Hi friends! A few months ago, I was using a foundation that was breaking me out terribly and to say the least I was extremely frustrated. When Influenster reached out to me asking that I test the new Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation, the timing couldn’t have been better. When it comes to acne, I’m usually willing to try almost anything, and with a name like, “Better Skin” I was practically counting down the days until it showed up at my doorstep.
As it turns out, the shade, “Porcelain” is just a little too light for me, but I ended up loving this foundation so much that I actually went out and bought it in the next shade up, “Classic Ivory”. The formula glides on so smooth and blends seamlessly with my moisturizer. Unlike some foundations where I feel like I have to use a million pumps to look even on my whole face, this one can cover everything with just one. Most importantly, it didn’t break me out any further and within a few weeks I noticed my skin had actually improved! I had much less redness overall and far fewer blemishes.
Here are some of my personal tips to get the most out of your foundation:
1.) Prevent breakouts.
If you have acne prone skin make sure that you are using a foundation that is oil-free! This is so important. I cannot tell you how many times I have purchased a foundation that said “great for oily skin”, only to later really read the ingredients and see some kind of oil listed. If it doesn’t say “oil-free” right on the front it probably isn’t. Always check the ingredients.
2.) Increase the staying power with one easy fix.
Making your foundation last all day long is as simple as this: oil and water don’t mix. When you are using a water based primer or moisturizer, make sure that your foundation is water based as well. Silicone based or oil based foundations need to be mixed with silicone or oil based primers and moisturizers. A foundation that wipes off mid-day could be due to a bad primer combination so again, check those ingredients.
3.) Remove oil for a better finish.
By lightly ridding your face of any excess oil, you will not only decrease shine, but your foundation will last significantly longer throughout the day. Place a tissue lightly on top of your skin like a blanket and gently pat off the oils from your t-zone and chin.
4.) Apply powder.
Post foundation application, apply a powder to set everything in. I find that even just a little really makes a difference in my foundation routine.
5.) Use a setting spray.
A setting spray is designed to better adhere foundation to your face and while some work better than others, there are a couple that REALLY do the job. One of my personal favorites is the Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer. Not only is it used by many professional makeup artists, but it’s super affordable at around $10.00.
Hope these tips helped and thanks for reading! (: