When we put our makeup, of course, if we had a choice, we’d want it to stay all day long. There are no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. Once it’s on, we should be done with it until we decide to take it off at the end of the day. Unfortunately, that is not reality and we often have to deal with smudged eyeshadow, migrating mascara, and disappearing foundation.
In the perfect world, we would like none of these things to happen, but we all know that this definitely isn’t a perfect world. So, if we had to choose, we would put up with smudged eye makeup if it meant that our foundation stayed flawless. After all, raccoon eyes aren’t as obvious as missing foundation on part of your cheek and forehead.
Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can help stop that dreaded foundation meltdown. They might require adding a few more extra steps to your morning routine, but they’re definitely worth it in my opinion if it means that you don’t have to deal with makeup touch-ups for the rest of the day. So here are a few hacks to try to make sure your foundation lasts longer.
Use a Primer
When it comes to foundation, primer is its BFF. Even the best foundation can always do with a bit of help so apply your primer before your foundation to help it last longer.
Start off with a clean base
It’s just like your teacher says: It’s all about prep work. And that includes foundation. If you’re applying your foundation to dirty skin, of course it’s not going to “adhere” as well as if you apply it to cleansed skin. Ensure your skin is cleansed and toned (and dry) before you apply your foundation.
Avoid applying oils
What you apply in your skincare regimen can affect your foundation. One of the big culprits is oils so save those for nighttime and stick with lighter creams during the day.
Apply your foundation with a sponge or blender
Applying foundation with a sponge and/or blender doesn’t just give you a seamless application, it helps the product stay on. If you’re using your fingers to apply foundation, the natural grease from them can mess with the foundation’s formula and make it less long-wearing.
Set it with a pressed powder
What you put on top of your foundation is just as important as what you put underneath. Use a pressed powder on top of your foundation to help it stay in place.
Or try a loose powder
Bottom line: A powder on top of your foundation will make a huge difference whether you go for pressed or loose. If you want a more natural look, try a translucent loose powder.
Stop touching your face
This is a big one, and it’s probably something you don’t even realize you’re doing. And that includes every time you put your phone to your cheek. How can you really expect your makeup to stand up to that?
Manage oil with blotting sheets
Stop oil in its tracks by using blotting sheets at the first sign of a greasy T-zone. Blotting sheets are magical things that soak up the grease without messing up your makeup.
Choose the right formula
Looking for any foundation with “long-lasting” in the title is a start, but other important buzzwords are “sweat-proof,” “transfer-proof,” “smudge-proof,” and “waterproof.” Even if you’re not swimming in your makeup, a waterproof formula is always a good idea because it will help your makeup hold up to sweat and unexpected rainstorms.
Apply the right amount
It seems like a simple concept, but it’s worth saying. Because, do you really know how much foundation you should be putting on? If you apply too little, it’s probably going to slide off. And if you cake it on, it will stay on longer, but it won’t be a natural finish. Try a pea-sized amount, blend it in, then go from there.
Try a Setting Spray
Setting sprays seems like they might be unnecessary. And we always had our doubts about spraying anything on foundation, but setting sprays magically help your foundation stay put without messing it up.
Consider the type of foundation
Cream, liquid, powder, something that’s called a souffle. There are lots of different options to choose from when it comes to foundation formulas. If you find that the one you’re using right now isn’t working for you, it’s worth experimenting with another type. It could make a world of difference.