5 Steps to Smudge-Proof Foundation
We’ve all been there. You put your foundation on and it looks perfect, and an hour later it’s a hot mess!! Who doesn’t want to have smudge-free foundation that lasts ALL DAY! It’s such a hassle to have to reapply your foundation during your special event. So I will provide with you with my top steps to have smooth, long lasting coverage of your foundation.
Moisturize Your Skin
The first step before applying foundation is to use an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type. Of course there are different skin types out there such as oily or dry, and oily is more prone to having the issue of foundation smudging. Moisturizer will give all skin types a radiant “glow.” Let your moisturizer sit for 15 minutes before applying your primer. If your skin is dry, you need to use one that is full of emollients and humectants to help draw in moisture to your skin. If your skin is oily, it’s best to use a non-comedogenic oil free moisturizer. This will help prevent the foundation from settling into the fines and wrinkles on the face.
Get that Primer On
The second step is to use an appropriate primer/base. There are various primers in the market that do an amazing job of concealing large pores, adding moisture to the skin and promoting longevity of your makeup. A primer I recommend is Smashbox Photo Finish Super Light Foundation Primer. “This super lightweight oil-free face primer smooths the skin and creates a soft-focus finish for flawless makeup application” I love that it blurs the appearance of pores while mattifying the skin.
Add Your Foundation
The third step is to apply your foundation of choice using a stippling cosmetic brush. A stippling brush helps cover the pores best. It’s very crucial to apply foundation in thin layers in order to prevent the cakey look and your foundation from budging. “Use your stippling brush to tap over problem areas, and work in tight circular tapping motions until everything is fully blended out. The multi-length bristles help you work smarter, not harder — so avoid sweeping or swirling. Instead, use pressing and tapping motions with varied amounts of pressure.” My personal preference for a nice drugstore foundation if you have combination skin like me is Loreal Infallible Matte foundation. It is matte but not flat…meaning its not too drying. It has a thin texture, which is great for building up to the desired coverage of your choice. If your skin is dry they also have a pro-glow line of foundations with SPF built in. The coverage with this product I would say is light to medium thus, leaving your skin dewy and glowing.
Lock That Foundation in Place
The fourth step is to set your foundation with a setting powder of your choice. Any pressed or loose powder will work. I use a damp beauty blender and dip it in my Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder. From there, I dab it gently dab it on my t-zone (or oily areas of the face) and under my eyes where concealer is applied.
Use Setting Spray to Look Flawless for Hours
The final step is to use a setting spray to lock that makeup into place. For this, I recommend Urban decay All Nighter Setting Spray. This spray helps your makeup look flawless for up to 16 hours! I aslo love to set the makeup with setting spray because it takes away the “powdery” effect that loose powders tend to create.
Now your ready to look picture perfect and tackle the day with flawless skin! Do you have any foundation tips you’d like to share? Leave it in the comments section below! Also, don’t forget to like and share if you loved this article!