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Why Does My Makeup Separate? [Tips To Stop It Happening]

Makeup is something that we all use on a regular basis, but it can be frustrating when it separates and doesn’t look the way we want it to.

In this post, I’m going to share some tips on how to stop your makeup from separating. Read on to find out more…

Why Does My Makeup Separate?

Why Does My Makeup Separate?

If you’ve ever noticed your foundation or concealer looking a little bit oily or separating on your skin, you’re not alone.

Many women have experienced this phenomenon, and there can be a few different reasons why it happens.

First, it could be that your skin is naturally oily, and the products are just coming to the surface.

Second, it’s possible that you’re using too much excess product, or that you’re not blending your base products in well enough.

Finally, it could be that the product itself is of poor quality and doesn’t contain the right ingredients to stay in place.

It’s important to know what skin type you have, so you can choose the right makeup products for the perfect, long lasting natural finish.

What Causes Your Foundation To Separate?

There are a few things that can cause your foundation to separate on your face during the day.

If you have oily skin, your foundation may start to slip and slide as your natural oils come through. If you sweat a lot, that can also cause your foundation to separate and run.

And if you don’t set your foundation with a powder foundation or other setting powder product, it’s more likely to move around on your face throughout the day.

To avoid separating foundation, start by using a primer to create a smooth canvas for your makeup.

Then, use a mattifying foundation formula if you have oily skin, and set it with a powder to help it stay in place.

If you tend to sweat a lot, choose a long-wearing foundation formula that won’t budge, and set it with a setting spray. By taking these steps, you can help ensure that your foundation will stay put all day long.

Which Foundation Type Is Most Likely To Stop Makeup Separating?

The best foundation type for keeping makeup from separating is a silicone-based foundation.

Silicone creates an even and smooth finish that won’t be affected by oils or sweat, making it the ideal choice for oily or combination skin.

Silicone is also relatively heat resistant, so if you’re prone to melting after a few hours in the sun, you’ll still have a smooth complexion at the end of the day.

Other types of oil-free foundations can also work but are often less effective than their silicone counterparts when it comes to keeping your makeup from separating.

What Causes Makeup To Separate On The Nose?

There are a few reasons why makeup might tend to separate on the nose rather than other places on the face.

One reason is that the nose is often one of the oilier parts of the face, and foundation or powder can slip off an oily surface more easily than a dry one.

Another reason is that the nose is more prominent than other facial features, so any imperfections are more noticeable. Finally, the skin on the nose is thinner than elsewhere on the face, so it’s more likely to show through makeup.

To avoid this problem, it’s important to start with a clean, dry face and to use a good primer before applying foundation.

I personally prefer to apply liquid foundations with a damp sponge, as it really helps the liquid foundation formula to blend seamlessly into the skin.

How To Prevent Your Makeup From Separating?

How To Prevent Your Makeup From Separating?

First, make sure to cleanse your face thoroughly before applying any products. This will help to remove any excess oil or dirt that could cause the makeup to slip. Second, use a primer before applying foundation or concealer.

This will create a smooth base for the makeup to adhere to. Finally, invest in high-quality products that are specifically designed for oily skin. 

Use Good Skincare Before Applying Your Makeup

Most people are aware of the importance of using a good quality skincare routine to help keep their skin healthy and looking its best.

However, what many people don’t realize is that using good quality skincare products can also help to prevent your makeup from separating during the day.

The right skincare products can help to create a smooth, even surface for your makeup to adhere to, and they can also help to keep your makeup in place throughout the day, especially those with dry skin or oilier skin types.

For those who are concerned about their makeup separating during the day, investing in a good quality skincare routine is essential, to ensure you don’t have dehydrated skin.

Using exfoliating skincare products will help to slough away dead skin cells, whilst improving your skin texture (nobody wants flaky skin).

There are a number of different products on the market that can help to prevent makeup from separating.

And finding the right products for your individual needs will go a long way towards keeping your makeup looking its best all day long.

Does Makeup Setting Spray Help To Prevent Makeup Separating?

Makeup setting spray is a popular cosmetic product that is designed to help keep makeup in place.

Many people believe that setting spray can help to prevent their makeup from separating, but does it really work?

