How To Thin Out Foundation

As a makeup lover, you know that foundation is essential for your look. But sometimes, you may find that your foundation is too thick or cakey. This blog post will show you how to thin out your foundation to make it look more natural on your skin. Keep reading for tips and tricks on how to get the perfect foundation finish!

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There are a few ways to thin out your foundation. One way is to mix it with a face moisturizer or face oil which will help sheer out the consistency and make it easier to apply. Another option is to mix it with a hydrating primer, a foundation thinner, or just water. You can also apply foundation with a beauty sponge which will help to thin out the product and give you a more natural finish.

Mixing Foundation With Moisturizer

mix foundation with moisturizer

You can mix your foundation with a moisturizer to help thin it out and create your tinted moisturizer. This hack will also help sheer out the foundation and make it easier to apply.

Add a pea-sized drop of moisturizer to your foundation and mix it on the back of your hand. You can also use a mixing palette and a spatula and continue mixing until you get the desired consistency.

mixing palette

For best results, make sure to match the base ingredients of your foundation and moisturizer.

For example, if you’re using a water-based foundation, mix it with a water-based moisturizer. Avoid mixing foundation with a heavy moisturizer, as it can cause your makeup to look patchy and cakey.

Depending on how thin you want your foundation to be, you can add more than one drop of moisturizer. Adding more moisturizer will also help to make your foundation dewier while giving you natural, sheer coverage.

Experimenting with the ratio of foundation to moisturizer is the best way to find what works for you.

Related: Moisturizer Vs. Primer

Apply The Foundation With A Damp Makeup Sponge

makeup sponge

One of the easiest ways to thin out foundation is to apply it with a damp makeup sponge or a damp brush. In this method, you won’t need to mix your foundation with anything, and you’ll get to keep the original formula.

Dampen your sponge with water or spray your brush with a face mist. Apply one or two drops of foundation to the back of your hands or a mixing palette and dip your sponge or brush into the foundation.

Apply the foundation to your face by bouncing the sponge on your skin or by a stippling motion if you’re using a brush.

The moisture from the damp sponge or brush will help sheer out the foundation and give you a more natural, dewy finish. You can also use this method to build up the coverage and apply more foundation if needed.

Mixing Foundation With Primer

smashbox face primer

Mix your foundation with a primer to make it less heavy and help it last longer on the skin. This trick will also help to create a smooth base for your foundation. Add a pea-sized drop of primer to your foundation and mix it on the back of your hand or a palette.

If you have dry skin, you can use a hydrating primer as it will help to add moisture to your skin and prevent the makeup from looking flaky.

If you have oily skin, use a mattifying primer to help control shine and create a smooth base for your foundation.

Smoothing primers can provide the skin with a smooth finish which helps to prevent the foundation from settling into large pores. They are an excellent choice if you have large pores or textured skin.

Some primers have a thicker consistency than others, so you may need to experiment with the amount of primer you use. Start with a small amount and add more if needed. For better results, choose a lightweight primer that will help to create a smooth base without adding any thickness to your foundation.

For best results, make sure to match the base ingredients of your foundation and primer.

For example, avoid mixing a water-based foundation with a silicone-based primer as they have different base ingredients and won’t mix well together.

You can use a light-infusing makeup primer to get a natural and glowy look. The one that I have used for years is this Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer. It’s super light and makes your skin look glowy without being greasy.

Related: Primer Vs. Foundation

Mixing Foundation With Water 

mix foundation with water

One of the easiest ways to thin out your foundation is by adding water. Simply add a few drops of water to your foundation and mix it together until you reach the desired consistency.

This method is ideal for achieving a dewy finish without adding additional products. Adding water will also help sheer out your foundation and make it easier to apply.

I like to apply swirl one or two drops of water on the back of my hand, then add my foundation and mix it together. You don’t want to add too much water as it can make your foundation very runny and difficult to apply.

TIP: You can add rosewater to thin out your foundation as it will also help add a natural, dewy finish to the skin.

Mixing Foundation With Oil

maracuja face oil

If you have dry skin, you can mix your foundation with a face oil to help thin it out, giving your foundation a dewy finish.

