How To Stop Foundation From Creasing

Airbrushed Instagram images of celebrities and influencers may have you believing that fine lines and texture is something only us mere mortals suffer from, but you may be pleased to know that even mega-stars like Beyoncé have skin that isn’t perfectly smooth. That being said, it doesn’t stop us all from striving to achieve the most flawless foundation base we possibly can.

It’s pretty disheartening when you think you’ve applied your foundation perfectly to later look in the mirror and be met with your fine lines even more defined – this is certainly not the type of definition we have in mind when we’re applying our makeup base.

Some may think that only mature skin suffers from foundation creasing and settling into fine lines, but the truth is, unless you have baby smooth skin you’ll probably have experienced some type of foundation creasing before. But good news, it is possible to stop your foundation from creasing.

Why does foundation crease?

Creasing foundation is usually down to one of two reasons: the formula of the foundation or your application technique. Finding a foundation to match your skin type is one of the most important factors when it comes to stopping your base from creasing, along with some helpful preparation of your skin beforehand.

How to stop foundation from creasing

So, how do you stop your foundation from creasing? It’s easier than you might think.

Some creasing when wearing foundation is normal and honestly, its inevitable that if you have fine lines or wrinkles (as most of us do) you’ll probably notice that your foundation tends to settle into them. While completely banishing the possibility of your foundation creasing may not be possible if you have deeper fine lines, there are a few useful tips to help minimise the appearance.

Step 1 – Complete your skin care and make sure to moisturise.

Keeping your face clean and your skin prepped is a vital part of any flawless makeup application, not just when your attempting to stop foundations from creasing.

Providing your skin isn’t easily irritated, gently exfoliating your skin once a week will banish any dead skin cells and allow your foundation to sit more flawlessly on top. Additionally to exfoliating your face it’s important to cleanse your skin before beginning your makeup routine. This step will get rid of any lingering dirt for a smoother foundation application.

Make sure to never skip moisturising your skin, especially if you have dry skin. Dry skin tends to make foundation crease throughout the day, so applying moisturising products to your skin can help with decreasing the possibility of your foundation not only creasing, but also settling around any dry patches.

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

Bobbi Brown face base primer and moisturiser

Step 2 – Prime your face

A silicone-based primer will help smooth your skin and act as a filler for fine lines. Use a pore-filling primer to even out your complexion before going in with your foundation. These formulas will often be the best for preventing your foundation from creasing throughout the day.

We’ve spoken about dry skin being prone to creasing but those with oily skin aren’t completely off the hook. If you do have oily skin you may notice your foundation is more likely to move throughout the day, which may result in foundation settling into fine lines. For those with oily skin it’s even more important to lay down a primer before applying your foundation to help keep your foundation in place.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox photo finish primer

Step 3 – Use the correct foundation for your skin type

Speaking of foundation, make sure to use a foundation that is suitable for your skin type. Using the wrong foundation is more than likely causing your foundation to crease. Take some time to get to know your skin and which formulas will work best for you.

Dry skin will require more hydrating formulas, whereas oily skin needs more mattifying properties. Using a foundation that doesn’t harmonise well with your skin type will almost always be the culprit for your foundation creasing.

Step 4 – Set your foundation

Setting your foundation down with a translucent powder is an important step when it comes to combatting creasing. If you opt to use a liquid foundation and choose not to powder afterwards then you’re probably noticing some significant creasing throughout the day.

Setting your foundation base after application will ensure everything stays put. Without powdering you run the risk of your foundation sliding around your skin and finding its way into fine lines, causing undesirable creasing.

If you suffer from dry skin and are reluctant to applying setting powder to your entire face, you can instead apply a layer of translucent powder only to the areas that are prone to creasing. For example: your under eyes, smile lines and forehead. This should keep any creasing at bay and still allow your dry skin to breath.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier translucent powder

After you’ve completed your makeup its a good idea to spritz a few pumps of a setting spray on top to set everything down. Much like setting powder, this will lock your makeup in place and stop your foundation from moving and creasing throughout the day.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Urban Decay all nighter setting spray

Step 5 – Choose a more natural makeup look

Full coverage foundations usually have a thicker consistency which is more prone to creasing and settling in any fine lines. If you’re using a full coverage foundation and finding no matter how well you prepare your skin, or powder after application you still get an excessive amount of creasing, you may want to consider a light or medium coverage foundation.

If you’re still yearning for some extra coverage simply apply a full coverage concealer to any problematic areas. Adding less product to the areas that are prone to creasing will minimise your chances of foundation settling in fine lines.

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