Have you ever been applying your favourite foundation or BB cream and suddenly it’s coming out patchy? When you lift your beauty blender, it just seems your skin won’t hold onto your foundation, no matter how hard you try, causing bare spots in your makeup look.
Struggling with patchy makeup is an extremely common makeup woe and you’ll be surprised to hear that patchy or cakey foundation is all about skincare prep and rarely about application technique.
You’ve skipped the skin prep before hand
This means your cleanser, toner, and moisturiser! The key to a flawless base and foundation application is ensuring you take care of your skin beforehand. It needs the smoothest canvas possible to look its best otherwise your foundation will begin to separate, showcasing unwanted skin texture, blemishes, or creases.
In addition to cleansing and a great glowing skin toner, you should be using a hyaluronic acid-based serum and a moisturiser that helps with dehydrated skin and smoothing for makeup prep.
You’re not using a makeup primer
You may have completed your stunning skincare routine; however you have one step before beginning your makeup; that’s right, applying a makeup primer. Some variations in texture and hydration in your skin can be emphasised when foundation goes on, leading to patchy makeup. Primer forms a layer between your skin and foundation, and using a hydrating makeup primer is key to ensure you foundation is applied evenly onto your skin and lasts throughout the day… or night. A primer will also help blur your pores, especially in congested areas like your T-zone. If you’re struggling with patchy or creasing concealer, using a little primer, or hydrating eye cream under your eyes could definitely help with this. Remember, you don’t have to use one primer for your entire face either; target specific problems with the right primer and your foundation will look flawless.
You’re using the wrong foundation for your skin type
I’m sorry, are you saying that certain foundations are better for certain skin types? Of course! Your skin type might benefit from liquid foundations, matte foundations, or full coverage foundations. For example, using a matte foundation on a dry skin type can lead to the foundation clinging onto dry patches on your skin and looking uneven. If you have dry skin, use a hydrating or luminous foundation. For oily or acne prone skin, a lighter formula like a skin tint or tinted moisturiser, especially as a full coverage foundation may have difficulty lasting all day.
You forgot a setting spray or powder
Once you perfect your make up look, its important to set your foundation. There are a couple ways to do this; either a setting spray or a setting powder. Skin that is properly hydrated and prepped will hold better although a lightweight powder in areas that tend to get oily or crease easily will set your make up and prevent movement.
When foundation feels dull or cakey, pressing an essence, facial spray, or face oil over the problem areas can rehydrate and bring radiance back to your skin. It is important to press and not rub to avoid disturbing your makeup.
You haven’t properly exfoliated in a while
Overtime, your face can get kind of grimy. Between leftover makeup, dirt, sweat and sunscreen; you could have a less-than-smooth canvas and not even know. This is why not only double cleansing is important but a gentle exfoliant somewhere in your routine can help immensely. Textured or rough skin can cause patchy foundation as the product will settle and emphasise any texture on your skin. A good rule of thumb is to exfoliate twice a week however you could also enquire about our DermaSweep treatment.
If you didn’t notice, skin hydration and exfoliation came up frequently as reasons your makeup is looking patchy. While there are at home, add to your routine methods of solving these issues, sometimes you need something a little stonger. Ozmedica has the perfect treatment solution for this with our DermaSweep treatment which will refresh, renew and glow your skin making your make up less patchy.
DermaSweep is an advanced microdermabrasion treatment the exfoliates, improves circulation, and oxygenates the skin. It works on multiple skin types and conditions including sun exposure, acne, pigmentation and more. Results usually appear after the first treatment and after 3-4 weeks, when the healthy skin has grown back, you’ll be ready for another treatment. Optimal results are achieved between 4 and 6 treatment sessions.
Talk to a clinician for an initial consultation to discuss your problematic areas and work out the most effective treatment plan for you!