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If you end each day frustrated because your foundation is everywhere but your face, don't give up on makeup. Proper makeup application takes time and patience, but the effort you put into it will be evident when you look in the mirror after a long day. Your face will look as fresh as it did in the morning. All it takes is a little extra time and applying the right products to your face to keep your foundation from rubbing off.

Apply a primer before your foundation. A primer is designed to make your foundation stick to your face. You can buy a primer at drugstores or beauty supply stores. Cover every area of your face where the foundation will be applied. You can use your fingers or a sponge and apply to one area of the face at a time. Always follow the directions on the label of your primer.

Apply your foundation. You can use your fingers or a sponge. Simply pour a drop of foundation into your fingers or onto your sponge and blend it into your face. Apply it to one area of your face at a time. If you're using a powder foundation, use a brush to apply it. Place the brush in the powder and move it around to pick up the powder. Get rid of the excess powder by tapping the handle of the brush. Apply the foundation to your face in circular motions.

Apply powder to set the foundation. Use loose face powder, not the pressed powder. Just dip the brush in the powder and tap off the excess powder. Simply apply the powder in circular motions over one area of your face at a time to set the foundation.

Don't touch your face. This is simple, but many people forget this. You must make a conscious effort to keep your hands away from your face so that you don't rub off your makeup.


You can use a setting spray on your face. This product is available at beauty supply stores and is designed to keep the foundation from rubbing off. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for the proper application. Choose an oil-free foundation if you have oily skin. You can use long-wearing foundations. These are available at drugstores and beauty supply stores.