I Tried A Tik Tok Beauty Trend To See If It Actually Worked

Until about a week ago, I thought there was only one tried and tested way to apply foundation. 

First goes skincare, then moisturiser, primer, foundation, maybe some powder and finally a spritz of setting spray, right? It’s the universal step-by-step process we’ve been sticking to for years. 

But then a viral Tik Tok makeup trend came along and completely tore up the rule book! Like literally, flipped it on its head. 

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The famous Tik Tok foundation hack requires us to totally reverse the order in which we apply our skincare and foundation. According to this style of makeup, the correct order should be: moisturiser, then translucent powder, setting spray, primer, then foundation as the last step. Wild, right?

The idea behind this Tik Tok makeup hack is that your foundation stays matte, giving you that airbrushed, flawless finish that doesn’t move or slip at all throughout the day. 

Many makeup artists have pointed out that Tik Tok certainly didn’t invent this new foundation application technique. In fact, this “reverse order” has been around for decades, particularly in stage makeup, to achieve a sweat-proof matte look.

But several makeup artists actually have a minor tweak to the order that’s popular on Tik Tok. They suggest: moisturiser, prime, translucent powder, setting spray and then foundation. 

They also stress you need to wait a little bit for the setting spray to really dry out and settle, before applying your foundation. 

BTW, this whole Tik Tok makeup routine comes with a massive disclaimer: If you have dry skin, this is NOT for you. This is for really oily skin types who find that no matter how much powder or matte setting spray you use, your makeup still slides around halfway through the day. 

I have combination-oily skin and decided to try this TikTok makeup recommendation out for myself to see if the results were really that amazing!

Here’s How To Create The Tik Tok Foundation Hack:

I had read online that because this look really does make you look quite matte, it’s important to choose a moisturiser that is very hydrating, so the skin doesn’t dry out. This moisturiser is perfect for creating a well hydrated base for makeup (I actually think it’s almost a dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s famous - and very expensive - Magic Cream, which you can’t easily buy in Australia). It’s soothing, non-irritating and great for sensitive skin too.

No joke, I used to use this primer when I was a teenager and I still use it to this day, because the formula is so good. I love that it feels like a serum and has loads of skincare benefits, like the addition of vitamin E and chamomile extract, so it feels like you’re nourishing your skin, not just applying an extra layer of putty. It’s also a great way to continue to hydrate the skin, after you put on the powder and setting spray on top. 

This is a great one-size-fits all translucent powder that doesn’t settle into pores or fine lines. I’m not a huge powder fan, because I generally prefer a more dewy, natural look, but this one isn’t too hectic - and it’s good for all skin types. 

I mean, it’s the OG setting spray! This is a great affordable spray that’s great for everything, including creating this TikTok look. There’s also a matte version if you want to go HAM on the matte vibes, but personally I always stick to the original formula. Hot tip: Make sure you wait a few minutes after applying your setting spray, before going in with your foundation for this look, so it doesn’t slip and slide around. 

All other foundations are dead to me. Sorry, this is the best one. You could use a more full coverage foundation like Armani’s Power Fabric instead if you really want that Jeffree Star-esque No-I-Don’t-Have-Any-Pores-Thank-You vibe, but I will never cheat on my Luminous Silk. 

Does The TikTok Foundation Hack Really Work? 

Look, this style of makeup is great if you’re planning on being photographed or filmed under sweaty stage lights or if you’re super-duper oily. 

It’s also perfect if you’ve got an evening event on, or if you’re planning on having one of those nights that start with 5pm cocktails then end with you doing unspeakable things with unspeakable people at 5am. When you traipse on home as the sun rises, your makeup will still look snatched. 

The foundation is matte, airbrushed and does not move. 

But up close, it looks a bit weird. My pores look larger, the finish isn’t the best and you can really tell that I’m wearing a lot of makeup. If I were going to a daytime event or somewhere when I’m going to be talking to a lot of people up close, in natural light, I wouldn’t want my makeup to look like this. 

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Product Buildup Check: This is a great way to see if the hair products you use are creating unnecessary build up in your hair (I'm looking at you, silicones). Get a pair of scissors, open them up and then gently scrape against a section of hair. If you get some nasty stuff coming off, you know it’s time to switch things up!

#SockCurls: Yep, it’s literally what it sounds like. You can create gorgeous natural-looking curls with no hot tools, just a pair of socks. 

Tiktok Makeup Brush Challenge: This is a fun way to connect with your other beauty-obsessed pals on social media. You start off with a bare face, then cover the camera with your makeup brush, later revealing your mug in a full face of glam! Then, you “pass” the brush virtually to a friend, who then takes over the clip and does the same thing, then “passes” it onto the next person, and so on and so forth. It requires a lot of planning and some great editing skills, but the results are super cute and fun to watch.