My Makeup Never Stays On Even With Primer (What To Do?)

My Makeup Never Stays On Even With Primer

Have you been struggling with makeup not staying on your skin for a while?. You have tried using primers, setting powders, and even moisturizers, but still, nothing seems to work. It’s hard to find the perfect product when you are constantly looking for something new.

And the struggle is real when you are at work and have to keep retouching your makeup because it has melted off your skin. And if that wasn’t enough, Your mascara never stays on throughout the day either. You are constantly reapplying with waterproof ones, but they too lose their power as soon as tears start flowing down your cheek from laughing.

But don’t worry, here are solutions that will help keep your makeup in place and make it last all day long. Read on to find out more about using the suitable primer on your face for better results.

Why Does My Makeup Never Stay On Even With Primer?

The primer contains so many ingredients that can help your makeup stay all day long. Primers are made to fill in the creases and fine lines on your skin, so make sure you put some under any foundation or concealer. You apply it to help your makeup go further without caking up and looking patchy.

Primers are also used to control oil production throughout the day, preventing a shiny appearance before lunchtime. Makeup primers have been formulated with ingredients like silica, which absorbs excess sebum, titanium dioxide that absorbs UV rays, and other vital minerals that protect our delicate facial skin from damage, such as zinc oxide that prevents acne.

You need to understand specific primers need to be applied with certain foundations. If you are using a powder foundation, you must apply primer to get more coverage and help avoid any problem areas like dry patches.

The most important thing is that primers should always be used before applying makeup as they will go on smoother and last longer without becoming flaky, which means fewer touch-ups throughout the day.
These are some other reasons why your makeup doesn’t stay on, even with primer.

Your Technique Is All Wrong

Applying makeup can be very complex because of the many necessary procedures. For instance, if you apply your primer after your foundation and concealer, the primer will not do what it’s intended to do hence the wrong results.

It would help if you used the primer before using different makeup products on your face. It is to ensure it protects your skin from the chemicals found in makeup products. It is also imperative not to apply too much because this will lead to more touch-ups throughout the day.

You are Using the Wrong Products

There are many different primers on the market, and you should try a few of them until you find what works for your skin type. Using primer only underlines problems that may have already been present, like dry patches. If you feel like there might be issues, then make sure they’re addressed before applying any primer whatsoever. You wouldn’t want to damage your already delicate skin further by using a primer that doesn’t agree with your skin.

You are Using Makeup Products Not Suitable For Your Skin Type

If the makeup products being used are not in agreement with your skin type, there will be some difficulties no matter how much primer is applied. For example, if the primer is not suitable for oily skin, it will only worsen. You need to understand your skin type before buying any products.

You are Not Applying The Primer Correctly

A good rule to remember is that when using a primer, you need to apply it as close to your skin’s surface as possible it means into your wrinkles and lines. Many people think they should just put on some primer only at their cheekbones or under their eyes, but this will give you dry patches after applying foundation. First, apply a primer to the areas that need it, then continue with your makeup application as you normally would.

Why Does My Foundation Look Patchy Even With Primer?

The primer acts as a base to help the foundation and powder adhere better to your skin. However, there will be some difficulties if you have an oily skin type. For example, if you use many products throughout your day, you don’t moisturize first as many women do with makeup routines. You will have a patchy appearance no matter how much primer you apply.

So what should I do?

If your skin is on the oily side, and you’re still having difficulties with foundation, then it’s crucial to find a product that will help control oil production throughout the day. The best products for this include powders, both loose or pressed, and liquid foundations formulated with mattifying agents such as silica, gel-based formulas like mineral makeup that don’t contain any oils, and primers explicitly made for use by those with an oily complexion.

Powder foundations are an excellent option for those with an oily complexion because they have ingredients that will help to control excess oil production. They also offer the most coverage, making them ideal for touch-ups or spot-concealing spots that get greasy throughout the day. Liquid foundations work well, too, as long as you find one without any oils in it.

Why Does My Foundation Not Stay On My Face?

When foundation doesn’t stay on your face, there are some mistakes you made when applying it. These are some of the mistakes you might be making when applying your foundation:

  • You didn’t apply foundation to the areas where you needed it.
  • You used a heavy, thick moisturizer first and then applied your makeup on top of that without using a primer because of how oily your skin is.
  • Your brushes are dirty, which can lead to bacteria being transferred onto your face when applying the foundation. Make sure you clean them regularly.
  • Your pores are clogged with dirt, but this is fixable by cleansing more often. Exfoliating too can help unclog those pores, so make sure you don’t forget about exfoliation in addition to cleansing.

    Below is how to apply foundation to ensure it stays on your face.
  • If you have dry skin, use a hydrating moisturizer before applying your makeup. It will help lock in some moisture for when you apply the rest of your makeup.
  • Then, before you apply foundation on your face, make sure you have applied primer. A good primer will hydrate and prime your skin to hold onto the foundation better, giving it a longer wear time.
  • After you have applied primer, make sure to apply your foundation in a light layer.
  • Once you have applied your foundation, apply a setting powder with a puff to help set the makeup. Setting powders will always keep your face looking fresh and matte throughout the day.

How Do I Get My Makeup To Stay On All Day?

When you apply makeup on your face, you expect it to stay put for the entire day. You want to be confident as you walk around doing your business without worrying that your makeup is cakey or patchy in any way. Firstly, you need to ensure the makeup products are suitable for your skin, whether oily or dry. Then know the techniques to apply your makeup in a way that makes it more likely to stay on.

Here are a few tips to help with the makeup wear time.

  • Moisturize your skin before applying any foundation or concealer
  • Apply liquid foundations in thin layers and blend well into your skin instead of putting it on patches for less overage or caked makeup. Apply moisturizer again after applying foundation so that it doesn’t dry out your complexion throughout the day.
  • Use primer under all types of makeup. It will act as a barrier between your skin and the product, which is great because you can use more pigmented products without worrying about blending them too much. It also helps if you have an oily T zone since primers usually contain silicone which has oil-absorbing properties.
  • If you’re using a powder, make sure to use the tiniest dabs of product and rub it evenly on your face with either a sponge or brush.
  • Use concealer under the eyes for dark circles, redness, and other imperfections. Use very little since this area is usually thin-skinned and can become cakey if too much product is used.
  • Finish off makeup by applying mascara after all products are set in place so that your lashes get more volume instead of clumping together. Don’t forget to curl them beforehand, though, for added drama.


In conclusion, everyone wants to achieve the perfect makeup look using products that are time-tested and approved. There will always be a struggle when it comes to makeup, but if you know the tricks of how best to apply your favorite products, then that can make all the difference.

If I had any tips for someone looking for a great makeup product, I would find what works and stick with it. Do not make impulse purchases because they may end up being something you do not like or need. When you visit a beauty shop, know what you are looking for and be in control of your purchases.

There is no need to buy something just because it looks good, great makeup requires patience and research before making a purchase. And finally, less is more, so keep things simple by sticking with one color on each eyelid and another as an eyelid base, this prevents anything from running or smudging underneath your eyes which looks awful.

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