Sometime ago, some readers left comments in one of my entries that the Everyday Mineral foundation they’ve used changed to a darker tone after a few hours. One even commented that hers turned to an orange hue! I didn’t think I had a problem with mine until recently. I noticed on at least two occasions, the color turned somewhat darker by the end of the day. I also checked and noticed that my face was particularly oily on those days. Is this what is meant by oxidization of makeup?
Oily skin causes foundation to oxidize?
I went to the forums to check and noticed that many girls had this problem. And it wasn’t just mineral foundation. Apparently, some regular foundation contributed to the problem too. It also look like most of the girls who were having this issue have oilier skin.
From what I’ve read, it seem there are a few possibilities causing our foundation to become darker or turned orange:
– More acidic skin.
– A pink foundation over a yellow undertone skin color.
– Foundation components reacting to the sebum in our skin.
– Oils in our skin or moisturizer intensifying the color of the pigments.
I’m not sure what is true but going by my personal experience, I’m thinking that both the sebum in our skin and the components in the foundation has something to do with this for sure. The formulation of certain foundation must be causing more chances of oxidization if it comes into contact with more face sebum.
Tips to counteract oxidization
So do you have such a problem with your foundation? If yes, how did you overcome the problem?
Some girls suggested using foundation shades that are one or two tones lighter so that the color will match nicely after the face starts to secrete oil. I’m a bit skeptical about this one because not all foundation turns darker even if the face gets oilier. Another better tip I picked out was to use a silicone-based face primer under the foundation so as to keep the oil at bay. This sounds logical but I’ve not tried this method so would be glad to hear from those who did.