Does your foundation seem to change color through the day? In spite of all our best efforts, sometimes we end up looking like a burnt orange even though when we started out, our base was flawless.
Well, all that it means is that your foundation is oxidizing! People who have oily/ combination skin are more susceptible to it but it is a pretty common phenomenon on other skin types too!
Oxidation is a reaction that happens when happens when anything from skin, food or cosmetics comes in contact with air. Makeup shifts color due to exposure to oil, change in pH, or other chemicals that it might come in contact with!
Check out our tips below to prevent this very strange, but very common makeup phenomenon!
Use a primer
A primer creates a barrier between your skin and your base makeup, which helps prevent it from reacting. Silicone-based primers form the best barrier to minimize the oxidation process!
Blot Your Skin
Blotting your skin helps remove any excess oils and moisturizers. To avoid oxidization, blot your face post applying primer and then post foundation too. This is especially helpful for oily skinned beauties, as it will help keep the excess oil at bay.
Set Your Makeup
After you’ve applied your foundation, set it with a translucent setting powder. This will help lock your makeup into place and absorb any remaining oils that might trigger oxidation. You can also re-apply your setting powder throughout the day.
Use a setting spray
Setting spray is a light mist that you spritz on your face once you’ve finished applying your makeup. Setting sprays help cool down the skin, and in effect prolong the time it takes for your base makeup to oxidize. You can also use it to blend your foundation again if it has already oxidized.
If the above steps don’t work for you, a foolproof way is to buy a foundation lighter than your skin tone. This ensures, that once your foundation actually oxidizes, it will match your skin tone exactly! You will have to be very careful of the color you buy tho! Also, educate yourself on the brand and how many shades the product will actually oxidize, as each foundation reacts differently. Also, keep in mind how much time will it take to oxidize.
Another option is to switch to an oil-free foundation – fewer oils means a lower likelihood of oxidation occurring.
Look at the expiration dates!
All beauty products have a shelf life, and when they expire, they begin to deteriorate. Just keep track of when you purchased the product. Foundation usually lasts for about 6 to 12 months, concealer for about one to two years (depending on the texture), and powder for up to two years.