If I have 15 minutes to spend on my makeup, then I’ll typically spend the lion’s share on my base, as in my opinion, get your base right and the rest will follow; do a beautiful, smokey eye with crappy skin and the eyeshadow gets overlooked. Saying that and even though I’m a makeup nerd who wears makeup pretty much on a daily basis, there are still plenty of times that I screw up my base. Apply too much or apply the wrong formulation and look like I’m wearing a mask, over powder so I look like a desiccated old woman or even apply too much blush so that I look like Aunt Sally? Tick. Tick. Tick. But fear not, I may make mistakes, but I’ve worked out a few tricks over the years to dial back the craziness, as who has the time to redo your base when you’re off to work or cocktails are calling? And because I’m nice like that I thought that I’d spill the beans, so without further ado here are my three favourite foundation hacks guaranteed to tidy up any foundation failures.
A setting spray!
I have to say that I was a bit late to the party on these and thought that as a normal/combo ish skin kind of gal I didn’t need to set my makeup as wasn’t that what powder was for and weren’t setting sprays particularly for oily skin types? Not so much I soon found out; in fact, they do a great job of locking in your makeup to ensure longevity and that your makeup hasn’t disappeared into your hairline by midday. But do you know what a spray is also great for, salvaging your base when you’ve overdone the powder? You know what I mean, you’ve done your foundation and think that a quick sweep of powder will be the final flourish and you’ll be good to go, but a sweep turns into an avalanche and you age a decade, looking like a cakey old lady with delightfully emphasised dry patches and fine lines and wrinkles.
So, what do you do? Have a good old spritz of setting spray! And I promise you that it will dial back the powder, add moisture and glow back into the skin, and turn your base back into a thing of beauty. I particularly like MAC’s Prep + Prime Fix Plus and Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray for this.
A beauty sponge!
Whether you have the OG beautyblender, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge or one of the many many imitations of both of the above, these little sponges can be game changers. I reach for these bad boys when I’ve applied my foundation with a brush or my fingers and then taken a long hard long look in the mirror and realised that I’ve overdone it; it’s uneven and cakey, emphasising texture that I didn’t know that I had and looks quite frankly shite. A good foundation should melt into the skin and look like your skin but better – don’t you hate that phrase – so you know that you’re on to a loser when it sits on top of your skin and is about as natural as Liza Minnelli on a drag night out.
So, what do you do? Grab your clean, damp beautyblender my friend, focusing on the uneven and heavy patches, the added moisture helping to lift any excess product and bop your way to a blended base.
A clean buffing brush!
As much as I love a good sponge, I am a big fan of makeup brushes and typically enjoy applying my base that way, but even with the best of brushes it can all go a bit Pete Tong sometimes and you realise that not only has natural gone out of the window, but you’ve probably even overdone it for an audition for Priscilla!
So, what do you do when you’ve unintentionally applied a face full that Kim Kardashian would be proud of? Dig through your make up brushes and grab a clean buffing brush, that’s what you do! It’s important that it’s clean as using a dirty one will just add more product and make the coverage even heavier, whereas using a clean brush to go over your foundation will help buff it into the skin, smooth any unblended edges and restore your base.
So, there are my three ways to dial down foundation mishaps – short, simple and hopefully useful!