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Have you ever experienced the dread of rushing through your makeup routine, only to see your foundation caking up?

You try to ignore it but it starts flaking off. Your only option is to wipe it off and restart, hoping that by some miracle, you won’t be late for work.

This situation may seem oddly specific, but it is surely a universal experience that all of us can relate to. If getting a perfect foundation base is part of your daily morning struggle, give this “foundation mixing” hack a try!

Credits: @爱茉莉美妆颜究所/Xiao hong shu, @ROSA美妆/Xiao hong shu

The “foundation mixing” hack

Credits: @WayneGoss/Youtube

The “foundation mixing” hack was invented by Wayne Goss, a well-known makeup artist, as he was looking for a quick and simple foundation application technique.

In order to get his bright and dewy base look, he developed these four simple steps, one of which includes the golden ratio of a combination of skincare and makeup items.

Step 1: Use toner to boost your skin’s moisture levels

Credits: @skincare.ninja/Tiktok, @skinorbits/Tiktok

First, gently wipe the entire face with a hydrating toner using cotton pads to remove any dead skin cells and replenish the skin’s moisture level.

This creates a hydrated, slightly tacky base on which the foundation can adhere better to.


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Try this: NUMBUZIN No.2 Thermal Water 89% Mineral Toner

This toner was previously named the “makeup-boosting toner” for a good reason.

It contains 89% thermal water, which increases skin hydration by 207.4% in just one application. For dry and dull skin, we recommend using this ultra-moisturising toner to prepare the skin before applying makeup.

NUMBUZIN No.2 Thermal Water 89% Mineral Toner retails for S$24.84 on Shopee

Step 2: Mix your products in a 1:1:1:2 ratio

Credits: @ROSA美妆/Xiao hong shu

The highlight of the “foundation mixing” method is these magical numbers – the 1:1:1:2 ratio of combining primer, powder, cream, and liquid foundation.

You should also select the products according to your skin type or current skin condition.

Try this: Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

This is the cult-favourite primer that any makeup junkie would’ve heard of. It is well-known for its ability to instantly blur imperfections and minimise any appearance of pores and fine lines.

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer (7.5ml) retails for S$27 on Sephora

Try this: Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder (1 Mousseline Pastel)

Despite its high price, this lightweight, ultra-fine powder is worth your penny as it comes in four different shades. The green and purple shades help to even out skin tones, while the pink and blue shades give the skin a luminous glow.

This four-in-one product will conceal any skin flaws and leave your skin silky smooth.

Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder (1 Mousseline Pastel) retails for S$102 on Sephora

Try this: S.NATURE Aqua Squalane Moisturizing Cream

This cream is ranked first in the category of moisturising cream on Olive Young, Korea’s largest K-beauty marketplace.

It has the ideal oil-to-water ratio to provide your skin with up to 78% moisture, and the formula adheres closely to the skin, making it the ideal cream to use with makeup.

S.NATURE Aqua Squalane Moisturizing Cream retails for S$24.84 on Shopee

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 Foundation

This lightweight foundation is frequently recommended by beauty gurus all over the world and it has earned its reputation for being super long-lasting.

It also has an impressive shade range of over 40 colours that remain colour-true while remaining transfer-proof even in hot weather.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 Foundation retails for S$78 on Sephora

Step 3: Use a spatula to apply the foundation mixture

Credits: Hyemin Jo

This application method has gone viral for a good reason: it can apply the thinnest possible layer of foundation uniformly.

You won’t have to worry about your base makeup looking uneven with some parts of your face getting more coverage than others.

Pick up the foundation mixture using the spatula and drag it across your face in a 90° angle against the direction of your pores. For forehead, nose, and chin, drag it downwards, and for cheeks, upwards.

Credits: @李咣咣/Xiao hong shu


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Step 4: Use a makeup sponge for blending

Credits: @彩妆师Apple/Xiao hong shu, @咖喱-/Xiao hong shu

After evenly spreading the foundation mixture across your entire face, blend it in using a wet beauty sponge. You will be awed by how seamless the foundation mixture blends into your skin.

Try this “foundation mixing” hack if you want your base makeup to appear thin and dewy, with zero cakiness!

Try this: Piccasso Makeup Spatula Special Set

This Picasso Spatula set includes the spatula and two sponges, making it the perfect set for this “foundation mixing” hack.

Unlike regular spatulas on the market, this spatula was created through a series of trial and error sessions with makeup artist Ham Kyung-sik, to ensure a perfect grip and smooth application.

Piccasso Makeup Spatula Special Set retails for S$23.80 on Shopee