Make your foundation last

Saturday, 11 November 2017

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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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  1. Shirley Pholo

    Thank you for the tips.. Sometimes I don’t even feel like putting on make up cause it never lasts and I have to constantly check myself and it gets too much at times..

    7 days ago •

  1. Aarti Fakir

    After reading this article, I realised that I was using the totally wrong type of foundation (Hello Flawless). It would basically sit on my skin like a waxy film and I would wonder what was wrong.These people at the beauty counters should be more trained than that…but anyway, thanks to this article, I changed my foundation, which I am much happier with.

    1 month ago •

  1. Bev Saunders

    Great tips indeed. I pretty much do everything suggested, but pat my powder on and do not use a powder brush as I do not get the same finish when using a brush and the brush fibers tend to stick onto my face. Any suggestions please? Thanks!

    2 months ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Bev, this might be because your brushes need to be replaced. A lot of brushes may drop a few bristles every now and then, but it if happens on the regular even after cleansing your brushes, it’s time for new ones! – Aléz

      1 month ago •

  1. LeRonique January

    All these steps are definitely a MUST DO for your foundation, I have combination skin & i found that a cream foundation works best (My favourite is the Mac studio sculpt).

    I also find that you can get even more coverage for your foundation by colour correcting….this definitely does wonders & lets your foundation last even longer so you don’t have to go out & buy a new one every single month!

    2 months ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Thank you for the tip, LeRonique! Sounds great:) – Alez

      2 months ago •

  1. Fouzia Damon

    Well a lesson learnt great read !
    I will be using these tips daily at the end of the day i will be saving so much money!

    3 months ago •

  1. Julia Booysen

    After reading this article – I never knew that it was a must to apply a primer before putting on foundation. I always thought moisturizer was enough with a matt finishing spray. I’ve always used a foundation brush, but I’m considering using a beauty blender as I have seen so many Youtubers use on their channels. One product I cannot seem to find is a good but inexpensive translucent powder to finish off my look – is using a matt foundation powder okay to use as a finishing powder? Also I have a question regarding mascara – I have naturally long lashes, that don’t curl well unless I use a lash curler, which type of mascara would be good to use in my case?

    3 months ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hey Julia! Thank you for your questions. You can definitely use a matt foundation powder at a setting powder, but it’s actually pretty fashionable to just rock a liquid foundation. It makes the skin look more natural. If you are looking for more of a sharp finish, the matte powder is great, but use a setting spray over it to make it look less powdery. If you’re not going to fork over for a setting spray, you can get a bottle of rosewater from Dischem or Clicks, then add a spray nozzle to it. And voila! You have the perfect setting spray.

      As for the right mascara, I have that problem too, but I’m not that phased about curly lashes. I accentuate my lashes with something like Lacôme’s Doll Eyes. After some research it seems like curlers are almost always necessary to set a curl, and the issue is just finding a mascara that can hold it. *BUT* one source (https://www.birchbox.com/product/27512) said that Benefit’s Cosmetics Roller Lash Super-Curling & Lifting Mascara works well enough to replace your curler. You can find out more about the mascara and where to buy it here: https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/za/en-gb/product/roller-lash

      Hope that helps!
      Aléz

      2 months ago •

  1. mojipghs@gmail.com

    Great tip. Will definitely use it.

    3 months ago •

  1. Rachelle Horn

    I must say I am guilty of not applying Primer and this is the most important step! I have acne skin so I can’t exfoliate; I only use my clinique anti-blemish products which help to prevent breakouts which helps a lot. Another thing which I am guilty of is not using a foundation brush. I normally apply my foundation with my fingers which is not the most hygienic thing to do. My first thing on my beaty list is a foundation bush. Do you need to wet your foundation brush when applying foundation?

    3 months ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hey Rachelle, thanks for your question! From my research, it looks like dampening before use is a personal preference. Some never do, some do only with certain foundations, others don’t at all. One thing you can do is dampen a beauty blender before use and this will give you a fuller coverage. Something to consider:) Hope that helps! – ALéz

      3 months ago •

  1. Zelda24 Du Plessis

    Usefull tips, I noticed that applying primer already makes a difference, and ofcourse chosing the correct foundation.

