Question: My foundation tends to turn orange by mid-day. Why does this happen and what can I do to prevent it?

Answer: The “orange-face” phenomenon you are referring to is known as oxidization. It happens when the oils in your skin or foundation is interfering with the pigments, causing the color to intensify and turn orange, or in some cases, a shade or two darker.

I too have fallen victim to oxidization before, especially with MAC foundations. So what can you to prevent this? Read on!

Tiffany asked: “I love your site! It is sooooo helpful! What foundation brand would you recommend to cover up acne and scars? (The heaviest and fullest coverage so that everything disappears!)”

Answer:- Thanks Tiffany! Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation is the latest full coverage foundation that I tried and liked. Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer and MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation are also two good choices with extremely heavy coverage.

One word about wearing full coverage foundation though – don’t, at least try not to do it on a daily basis. Why? Because slapping on heavy makeup can result in more clogged pores, more acne (your skin’s gotta breathe too girl!) and eventually turn into a viscous cycle. Plus full coverage foundations tend to look cakey and unnatural unless applied really skillfully. So instead of covering up bad skin with makeup, try to figure out what is causing your acne and work on fixing the problem itself.

Want to know how to make your foundation melt into your skin and look uber natural? Here are a few tricks you can use.


* Less is more. It is easier to build up the coverage than tone it down. Always start with little amounts then add in more if necessary.

* Using a foundation brush can help to give an airbrushed look. I highly recommend MAC #190 foundation brush.



* Set your foundation with a spray to take away any cakiness. Try MAC Fix+, rosewater or even just spring water. Make sure you spray from at least 6-7 inches away.

* Check under natural light to make sure there are no streaks.

* For a natural look, use a tinted moisturizer or simply make your own by mixing your foundation with your moisturizer.

* When you blend foundation, start from the center of your face and blend outwards using light, downward strokes. Powder only your oiliest area to avoid looking too made up.

* If you have applied too much, tone it down by running a slightly damp sponge over your skin.