The Foundation Tip That Changed My Makeup Game

I always dreaded crowded or hot places because once I started sweating my makeup seemed to glide right off my face. My foundation also sat on my face instead of being an extension of my face. I spent hundreds of dollars on foundations and setting powders in the hopes that I would be able to avoid a foundation mishap outside. Setting powders helped for a bit, but it did not give me the flawless look I so desperately wanted to have. It wasn’t until I discovered this makeup tip that my makeup game took a complete 180!

The commonly accepted way of applying makeup is wearing Primer, Foundation/concealer then Powder. But what if I told you I apply my foundation as Primer, Powder then Foundation.


I know I sound crazy,  I thought it was completely crazy at first. Why would anyone wear powder before foundation? I actually discovered this technique from a video by Wayne Goss on YouTube. Wayne Goss is a makeup artist who gives a lot of unorthodox advice about makeup which actually works. Once I started using this tip my makeup does not budge. I live in Nigeria which is basically summer 24/7 and even in this very hot weather my makeup does not budge. This technique also made my makeup appear more smooth and flawless which is a double plus!

First Step – Prime


Moisturise your skin and apply a pump or two of primer all over your face. I use GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer.  Primer is a really good makeup product that will allow your foundation look more smooth because it fills in your pores. Instead of having the foundation sit on your face, the primer will give the foundation an even base to work with. If you have dry skin, this step is very important for avoiding a cakey makeup look.

Second Step – Powder


Using a powder brush, apply a light coat of powder all over your face. The more coverage the powder has, the better because this means you will not need to use a lot of foundation in the next step. The powder fills in the lines in your skin and allows the base for the foundation to be smooth and actually settle as opposed to gliding and sliding everywhere. I’ve been using Mac Studio Finish powder in NC 55.

Third Step – Foundation


Because you applied powder before which has a bit of coverage, you will notice that you do not need a lot of foundation in this step. I literally only need 2-3 pumps of foundation at most. Which is great because I don’t like using a lot of foundation. I just apply a bit on a foundation brush and rub in circles all over my face till it is evenly applied! I’m using my all time favourite foundation Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation.

Final Step (Optional) – Powder

If you have oily skin or you just want more coverage, lightly apply powder on your T-zone or all over your face. Do not apply too much powder here to avoid your face looking cakey!

That’s it! I have been following this makeup tip consistently for a couple of months and my makeup game has seriously stepped up a notch. I no longer carry a powder to retouch my makeup throughout the day, I have minimal shine and my face looks more flawless. It was a truly life changing tip!


I challenge you to try this tip for a few days and see how it fares. Thank me later. Or better yet, thank the makeup guru Wayne Goss!

Have you tried this tip?

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60 thoughts on “The Foundation Tip That Changed My Makeup Game”

  1. This is so strange eh πŸ˜…πŸ˜… I remember once when I applied powder on my face before applying foundation, I hade to wipe it off and start all over again.

    One of those days I’m home, I’d try this before trying it out πŸ˜€ let’s see this wondersπŸ˜‰

    Beautiful pictures, Pearl

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    1. Lmao I can imagine πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It takes a bit of getting used to because it’s definitely not the normal way of doing makeup! But do try it again! It’s the only way I do my makeup now tbh, it has really helped with oil control and a smooth finish.

      Thanks for the lovely comment dear πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  2. Hey I have actually tried this trick before and if you are someone with really oily skin it works amazingly!
    Thanks heaps for reminding me of this tip. I be adding it to my makeup routine again😊

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  3. I am going to have to try this because it quit possibly might change my life forever. I was just talking to my friend yesterday about no matter what foundation I wear, primer, powder, etc… my makeup always seems to oil up or like you said- slide off my face. I really want to try all the products you have listed too.

    I needed this post girl!


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    1. Thank you Courtney! I definitely relate to your struggle too! Do try out all these products and see if it helps also because some products may not be the best for oily skin! I hope it works for you. Thank you so much for commenting ❀️❀️

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  4. I am definitely trying this! I think I had read an article on Twitter about that but apparently forgot to put it to the test… Fingers crossed it’ll work on my kind of oily skin!
    Great post xx

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  5. Your skin is flawless!
    I heard about this makeup tip from Jackie Aina first who mentioned she learned it from Wayne Goss. I love his makeup tips!
    What type of foundation do you recommend? I have a watery liquid foundation that is light build-able coverage and then a thick whipped foundation that is medium coverage. I have yet to try this because I’m not sure what foundations pairs well with powder.

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    1. Thank you Carly! I think I’d recommend a watery liquid foundation for this one because that’s the one I’m currently using. I don’t have any issues pairing this foundation with the powder! Thank you so much for commenting πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  6. I have the same issue, where foundation just kind of sits on my skin in a liquified state, and we have long, over 100Β° F summers. I haven’t worn “real” foundation for years because of it, but sometimes there’s a look where you want that base. I’ve never tried this though, I’ll have to give it a shot and see if it changes my life!

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  7. I’m going to Gran Canaria in a week and so nervous about wearing foundation over there so definitely going to test this out! Thank you for the tip πŸ˜„ Xo


    1. Hi! I would recommend for the high end powder Mac studio fixed pressed powder! It’s the only one I use and it works perfectly. Thanks for the lovely comment girl ❀️


  8. Yep I do the same thing, excellent blog and this post right here is great, very helpful and it makes a world of difference.


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