6 Simple Steps To Make Foundation Last All Day

Updated on August 22, 2020

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Our daily beauty struggles are various, but one of the most annoying and demanding ones is making your foundation last the whole day. Disappearing makeup is quite an injustice to face after you carefully set all of your cosmetic hacks in the morning. I really do not know anyone who didn’t face this situation at least once, myself included.

How do you make the foundation last the entire day? Some specialists say it’s all about understanding your skin type… Like, if you tend to lose your makeup by noon, it might be that you’re using something that doesn’t really fit your skin.

I’ve found a couple of handy tips for making your foundation last longer that go beyond understanding your skin. Read on to find out how they can make wonders when it comes to lasting makeup.


6 Simple Steps To Make Foundation Last All Day


1) Clean your face properly


A number one rule for preparing your skin before applying foundation is cleaning your face really well with a gentle face wash. A proper cleanse will eliminate dirt or any residual dust that can clog pores and promote any breakouts, but most importantly – it will also remove any excess sebum that can make your foundation slide off faster throughout the day.


2) Choose an oil-free moisturizer


A good, lightweight moisturizer will properly prepare your skin for applying the foundation by establishing a moisturized base. An oil-free moisturizer is a better option if your foundation tends to slide off because, well, it makes things less slide-y. 

Also, if you have dry skin, it will prevent those unpleasant, dry patches that can also ruin your whole effort in creating a flawless finish.

Since following your moisturizer with a good sunscreen is a must, I recommend opting for a lightweight sunscreen product that won’t make your face sticky and shiny as well.


3) The wonders of a primer


So, after moisturizing your skin, it is highly recommended to apply a primer. Keep in mind that you should wait around 10 minutes between applying your moisturizer and applying the primer.

The main purpose of the primer is to offer a smooth and even finish for the foundation. Most of the primers have silicon in them, which helps you achieve a smoother application with a better grip.

There are a ton of primers to choose from so I did a little research to find the ones that have people raving the most. I was pleasantly surprised that most of them are very affordable:

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Just 4 bucks!!)

4) Use a brush or beauty blender


For a flawless foundation coverage that lasts the entire day, it is best to opt for applying foundation with a makeup brush or a beauty blender. Brushes will allow you to evenly spread the foundation and avoid streaks (synthetic brushes work better for that by the way). You can find a pretty good quality brush sets on Amazon. I personally never buy expensive brushes because the cheap ones work just as well for me and I don’t see any reason to overpay. Here are some of the best sets I’ve found on Amazon:

Refand Makeup Brush Set

SIXPLUS 11Pcs Pink Makeup Brushes

Yoseng Makeup Brushes Set 10Pcs


A beauty blender helps to soak up any excess foundation and also offers a very smooth finish by kind of “pressing the foundation into” your skin. I’ve been using a beauty blender for years and, in my opinion, so far, nothing beats a slightly moist beauty blender when it comes to a flawless, air-brushed finish.

Original beautyblender bubble


5) Loose powder on top


If your goal is to make foundation last the entire day, choose a loose powder to apply as a finish. It will act as a soft layer that locks in the foundation, preventing it from fading away. Try to use a very lightweight, translucent powder to prevent a cakey look – a little bit goes a long way + you can always touch up a little later.


6) What about a setting spray?


Makeup setting sprays can work wonders in keeping your foundation intact! I personally don’t use them every day (the tips I mentioned before seem to be enough), but if I’m going to an occasion, this definitely helps to keep that carefully applied makeup in place:

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Makeup Setting Spray, Matte Finish

And that is it! If you follow closely the tips mentioned above, you will definitely make your foundation last throughout the day – that’s no rocket science! The key is to use properly layered skincare products while choosing certain products that help you keep the desired result.

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