Getting your foundation makeup to stay on

Sometimes I have great trouble getting foundation make-up to stay on. By lunchtime the efforts from that morning are all gone.  There is an array of products out there but which one to choose?

You can use an antiperspirant for your face under you make-up especially on hot or humid days.  Neat Feet Face and NoSweat For Face are both products that work well particularly for those who perspire a lot. They both contain aluminium as most antiperspirants do but there is still debate about the effects of aluminium use.

Pre-foundation Primers allow makeup to go on smoother for more even application and lasts longer.  They smooth & soften lines and appearance of pores. The other benefit is that it keeps foundation colour “true”. Primers are a great pick-me-up for those times when you have been burning the candle at both ends and it is starting to show. Most are used over your moisturiser and applied before foundation make-up in the same way you would apply your moisturiser. The wonderful thing is you can get colour correcting primers for sallow skin tones or for neutralizing redness. Many of the hydrating or lubricating primers are based on soybean extract or silicone.

Powder applied over foundation make-up gives a flawless appearance and also controls oil or shine. The question now is loose or pressed?  Loose powder is more lightweight and gives a more natural appearance.  Pressed powder gives a more flawless look and can be “built” upon (by applying in layers) for a heavier coverage.  Applying powders over the lips can help to also set your lipstick and stop bleeding.

I have found the easiest technique for applying loose powder is with a big fluffy powder brush after your foundation.  Dip it into your powder or shake it out onto the brush and apply in a downward motion over the face. Another great way but slightly messy in your bathroom is the powder rubdown technique. Apply after make-up,  pour loose powder into your hand, and rub your palms together like a gymnast, then “wash” your face with powder from your hairline to your chin. Keep your eyes closed so you don’t get powder in them. Simply brush off any excess with your powder brush.  Powders

Pressed Powder comes with a sponge for ease of application. Simply apply in light downward strokes over the face. Avoid the eye area. If you want a heavier coverage keep applying or “building” layers until you are happy with your look.

On special occasions or days when I am feeling hagged I use both primer, to smooth those life lines, and pressed powder, for a flawless look.  I avoid using powder on my forehead and anywhere near my eyes so those life lines are less distinct.


Finding the Right Foundation

Finding the right foundation can sometimes seem like such a challenge. Matte, Oil-free, Minimal, Anti-aging, Sheer, Mineral, Hypoallergenic, Flawless, Natural, Longwearing. Where to start? Where to start?

  1. Work out the coverage you require.  Do you want a full coverage or a light natural look? Matte finish and long-lasting make-up will generally give you a fuller coverage. Sheer or minimal make-up will give a light coverage. Mineral makeup and powdered foundations can be built up by adding more to give a fuller coverage.
  2. Work out your skin type.
    • If you have dry skin you will appreciate a moisturising or oil-based foundation. Ideally choose one with anti-aging properties (even if you don’t feel old enough) because foundation will settle into any fine lines or dry patches on your face.
    • If you have combination skin that has some shine in your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and some drier areas you need to determine which area bothers you the most.  If you are frustrated by the shine use an oil-free or water based foundation that gives a matte finish and use a heavier moisturiser on your drier zones prior to application. If dryness is more of a problem use a moisturising makeup and apply loose powder over your make-up to your T-zone to minimize the shine.
    • Problem skin that is prone to blemishes definitely needs an oil-free foundation. Matte finish and long-lasting make-up will generally be more drying on your skin and less likely to cause breakouts. However make sure it is non-comedogenic – that is it will not block pores.
    • Sensitive skin is the hardest of all to find a good non-irritating foundation.  Firstly make sure it is fragrance free and non-comedogenic. Some will say “dermatologist tested”. Hypoallergenic is very important if you are sensitive. Hypoallergenic means less likely to cause a reaction so you still may react.  Unfortunately for someone with sensitive skin it is trial and error because each person reacts differently.
  3. Work out your budget.  Keep in mind though that Bridge (mid-range) or Budget cosmetics may not always be the most economical. Some Bridge cosmetic brands cost $35-$50 and the bottle will last only 6-8 weeks. Some Prestige brands have make-up for $65-$90 and have 4-6 months worth of daily applications. This can often be much better value.
  4. Match your skin tone. Always test your foundation on your jaw line, never on the back of your hand. For sensitive skin I would recommend a small test patch for reactions on the inside of your wrist before applying to your face.  Preferably your foundation should blend well with your natural skin tone and not look like a painted line. Depending on the season, if it is Spring and you spend time in the sun you may decide to lean toward a slightly darker shade coming into Summer. In Autumn you may opt for a slightly lighter shade ready for Winter.   Always pick a match as close as possible to your skin tone.  If you want to look more tanned don’t buy a darker shade use Bronzer over a closely matched foundation.Foundation testing

I like to try a new foundation on for a few hours before purchasing it. Sometimes it may be too drying or too moisturising or you may have a reaction. Sometimes depending on your acid levels and undertone colouring of your skin the make-up may turn pink or yellow. It is like an investment in your appearance. You want to get it as close to perfect as possible.

Applying Bronzer

Want that radiant sun-kissed look but without the fake-tan-gone-wrong  look.  For a natural looking colour Bronzer is the way to go.

All you need is a good quality bronzing powder & large bronzing or powder brush.

However applying the right amount of Bronzer can be tricky. There is a fine line between toooooo much bronzer and the right amount.  It is always better to start applying a small amount and add more if you need to. You can build on it but it is more difficult to diminish if you apply too much.

Brush on your bronzer after applying your foundation. If you set your foundation with a powder use the bronzer over the powder.

The E-3 method takes the guess work out the application. Use the brush to apply the bronzer tracing a E on one side of the face then an 3 on the other. Starting on the forehead sweep the brush down and around to the cheek to create the top half of the 3 now sweep down and around to the chin to create the bottom half of the 3.  Repeat on the other side of the face.

Brush a little under the jaw line to give the whole face a lift. Finish with a light sweep down the nose.

E3 Bronzer Application
E3 Bronzer Application

For a natural bare look with a hint of healthy glow lightly apply your bronzer directly over your moisturiser add a little tinted lip gloss and you are ready to go.

Remember Practice makes Perfect.