For most women, the everyday beauty routine is a well-oiled machine: wash face, moisturize, prime and apply foundation/BB cream. Like other daily rituals, women have become so accustomed to the routine that it doesn’t even occur to some that they could be doing it wrong. However, when it comes to your foundation, you just might be. There is one little component that could be throwing off your entire makeup game and it involves your beloved moisturizer. Read on and find out more about this potential makeup mistake and how to never make it again.
Moisturizer mistake: What’s the proper timeframe between your moisturizer and foundation application? Are you a lickety-split kind of gal who rushes through her skincare and makeup regimens like a NASCAR driver? If so, you probably have noticed that your foundation doesn’t always settle very well on your skin and has a tendency to come out uneven. Believe it or not, this has to do with your moisturizer.
If you apply foundation (liquid or powder) before your moisturizer has fully absorbed, you are in for streaky, splotchy makeup that is just not cute. And everyone knows that foundation is the basis of your overall look. So, getting it wrong leads to a domino-like effect that impacts every other aspect of your makeup layering.
When in doubt, wait it out
The best advice is simple and finite: Be patient. Allow a few minutes for your moisturizer to fully absorb into the skin. That doesn’t mean you have to sit perfectly still. Make the most of those minutes by switching gears and doing your hair or picking out your outfit. Those precious moments could be spent creating a fun pumped-up pony or lovely loose beach waves.
Also, if you went overboard on your moisturizer application and/or find that it hasn’t fully absorbed, grab a tissue and blot your face to soak up that extra moisture. Then, grab your beauty blender or foundation brush and get down to beauty business.