Please make my foundation stop rejecting me!
September 10, 2011 9:50 AM Subscribe
I haven't worn makeup for years, but I'm in a new job and would like to pull together a more professional look. What can I do to make my flaky, sensitive, rejecting skin hold on to foundation smoothly for an entire day without looking sandblasted by noon?
posted by wexford_arts to clothing, beauty, & fashion (21 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my 40s, white, with relatively pale skin with a yellow cast (matching MAC NC20), but I also have a fairly uneven skin tone and some pink blotching. I have some enlarged pores on my nose and chin, but I rarely actually break out. I have some fine lines around my eyes and forehead, and I'd prefer not to emphasize these with heavy foundation.
I treat my skin gently with tepid water, Cetaphil, and a light moisturizer with sunscreen. I use real sunscreen when I actually go outside.
Although I have mostly oily skin, I also have dry patches on my cheeks and forehead that go away if I wash with tepid water and use a little moisturizer. But after I apply foundation, things look smooth for only a few hours. I end up with a scaly look, then a flocked look on my cheeks and forehead, as patches of the makeup slowly escape into the ether. I also get makeup escaping from my oily nose and chin, with the added bonus of some makeup settling inside the pores.
I've tried heavier moisturizer, like Pond's Dry Skin Cream, and I've tried various foundations.
- Most drugstore makeup is very transient.
- Natural Fx from Cover Fx goes on too thick, and even if thinned with moisturizer to look normal, it still leads to a scaly look on my cheeks and forehead.
- Perfect Cream B.B. Cream looks best the longest, but it also doesn't survive more than a few hours
- MAC Studio Sculpt was disappointing: the color and coverage are great, but it escaped even earlier than the BB cream
- Mineral makeup looks great from a distance, but anyone within speaking distance can see how scaly it gets
So what can I change about my skin care routine (tepid water, Cetaphil, moisturizer) or makeup products to make this work? Do I need an exfoliant for the dry patches? If so, it would have to be a gentle lotion, not anything with a scrub as my skin has shown it does NOT like that. Do I need a foundation primer?