The number one question and concern I get asked is “how do I get my foundation to stay on all day… I put it on at 7am before work then look in the mirror around 3 and it’s all gone!” I used to have the same problem too and would have to reapply it later. But who has time for that? So after years of trying anything and everything that I could get my hands, this is what I’ve found that works. Not only on me, it works on my clients as well. Hallelujah!!
It comes down to these three tips and techniques:
- first apply foundation with a buffing brush to really work it in (you can choose a longwear foundation but I’ve found those just sit on the surface of my skin and come off on my phone),
- then stipple the powder on instead of sweeping it across and
- finish with a setting spray.
Please try it this week and check in the mirror around 3pm and see if it worked! Here’s how:
- Your favorite foundation — Right now my two favorite foundations are Tom Ford’s new Traceless Perfecting Foundation (radiating and luminous finish) and Koh Gen Do’s Moisture Foundation (really youthful glow instead of making you look older).
- Your favorite buffing brush — I love Sigma’s 3DHD Kabuki Brush because the angled sides fit perfectly around each feature.
- You favorite powder — my favorite loose powder is MAKE UP FOR EVER Super Matte Loose Powder and my favorite pressed powder is Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish MicroPowder.
- Your favorite powder brush — I love using Charlotte Tilbury’s Bronzer Brush for stippling powder.
- Your favorite setting spray — my three favorite sprays that I use to set makeup are Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray (made specifically for this and they also have one formulated for Oil Control), Pur Minerals Miracle Mist (super hydrating while it sets everything) and Kerstin Florian Neroli Water (for those of you with sensitive or acne-prone skin).
- Apply foundation over your face and neck using the kabuki buffing brush. Instead of sweeping the brush across, buff and press it into the skin so it becomes one with everything. Repeat in areas where you might need more coverage.
- Apply the rest of you makeup as usual. You can leave mascara off until after step 4 if you’re like me and want to triple ensure that it won’t run.
- Load up the powder brush with powder, give it a quick tap against the counter or lid to remove a little of the excess. Again, instead of sweeping it across your face, press and stipple it over and over until you’ve covered everything. This really pushes the powder into the makeup.
- Finish by spritzing the setting spray over your entire face. Hold the bottle at least 6 inches away from your face and be sure to close your eyes and your mouth.
COMPLETE THE LOOK:
Lacy is wearing my new favorite eye palette for Fall, Lime Crime’s Venus The Grunge Palette, Eyeko Eye Do Mascara, Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liner in Midnight Cowboy, Benefit Majorette Blush and Too Faced Melted Longwear Liquified Lipstick in Melted Berry.