Your foundation won't ever really dry down, and even if it does, it won't dry evenly.
When I met Carmindy, the celebrity makeup artist you may recognize from What Not to Wear, at an event at Onda's Tribeca location, she actually told me to curb my face oil habit—at least before I apply my foundation. And that stopped me in my tracks, because I've been dousing my skin in oil pre-makeup for a few years now (whoops).
"Your complexion gets really slippery and the oil breaks down the foundation's formula, so it starts to dissipate," explains Carmindy. Meaning: Your foundation won't ever really dry down, and even if it does, it won't dry evenly, which could mean pilling or that it straight up comes off your face.
If you think about it, it totally makes sense. "You use oil to take makeup off," says Carmindy. "So, you definitely shouldn't be using it to set your makeup." Instead, opt for a light moisturizer that still has hydrating properties and let it dry into skin before applying your foundation. Lesson, learned.
Now that you've got the no-oil-before-foundation rule down, find out the exact order that you should apply your makeup products in, plus common concealer questions, answered.
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