You can experiment with different face oils depending on the finish you want to achieve. Avoid using thick oils as they can make your foundation very greasy and difficult to apply.

Some of my favorite oils to mix with foundation is this lightweight face oil. I’ve found that it doesn’t make my foundation greasy, and it also helps to create a dewy, healthy finish.

Another option is this jojoba oil. It has a lightweight formula that will help thin out your foundation without making it feel heavy on the skin.

For best results, start with one drop of oil and mix it with your foundation. Less is more when it comes to mixing foundation with face oils as you don’t want to make your makeup too greasy.

Adding A Liquid Highlighter To Your Foundation

becca liquid highlighter

One of the best ways to make your foundation dewier is by adding a liquid highlighter.

Make sure to choose a liquid highlighter that is not too shimmery or glittery. This will help create a natural, dewy finish without looking too sparkly.

You can also experiment with different colors of liquid highlighters depending on the finish you want to achieve. For a natural look, you can use a pearl-colored highlighter.

For a sun-kissed look, try using a champagne or light gold liquid highlighter.

Add Mixing Medium To Foundation

The MAC face & body mixing medium is one of the best products to thin out your foundation.

It’s a lightweight liquid that helps sheer out full-coverage foundations and makes them easier to apply.

It also gives your foundation a dewy finish without making it greasy or oily.

For best results, start with one drop of the mixing medium and mix it with your foundation. You can always add more if you need to.

You can also mix this product with powders and pigments to create different colors.

Mix It With Fix+ Or Any Face Mist

mac fix plus

Face mist is another excellent way to make your foundation less thick. Not only will it make your foundation more liquidy, but it will also add a dewy finish to your makeup.

TIP: Be careful not to add too much face mist as it can make your foundation very runny and difficult to apply.

The way I like to use face mists is by spraying them first on my beauty blender or makeup brush, then dipping the brush or sponge into my foundation.

This will help evenly distribute the face mist and prevent your foundation from becoming too runny.

MAC’s Fix+ is one of my favorite face mists to use. It’s very light and refreshing, and it doesn’t make my foundation greasy.

Use A Foundation Thinner

One of the easiest ways to thin out your foundation is by using a foundation thinner. Unfortunately, there are not many foundation thinners available on the market.

In general, these products are formulated with oils and emollients so you can replace them with a regular moisturizer or face oil.

I’ve tried this foundation thinner in the past, and it worked great to make my foundation less thick. The great thing about it is that it doesn’t change the undertone color of the foundation.

The key is to use a small amount and add it to one or two drops of your foundation.

How To Thin Out Cream Foundation?

covergirl cream foundation

Cream foundations are usually very thick and can be difficult to apply. If you have a full-coverage cream foundation that is too heavy, there are a few ways to thin it out.

One way is to turn your cream foundation into a liquid by following these simple steps:

  1. With a clean spatula, remove a bit of cream foundation and apply it to the back of your hand.
  2. Add a drop of your favorite face moisturizer, face oil, or primer.
  3. Mix everything together until you have a liquid consistency.

You can experiment with different ratios depending on how thin you want your foundation to be.

Another way to thin out a cream foundation is by applying it with a damp sponge:

  1. Apply a small amount of cream foundation to the back of your hand.
  2. Wet your makeup sponge with water and squeeze out the excess.
  3. Dip the sponge into the cream foundation and apply it to your face in a bouncing motion. The water will help to sheer out the foundation and make it easier to use.

Conclusion

You often want to use full-coverage foundations, but they can be too heavy or cakey. You can thin out these foundations using all the methods mentioned above.

The key is to start with a small amount and gradually add more until you achieve the desired consistency.

One of the easiest ways to make your foundation less thick is mixing it with a lightweight face moisturizer or face oil.

You can also use a hydrating primer or illuminator if you have dry skin.

Try to experiment with different ratios and formulas to find the perfect combination for your skin type.

I hope this guide was helpful, if you have any questions, please leave them below.

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Claire is a beauty enthusiast and lover of all things makeup. Her blog is a resource for makeup tips and tricks, product reviews and beauty tutorials.

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