This beauty trick is not particularly cutting edge, but it’s a technique I’ve recently become obsessed with – especially now as the outdoor temperature drops and the central heating is roaring.
Make-Up Artist to the stars Scott Barnes (we’re talking J-Lo, Beyonce et al – aka the man famed for the cray mid-contoured Kim K selfie!), shared this foundation hack with Tati (YouTube Beauty Guru), who subsequently shared the love a few months ago. I’ve since been implementing it into my makeup routine, and am loving the effects. Hack in question – Adding oil to your foundation.
This definitely isn’t for oily-skinned gals (stick to primers if you’re one of ’em), but if your skin is in any way dry, dehydrated or mature, then this technique will give an amazing dewy, glowing finish. (And my mature skin, I mean twenty-five plus unfortunately)…
If you notice your base tends to break down during the day, looks cake-y, emphasises fine lines or dries out your skin – then this trick is made for you! And it’s as straightforward as it sounds – Literally just add one drop of your face oil to your base before applying the mix to your visage. Simples.
Oil wise, you’re going to need a light, non-greasy version – whacking on some coconut oil from the kitchen aint gonna cut it. I’m currently using Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Elixir, which works mighty fine! And because I’m adding such an ‘elixir’, my skin is also reaping the benefits of additional hydration.
With regards to foundation, you can add the oil to any type – liquid, compact, stick, CC cream etc. Either way your base will glide on smoothly and last longer, with far less blending required or product needed. And if you’ve found a specific foundation disappointingly heavy/cakey (Chanel Vitalumiere Velvet I’m looking straight atcha), then this simple hack may just give it a new lease of life!
Just remember that less is more – literally all you require is the smallest drop of oil. With that extra oil now in your base, those pesky patches of dehydrated/dry skin should not absorb the moisture from your foundation. Therefore your base won’t clump or exaggerate fine lines.
After the oil/foundation hybrid is applied to your skin, remove any excess product or shine by lightly buffing the skin with a product-free buffing brush. Finally set your base with powder and voila! You should look like Jennifer Lopez. Almost.