If you have oily skin, or shiny trouble spots, you've probably experienced your makeup slipping and sliding off those areas at one point or another. Try these tips to help you prevent this problem and to get your liquid foundation to stay where you place it!
Tip #1: Always start with a cleanser that removes excess oil and helps to control sebum production throughout the day, but does not completely strip your face dry. You want a matte feel to the skin, but not an overly dry, tight feel.
Tip #2: Use a toner that helps to clarify your skin while controlling oil. Dr. Hauschka's Clarifying Toner is a good one! It comes in a spritzing bottle that you can use to spray one or two times into your hand and then dap it on your face and décolleté, or just your oily areas.
Tip #3: Use a day serum that is light yet effective, and gives a matte finish to help control oil production. Again, the theme is controlling the oil production. Jan Marini's C-Esta Serum Oil Control is great, and so is Sanitas Perfecting Serum. We have found that mixing half of a pump of each of these serums and applied to the face and décolleté works very well.
Tip #4: Use a thin layer of a product that's main purpose is to absorb and control oil and wait a few minutes for it to dry. Sanitas B3 Clarifying Complex is highly recommended. This product can be a bit tricky though. We recommend either pumping 1/4 of a pump into your serum, which we find works very well, especially if you are using one or both of the above serums. This helps the clarifying complex soak into the skin well. Otherwise, you may apply a very thin layer onto your trouble spots and allow a few minutes for it to dry. Because this product creates a type of barrier on the skin, it can tend to make the next liquid product you use ball up upon application. This will work against you, because it is basically removing the clarifying complex from your skin. This is why we recommend mixing a tiny amount with your oil controlling serums.
Tip #5: Moisturize, but only if you need it! Moisturizing is very important, but you must take into consideration the products that would come after the moisturizer. If you are using Voula Beauty's The Serum Foundation, you may be able to get away with skipping moisturizer on areas that tend to be oily. Because the formula has moisturizing benefits, you may want to try these 3 techniques and see what works best for you. The first one is to not use any moisturizer at all. If you have oily skin all over without any dryness, give this a try. Next is to try using a moisturizer only on areas of your face that are not oily. If you have combination skin, or areas of the face that tend to become dry, this may work well for you. Last, is to moisturize all over, but make sure the moisturizer you use does not leave any kind of shine or slip to the skin on those trouble areas. It is important that these areas stay matte. This is what's going to help your foundation to better adhere to the skin and last longer. Moisturizing is important, but if you have oily skin and you will be using a foundation that provides moisture, than you may not necessarily need a separate moisturizer for those trouble spots.
Tip #6: Think twice about using a primer. I know, I know! This tip is very very odd, but just hear us out. Many primers leave a very thin film on top of your skin. One of the reasons for this, is because they are meant to add slip to your skin for the foundation to apply more smoothly. This will just sabotage all your efforts to avoid the slip and slide game! Your best bet is to either experiment with various primers and try to find one that does not create this slip effect, apply primer only to areas of the face that do not have the foundation-slipping problem, OR skip the primer entirely. If you are using The Serum Foundation, you can have some confidence in not using a primer. This foundation already includes primer-type ingredients, therefore it is not necessary to use a primer. Don't get us wrong, we love primers, but you MUST take into consideration your skin type and how your primer is playing a role in your foundation not sticking to your skin. Not using the type of primer that creates a barrier will also allow the beneficial bio-active complex ingredients, included in The Serum Foundation, to better absorb into your skin. This will even assist in helping to provide more oil-controlling benefits.
Tip #7: The very last tip we have is to use short strokes or more dabbing-like motions, with only light pressure when applying your foundation. This will give you more coverage while using less product. Avoid thinking of adding pressure to your tools to press your foundation into your skin. Your foundation does need to be blended, but not necessarily pressed with the use of pressure onto your skin. You want to think more of placing the foundation with light to medium pressure and lightly blending. This is especially important when trying to achieve more coverage on your first layer of foundation, or when applying a second layer. When layering your foundation, it's important that you not disturb the first layer, otherwise you will just end up moving that layer around and the end result is not pleasant.
We encourage you to take these tips into consideration, experiment and see what works for you. If you are tired of your foundation slipping and sliding, it's worth giving these tips a try!