How to: make your foundation last

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

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No time for touch ups during the day? Here are our top tips for keeping that foundation on all day long:

1. Choosing the right formula of foundation
Different formulas of foundation are designed for different skin types. Just because you like the packaging doesn’t mean it’s right for you. If you have dry skin, use a cream or liquid foundation. If you have oily skin, go for oil-free formulas, powder or mineral foundation.

2. Exfoliate and moisturise
By exfoliating and moisturising your skin you are allowing your foundation and the rest of your make-up to go on smoother and look good for longer. Remember – your foundation sits on top of your skin.

3. Prime, prime, prime
Never skip this step. It is the setting step for your foundation and one that will also help you save on product. A primer creates a flawless canvas for your foundation and helps hold it in place and prolong wear.

4. Use the right tools to apply it
Apply your foundation with a foundation brush. This will help deliver the correct amount you need, effortlessly onto your skin. If you are applying mineral or powder foundation, use a fluffy powder brush or kabuki brush to help buff on the product properly.

5. Less is more
This tip applies to most make-up products. Start off with less foundation on your brush and gradually apply more if you need to.

6. Use a finishing powder
If you are using a liquid or cream foundation it is always best to finish off your look with a dusting of finishing / translucent powder. This helps seal your foundation and stops it from “sliding” down your face. Think of it as a top coat, like you apply on your nails as the last step of your manicure.

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Foundation for your wedding day
Foundation types explained: powder
Foundation types explained: cream

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or BeautySouthAfrica.com, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. LERATO MNYAKENI

    Setting makeup with powder is very important… especially in hot sunny days to avoid your makeup from bleeding.

    4 months ago •

  1. honey_c

    I’m definitely investing in some primer.

    5 months ago •

  1. pretty palesa

    Priming is vital, especially if you have oily skin. It helps mattify.

    1 year ago •

  1. WAFIQA ABBAS

    Great tips but so much effort for a lazy person like me haha.

    2 years ago •

  1. JANESSE DORASAMY

    Great article, especially the bit about exfoliating. I think too many of us forget about that.

    3 years ago •

  1. sloanie

    I don’t usually prime, but this is a good tip. I will definitely start.

    3 years ago •

    1. JANESSE DORASAMY

      Priming is great, there are also lots of superstar products out their that prime, moisturize and offer a high SPF. I found it easier to have a few great quality products that can multi task for maximum benefit.

      3 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    I need to get some primmer, great tips!

    3 years ago •

  1. Bath Lover

    I have started using a primer too, and the results are wonderful… smooth surface to work with too.

    3 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I never go without my primer. Primer is a must for the flawless face.

    3 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    I don’t prime, will have to now. Thank you

    3 years ago •

  1. Liesl Nel

    Best tip, less is definitely more. I see so many women overloading their skin with make up. Men prefer a more natural look.

    3 years ago •

  1. Bianca Welgemoed

    Thanks for the great tips. I best get a powder, especially now that Summer is on it’s way. Primer is a must in my makeup bag :)

    3 years ago •

  1. Desiree Dewing

    I never used a primer until recently, and discovered that it definitely makes a big difference to skin appearance. My foundation just seems to last a lot longer than it used to, which is great when you’re from South Africa where the sun shines almost every day and humidity is a problem.

    3 years ago •

  1. LOUISE

    I have been using Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Camouflage foundation, but only now this past week found out that Estee lauder actually have a Mattifying Primer especially for combination skin… WHAT A MIRACLE!!! The foundation is already amazing, but with the primer it is just like a miracle for my skin! It instantly neutralizes my “oily” areas and moisturises my dry areas. This then causes the foundation to actually blend so much better and to actually last longer! Since wearing the primer, I don’t even have a need for my compact powder… The right Primer is ESSENTIAL!!!!

    3 years ago •

  1. Leigh- Christyn

    Awesome tips! I do have a primer but I’m always so terrified that it blocks my pores (my skin is prone to breakouts). I also don’t use a foundation brush.. it just seems like a pain cause it would have to be properly washed after every application! :/

    3 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    Thanks for this, I use primer most of the time but honestly not every time, I will now though

    3 years ago •

  1. Ruweida

    Great tips!! I find foundation application messy so I prefer to stick to powder foundations.

    3 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I find using the liquid foundation in the tube format with a make-up sponge the easier way.

    3 years ago •

  1. Fuhri

    Very helpful tips. I only use powder foundation and by the end of the day its all gone, so I will look for a good primer.

    3 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Agreed. Primer will be useless if you don’t cleanse and exfoliate properly – especially in winter when most of us get dry and flaky around areas such as the nose and mouth.

    3 years ago •

  1. MEL1SSA

    My friend once gave me a tip. If you have BACNE (acne on your back) or back blemishes, you should mix foundation and your lotion together (in the palm of your hand) and rub it on your back. Will give you much more confidence when you wearing slightly revealing tops :)

    3 years ago •

  1. Mamorena Ramokadi

    I think the most essential thing is to get a good quality primer so your foundation can be smooth.

    3 years ago •

  1. Kariwo

    I’m super confused about powders… I know I should use one, but I am afraid of looking like a ghost if I use translucent powder. Maybe I should just buy one and see what happens.

    3 years ago •

  1. Sandra Phoma

    I have oily skin on my T-zone. It has always helped to blot my skin before I put foundation on (after moisturiser step) and before I put ‘setting’ powder/’setting’ spray (after foundation has dried). The use of primers works to pull a look together. @Gugu you can try the catrice/woolworth make up line for affordable primers.

    3 years ago •

  1. Cornelli

    Great tips! I am a beginner when it comes to foundation but these tips made me feel more at ease!

    3 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    point 5 is great: LESS IS MORE!!! Will definitely share these six tips

    3 years ago •

    1. MEL1SSA

      So true! Some ladies cake up their faces as if they are decorating cupcakes. You can actually see the layers cracking. It looks really disgusting + I can only imagine how the pores on their face are suffocating and producing germs and dirt.

      3 years ago •

      1. Mark Parr

        I agree with you there that some ladies over do the foundation, they plaster themselves and don’t look real.

        3 years ago •

  1. Gugu Ogunfowora

    Please help with recommending good primers, I’ve been struggling to find on the market. I have oily skin so I use a powder foundation. I’ve seen the positive effects of using a primer so I’m keen to give it a try :)

    3 years ago •

  1. me

    I have very dry eyes. I stopped using translucent powder, it seems to me when I do use it my eyes are more teary.

    3 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I have been struggling to keep my foundation fresh throughout the day. By 5pm you can see my foundation is wearing thin. I do half of the above steps but maybe its time to go the full yard. Thanks! :)

    3 years ago •

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