We all have that one foundation we love to death, but due to our skin changing, sometimes they stop working the way we want them to. There could be a host of reasons as to why this happens—changing seasons, hormones, a new skin care routine—but that doesn’t stop it from sucking.
In the name of being cheap, we found a few ways of maximizing our favorite foundation. Read on!
5. Tinted Moisturizer
There’s no point in layering on full coverage foundation on good skin days, but not all of us have a tinted moisturizer on hand. Instead of going out and buying a whole ‘nother tube, mix a matte foundation with a light moisturizer to create a custom skin tint.
Play around with the ratio that works for your skin. When my skin is behaving, and I’m only working with hyperpigmentation, a 3:2 ratio of foundation and moisturizer usually does the trick, while 2:1 works for minor breakouts.
4. Cream Blush
Everyone and their mom knows about the lipstick as blush trick, and don’t get me wrong, it definitely works. It just doesn’t work well for all lipsticks.
An easy fix for hard to blend lipstick is to mix it with foundation on the back of your hand before tapping it onto your face. This creates a natural blush that automatically blends into your skin tone.
3. Matte Finish Foundation
If you think your matte foundation isn’t matte enough, the fix is easier than you think! All you have to do is add a touch of translucent powder into your foundation before putting it on your face.
Make sure not to go overboard—too much powder might make your foundation cake up. The amount of powder you should add really depends on your level of oiliness and the finish of the foundation you’re using, so test this before going out!
2. Satin Finish Foundation
Are you having the exact opposite problem from the previous number? There’s a trick for that too!
To make any matte foundation a satin or natural finish, just add a drop or two of face oil. Repeat after me: do not add too much at one time. You don’t need a lot for this hack to be effective!
1. DIY Face Paint
Professional grade face paint for special effects makeup is expensive and not easily accessible. An easy work around if you want to experiment with your makeup is to mix eyeshadow with a satin foundation.
If you have a foundation that’s way too light for you, this is the perfect way to get rid of it without putting it to waste. In this situation, the lighter the foundation, the better, because it’ll bring out the true color of any eyeshadow you mix into it.