(Closed) Makeup sitting on skin.. I'm a mess.

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015


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@beautybee15  I personally love Smashbox Photofinish Primer. It feels like silk going on but doesn’t feel heavy. I’ve had the best luck with it.

Post # 3
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I could not live without my Dermablend. The way it works on my skin is magic. I have both liquid foundation and powder.

Post # 4
4241 posts
Honey bee

I started using Benefit POREfessional, I like it so far- I also use MAC Studio Fix sometimes and havent had problems with the combination. 

Post # 5
2966 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i use monistat anti-chafing gel as primer. it has the same active ingredients as smashbox, but it’s waaay cheaper and works just as well.

Post # 6
423 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I love Benefit Porefessional! I have also used the Smashbox Photofinish Light? It’s the white one, not the clear one…and I liked that one too. The Porefessional does wonders for my skin though. 

Post # 7
9485 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I love using Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch as a primer. Feels like a dream and smooths my skin like no other. Also like Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. 

Post # 8
4889 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

A tip I leanred on these boards leading up to my wedding… after you put on Primer, dust a light amount of your finishing powder on top of that before you put on your foundation. It will help settle your make-up better with the finishing powder. IDK… but I have been doing that for over a year and my make-up stays a lot better (combo skin) than when I did it without.

I did used to layer make-up too. Primer, tinted moisturizer/BB or CC cream and then go into my foundation and everything else. It was like having that extra layer in between the primer and foundation helped some.

Also, when you’re done with your make-up – a setting spray can do wonders! Urban Decay All-Nighter is awesome!!

Post # 9
258 posts
Helper bee

Use only a thin layer of primer, smooth it over the skin in long strokes, don’t buff it in.  Allow a minute or two for it to set.  Skin should not feel tacky.

Apply a very thin layer of foundation over the top.  Buff it in lightly with buffing brush.  

Spray a beauty blender with a spritz of setting spray.  Bounce the damp beauty blender over the surface of the skin to make any brush lines vanish, and to really work the product in to the skin.

Reapply another very thing laye of foundation in areas that require more coverage only, and repeat buffing and beauty blender.

Apply only one layer on areas where you’re going to go back in with concealer – three layers can look cakey.

Use buffing blush and beauty blender to blend down neck.

Go over the top with a very lightweight translucent powder in T-zone only.

That’s my method, if you still look chalky after that I would chuck out all the products you’re using and start again.

Post # 10
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@beautybee15  I loooove my MAC studio fix foundation but get this effect sometimes too. It sounds like you’ve had some good recommendations about primers, but I was wondering what you’re using for applying the foundation?

I use a stippling brush to first stipple (a small amount – too much and I get that same ‘sitting on the skin’ effect) it evenly over my face, and then I gently buff it into the skin using small circular movements. It comes out flawless, almost every time. You can then go back over and add a little more anywhere you want more coverage. I’ve seen a couple of youtube beauty gurus mention it’s the only way they like to use that product – it doesn’t seem to work as well with sponges or beauty blenders as others.

Good luck!

Post # 11
555 posts
Busy bee

I own that same foundation in the same shade (yay, another pale person lol) and I get that problem too. I purchased the translucent MAC powder with it and it helps with the shine and makes it look less artificial but you have to reapply it quite often. I would not recommend the smashbox primer tbh. I used to have it and found it a bit greasy and I think it would make your problem worse. You need something to mattify your make up I think. Either powder or a matte primer like the tarte CC stick. I love that one!

Post # 12
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

This might sound super budget, but I use elf acne fighting foundation and their reg. primer, but I mix them together before I apply them.  You’ll get a very matte finish, med-full coverage (depending on the ratio, I use 1:1 and I get full coverage with that).  It won’t look cakey, it’ll hide pores (and mine are huge), and it’ll last for hours.  I finish with a very light layer of bare escentuals matte loose foundation powder. I would definitely use a holding spray after.  Mixing the two together made such a difference, I couldn’t belive it.  They’re each $6 and you can get them at Target.  If it doesn’t work for you, you’re only out $12!  

I would also suggest binge-watching YouTube makeup tutorials.  Lots of good stuff out there.  Good luck!

Post # 13
471 posts
Helper bee

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@beautybee15  just bought Lancôme… Best foundation I’ve ever owned. Super build-able 

Post # 14
2663 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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@beautybee15  just a thought – how is the rest of your skincare regime? I find if my skin is dry and I haven’t treated it to a scrub and moisturizing mask for a while then my make up will sit on my skin too. I may be wrong but I see you have many excellent primer suggestions already :-). My MUA used Garnier Blur – it was on a small pink tube. I’m not sure if you have this in USA. Failing that I second Benefit Porefessional. Good luck!

Post # 15
2127 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

If you are having trouble with makeup adhering to your skin then I would skip the primer and just use moisturiser. I’d also switch out the foundation you use for something without SPF. SPF does not photograph well, it has a little flash back. I’d use something like MAC’s Face and Body which is designed for film and photography. It is a lovely thin consistency so it blends beautifully, but almost turns to gel when you work it and is medium to full coverage. Just keep applying in thin layers.

If you are going somewhere that you need SPF then of course protecting you skin is more important, but perhaps you could go without SPF until the ceremony and your main photos are done.

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