Living in Austin can be one of the best experiences of your life, and also one of the worst. It can be the worst specifically because of the oppressive, wet, moist, heat. I am a genteel lady who was born and raised in Los Angeles and then lived in San Francisco for four years. I am not used to humidity and I am certainly not used to months of temperatures in the triple digits. I’m also someone who loves makeup and dressing up.  Well, I used to…

Cosmetic foundation and powder

Unfortunately Austin is not very welcoming to the idea of looking good, wearing makeup, or styling your hair. When I first moved here I judged the people around me thinking, “Man, these people just don’t seem to give a flying squirrel about their appearance!” Within weeks of living here, I was no longer wearing makeup, hair-styling was out the freaking window, I was walking around in jean shorts and tank tops, and traded in my sky-scraper heels for sandals.

So when I watched Wayne Goss’s tutorial on how to keep foundation from slipping off your face, I snorted a laugh through my nose, thinking, “Silly Wayne! Obviously you’ve never been to the devil’s armpit of the world! It will never work!” And I was partially correct, because when it’s 115 degrees and 90% humidity, there ain’t nothing you can do to stop from leaking gallons of water from every facial pore causing your perfectly applied spackle to melt off your face.  But when it’s just warm enough to get your oil glands producing, this trick really works! And whether it’s hot or not, Wayne’s trick will make your foundation look flawless.

To sum up his video (in case you hate him for some reason and don’t want to watch it), the steps are as follows:

  1. Moisturize your face and wait a minute or two allowing it to “sink in”.
  2. Apply face primer
  3. Apply loose powder
  4. Apply foundation

Without further ado, here’s the video:

When I first watched this I thought, “There’s no way that foundation will go on seamlessly on top of powder!  That goes against everything I’ve ever been taught. Stop hitting the ol’ crack pipe Wayne!” But I’m telling you, this works. Sometimes if I’m just running around during the day, I’ll follow the first three steps, slap on some mascara, a coat of lip gloss, and I am good to go. It’s actually shocking how just the combo of primer and powder can instantly make you look 80% better.

Products I use when following Wayne’s routine:

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

bareMinerals Original Foundation   (If I want more coverage)

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation (I am in lust with this foundation)

So go ahead and try it next time you’re slapping on the old the face Spackle. You won’t be disappointed, I promise you.