We can all agree that there is almost nothing worse than your face makeup melting off. If you’ve followed the rules of how to apply foundation to a T, you may be wondering what exactly you’re doing wrong. Lucky for you, there’s no need to panic. The truth is, you may just need to tweak your makeup routine a bit and apply powder before foundation. Sure, this step seems to go against all of the beauty rules you’ve learned, but this makeup trend may very well be the answer to your beauty troubles. After all, what do you have to lose?
If you’re ready to work your way to a flawless complexion that goes the distance, we’re here to help! Follow along as we share everything you need to know about whether applying powder under foundation could be just what your makeup look needs.
SHOULD YOU APPLY POWDER UNDER FOUNDATION?
While this application method may seem a bit unconventional, applying powder before foundation can come with great benefits. See, we already know that hot summer days can easily leave you with a sweaty makeup meltdown. By using powder before foundation, you’re able to give skin a matte finish that helps to soak up excess oil for a long-lasting effect, which is perfect for oily skin.
Think of this method as a shield to keep your face makeup in place. Not to mention, it also helps to prevent cakey makeup and allows you to achieve a flawless face with less product. Now that’s what we call a win-win! No wonder applying powder before foundation has become a major Tik Tok makeup hack.
IS PUTTING ON POWDER BEFORE FOUNDATION ONLY FOR OILY SKIN?
Think applying powder before foundation is reserved only for oily skin? Think again! It’s true that putting powder on first pairs well with oily skin, but other skin types can totally get in on the fun. The key to making this beauty hack work for you is to choose a face powder that suits your needs. For example, if you’re working with dry skin, as long as you opt for a lightweight formula, you’ll be in the clear.
HOW DO YOU APPLY POWDER BEFORE FOUNDATION?
Ready to put this technique of applying powder under foundation to good use? Follow our step-by-step routine below to master this method.
STEP #1: START WITH CLEAN SKIN
You may be tempted to grab your makeup straight away, but you’ll need to start with skin care for a flawless application. Kick things off by using a facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, which works to lift dirt and impurities from the skin, while providing hydration for a balanced look and feel. Saturate a cotton pad and wipe across your skin until clean.
STEP #2: MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE
Now that you have the cleansing step out of the way, it’s time to welcome moisture into your routine. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Extra Dry Skin, all of which are formulated with aloe vera and hyaluronic acid to envelop skin with moisture for hydrated and healthy-looking skin.
STEP #3: PREP YOUR SKIN
Makeup primer is a staple for a good reason. This beauty essential goes a long way in helping your beauty look go the distance and is the perfect way to make sure that you have a smooth base for makeup application. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer and apply it all over your face to prep your skin. One the primer has dried, you’re ready for the next step.
STEP #4: APPLY YOUR POWDER
Bring on the powder! Using a fluffy makeup brush, sweep the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Tinted Loose Setting Powder all over your face. You’ll want to let the powder sit for a few minutes to help the product work its magic. You can also use a makeup sponge to press the powder onto your skin.
STEP #5: CREATE YOUR BASE
Now it’s time to perfect your complexion! Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight, which provides medium-to-full buildable coverage that lasts all day and allows the skin to breathe. Use a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, to blend the foundation onto your skin, using rolling and dabbing motions until you reach your desired level of coverage.
STEP #6: CONCEAL
Touch up your complexion with the L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer. A foolproof way to mask any imperfections and give your eyes a brightened effect, this concealer is just what you need. Use your makeup sponge to evenly blend out the product for a natural finish.
STEP #7: BRONZE IT UP
The best way to complement a flawless face is with a sun-kissed glow! Apply the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks and temples to prevent your makeup from falling flat.
STEP #8: BLUSH
For a natural and defined makeup look, grab a blush that complements your skin tone. Pick your perfect shade of the L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush, and swipe it onto your cheekbones for a super pretty flush of color.
STEP #9: IT’S MASCARA TIME
Amp up the look of your peepers with a volumizing mascara. Sweep a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume onto your lashes for a lifted and curled effect.
STEP #10: COLOR YOUR POUT
Tie your makeup look together with a gorgeous burst of color on your lips! Apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Les Macarons Scented Liquid Lipstick in Mon Caramel for a flirty pout.
STEP #11: SEAL THE DEAL
Congratulations, you’re at the finish line! To make sure that your makeup stays put all day long, spritz the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray in ‘X’ and ‘T’ shapes for a “just-applied” makeup look that lasts.