Shift-Proof Your Makeup: How To Stop Your Foundation Getting All Over Your Boo

Part two in our crash course in shift-proofing your face.


Yesterday, we took you through the best lipsticks to wear if you’re going to get the shift. And today, we’re tackling another all too common issue for those of us to like to wear makeup and kiss people: Foundation transfer.

Nothing says “I’ve been furiously smooching someone” like totally snatched, flawless eye makeup sitting above a nose, chin and jawline that have been completely wiped of foundation. And you only ever realise after you go to the toilet – or worse still, after you take a selfie.

Sadly, despite many claims from many cosmetics brands, it seems that no foundation is truly ‘transfer-proof ’. But you can try to minimise the amount of transfer by taking these tips into consideration.

First, prep your skin with your favourite primer if you have one (time has taught us
that they are in no way one size fits all, but the Carter Beauty Hold Tight Perfecting Primer, €7.95, is designed to hang on to your base). Some beauty gurus recommend applying a layer of powder over your primer before going in with your foundation for a little extra bit of grip.

Use a smaller amount of foundation (on that half of your face, at least), apply it in thin layers, and really buff it in. The less foundation there is on your face, the less you lose to their face. It makes sense, doesn’t it?

While we did say that no base is truly transfer-proof, foundations that stand up to lots and lots include Estée Lauder Double Wear (a classic for a reason), €40, Maybelline SuperStay 24h Foundation, €14.99, and Kat Von D’s Lock-It Foundation, €34.50.

Set your foundation with a translucent powder, and not a coloured one that would add yet another layer of beige or brown to be wiped off. Then, finish off your base with a spritz of a long-lasting setting spray, like Urban Decay’s All Nighter, €31, or the Elf Makeup Mist & Set, €6.

Now go and shift yourselves silly.


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