“Hello! I recently bought Maybelline’s Powder Foundation and for some reason it is really flakey on my skin (this has happened before with other foundations as well). I tried applying a primer (ELF) yet that still did not work and it it still flakey. Any suggestions?” ~Shelia
A: Foundation application is a tricky process. There are many techniques on blogs, YouTube, Pinterest, etc. that can teach you how to apply foundation with or without primer, or for a smoother finish. The most important rule of foundation application is learn your skin type. What is your skin texture? Are you a normal, dry, oily, sensitive, or combination skin type? How does your skin react after cleansing your face? If you are able to answer these questions, this will help you figure out your skin type.
First rule before applying foundation or primer, is prep your skin. You need to exfoliate your face with a gentle scrub to get rid of built-up dead skin cells. This will help you work with a smooth canvas, and prevent further flakiness. Also, you need to build a skincare routine based on your skin type; your skincare routine will help replenish moisture back into your healthy skin cells for a smoother foundation application.
Next, build your foundation routine around your skin type:
If you have dry skin, find a liquid or cream foundation that will help keep your skin moisturized and hydrated.
If you have oily skin, find a powder foundation with a matte finish that will help control your oily spots.
If you have Sensitive skin, find a foundation with hypo-allergic and natural ingredients to prevent breakouts.
If you have Combination skin, find a foundation that controls your oily zones, while replenishing moisture in your dry zones.
If you have Normal skin, find a foundation that helps moisturize and stay on all day.
The only time primer is necessary for your foundation routine, is if you have dry, sensitive, or combination skin; or if you need your makeup to last more than 12 hours during the day. You would want a primer that coordinates well with your foundation based on your skin type. Remember, primer is the glue that keeps your makeup together.
I hope this answers your question Shelia. I know this is a lot of information, but I am sure you will have a better foundation experience in no time! If you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out to me anytime or leave them in the comments section. Take care :)