Masking the Problem: How to Make Your Foundation Look Better
Foundation and tinted moisturizer are supposed to enhance your complexion, but there are times that they seem to have the opposite effect: they accent your dry skin and pores, as well as make you look like you're wearing a mask. This doesn't mean that your products aren't good products or have "gone bad." Instead, it means that you may be missing an essential step of your skincare routine.
If you find that your face looks like a mask post-makeup application, add an exfoliant to your routine. While perhaps these two products don't seem related, exfoliants are an important resource to make your makeup apply smoothly. They remove the dead layer of cells that form microscopic clumps and mounds on your skin, in addition to any flakes of dry skin. So if you apply foundation without exfoliating, it simply enhances these clumps. Think about the effect that mascara has on your lashes; it coats them, causing them to look thicker and the more prominent. Your foundation does the same thing to these dead cells, which is why it's important to exfoliate nightly to remove them.
By adding an exfoliant into your routine, you will not only benefit your skin for the numerous reasons that a glycolic exfoliant is the single most important therapeutic product for your skin, but you will also be enhancing the makeup products you already own.