Tips to make your foundation last longer:
To make your normal foundation stay put all day, there are three important steps; Prep, Application, Set. Prep: Primers are great for giving your foundation longevity and evening out skin. Don’t opt for a primer that feels ‘too smooth’, try a one that feels slightly ‘tacky’ on the skin because if it’s too smooth, the foundation can slip off the surface. Test primers on the back of your hand for tackiness before buying. Application: Next it’s time to get serious about foundation application. Your foundation will last longer if you use a tool to apply it, whether that’s a sponge, foundation brush or stippling brush is entirely up to you. Start with the foundation on the back of your hand and then apply a thin layer to your skin in downward strokes. You can then buff another thin layer on top rather than smoothing it on downward, you can use a blusher brush for this. Set: Back in the day applying a setting powder was all about the powder puff and it’s still a good option now. If you have a large powder puff, dab it in some loose setting powder, blow off the excess and then just press the puff onto the skin. Powder puffs are good because brushes can sometimes smudge away the foundation you’ve just applied. However, if you want to stick with a big brush, make sure you just gently sweep the powder over the skin – it’s not about rubbing powder in. As a final touch you could try a setting spray. Both Urban Decay and NYX have good options.