Makeup Looks Tired – Help!

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Question: My makeup starts to break apart after about 5 hours of wear. I have oily combination skin, large pores and some hyperpigmentation. My face ends up looking cakey and tired.

How can I make my makeup look fresh longer?

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Oily skin and large pores go hand-in-hand. We need to address that issue first.

1 – PRIMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!


For oily/combination skin with large pores, primer is an essential.

After cleansing and moisturizing (oil-free of course), apply a primer. I know it’s another step, but it will make a huge difference. Because you have combination skin, you may apply primer to oil-prone or porous areas or the entire face.

Primer is Spackle for your face. It invisibly fills in pores and wrinkles. The silicone helps ward off mid-day oil-slicks and your makeup lasts all day b/c foundation adheres to primer, not your skin.

My all-time favorite is “Photo Finish Primer” by Smashbox. It’s a bit pricey at $36, but a little goes a long way.

If it’s not in your budget, try Loreal’s “Studio Secrets – Magic Perfecting Base”. It’ll run you between $10 – $13, depending on where you live. It’s a decent product that will do the job just fine.[clear] [/one_half] [one_half_last] makeup-looks-tired-loreal-studio-smashbox-primer

2 – Foundation

There are SO many options out there in terms of foundation. In my experience, those all-day type foundations don’t really work.

The combination of products I use for my clients is first, Smashbox’s “Photo Finish” primer, then CoverFx cream foundation ($42) and finally, I set the makeup with CoverFx “Setting Fx” translucent powder ($32).

CoverFx is not a hugely popular brand compared to some of the others, but I love their products. Here’s a little bit about them:


• Dermatologist 1st choice for flawless looking skin
• 2-in-1 Concealer + Foundation
• Available in over 30 global shades
• Provides optimum coverage of skin imperfections such as acne, redness, under eye circles, uneven skin tones, post-surgical bruising, Vitiligo, and tattoos
• Creates natural, dewy looking finish
• Provides environmental shield from wind, sun and pollution
• All Skin Types
• Sensitive skin (non-comedogenic – zero irritancy score)
• Free of oil, and fragrance and Parabens


3 – Set

It’s important to set your foundation with a little loose powder. Make sure your translucent powder is finely-milled. I like CoverFx, Laura Mercier, and Prescriptives, but any good sheer powder will work.

*Lightly dust the entire face with translucent powder after foundation. If you have visible lines and wrinkles around the eyes, avoid those areas.

4 – When All Else Fails – Blot!

Blotting sheets are a girl’s best friend. You can get the expensive kind, but I’d go for whatever is cheapest. Boscia, MAC and Clean & Clear are some popular brands for blotting sheets. They all work just fine.

*Blotting means to place the sheet on your oily areas and pat. The sheet will do all of the work for you. DO NOT RUB. You will wipe off your makeup.

**I know a lot of you have heard of the “toilet seat cover” trick. Here are my thoughts on that – ” ew”. Germs, bacteria and all that nasty stuff that goes into a toilet also splatters on surrounding surfaces when the toilet is flushed. That means, yes – the toilet seat covers.

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  • Fariha

    I heart Cover FX make up…its the best product ever.

    By the way, what is the “toilet seat cover” trick?

    • theuntrendygirl

      That’s when you use a piece of toilet seat cover as a blotting sheet.

  • Aliah

    This was very helpful. Sometimes when you get caught up with all the add-ons you forget the basics that really make a difference. I love how you always give an example of a brand or two; really helps when it comes to beginning a search. Thanks!