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Stopping the Summer Makeup Slide

Thu, 17 January 2013 3:00PM

During summer, my foundation comes off my nose in particular, and goes patchy. This is not ideal. I liberally apply my Laura Mercier primer each morning but nothing seems to help the problem. Any solutions?

No, that’s not ideal at all!

Perhaps first try switching from a traditional primer to a sheer mattifier, even if just on the nose area. Anyway, if you’re oily here, the last thing you want to do is to clog up your pores and potentially cause a whole lot of congestion. Way better to go for a lighter formulation that will simply control oil and not try to do anything else. I’d suggest M.A.C Mattifier, $36, M.A.C.

Also, play around with foundation formulations – a cream-to-powder base might work best for you. At the other extreme, if you don’t have much redness or discolouration on your nose, you could go super-light and use a tinted moisturiser – the less pigment there is on your nose, the less there is to slide off!

Another option is to change the way you apply your base. Say, use a foundation brush to really press it in – I love Shiseido Foundation Brush, $49, department stores – and then finish it all off with translucent powder. Or try a setting spray, such as Skindinävia Makeup Finishing Spray, $29.95, 1800 242 011.

This should hold sebum at bay for the rest of the day. If not, have some blotting papers on hand so that you can whip away any shine before it has the chance to make a mess. Alternatively, some mattifying gels – like the M.A.C one – can be patted on over makeup to re-set your look.

Tell us, Primpers, do you have any suggestions you can add for tessschlink?

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  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 03:27pm

    I have this problem too so any tips anyone can share would be awesome! Thanks for this post Katrina :)

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 04:18pm

    Kryolan make Invisible Matt which works a treat.

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 07:41pm

    I’d have a look at the foundation formula you are using too.
    Definitely finish with translucent powder to set it. I find if I use a pigmented powder in summer it can look a little patchy.

  • Posted by: Caz // Fri, 18 January 2013 12:15am

    I use a light matte foundation nd blot when need to. PS am finding BB creams are too greasy for use on hot summer anyone else finding this too?

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 09:28am

    Caz even I find the BB creams to greasy on hot days. The Natio one is not too bad though.
    I never knew a foundation brush helps to make foundation stick on better! I find using a finishing powder like the Physicians formula one helps to set my look on a hot day.

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 09:49am

    Haha, I’ve pretty much given up on maintaining foundation on hot days! But who can complain, the weather is great!

  • Posted by: Rebecca-1314689428 Enthusiast // Fri, 18 January 2013 01:56pm

    I don’t have any problems with my makeup wearing off, though I don’t have particularly oily skin. I use a compact foundation (MAC Mineralise Compact) which has a slightly thicker texture that seems to stay put. You could try putting a very thin layer of liquid concealer on the nose where it would normally wear off.

    When you powder, use a pressed powder and a big fluffy brush, tap off the excess powder and then press the powder onto the t-zone with the fluffy part of the brush. It’s a bit hard to explain but hopefully you get what I mean. You can then go back and swish over with the brush like you would normally to remove any excess. I find this works a treat, and you don’t look over-powdered.

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 03:20pm

    I think you’ve pretty much covered all the tips here. I cant think of any others. Maaybe a setting spray might help?

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 06:49pm

    Such good advice, especially since it’s been so hot here! I’ll definitely have to give the MAC mattifier a go. Thanks Katrina! x

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 10:54pm

    These are great tips. Primer must also help and a light dusting of powder may absorb moisture during those hot days.

  • Posted by: Jessica // Mon, 21 January 2013 08:49am

    Hey Kat and Primpers! Anyone know who the model is/which runway show this is from? Thanks in advance!

  • Posted by: Katrina Lawrence Devotee // Mon, 21 January 2013 09:47am

    Hi Jessica. I don’t know who the model is but the show is Blugirl spring 2013. Kat x

  • Posted by: soMuchPretty Master Fan // Tue, 22 January 2013 03:33pm

    I always had this problem until I found the right BB Cream for my skin type! I use Skin79 Super BB Cream in the hot pink bottle. I also had success with the pricey, yet wonderful YSL Teint Resist foundation. Look for terms like “long-wear” and “water-resistant” in your foundation products and you have a better chance of them staying put all day. Be sure to cleanse very thoroughly at night when wearing these foundations or BB Creams.

    Having said that, not all long-wear foundations work for me so it will be a case of trial and error I’m afraid. For example, I find Revlon ColorStay a bit of a disappointment despite the promise of 16 hour wear. This ended up a patchy mess on me by the 6 hour mark.

    A good loose powder is a must also to set your base. I can recommend Clarins Loose powder if you have a tendency towards a shiny t-zone. Good luck!!

  • Posted by: Grace // Tue, 22 January 2013 05:30pm

    dermalogica skin clearing mattifier (something like that) SAVED ME!!!

    A little bit pricey- but a little goes a LONG way!

  • Posted by: Morning Star Devotee // Tue, 22 January 2013 08:43pm

    I used to have a similar problem with make up becoming a bit blotchy during the day. I have found that lightly brushing a translucent powder across my t-zone after applying my foundation has made a big difference.

  • Posted by: laura_ Devotee // Wed, 23 January 2013 03:38pm

    I adore the makeup in this picture so much, especially her eyebrows! I am going to attempt this look tomorrow :)

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 09:00pm

    I have this problem too, my usual solution for hot summer days is to move to a lighter moisturiser as well as a lighter foundation and to use a matte powder to finish off (I use Maybelline matte powder).

  • Posted by: Michelle-1343378350 Devotee // Wed, 6 February 2013 12:37am

    I’ve heard that setting spray is to die for! Otherwise I would have recommended Model In a Bottle setting spray.

  • Posted by: catn2kittens Master Fan // Sun, 17 February 2013 05:52pm

    I’m a little late to the party but I would definitely recommend skindinavia setting spray, it really works to set your makeup, unlike Evian or other facial spritzes, which help settle down the powdery finish and make it look natural but don’t do anything for longevity.

  • Posted by: catn2kittens Master Fan // Sun, 21 April 2013 02:26pm

    Buff foundation in with a flat topped kabuki, it sets much better. And skindinavia finishing spray is awesome!

  • Posted by: Dana Enthusiast // Wed, 1 May 2013 03:31pm

    Theres a product called Face Saver, you can buy this from your chemist and costs around $11, its a gel and acts like a primer in my opinion, your foundation wont go anywhere if you use this as its made for those hot summer months where your face also perspires.

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Fri, 7 June 2013 11:11pm

    Her make up looks perfect. That’s my goal!

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Fri, 14 June 2013 07:40pm

    I make sure never to touch my nose! And concealed and foundation is an investment. I’ve found cheaper ones don’t stay in place

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 15 September 2013 01:44pm

    great advice

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sat, 23 May 2015 04:04pm

    Wearing primer and using a good translucent finishing powder after makeup works wonders in helping makeup stay on skin.
    I don’t over apply product either.

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