My Secret on How to Make Foundation Last All Day
While how to make foundation last all day may not be on your bucket list, it’s been something I’ve been working on for the last year. The last year? Yep. It’s definitely been a work in progress. And while I’m no expert on it, I finally found some help and wanted to share it with you.
Quote of the day: “The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” Yves Saint Laurent
Maybe I’ve gotten more comfortable leaving the house without makeup on in the last couple of years. I should rephrase that and say, leave the house without wearing foundation. Because I rarely go out without lipstick. Yet if I’m going to take the time to put on all my makeup, I do want it to stay and look good until the end of the day.
Maybe you remember my post on lipsticks that last all day? Obviously it’s a theme in my life. I want to put it on, and not worry about it until I take it off. Sounds only reasonable, right?
My definition of foundation lasting all day? It’s the fact that it’s not settling into my lines and wrinkles hours after I apply it.
When I was working, I applied makeup every day. Heck, that’s what people saw as I was leaning over them in the dental chair. So I though it was only appropriate to look my best. Even when I was young, I used foundation primers, because I was putting on and taking off a mask all day. Therefore, staying power was important.
It was only in these last couple of years, that I started to notice my foundation settling into my fine lines and pores before I was ready to take it off at night. I figured it was my foundation, so I switched to another brand. When that didn’t work, I switched primers. And I even tried a setting spray.
You can see how many different products I’ve gone through in this quest to find how to make my foundation last all day. I’ve bought high end products and drug store products and it was all the same.
I do want to say, that even when I had professionals apply my makeup, I would still notice this settling in my lines and pores. For example, at FierceCon, I was lucky to have Glam Squad put on my makeup for the gala event. These girls know what they are doing, and use darn good products. Yet I had the same issues at the end of the day.
It wasn’t until I mentioned this issue to Jill, and she said that when the foundation settles into lines it means your skin is dry. Well, why didn’t I think of that? Of course it’s dry. First I live in an arid area. And second, menopause has made my whole body extremely dry like I discussed earlier this year.
During this experimenting, I was talking to another online friend, who suggested a face oil tint called Kosas. It wasn’t drug store prices, but it wasn’t more expensive than most of my other foundations. So I purchased it. While it wasn’t the secret, I have to admit that I really like it. It’s very lightweight and not too heavy.
It was at this time that I heard about rose hip oil. So I ordered some from one of my go to companies, Go Pure Beauty. I talked about how I’ve reordered from Go Pure many times since working with them. Using the code JODIE10 should give you 10% off, if you’re interested.
Yet I wasn’t sure what to do with the rose hip oil. So of course it’s taken me months and months to figure out if I use it as moisturizer, or instead of primer, or what?
My Secret to Make Foundation Last All Day
So after all of this experimentation, I have finally found what works for me. In saying this, I can’t guarantee that this is the answer for everyone. Yet, I bet if you’re willing to try out some changes, some of these concepts will help you too.
1– In the mornings, I don’t use a cleanser. I wash my face with water, because for me, two times of daily cleansing is too hard on my skin.
2-I moisturize as normal. Right now this means my Vit. C serum and my hyaluronic serum from Go Pure Beauty. I have also used other serums for this step. Then I use a day moisturizer. I’m actually using up an Oil of Olay one that I will not repurchase. But I alternate with different day moisturizers if I have them.
3-When I’m ready to put on my makeup, which may or may not be right away, I apply a squirt of rose hip oil to my face. There are many other face oils that could work just as well. Right now, since I’ve had such good luck, I’m sticking with rose hip. I’m sure I’ll experiment with others down the road.
4-Then my makeup goes on. I have been using the tips I learned from both makeup artists that I posted about for my moms’ birthdays. I have also been using the beauty blender to make sure I don’t have excess foundation in the areas around my nose and forehead. And I use all of these different primers and foundations. All with the same result.
5-When it’s time for bed and my nightly cleaning routine, I can see that my makeup is still looking great. Sure, there’s a day here and there, that I still see a little settling. But nothing like before. I call that success!
And while this has been working wonderfully, I will say that the ideal is to keep our skin looking its best so we don’t need as much foundation. At least that’s the conclusion I’ve come to.
When I was sitting next to an older woman on the plane last year, I was shocked when she told me she was 86. I asked her how she kept looking so great. And her answer? She said it was because she didn’t wear makeup. I have to admit, I’ve been thinking about this answer ever since. Because I I’m not sure I agree.
I really have no idea what this lady meant by her answer. Yes, I should have asked her. But if you think about it, maybe it’s seeing women with the wrong makeup can make them look older. Like when lipstick bleeds into the lines around our mouth, or still wearing a thick line of black eye liner under the eyes.
So while I’ll continue to wear make up because I love to, that lady’s answer makes me work hard to have it look natural and last all day.
Photo credit: Rob Filogomo
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