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If there is one beauty product I’m worried about using too much of, it’s foundation. Since I’m working from home, I like to use as little foundation as possible (if any at all). A dime-size amount of tinted moisturizer seems to do the trick in covering any hyperpigmentation and promote evenness when I’m not going anywhere. So you can imagine my reaction when I saw TikTok user @meredithduxbury’s maximalist foundation routine.
Duxbury’s makeup process goes a little something like this: She applies primer, puts an excessive amount of a liquid foundation on the top of her hand, smears it onto her face with the back of a makeup brush, and rubs it in with — ready for this? — her hands.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m all about your hands being your best blending tool, but with this much foundation, all I could think about is how slippery it must feel.
Once that first layer is all smooth, the TikToker goes in with a serum foundation and buffs it all in with a blending sponge. She then finishes her routine with powder, blush, filling in her brows, adding eye makeup, and applying lip color. As you can see in the video, the makeup artist looks absolutely stunning at the end of her short clip. But to know if this technique actually works, I decided to get dirty and try it myself.
I pulled out all of my go-to products and got started. I always use Benefit’s The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Primer, so I began with that. For my first layer of foundation, I used the Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation and squeezed a way more than generous amount onto my hand and, just like in the video, smeared it all over my face. I used my hands to blend this in, and folks, this was really something I have no words for. It was a slimy mess, and the worst part was it got under my acrylic nails (yuck). But I was committed to the process.