Separating can occur when the oils in your skin break down the pigments in your makeup, causing it to run or smear, for people of all skin tones.

While setting spray can help to extend the wear time of your makeup, it cannot actually prevent separation from happening.

However, there are some things you can do to help minimize the risk of your makeup separating.

First, make sure to choose a setting spray that is oil-free and non-comedogenic. This will help to ensure that your skin can breathe and that any excess oils are quickly removed.

Secondly, be sure to apply your setting spray evenly and let it dry completely before applying makeup.

If you have a matte foundation, it might be best to try a more hydrating setting spray, to add a little hydration, in a bid to prevent foundation separating issues.

Why Does My Makeup Come Off Even with Setting Spray?

Setting spray is one of the most important steps in your makeup routine – it helps to keep your makeup in place and prevents it from melting or running throughout the day.

But sometimes, no matter how much setting spray you use, your makeup still comes off.

There are a few possible reasons for this. First, if you have oily skin, your natural oils can break down even the longest-wearing foundation.

Second, if you’re using a water-based foundation or concealer, it’s more likely to ‘sweat’ off during the day.

To fix this, try using a setting powder to help absorb excess oil and lock in your makeup. Finally, make sure you’re using enough setting spray – a light mist won’t be enough to keep your makeup in place all day long.

If you’re still having trouble, try using a setting spray with a higher concentration of alcohol; this will help to dry out your skin and provide a more secure base for your makeup.

Why Does My Foundation Look Patchy Even With Primer?

Why Does My Foundation Look Patchy Even With Primer?

One of the most common questions we get here at our makeup counter is “why does my foundation look patchy even with primer?” Well, there could be a few reasons.

One reason may be that your foundation is too thick. If your foundation is too thick, it will sit on top of your skin instead of blending in.

Another reason may be that you’re not using enough primer. Make sure to use a pea-sized amount of primer and blend it all over your face before applying foundation.

Finally, make sure you’re using the right brush to apply your foundation. Try a flat foundation brush for a streak-free finish. 

What Is The Best Type Of Makeup Primer To Prevent Separation?

Best primer to stop foundation separating? Foundation makeup primer prevents makeup from separating on your face throughout the day.

The best type of makeup primer has a lightweight, oil-free formula that is easy to apply and dries quickly.

It should also be designed to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, creating a smooth canvas for foundation and other makeup.

Plus, the best makeup primers will contain ingredients that help to control shine and absorb excess oil.

For those with dry skin (like myself), a hydrating primer can help to create a dewy finish for dry skin.

When applied before foundation, a good makeup primer can help your makeup last longer, stay in place, and look more natural for all skin tones.

Can Using Silicone Based Primers Help When Your Foundation Is Separating?

Silicone-based primers are fantastic for helping prevent foundation from separating, to protect your skin, and smooth the skin.

They create a barrier between your skin and the foundation, which makes it easier for the foundation to stick and last longer throughout the day.

The silicones also help fill in pores, wrinkles and fine lines making the overall look more smooth and even.

Using them will help to keep makeup from transferring onto other surfaces as well as avoid any separation that can occur from natural facial oils or intensive humidity.

How to Fix Separated Foundation On Your Face?

If you’re wearing foundation, and it starts to look a bit patchy during the day, there are a few things you can do to make it look better.

To fix separated foundation, you can use blotting translucent powder or blotting powder with a powder puff or blotting papers. You can also touch up with concealer.

If your makeup is looking a bit dry, you can add some moisturizer or setting spray. And if you need to, you can always re-apply your foundation.

There are a few different ways to fix patchy makeup, so try out a few and see what works best for you.

Can Blotting Papers Fix Separated Makeup?


It’s always frustrating when your foundation is separating on your face. There are things you can do to help remedy the patchiness and separation issues, to stop your foundation from separating and flake issues.

Always ensure you’re applying a light layer of foundation, as that’ll reduce the chance of your makeup slipping around, or not setting on the skin.

Full-coverage foundation is typically more likely to stay in place, whereas oil-based foundations might have a little more ‘slip’ to them.

I personally like to have blotting powder in my purse, or a powder puff loaded with translucent setting powder, to gently dab on to the skin.

And sometimes that’s enough to ‘fix’ the makeup separation issues, without leaving the skin looking cakey or dry.

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