Why Does My Foundation Look Patchy

Why Does My Foundation Look Patchy

Here’s the disheartening thing about foundation: when it is applied by a beauty guru, it can give you wonderful results – a perfectly even, flawless, glamorous makeup look. But, when it is buffed, uh not so expertly, it has the tendency to give you a  cakey and patchy makeup look. Are you a makeup lover who can absolutely relate to this? Probably. Let’s face it, when talking about makeup, the foundation can be considered as one of the trickiest parts to get it perfect. To make things convinient for you, we’ve compiled a number of factors that make your foundation look patchy even after spending  thirty or more minutes to buff your foundation

on your face. 

Are the formulas you have been using incompatible?

Ever had a foundation getting peeled off your face leaving your face oily and flaky right after dabbing it on your face? Consider how oil and water separate in an instant, a similar theory can be applied here. If you decide to use an oil essential for your face, an oil-based primer or a silicone-based primer before using your foundation, you need to be careful that your formulas go with each other. Since silicone and water isn’t a match made in heaven, oil and water don’t come together on the skin (hence the patchy mess), picking a  silicone primer to go with your silicone-based foundation will ensure that no separation occurs and your foundation doesn’t look messy! Look out for chemicals like Cyclopentasiloxane, siloxane and dimethicone, as they indicate silicones. If you wear sunscreens on your face before using your foundation, a similar problem might pop up in case of your sunscreen, too.  Typically, primers, foundations and sunscreens from the same range within a brand would be compatible with each other. Just to be safer than sorry: add primers, sunscreens and foundations( or literally any other product you apply on your face while you’re using a foundation) from the same brand and range in your shopping cart, as an escape from the pathetic, patchy foundation. 

Are you following a skin care routine?

OK, let’s get personal: Are you following a skincare routine on a regular basis? If your answer is “yes” then here’s the next question for you: are you aware of CTM? CTM stands for cleaning, toning and moisturising. If you don’t follow a regular skincare routine like the one I just mentioned above, or don’t have a skincare routine at all, it is more likely that your foundation will crack!  The use of harsh cleansers to get rid of the dirt and germs off your skin, skipping vital steps like toning or application of a lightweight moisturizer to your delicate skin right after cleansing will only leave it uneven and dehydrated. If the skin isn’t properly hydrated, it will draw the moisture from any product(e.g, foundation) you apply on top of it. Did you know that it is absolutely necessary to exfoliate your skin regularly? If you are ignorant of this step within your skincare routines, it will likely result in your foundation setting on your skin unevenly, and holding on to your dry patches and poor skin texture. Using a mild liquid exfoliant will help to keep dry patches away, and will keep the skin looking even and smooth. Don’t skip this step. I am repeating myself: Do not skip this step if all you want is an escape from dry, patchy makeup looks.

Are you using the correct tool to apply your foundation? 

Trust me, you might sometimes want to apply your foundation using your finger tips when you are in a jiffy, but that only leaves your makeup look more uneven, flawed and patchy. Do not rely on makeup myths: the warmth of your finger tips aids your foundation glide on your skin in no time. If you are teaming  up a dense buffing brush with a thick, full-coverage cream foundation, you are doing it the wrong way. For full coverage foundations, if a  beauty blender or a makeup sponge isn’t used to apply your foundation,chances are high that your foundation will look a patchy mess. So once you’ve got your makeup sponge (make sure to get it wet with water, first, or a dry,rock-like object doesn’t work well with a foundation ), dab a few drops of foundation over at different points of your face (forehead, eyelids,ears lobes, cheeks, and chin) with your finger. Then, quickly tap the sponge over the dots and not in dragging or circular motion, as it promotes patchiness of your foundation,rather  blend it out toward your hairline and jaw for a flawless finish. On the other hand, when  makeup brushes with synthetic bristles are not used for cream or liquid formulas,forget about being in the spotlight. I’m afraid your patchy foundation will get you in trouble!

Are you setting it right?

If your skin type is super dry, using a powder to set your foundation will only make your skin even more dry and patchy. I have good news: an oil-based foundation can act as your game changer. It will moisturise your skin and protect your skin from trans-epidermal water loss. Dusting a little bit of powder with a fluffy brush on your nose and forehead wouldn’t be a bad idea. Start with applying very little product at a time and check if your foundation looks chalky and patchy. If not, then proceed with just as much as you need to control the shine on your face.

Are you skipping the vital step: investing on a high quality primer? 

A lot of people take applying a primer on their face for granted, and skip it with no guilt. But they don’t realize the fact that it is the primer that aids the foundation in staying on for longer on the face and also helps foundation to glide on your face as smooth as butter. Primers form a layer between your skin and foundation, smoothing out the texture and filling in large pores so that foundation can smooth on easily. And lets not forget to thank hydrating primers which  hydrate dry patches of skin to even out the skin texture.   If you are struggling with  oily skin, especially around the T-zone, try applying a generous amount of  oil control primer on these areas. I’ve always thought  primers to be useless,overrated beauty cosmetics until I researched and researched to only find out: primers are beauty products that come to the rescue from unpleasant, patchy foundation. Set your priorities right.

Do you take it nice and slow when applying your foundation?

If you rush with your foundation it ought to look patchy. Let’s say you apply your skin care oils and serum, wait for it to diffuse completely into your skin and then dab the foundation on your face only 8-12 minutes later. If you apply the foundation right after applying the oils and serum the foundation will not stay on the face, instead, it will keep slipping and thus will end up looking cakey and hot-patchy mess. 

Now that you are well aware of what might make your foundation seem patchy, you are ready for a glamorous, flawless makeup look. Have fun experimenting with your makeup tools!

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