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Applied Too Much Face Makeup? This Is The No. 1 Trick For Making It Look Natural

Jamie Schneider
mbg Associate Beauty & Wellness Editor
By Jamie Schneider
mbg Associate Beauty & Wellness Editor
Jamie Schneider is the Associate Beauty & Wellness Editor at mindbodygreen, covering beauty and wellness. She has a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in Coveteur, The Chill Times, and Wyld Skincare.
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October 27, 2021

Whether your complexion products come with a matte or dewy finish, from barely there coverage to full-face, there is an art to helping your makeup fuse to your skin. Essentially, it's all in the product selection and careful application: Use the wrong shade, a drying formula, or simply way too much product, and your base can appear heavy and patchy instead of bouncy and supple.

And, look, as much as we wish we could nail the perfect application every time, it's all too easy to pile on product to get a precise color payoff—and thus wind up with a cakey visage. Fear not, for we found a gold-mine tip from makeup artist Alexandra Compton, product development manager at Credo, to help your foundation or concealer look just like skin, even after going a wee bit overboard on the pigment. 

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What to do if you apply too much foundation or concealer.

"If you accidentally overapplied your foundation or concealer, use a few drops of your favorite facial oil, warm it up between your hands, and gently press against your skin to help lift and remove some of the overapplied product," says Compton. 

This hack works a few ways: First, patting on a facial oil can help break up some of that excess product, considering most foundations and concealers are also oil-based. But the oil also leaves behind a dewy sheen to the skin, which can help your complexion appear less cakey. The warmth from your palms also helps absorb any excess foundation—just make sure to pat and not rub, lest you smear the makeup or tug at your delicate skin. 

To further blend the pigment, you can take a damp beauty sponge and bounce it across those covered-up areas. The tiny pores on the sponge can soak up extra product and soften any harsh makeup lines, evening out the base. 

"Finish with a translucent setting powder to mattify if dewy isn't your vibe," says Compton. (She prefers the "Un" Powder from RMS Beauty.) Press and roll the powder on specific areas you want to soak up the shine. You could also dust on a finishing powder (yes, they're different), which offers a slight glow to emulate the look of skin; rather than pressing the powder into your complexion, you can use a fluffy brush to sweep with featherlight pressure.

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The takeaway. 

If you've applied too much foundation or concealer, don't feel like you must wash off all your work and start anew. According to Compton, a few hacks can help lift the excess product and, better yet, leave behind a dewy glow. 

Jamie Schneider
Jamie Schneider
mbg Associate Beauty & Wellness Editor

Jamie Schneider is the Associate Beauty & Wellness Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in Coveteur, The Chill Times, and Wyld Skincare. In her role at mbg, she reports on everything from the top beauty industry trends, to the gut-skin connection and the microbiome, to the latest expert makeup hacks. She currently lives in New York City.