Nearly every woman will have experienced the effect of foundation causing wrinkles to appear, seemingly out of nowhere, on their skin. Obviously, this is something we all want to avoid – and don’t worry! We’ve identified what causes it. Plus, we’ve got a simple guide for you to follow so it’ll never happen again.
So, you’ve applied a smooth layer of foundation on your face and you’re ready to begin applying the rest of your makeup when out of the corner of your eye, you see it: a wrinkle. A tiny little crease on your forehead, cheek or chin that sticks out like a sore thumb on your face. So now you’ve got to remove your makeup and reapply and hope the wrinkle doesn’t pop up again.
Good news – you can eliminate this problem completely!
The most common cause of wrinkles appearing after applying foundation is applying a thick layer of it. With foundation, the general rule of thumb is: the thinner the better.
Of course, not all of us are blessed with nearly flawless skin and a slightly thicker layer of foundation is necessary to hide all the blemishes, aging spots and what have you. If this is the case, start out with a teeny bit of foundation (half a pea on your forehead, cheeks, and chin as well as the top of your nose), blend it in, and then layer more over it. This will greatly reduce any wrinkles or creases.
Use a makeup sponge or brush to apply and blend your foundation! Using your fingers can lead the makeup to look obvious and splotchy, plus, it’s much easier to get an even blend with a sponge or brush. Make sure your makeup tools are clean and dry before you use them, though, and be sure to clean them thoroughly after each use.
Another common foundation-related mistake is using a foundation that has gray or yellow tones, or a foundation that doesn’t match your skin tone. These can look extremely “fake” as if you’re wearing a caked-on mask, when what you want is a more natural look.
Sometimes, you may notice a wrinkle appearing after you’ve wiped all your makeup off. This is probably due to aging or drying chemicals in your foundation. Let’s take a look at the most notorious ones.
- Powders – Not only do powders dry your skin out and create wrinkles, they emphasize upon wrinkles that are already there. Try to avoid foundations that have powders in them, especially if you have mature skin.
- Alcohol – Yep, alcohol is used in foundations (as well as many other skincare products)! This chemical is extremely drying and just plain not good for your skin. It can create wrinkles in your skin as well as cause pimples, dryness, and other skin issues.
- Parabens – Parabens are used as preservatives to increase the shelf life of your foundation, however, they are extremely toxic to your skin. They have been proven to react with UV rays (specifically, UVB rays) to cause irreparable skin damage by permanently damaging your DNA. They will thus make your skin age faster, as well as promote dryness and dullness.
Foundation-related skin care tips:
Even the most organic, natural foundations out there will still have negative effects on your skin if you do not follow a proper skincare regimen. Your skin needs nutrients to be healthy and youthful, and the most important nutrient it needs is oxygen. Foundation blocks oxygen from reaching your skin cells, so you will need to nourish your skin daily to counteract its negative effects.
Remove your foundation every single night. No matter how tired you are, no matter how appealing your bed looks, you must remove all of your makeup before you go to bed. This will allow your skin to repair overnight and look fresh and revitalized for the next day. Leaving foundation on your skin for prolonged periods without breaks can clog your pores, causing pimples and acne, and dry your skin out, causing wrinkles.
We understand that some nights you’re just too tired to go through the whole makeup removal process, so keep a box of makeup wipes handy. Wipe your face with a makeup wipe before you collapse into bed – this isn’t an ideal method, but it’ll work fine as long as you do it once in a while. If you are really keen about good foundations for sensitive skin, you could give bye bye foundation a shot to get the right type of foundation.
Wash your face twice a day! Use a gentle cleanser both in the morning and at night to remove any dirt, oil or traces of makeup lingering on your skin. Using a toner afterward to truly cleanse your pores is recommended, but not required. Moisturizing, however, is necessary, as washing your face strips it of its natural oils and can leave it dry and dull (also causing premature wrinkles!), so apply a light lotion designed for facial skin after each wash. This will hydrate your face so you can have smooth and flawless skin.
We hope our guide has helped you with being wrinkle-free!