Three Steps to All-Day Foundation

3 Steps to All Day Foundation

My version of a living nightmare – It’s 10AM, and it’s been approximately 3-4 hours since I’ve completed my morning makeup routine. I’m washing my hands under the wonderful lighting in my workplace (or at the mall, in my own bathroom etc) only to find that my foundation is literally running off of my face or caking into patches. There really is nothing worse.

Maybe it’s my combo skin (oily t-zone, normal everywhere else) or the time of year, but I struggled with this for years. It’s embarrassing and downright frustrating.  I always felt like shouting, “I swear I know how to do my makeup”! If you’ve ever struggled with this or do struggle with this, I’m here to help with three easy steps!

There is one caveat however – one of the most important things you can do to create a lasting makeup base throughout the day is to have a great skin-care routine. Talk to your dermatologist or a skincare professional at your local Sephora and determine what products work best for you. Switching to Origin’s Checks and Balances and away from over-drying acne care products literally changed my makeup routine (and my life). Although I still struggle with occasional acne, my skin actually does better using fewer products that contain things like salicylic acid and benzyl peroxide.  I think it’s safe to say that you can probably get by with the wrong skincare routine, but using the right products will make your life a whole lot easier!

Here are my three steps to lasting foundation with all products linked below:


3 Steps to All Day Foundation

Why prime? Primer smooths pores and fine line while also creating a barrier between your skin and your foundation giving your foundation something to latch onto throughout the day.  It’s also an easy way to take care of common skin concerns. Is redness, dryness, oiliness or dullness an issue for you? There is likely a primer than can help correct your skin concern before you start going overboard with other products. Make Up For Ever makes my favorite primer and has a full line of different types of primers for different concerns. I use the hydrate primer all over because it helps decrease the amount of oil my face produces by making it properly hydrated in the first place. Many times you get oily it’s probably because your face is so dehydrated it’s actually over-producing oil. I also use the redness correcting primer on my nose and any blemishes.

NOTE: Make sure you always match ingredients in your primer to your foundation. At the very least, never pair an oil-based foundation/primer with a water based primer/foundation as the two will quite literally slide off one another.


3 Steps to All Day Foundation

This is a lesson I learned the hard way: If your foundation doesn’t say all-day wear, long-lasting, 24 hour wear or something to that effect, it is not meant to last all day. Okay, maybe you think that’s obvious! But, when I first got into makeup it didn’t occur to me to even be on the lookout for the “key words.” And I was sorely disappointed when my favorite foundation didn’t last the entire workday. My go to foundation for the last few months has been Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place and concealer is Kat Von D Lock-It. Both are so pigmented you can easily cover any skin concern.

Estee Lauder is a bit pricier however it’s well worth the money. One bottle usually lasts me 6-9 months using it 4-6 times a week because the formula is so good. I’ve been using for it 2 years and have yet to find another foundation I like better. They also have an amazing selection of shades, so it’s easy to match almost any skin tone.

I typically apply my foundation by dotting it around my face with a (clean!) finger and blending with a kabuki or oval brush.  I do use concealer for blemishes, under-eye, and highlight, but this isn’t necessary! A beauty sponge is the best way to blend concealer under my eyes, and I use a a concealer brush for blemishes.


3 Steps to All Day Foundation3 Steps to All Day Foundation

You might think I’m crazy, but I set my face three ways –

Under Eyes: I set my under-eye concealer with Kat Von D Lock-It Powder to keep it from caking or my mascara running. This also helps your under-eye from getting overly creasy! I’ve had this one pot of Lock-It Powder for 18 months and am only half-way through it! It lasts SO long.

All over + Blemishes: I use Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Foundation Powder to set the rest of my face. I KNOW it’s super unconventional to use a foundation powder to set liquid foundation, but try it once, and you’ll never go back to setting your face any other way! It’s the perfect way to ensure your liquid foundation doesn’t budget and is especially good for setting concealer over blemishes. Just make sure to tap your brush off and don’t use that much.

Final Step: Spray entire face with a setting spray like Mac Fix+ (gets rid of that “cakey” look from powder) or Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control  – if you’re like me, you use both! If you’re going to choose one, I’d go with the Urban Decay De-Slick as it will actually keep your foundation on all day.

I’ve linked all of these products as well as my brushes below.

**You can find all Mikasa Products including the only beauty sponge I ever use (and only $11!) linked here . For 25% off your entire order use code LOMEYERBLOG25**

Do you have any techniques you use to create an all-day look? Share them below!




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  1. Thanks for the tip on not mixing oil-based and water based stuff! Now I know why I’ve been having issues with my new primer and foundation. I’m glad I don’t have to abandon my primer (MAC’s Prep+Prime Beauty Balm) because I really like how it evens out my skin tone.

    • I got you Katie!! I had this exact same issue with an old primer and MUFE HD foundation and was at a loss for months until I did some research to figure out what was going on! It’s always a plus when it’s an easy fix, and you can keep one product you love 🙂

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