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!