Foundation is a lifeline for some people, the kind of make-up staple that proves the phrase “putting on your face” has a little grounding. However, if it separates, it kind of defeats the purpose of using it, right?
Foundation separates for a range of reasons. These include dehydrated or oily skin, using foundations with contradicting bases, using the wrong combination of toner/base product with foundation, expired products as well as heat.
Your foundation could be separating for any of these reasons, or a combination of all of them. Here’s an explanation as to why these cause separation, and how to avoid them.
If your skin is dry, or caking, the foundation will find its way into those crevices, split, and make you look like a peeling door that needs a fresh paint job. You shouldn’t let your skin get to this stage, because it’s quite hard to use foundation effectively once you reach it. Prevention, in this case, is far better than any solution that may suggest you can use a mix of products to cover up the separating foundation. Make sure you follow a practical and effective face-care regime, which includes exfoliating. Flakey skin can be one of the worst culprits in an uneven, separated foundation.
Unfortunately, going to the other extreme of dehydrated skin is just as detrimental to your foundation and how it clings to the skin. You should not be using water-based foundations if you have an oily skin type. You’ve seen what happens in the kitchen when you mix oil and water, right? Well, it’s the same for your face, unfortunately. Luckily, there are plenty of foundations that are not water-based, and they include:
- Dior Forever 24h Wear Matte Foundation
- Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
- Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
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Pro tip: if it’s matte, it’s probably not water-based and is likely a good fit for oily skin.
Firstly – you should not be adding foundation directly onto your face without any prior processes like cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Consider your face a canvas – and you wouldn’t paint on a dirty canvas. This is the best way to apply foundation. If you knew this already, you might not know that simply using any toner and moisturizer just won’t do. It needs to have a good relationship with the toner, or else they will separate when they’re mixed on your face. For instance, if you use a water-based toner, you should use a water-based foundation, and vice versa.
So many people don’t realise that all make-up expires, and that the expiration dates on the bottles are not simply recommendations but influential factors in the quality and effect of the make-up. Mascara is a classic product that some people don’t realize expires, along with foundation.
The oil in foundation – which is the primary spreading agent – starts to separate and rise to the top of the bottle when it expires. So even if you give it a shake before application, it’s likely to continue on its trajectory away from the rest of the foundation.
Oil separates from water – it’s basic science, as well as something you learn in the kitchen, as mentioned previously. So, when it’s hot, what happens? That’s right, you perspire. So, if you’re using foundation in a hot climate where you’re likely to sweat, it’s important to factor this in and be wary that separation might be imminent. Primer can be an essential combative tool for this, as well as powder.
The reality is that your foundation probably isn’t running for one specific reason every time, but rather any combination of these reasons. If you’re conscious of them all, though, and are pairing your products correctly, it’s avoidable.