15 Ways To Make Your Foundation Last All Day

I don’t know about you, but when I put my makeup on in the morning, I want it to stay on all day. There are no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. Once it’s on,  I should be done with it until I decide to take it off at the end of the day. Unfortunately, that is not reality and we often have to deal with smudged eyeshadow, migrating mascara, and disappearing foundation.

In the perfect world, I would like none of these things to happen, but we all know that this definitely isn’t a perfect world. So, if I had to choose, I would put up with smudged eye makeup if it meant that my foundation stayed flawless. After all, raccoon eyes aren’t as obvious as missing foundation on part of your cheek and forehead.
Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can help stop that dreaded foundation meltdown. They might require adding a few more extra steps to your morning routine, but they’re definitely worth it in my opinion if it means that you don’t have to deal with makeup touch-ups for the rest of the day. So, take a look at 15 ways you can get your foundation to last all day.

1. Use a primer.


When it comes to foundation, primer is its BFF. Even the best foundation can always do with a bit of help so apply your primer before your foundation to help it last longer.


2. Start off with a clean base.


It’s just like your teacher says: It’s all about prep work. And that includes foundation. If you’re applying your foundation to dirty skin, of course it’s not going to “adhere” as well as if you apply it to cleansed skin. Ensure your skin is cleansed and toned (and dry) before you apply your foundation.


3. Avoid applying oils.


What you apply in your skincare regimen can affect your foundation. One of the big culprits is oils so save those for nighttime and stick with lighter creams during the day.


4. Apply your foundation with a sponge or blender.


Applying foundation with a sponge and/or blender doesn’t just give you a seamless application, it helps the product stay on. If you’re using your fingers to apply foundation, the natural grease from them can mess with the foundation’s formula and make it less long-wearing.


5. Set it with a pressed powder.



What you put on top of your foundation is just as important as what you put underneath. Use a pressed powder on top of your foundation to help it stay in place.


6….Or try a loose powder.

Bottom line: A powder on top of your foundation will make a huge difference whether you go for pressed or loose. If you want a more natural look, try a translucent loose powder.


7. Stop touching your face.


This is a big one, and it’s probably something you don’t even realize you’re doing. And that includes every time you put your phone to your cheek. How can you really expect your makeup to stand up to that?


8. Manage oil with blotting sheets.


Stop oil in its tracks by using blotting sheets at the first sign of a greasy T-zone. Blotting sheets are magical things that soak up the grease without messing up your makeup.


9. Choose the right formula.


Looking for any foundation with “long-lasting” in the title is a start, but other important buzzwords are “sweat-proof,” “transfer-proof,” “smudge-proof,” and “waterproof.” Even if you’re not swimming in your makeup, a waterproof formula is always a good idea because it will help your makeup hold up to sweat and unexpected rainstorms.


10. Apply the right amount.


It seems like a simple concept, but it’s worth saying. Because, do you really know how much foundation you should be putting on? If you apply too little, it’s probably going to slide off. And if you cake it on, it will stay on longer, but it won’t be a natural finish. Try a pea-sized amount, blend it in, then go from there.


11. Try a setting spray.


Setting sprays seems like they might be unnecessary. And I always had my doubts about spraying anything on foundation, but setting sprays magically help your foundation stay put without messing it up.


12. Consider the type of foundation.


Cream, liquid, powder, something that’s called a souffle. There are lots of different options to choose from when it comes to foundation formulas. If you find that the one you’re using right now isn’t working for you, it’s worth experimenting with another type. It could make a world of difference.


13. Choose a foundation that is suited to your skin type.


This might not seem like something that would affect things, but it does, especially if you have oily skin. Oily skin can cause foundation to slide off.  So, if you choose a formula that’s made for oily skin, it will help your makeup stay in place. And it’ll also help keep your skin matte.


14. Try a beauty hack.


There are countless slightly weird and wonderful beauty hacks for you to try to help make your foundation last longer. Face creams like Embroylisse can help make your foundation last, but so can things like hairspray and even hemorrhoid cream. If it works, it works, right? I’m not judging.


15. Combine all of the different things.


There are tons of different options to choose from on this list. Instead of just trying one, try to incorporate as many as you can into your routine. They’re meant to be mixed and match. And the more you try, the better chance you’ll have of your foundation sticking.


How do you make your foundation last all day? Let us know in the comments!

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