Eww. What is going on? Your makeup looked great when you walked out of the house. Now you just caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and your nose is breaking through your foundation like lava flowing through rock. What could be causing your separating foundation?
As you lean in to see exactly what is going on only red skin and curdled foundation atop your nose (and chin!) catch your eye.
You decide to touch it to test your site.
Smear. Get. out.
You rub the separating foundation some more to try and repair the damage. Now your nose is fully exposed with absolutely no coverage, like a beacon at sea signally to everyone where to look. Maybe you can borrow some foundation from somewhere else on your face. You decide to go for it. What!
Your foundation is now a fingerprint ink pad. It’s an inch deep and showing your iPhone touch screen access.
Do not touch another place on your face! What are you going to do?
You have no extra foundation. How are you going to fix this mess? How are you going to get the coverage back?
Without extra makeup, you’re not. It wouldn’t last long anyway.
A beauty blender may help distribute some of it temporarily.
Figuring out the root cause will save you from a future incident.
This is not a lesson on how to apply foundation.
Stop being embarrassed by your makeup!
Knowing how products are applied will help you avoid this jam….caked on looking jam.
Time to introduce a little chemistry.
Nothing is wrong with your products; the way you are using them is causing your separating foundation problem and for two simple reasons:
Cosmetic products you put on your face are either water based or oil based. Now, if you mix water and oil one thing happens. Think about your favorite vinaigrette dressing. Stay with me here. It’s there at the table and you know it’s good because you’ve had it before; you also know if you don’t shake it before you use it you are going to get a blast of oil all over your salad. Gross.
Why does the oil always dominate the tasty stuff? Simple, oil is less dense than water. No matter how well you shake that dressing up it is going to separate and the oil will rise to the top.
Water wants to be with water molecules and vice versa. Now let’s consider your pH balances and natural oils. If only your face was made of detergent molecules, oil and water molecules would both like your face! So, we’ve established the why and threw in your own natural contribution.
How can you overcome separating foundation?
Know your products base.
- Is it water or oil based? This goes for whatever you are putting on your face and neck: primers, moisturizers, sun screens, toners, etc.
Know why you use it.
- This is important because you may have to cut it out of your routine if you want to keep using your favorite foundation.
- I’m not saying take up Chemistry; I am saying if the product says it does not contain silicone it is disguised as a different word. Like with dimethicone a silicone-based polymer. As a note: it fills in fine lines and helps your skin look smooth; you might experience more than just separating foundation. If you are prone to breakouts, this primer base can quickly lead to clogged pores.
Do not mix water and oil based products if you do not want to chance your foundation separating on your face. Keep
your reasons for using a product in mind. Maybe you are using a primer for a smoothing effect or to help your makeup last longer. What is its base? Do your research and consider the desired outcome to see if it will compete with your foundation. If it is a mattifying (oil absorbing) primer this could compete with the base of a foundation just like any product you are using on your face and neck. Think moisturizer, toner, etc. Research products to avoid looking blotchy…at best.
Check out this Comprehensive Guide to Tell If Your Foundation/Primer is Silicone, Water, or Oil-Based for more information.
Here is a $6 foundation you might want to try (not affiliated) that Wayne Goss loves.