Three Reasons Why Foundation Settles Into Pores

Last week, I had a trial with a bridal client who had generally good skin, just some larger pores around her nose. I thought to myself, too easy, and I filled the hollows with a primer that targets pores. Her skin looked immediately smoother, brighter, and perfectly prepared for foundation. As I gradually built more coverage in light, thin layers, the foundation unexpectedly began to move around. It revealed each pore, pooled around the surface, and created an unsightly, discoloured rim. 

Applying more product didn’t work, neither did diluting the products or pressing it in with a damp sponge. The texture in her skin soon looked more noticeable than just her bare skin. I wiped off the foundation around her nose and started again. By the time I’d finished, her foundation was passable, but I’d taken longer than I should have, used more product than I should have and most importantly, I knew I could do better – especially because I already had a decent base. So what could’ve gone wrong?   

Why asking a person is better than a search engine

In addition to searching for answers on the internet, I reached out to my friend who, in my books, is one of the most talented makeup artists I’ve come across. The conversation evolved from answering my question, to exchanging product knowledge and experience, and eventually, troubleshooting- mutually.  

Firstly, as part of the service we offer as makeup artists, I think that communication and setting reasonable expectations with clients is paramount. Even though the trial wasn’t perfect, my client was still able to confidently book me as her artist on her wedding day (which was perfect, thankfully).

I’d also like to share the lessons, or the reminders I learned from my friend. The possible culprits we came up with included:  

      • too much product, not waiting long enough for products to ‘set’ or taking too long and products becoming tacky
      • formulation of bases/ skincare don’t mix
      • brush cleaning product

When we were talking about what could’ve gone wrong, the answers seemed obvious. 

Silicone and water don’t mix, of course, that’s 101. 

But theory can only take us so far- it’s learning from experience, from mistakes, that prepares us for challenges and sparks creativity. Also, what we don’t get from internet searches is an organic discussion that comes out of talking to another person in real-time. While the primary intent of Blend Direct is connecting clients to makeup artists, it’s also an abundant resource to connect and network with your industry peers. Next time you’re looking for advice, someone to bounce ideas around, an assistant or replacement, Blend Direct can be your one-stop-shop.

If you’re a makeup artist who would like to contribute to this blog, if you have suggestions about what you’d like to see here, or if you have ideas to help solve this foundation issue, send us a message on Blend Direct- I’d love to hear from you.



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