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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Making Foundation Work For You

We've all been there; bought a foundation that had rave reviews, only to find it doesn't quite work as well as we'd hoped. Maybe the shade is a little bit off; maybe it pools in your pores and fine lines, or clings to dry patches. Either way, it's disappointing and can end up being wasteful if the product just sits on your dressing table without ever getting used, so I've assembled a few ways to try and make a not-quite-perfect foundation work for you!
How to make foundation work for you tips
When The Shade Is Off
There are a few things you can try here; if you're happy to wear a slightly more sheer base, you could mix a too-dark foundation with a little moisturiser to lighten it up a little. Alternatively, if you have a foundation that's a little off in the other direction (ie, one that's too dark and one that's too light), you could mix the two to create your perfect shade! The other option is a product designed specifically to tailor foundation shades to your skin-tone, like The Body Shop's Shade Adjusting Drops (£10/15ml) - I've not tried these but have heard good things!

When It Clings To Dry Patches
The first thing I'd suggest trying here is making sure you've moisturised really well before applying your foundation; using an exfoliator to soften up any dry patches may also help, although you'll need to be careful not to irritate your skin. A chemical exfoliant might be best for this. If you're still struggling, you could try mixing a little bit of your moisturiser into the foundation as mentioned above, or even a drop or two of a facial oil - this can also help if the base is too heavy and feels mask-like and unnatural on you skin.
Foundation Tips
When It Pools In Pores & Fine Lines
I have quite large pores around my nose so this is a problem I've often had; I've found the best way to address it is by experimenting with my primer. The worst offender was, without a doubt, L'Oreal's Infallible Matte Foundation which I actually deemed unwearable at first; I did eventually discover that it worked much better applied directly over my moisturiser with no primer at all - I suppose because it's such a mattifying base. So if you're struggling with a foundation sitting weirdly on your skin I'd suggest trying it over different bases - or no base at all! You could also look at how you're applying - if you're using a brush, maybe try applying with a dampened beauty blender or even with your fingertips.
Making Foundation Work For You
[Foundations shown: Miss Sporty Mission Perfection Multi-Action Foundation; Rimmel Lasting Finish 25-Hour Foundation; L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation; Makeup Revolution The One Foundation; GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation]
What's the worst foundation experience you've had? Do you have any tricks you use to make an awkward formula more workable?

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  1. Hey Jess great tips, I like the loreal infallible foundation. I purchased the Inglot HD foundation after hearing great reviews about it and it sits terribly on the skin.

  2. I think my best trick when trying to make a foundation work for me is trying different application methods. I have some that I've not liked the application or finish when I've used brush a and maybe swap to another type or brush, using fingers etc.

    Victoria x

  3. Rally helpful post :) I have been battling with foundations for so long but now I have a firm favourite, Seventeen's Stay Time - it's full coverage and doesn't dry out my skin x
    Sweet Dreams Blog

  4. I've just read a blog post about the body shop adjusting drops and it seems like a great product to try!

    Corinne x

  5. Great tips! I actually just bought a new foundation online, and I think it's going to be too dark, so I'll be giving the Body Shop shade adjusting drops a try!

  6. I always mix 2 or 3 shades together. It depends on my current skintone.
    Such a shame, I never find the perfect matchy foundation!

    xoxo, Colli

  7. I usually mix a moisturiser into my liquid foundation and ensure I have applied a primer x

  8. Some great tips here, foundations are definitely not suitable for us all. I like to mix mine with moisturiser to lighten it up aswell x

  9. never tried them before but would love to give it try:)

    jess x | wellwellgirls.blogspot.com

  10. great tips! that reminds me i need to get the body shop shade adjusting drops myself now that ive got a tan

  11. Helpful post and great tips :) Love the descriptions

  12. Awesome post with some great tips :) my foundations want to get into my pores as well x

    Pink Frenzy

  13. It is amazing what I learn reading these posts, I had no idea foundations and pores was such a nightmare!

  14. I find so many foundations with these problems, usually they're too dark for me as I'm so pale. I really want to try the Body Shop adjusting drops xx

    Beth | MissCosmeticBlogger

  15. This is such a helpful post! I really need to invest in a primer.



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