A few things could be causing your foundation to slide off easily, transfer on clothes easily, etc.
1) Your moisturizer. If you’re not letting your moisturizer sink in before applying foundation it makes your skin more slippery causing your foundation to slide off, you want to use a light weight moisturizer and/or wait a few minutes to let it sink in (5 - 15 minutes). Your moisturizer could also just be too greasy and/or thick so you might want to try a different moisturizer.
2) Your foundation is too creamy and doesn’t set/dry. Some foundations will be really creamy and moisturizing and stay almost wet instead of drying which can be good if you have really dry skin and need that moisture but if you have normal to oily skin the foundation will just slip and side. You want to either try a new foundation or set it with a pressed powder (adds coverage) or translucent powder (gives no coverage but sets your foundation). When switching foundations you might want to look for something more long wearing that dries to a semi matte finish like Covergirl 3 in 1 Outlast, Estee Lauder Double Wear, etc. However if you like a more creamy, dewy look those might not be the best for you.
3) Not blending your foundation into the skin properly. When applying foundation you want to make sure to really blend it into the skin so it’s not just laying on top of the skin. If it’s just sitting on top of the skin it can be removed/smeared a lot easier. By using a flat top brush or buffing brush to blend the foundation you’re buffing it into the skin so it really melts and sticks to the skin.
Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki
Two things you can do!
- Use an eyebrow gel
- Trim your eyebrow hairs
Using a brow gel alone or after filling in your brows will help keep your brows in place. Brow gel acts like a glue keeping your brow hairs more stiff. You can use a tinted or clear brow gel. Tinted will add a little bit of color which is good if you’re using it alone or if your brow powder/pencil tends to wear off through out the day. Tinted brow gel is also good if you want to lighten or darken your brows by using a brow gel color a shade lighter or a shade darker. A clear brow gel will keep your brows in place without altering the color. You can use something like Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear for an affordable, basic clear brow gel. Anastasia Beverly Hills and MAC make fabulous tinted brow gels.
If you have long, unruly brow hairs trimming them will make them a lot more manageable! Trimming your brow hairs also helps make your brows look a lot more clean and neat because no hairs are all out of place going in different directions. You start by brushing the brow hairs up or down and cutting the hairs that stick out too much or seem a little too long. It’s best to use small scissors like hair trimming scissors or even buying specialized brow scissors because you have a little more control as opposed to using larger ones.
I reaaally recommend the Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral 02 eyeshadow palette! It’s all matte (they also have an all shimmer version) for $20 at Target. It has every matte shade you would ever need and the palette it surprisingly compact and not bulky.
Milani recently came out with some satin and matte shades as well in their Bella Eyes Gel to Powder collection! The shades are really pigmented and blend well. A very happy addition to the drugstore eyeshadow market :) $3.99 each!
Try using masks with clay! Clay is awesome at drawing out all the gunk deep into the pores like blackheads and oils. Just make sure to follow the directions on how long to keep the mask on. Many people (myself included) want to leave the mask on for as long as possible thinking you’ll get better results but since clay masks are drying you don’t want to over dry your skin and cause premature wrinkles. Just a heads up :)
Try masks like
Boots Botanics Iconic Clay Mask $9 at Target and Walgreens
Queen Helene Mint Julep Face Mask $3 at Walgreens, Walmart, Ulta and online (cult favorite)
Freeman Clay Mask Mint & Lemon $4 at most drugstores
YSL Glossy Stains ($35) vs Wet n Wild Vicious Varnish High Shine Lip Stains ($3.99)
Glossy stains are great if you want a long wear lip color without any drying and cracking that some lip stains give. The gloss and shine fades a bit a few hours in but the color definitely stains the lips. The main difference between the YSL and Wet n Wild gloss stains is the YSL ones are more sheer while the Wet n Wild ones are more pigmented however you can get a sheer look with the Wet n Wild ones by applying a thin layer.
These lip stains are apart of the Fergie Wet n Wild line and Wet n Wild is sold at Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Target and online!
Hi there :)
Two things, exfoliation and primer!
Exfoliation will slowly fix the problem making your skin more smooth, even in texture, helps with acne, helps eliminate dry patches, helps shrink pores, etc. Exfoliation will help your skin look and feel better overall. If your skin is uneven in texture due to dry patches, acne scars/indented scars, large pores, acne, etc exfoliating will remove the dead, dry and not so nice skin. Exfoliation will make your skin more smooth and radiant with one use and over time help eliminate dark spots, shrink pores and overall skin health. Try using something like Olay Microdermabrasion Kit, one of my all time favorite exfoliating products. It’s not even every day scrub it’s an intense, once a week or once every two weeks type a deal, your skin will feel like a baby’s bottom! However any face scrub or chemical exfoliant will do the job.
Primer is great for creating an even surface under foundation. Silicone, gel like primers are great for smoothing over the skin, almost creating a second layer of skin under your makeup. A smoothing primer glides over pores, dry patches, acne so your foundation will go on more smooth and even. Try primers like Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer or ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer.
- Translucent powder instead of pressed powder. Translucent powder is super silky and finely milled which can help blur imperfections and make the skin look more smooth. Some pressed powders can look too cakey and make the texture of the skin look even worse!
- Use a flat top foundation brush or makeup sponge to apply foundation. Using a traditional foundation “paint brush” or fingers isnt always the most flattering if you have uneven texture you want to cover. A sponge or flat top brush gives the most flawless, blended finish.
- Pat and press. When applying powder press the powder into the skin instead of swirling all over. This helps conceal uneven texture a bit and look more flawless.
I have both Sigma and Sedona Lace brushes and i’d say their quality is very, very similar. Sigma is a little more expensive and they’ve raised their prices within the last few years because they got so popular.
What I like about Sigma more is their wide range of brush styles and brush kits they have so many unique brush kits from ones just for eyes, just for face, several starter kits, etc while Sedona Lace only has a few kits and more standard brushes. So they are both great quality, i’d say go with any brush kit you like best that you think fits with your makeup needs :)