Ever tried on a shirt at a store and left orangey brown streaks around the collar? Or rubbed your face in an adorable cat-like manner on your loverâ€™s sweater, only to pull away and realize youâ€™ve left a mark? Then youâ€™ve experienced an age-old problem: the dreaded foundation smear, i.e. when the base on your face shows up in places it shouldnâ€™t. But we can fight back. Read on to find out how.
Prep your face
First things first, make sure you start with a clean canvas. Foundation will have a difficult time staying put if skin isnâ€™t properly prepped and hydrated, especially during warmer months when weâ€™re more likely to perspire and retain oil. Take care of the basicsâ€”twice-daily cleansing, plus gentle exfoliation at least once a weekâ€”and before applying anything else, prep the skin. Do so with a moisturizer that contains sunscreen.
Donâ€™t skip primer
Next, apply a primer, which is an essential step because it creates an invisible layer that acts as a buffer to outside elements. If you use a BB or CC cream, you may be able to get away without it: they smear less than traditional foundations tend to, because many also have primer built right in. But because theyâ€™re sheerer and lighter, if you want a classic, full-coverage look, primer plus foundation (whether cream, liquid, or powder) is the way to go.And her foolproof application tip to avoid smudges and smears? Stipple the foundation into the skin with a sponge. A beautyblender is perfect for this technique.
Take the time to set
Now what? To achieve a perfect finish that really lasts, you must set. For this opt for powders instead of setting sprays,which are more effective at keeping everything in place, and less likely to alter the colour youâ€™ve already put on. And speaking of colour, always use a velour puff with a translucent or â€œinvisibleâ€ powder designed to keep pretty much any skin type fresh, flawless, and shine-free.
When smears happen…
What about clothing thatâ€™s already been tainted? Depending on the material, dish detergentâ€”one formulated without moisturizing ingredientsâ€”will do a good job of lifting make-up stains. Most foundations are oil-based, so if you put water directly on a stain, that may only serve to set it further into the fabric! So first, try to absorb some of the excess oil with a paper towel. Then dab on a bit of dish soap and let it sit for five minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water, done!MYNEWSHUB/Beautylish