I never step out of the house without sunscreen on and rarely without makeup. That means that I often wear foundation or tinted moisturizer over my sunscreen. I just grab a brush (or use my finger if in a hurry) and start putting it on. I’ve never really used a special technique but I just apply it and blend until everything looks even and flawless. But a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a post over at The Triple Helixian blog (a very informative skincare blog run by John, an aspiring dermatologist) that made me realize the way foundation is applied is more important than I thought.
How to apply foundation correctly
“I lightly stipple on my foundation. I never, EVER buff because that’ll risk moving or even removing the sunscreen underneath,” says John. That makes sense. If you’re too rough or apply foundation in a way that causes it to move around, then some areas of your face may be left unprotected against the sun rays. Applying foundation the way John suggests takes more time, but it’s worth it. After all, what’s the point of spending time applying your sunscreen correctly if the next product you’re going to apply is gonna mess up with it? Not all foundations will work well with this method, though. John suggests picking one that doesn’t set too quickly and is not too thick or you’ll have to rub it around a lot, which, as we’ve seen, will only ruin your sunscreen.
Do you apply moisturizer before foundation?
If you use a chemical sunscreen (or one that has both chemical and physical sunscreen ingredients), you should apply it before moisturizer because the sunscreen agents in it need to get in contact with the skin to get activated and do their job. Although John doesn’t mention moisturizer in his post, I do think that if you apply it after sunscreen, you’ll have to apply it gently as well so as to make sure the sunscreen will remain intact (the same would apply to powder too). Physical sunscreens (those with only Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide), can instead be applied after moisturizer because they work straight away and so you’ll only have to pay attention to the way in which you apply your foundation (and powder).
Is your foundation application messing with your sunscreen?