There’s nothing worse than patchy and uneven looking foundation. Whether you’re struggling with streaks or you can’t seem to get it to blend around the curves and crevices of your face, it’s incredibly frustrating. Have you ever wondered why that might be? Well, you could be falling victim to these rookie errors.

You’re Combining The Wrong Products

The patchy appearance of your foundation could all come down to the combination of ingredients in the products you’re using. But why are the ingredients so important?

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Interestingly, most cover-ups are either water-based or silicone-based. However, if you’re using two different products that boast one of each of these bases, the consequences are similar to that of water and oil! In light of that, it’s no wonder you can’t get rid of those pesky patches.

Scan The Ingredients

Typically, foundations don’t display whether they’re silicone or water-based on the front of their packaging. This means you’ll have to flip the bottle over to check the ingredients; it’s the only way to ensure your products complement one another.

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If any of the ingredients towards the top of the list end in ‘cone,’ ‘methicone,’ or ‘siloxane’ then it’s likely the cover-up is a silicone-based product. Don’t let the fact water’s also used in these formulas confuse you. Most foundations include some degree of water to make the product spreadable; yet, this doesn’t necessarily mean the makeup is ‘water-based.’

What You Need To Do

All you need do is use a water-based primer alongside a water-based foundation. It’s as simple as that. The same principle also applies to silicone-based makeups. The worst combination is water-based foundations layered on silicone-based products. Silicone naturally repels water, so you’ll never get the even coverage you’re after.

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Top Tip: Once you’ve applied your makeup, be sure to set it by adding a light dusting of powder. This helps to ensure your coverup boasts a smooth look all day long, without dulling the finish.