give it time to dry down before applying your foundation. Some of the best primers include the Makeup For Ever Mattifying Primer, the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, and (a silicone-free option for acne-prone skin) the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector.
Bad-quality makeup tools tend to apply foundation in a way that leaves it looking uneven, patchy, and streaky, which allows makeup to begin melting all the sooner. Avoid this by choosing a brush or sponge that is not only good quality but also fits your specific needs. If you are looking for an airbrushed finish for liquid or cream foundation and don’t need as much coverage, choose a makeup sponge such as the Beauty Blender. If you are looking for full coverage, use a kabuki brush or a densely packed flat top foundation brush. One of the best (and priciest) foundation brushes is Hourglass’ Vanish Foundation Brush.
Wearing a colored or pressed powder on top of your foundation can cause your makeup to cake throughout the day, so opt for a loose, translucent powder. Also, instead of applying powder with a fluffy brush, consider applying it with a wet makeup sponge. Using a makeup sponge to put on setting powder allows you to press it into your foundation and create a flawless finish that will last much longer than a light dusting of powder. Some of the best setting powders include the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and the bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder.
When it comes to making your foundation long-wear, wearing a setting spray is key. Setting spray should be spritzed two to four times across the face after you’ve applied all of your makeup. It can even be applied after your primer (or in place of it) and before you put on your foundation to help your makeup become budge-free throughout the entire day. Some high-quality setting sprays include the Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and the Slay All Day Setting Spray (although the Slay setting spray does contain fragrance that could irritate acne-prone skin).
Hopefully, if you follow these four tips, your makeup will look flawless once and for all. And maybe, just maybe, your eternal struggle will come to an end.