Uneven-looking complexion? These are some reasons why your foundation always looks patchy and the easy ways you can try and fix them.
#1 Not using a primer
Let’s face it, the skin condition on different parts of our faces vary in texture and hydration. Unfortunately, some of these variations are emphasized when foundation goes on which brings us to the point of putting on primer before foundation. Primers form a layer between your skin and foundation, smoothing out the texture and filling in large pores so that foundation can smooth on easily. Plus, some hydrating primers hydrate dry patches of skin to help even out the texture as well.
If your problem is oily skin, especially around the T-zone, try using an oil control primer on these areas. Remember, you don’t have to use one primer on the entire face. Target specific problems with the right primer and your foundation will look impeccable.
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#2 Incompatible formulas
Ever had a foundation start to pill the moment you put it on? Like how oil and water separates, the same principle can be applied when it comes to makeup. Using an oil-based foundation on a water-based primer will most likely cause it to pill. So, you should always use the same base. This problem might extend to your sunscreen as well, so always take note of what you’re putting on your face.
As a rule of thumb, most primers and foundations from the same range within a brand would be compatible with each other. So if you want to be really safe, choose primers and foundations from the same brand and range.
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#3 Dry skin
This one is pretty obvious. The appearance of dry flakes on skin is often exacerbated when you put on foundation, especially those with matte formulas. If you have dry skin, make it a point to exfoliate twice a week to slough off dead skin. If you can afford the time, put on a sheet mask for at least five minutes to keep skin supple and soft.
#4 Using the wrong tools to apply foundation
We know there are many opposing schools when it comes to foundation application, but never, ever use fingers to apply foundation. Although they say that the warmth from your fingers allow foundation to glide on better, there is really no need for heat when you have the right tools. Fingers are not the best way to apply foundation when you need it to look even.
Use makeup brushes with synthetic bristles for cream or liquid formulas and remember to wet your beautyblender before using it to apply foundation. Using the right tools will make a whole world of difference when it comes to the finish and even the amount of product you’re using.
#5 Using powder on dry skin
Another no brainer, using powder on dry skin is only going to dry it out further. Using a oil-based foundation will hydrate skin and prevent trans-epidermal water loss. If you need to control the shine on certain areas, dust on a teeny bit of powder on your nose, forehead and cheek.