We love the dewy look that cushion compacts are able to give us. But it’s frustrating how cushion foundations are also associated with two problems we hate: poor longevity and coverage. What this means is that we either have to do frequent touch-ups, or live with bad makeup for the rest of the day.
To find out how to solve these problems once and for all, we spoke to Lancôme’s National Makeup Artist, Lina Tock. She shares with us the top reasons why conventional cushion compacts don’t last as long, and what we can do to have makeup that look flawless and last all day (and night!)
1. Blame it on the weather
Singapore’s humid weather makes it easy for conventional cushions to slide off skin, explains Lina. “This is because most cushions have a thicker texture in order to give sufficient coverage,” she adds.
2. You’re not using the right cushion for your skin type
The cushion you use should be compatible with your skin’s needs. Lina suggests that we shop for a cushion compact that has skincare benefits that will address our skin condition, which also provides a lightweight, radiant finish.
Her recommendation is the new Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion 3.0, which comes with anti-pollution benefits. “Its formula includes the Moringa extract, an ingredient that helps to block pollution particles from penetrating our skin,” Lina shares. Pollution particles are culpable for clogging our pores, causing skin irritation, dullness, and oxidation – all the problems that make our makeup look less than perfect.
3. You’re not layering your cushion lightly
Lina observes that many people tend to pile on cushion foundation. The result is a thick finish that looks patchy.
“Less is more when it comes to cushion application,” Lina says. She recommends applying a thin layer of cushion foundation at first, and then layer onto areas where you require higher coverage – for example, on your under eye area, T-Zone and around the mouth. Remember to do it with a light hand!
“When you build up coverage in layers, it tends to be longer-lasting,” she explains.
Choosing the right cushion can help you worry less about patchiness. Lina’s favourite product to use on her clients these days is the Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion 3.0 because of how lightweight it is. “Its lightweight texture makes it very easy to apply – it glides onto my clients’ skin!” she raves.
She also loves the radiance it provides.
“It beautifully enhances the skin, giving it a rosy, windswept glow; it breathes and looks luminous. I notice how makeup using this product can appear fresh and radiant, all day and night!”
4. You’re not applying powder
If oiliness is a major problem for you and is causing your makeup to slide by mid-day, Lina suggests that you set your makeup with loose powder. This technique can extend the longevity of your foundation.
But if you want to avoid a matte finish, Lina says that you should only apply loose powder onto your T-zone, which tends to be oilier.
5. You neglect your skincare routine
You may think of makeup as a way to “conceal bad skin”, but really, good makeup has everything to do with good skin.
“To make any foundation last longer and look better, prepping your skin is crucial. My recommendation is the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate. This can be used before makeup to provide you with hydration, visible radiance, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It provides you with a wonderful base so you can achieve beautiful makeup results,” Lina shares.
The puff that comes with the Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion 3.0 can deliver an even finish. But if you’re ready to take your makeup skill up a notch, Lina recommends using clean fingers to apply this cushion.
“With your fingers, you can control the intensity of coverage that you require – tap on more for areas where you’d like a dewy glow,” she shares. For instance, you can choose to tap on extra product onto your cheekbones for a radiant finish, even without highlighter.
The Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion 3.0 is available in 11 shades, and is designed to provide more coverage than a traditional cushion, with a rosy radiance that lasts all day. You’ll also love its light texture that feels like air. It retails at SGD78 and is available at all Lancôme boutique and counters, Tangs, and Sephora.
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