Image: Instagram @reginagao during backstage David Jones
Image: Instagram @reginagao during backstage David Jones

Q:  I use primer, liquid foundation and concealer but when I go to set my makeup with a powder or use loose translucent powder, it makes my flawless base patchy. I looks as though I have rubbed and moved it, and it’s impossible to fix! Why is it doing this?

– Kaitlin

A: Hi Kaitlin! Oh, we can totally empathise here… It’s so satisfying to get your base just right and you think you’re doing the right thing to make sure it stays put, only to find the powder has done the opposite. The worst! However, it’s not a makeup anomaly… there are certain products that simply don’t go well together, and base products are no different. And, sometimes it’s how you’re using the products that can make all the difference. You have to be specific. But, don’t just take our word for it. We’ve asked makeup artist Regina Gao for her top three tips to help you pair powders with your liquid products… She says:

1. “When you apply ‘wet’ texture makeup like primer, liquid or cream foundation and concealer, etc. you need to wait a bit (at least 1 minute) between each layer. Give some time and let the skin to ‘absorb’ the moisture. The reason why it goes patchy is, the surface of the skin is too wet or greasy. So when you apply powder, the moisture will grab lots of powder, and it’s hard to achieve even finish.”

2. “Try to use makeup blender instead of your brushes. When you use sponges and press on to your skin, it will absorb some product and moisture, and only leave a thin layer of foundation on your skin.”

3. “You might use too much foundation/concealer. Which helps your makeup lasting is MINIMAL the amount of product you apply.”

We hope this answers your question, Kaitlin!

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Comment (2)

  1. October 25, 2021

    I have natural oily skin so to avoid that I set my face with baking powder on prime spots, but throughout the day it gets all separated and blotchy! It adds more texture to my skin as the oil still seeps through. How do I get that lasting flawless and matte foundation/ skin look ?

    1. November 7, 2021
      Admin 2

      Hi Lilian! It’s a tough one, isn’t it? I’ve always found that using a primer designed for oily skin before makeup helps a lot, along with using blotting paper throughout the day to remove excess oil. Also make sure you’re using a light, oil-absorbing powder and not applying too much, otherwise it can end up looking heavy during the day, instead of the flawless finish you’re after x