    3 months ago •

  1. HURTERQ

    Priming is so important. And when I moisturise it feels like the foundation is also on longer than usual.

    4 months ago •

  1. Amber Poggenpoel

    Great tips… Always looking for great make-up tips

    5 months ago •

  1. Tanya

    Foundation is a must for me so thank you this is really helpful tips

    5 months ago •

  1. michellegirdharilall

    Great tips. I find using a finishing powder really does wonders for keeping your foundation looking good all day

    6 months ago •

  1. Demishka Maharaj

    Top 6 tips that are simple and definitely worth the try

    6 months ago •

  1. Janine Jeftha

    I have a very oil skin and im always looking for ways to keep my make up looking fresh all day, i’ll definitely try some of these tips.

    6 months ago •

  1. Amanda Rwaai

    thought i was the only one that has these problems but I’m glade I’m not the only one, will be trying the tips hopefully they work.

    7 months ago •

  1. Ish90

    Never used finishing powder. I must try it out , thank you

    7 months ago •

  1. Evantia Van Zyl

    definitely going to try some of these tips as my foundation barely lasts a few hours

    7 months ago •

  1. Tyler Henry

    I ALWAYS use a finishing powder and it really works wonders. I can sometimes go 18 hours without touch ups to my foundation

    7 months ago •

  1. Navisha Naidoo

    Great tips. Will definitely be trying these next time. Thank you!

    8 months ago •

  1. Zahraa Salie

    I actually never thought of using primer. Now to find on that will work with my skin….

    8 months ago •

  1. Fayyaadhah Bux

    Oh my word , this is amazing . Thank you so much . These tips have really helped me .

    8 months ago •

  1. Chandni Jivan

    Priming is the most important part before applying any make up

    8 months ago •

  1. Chandni Jivan

    These are really helpful. I do follow them in my make up routine and the results are amazing.. my make up lasts the entire day without any oiliness

    9 months ago •

  1. Kelly Davey

    This is such a good and informative article as women always have to touch up their make up during the day when in fact there are ways of making it last… Thanks so much!

    9 months ago •

  1. Humaira Motala

    Will definitely be trying these tips . Thank you !

    9 months ago •

  1. WAFIQA ABBAS

    I find that if I look after my skin, I don’t need much foundation.

    9 months ago •

  1. Belinda Van Tura

    These are such good tip, definitely going to try them out :-)

    9 months ago •

  1. Shabnum Moosa Hoosan

    Will be following these steps

    9 months ago •

  1. Fayyaadhah Bux

    Thanks so much for the information

    9 months ago •

  1. Fayyaadhah Bux

    Whats the best primer to use ?

    9 months ago •

  1. Lara Gibb

    I never thought exfoliating would help. Definitely going to exfoliate more regularly. Great tips. Will definitely be applying them to my routine!

    9 months ago •

  1. Ayanda Maleka

    There’s nothing more important than looking after your skin before using any makeup. myself exfoliate everyday to keep my skin looking fresh and beautiful. With regards to the tools I think a foundation brush is very limiting, and in most cases depending on the kind of foundation used it streaks. Beauty blenders and compact brushes also work well with foundations, they give a more buffed natural look. Cool article

    9 months ago •

  1. Rachna Misra

    thank you! needed these tips. I have fairy bad skin due to previous acne scarring and by the end of the day my make up looks patchy and has rubbed off in some places. thanks for the help!

    9 months ago •

  1. Diana Van Den Berg

    INTERESTING AND HELPFULL TIPS

    9 months ago •

  1. LynneAmelia

    Thank-you for the great advice, I have clearly been doing this wrong! <3

    9 months ago •

  1. Tembisa Maqungu

    A trick I recently discovered by accident is applying a bit of Vaseline actually helps hold your foundation in place and it stays on for longer

    9 months ago •

  1. Yamkela Tofu

    You could also use a beauty blender for tapping or blending in your foundation for a more flawless finish, after you’ve prepped your skin and put on some primer

    9 months ago •

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