I’ve Been Doing My Makeup Wrong My Whole Life

Okay maybe not my whole life, but definitely as long as I’ve been wearing makeup. I’m not super big into makeup, but I love wearing makeup. Everything I know I know from learning along the way. I have acne prone skin that is both super oily and constantly dried out. It’s hell to find products that work and don’t make one or the other worse. I’ve tried many, many different products and nothing seemed to work.


Turns out it’s because I’ve been doing it wrong. A few years ago I discovered primer and that was a game changer for me. The issue I’ve had is not being able to touch my face once I put makeup on. Literally if anything touched it, it would take the makeup off. If I put on a sweater I was stuck wearing it or if I didn’t I was stuck without one. My hair would stick to my face because it would get so oily from the makeup. I thought maybe it was the foundation I was using. I switched foundation multiple times and no matter what I used I had the same problem. Same issue no matter how cheap or expensive the makeup was.

So I gave up. I quit looking for a solution. I figured it was an unspoken problem that came with wearing makeup, specifically foundation. I figured we all dealt with it, but no one ever talked about it. That we all just dealt with this inconvenience because it was a price to pay wearing foundation. I was so wrong! I have been doing my makeup wrong my whole life. I fixed this by using a toner, an eye cream, a moisturizer, and a day cream (serum) in that order. Then I apply my primer and foundation. I pump 2 pumps of foundation on the back of my hand and apply with a damp beauty blender. I add another pump if needed for more coverage and finish it with translucent powder. It doesn’t get over oily or come off if I touch my face or put/take off my sweater. Oh yeah my hair doesn’t stick to my face either.

These are the products I use. The toner and day cream/serum is new to me.

I don’t know if anyone else has this problem or if this solution will work for you, but it’s worth a try. Having acne prone skin caused me to look for new products to clear my skin and use as much foundation or concealer as needed to cover my acne. In turn I was actually sabotaging my skin. I was wearing too much makeup to cover any pimple I had and in turn clogging my pores. I’d seen people pump foundation on the back of their hand to do makeup, but never their own. I thought it was just a thing done when doing someone else’s makeup. It never even crossed my mind to do it when I do my makeup or that other people might too. I was pumping foundation straight on my face and using 5 pumps at minimum. It would crease around my eyes and mouth. It looked terrible, but I thought it was just my terrible skin.

Maybe I’ve just been living under a rock. Maybe I just never paid attention. Who knows. I’m so thankful to finally have a solution to the problem of my makeup rubbing off. It was a huge embarrassing problem for me. I’ve tried to follow beauty gurus to learn more, but they all have such different advice. I never know what’s good advice or bad advice. I guess you just never know until you try it. Luckily this trick (if that’s even what you want to call it) was shown by many beauty gurus and actually worked for me. If you have this problem too, give it a try and let me know how it goes.

Published by Ky

I'm a mom of 2 beautiful kiddos. I love to write and was inspired by a close friend to interview moms and share the good, the bad, and the ugly of motherhood. Email us to share your good, bad, sad, inspiring, or funny story. You may just be featured on our blog and Facebook page.

2 thoughts on “I’ve Been Doing My Makeup Wrong My Whole Life

    1. Yes I’m definitely a face toucher as well so it was tough. I feel like a new women with this. I don’t know if it was just common sense or I actually found something 😂

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