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Why Your Make-up is Pilling and Ways to Stop It

Have you ever applied your foundation only to watch it ball up and flake away the more you try and blend it into the skin? This frustrating act of defiance is what is known as make-up pilling and we are here to help you put an end to it, with a few handy tricks and tips.

The main cause of this foundation faux pas is your skin care routine. Applying too much moisturiser or layering too many products together without allowing adequate time in-between steps for your cream/oil/serum/essence to sink in properly makes it harder for foundation to grab onto the skin, causing it to roll up on the surface in the form of tiny beads or balls that flake off.

To prevent this from happening, be a little more thoughtful about your regime. Always apply products with a light consistency first (such as serums and gels) and finish off with those that have a heavier, richer texture (such as creams and balms). If you are pushed for time in the morning and need to complete your routine quickly, try and cut down on the number of products you use to help minimise the amount of time you need for each one to absorb into the skin. For example, a basic yet effective morning routine that consists of a cleanser, antioxidant serum, moisturiser and sunscreen will keep your skin healthy and shouldn’t require too much time to get right. While waiting for your moisturiser and sunscreen to sink in, use this time to complete other morning rituals such as brushing your teeth or styling your hair, then you can move on to make-up.

Another way to stop your foundation from pilling is to avoid mixing products with opposing ingredients. By that we mean sticking within ingredient families when it comes to the last step in your skin care routine and the first step in your make-up routine, whether that’s primer or foundation. For example; a water-based moisturiser underneath an oil-based foundation can cause the formulas to repel each other and break up so, if you can, use a foundation that has the same base ingredients as your moisturiser to minimise pilling. Another ingredient to be wary of is silicone. A primer that contains a high concentration of silicone is great for smoothing away pores and fine lines but when layered with a silicone based foundation, the two start to stick together instead of sitting flat against the skin.

Before you decide to ditch the moisturiser to avoid all this hassle, remember that properly hydrated skin will always create the best possible base for your foundation. If your skin feels dry, tight or rough, your foundation won’t apply evenly or wear well. Instead of applying as much moisturiser as possible, apply just enough to satisfy your skin. And don’t forget to let it soak in!

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1 comment

  1. Shirley robertson says:

    Thankyou very helpful x

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