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Why does makeup pill – and what can you do about it?

It’s one of those things that every beauty lover dreads. You’ve perfected your look, taken some awesome Instagram shots and you’re headed out ready to turn heads. But suddenly you realise that, horror of horrors, your makeup has begun to pill. Unfortunately, it’s a surefire way to turn a glowing, airbrushed look into a flaky disaster. So what exactly is going on – and how can you stop it from happening?

According to experts, there are actually a number of different explanations for this frustrating phenomenon. One of the most common, it turns out, is incompatibility between your pre-makeup routine and your foundation. Sometimes, the wrong primer or moisturiser can react badly with other products, preventing things such as foundation and highlighter from sticking properly to your skin.  

But that’s not all. Apparently, the problem can sometimes lie with the formula itself – particularly if you’ve been cutting corners and opting for a cheaper brand. With more expensive, long-wearing foundations, the effect will have been thoroughly tested to ensure that pilling does not occur. But cheaply made formulas aren’t likely to have been put through the same rigorous processes, making them more likely to peel and flake over time. And even if you have managed to avoid all of these potential pitfalls, you can still fall victim to pilling simply by applying your makeup in the wrong way.  

So what’s a girl to do? Well, the first step is to check the labels on your products. Essentially, you want to make sure that the ingredients in your moisturiser or primer are not hugely different to what’s in your makeup, reducing the risk of the products interacting with each other in a negative way. In other words, don’t try and layer an oil-based foundation on top of an oil-free primer, or vice versa.

Finally, when it comes to applying, avoid slathering on too many layers as that can prevent products from drying – and cause them to flake. So stick to a light layer and, if you want more coverage, choose a product that offers that instead. At the end of the day, you will get a much better effect with a lighter touch, and be less prone to pilling too.

While there is no magic wand that will help you wave goodbye to this troublesome issue for good, these tips should help you avoid any unexpected makeup disasters – and leave you looking your best.  

Best setting sprays for longer lasting makeup

In a previous article, we looked at how the right primer can prep your skin and help deliver a long-lasting look. But for real all-day makeup, you’ll need to bookend your routine with a setting spray as well. Designed to stop foundation, eyeshadow and more from slipping down your face as the hours tick by – which is, of course, a basic beauty no-no – these clever products will keep you looking fresh for hours. Here’s our pick of the best.

All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay

A real cult favourite, this setting spray is loved by celebrities and professional MUAs alike, and it’s easy to see why. Although it’s not the cheapest option around it’s worth every penny, delivering a light mist that will keep your makeup in place for an incredible 16 hours.

Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray by Charlotte Tilbury

In these days of ubiquitous face coverings, any setting spray needs to be hardy enough to withstand the constant pulling on and off of cloth and paper masks. Luckily, this formula from Charlotte Tilbury is up to the job. Although it’s also on the pricier end of the spectrum, the results are impressive.

In Transit Pollution Shield by thisworks

Want a setting spray that works to protect your skin as well as your makeup? This fine mist from thisworks creates a barrier to keep out damaging pollutants, while aloe vera and hyaluronic acid will reduce redness and boost hydration. Oh, and it will stop your foundation from slipping too!

Dew Bomb Setting Spray by Lottie London

If you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank, this setting spray by Lottie London is an excellent choice. Made with rosewater and aloe to leave your skin dewy and soft, it promises to lock in your makeup while delivering real, long-lasting benefits.

Splash Setting Spray by Algenist

Another setting spray that puts skin first, Algenist’s Splash actually has more in common with a serum. Packed full of active ingredients such as polysaccharides and algae extract, this clever formula works to keep skin hydrated while ensuring your makeup stays put. As an added bonus, it offers protection from free radicals as well.   

Post break-up makeovers to make you feel better

If you’re suffering from heartbreak, there’s one guaranteed way to cheer yourself up: a dedicated pamper session. Not only will a makeover leave you looking fabulous, it will also give you some important me-time to forget all about that awful ex. Here’s our guide to the best post-breakup beauty fixes.

Go for the chop

It might be a classic breakup move, but there’s a reason that many women decide to chop off their locks when coming out of a relationship. In fact, many cultures believe that hair contains the “energy” of a situation – and whilst it’s still there you’ll always be reminded of the times you’ve been through. So, a haircut can be symbolic of a fresh start. And even if you don’t believe in such things, there’s definitely something cathartic about shedding the past and trying out a totally new look.

Freshen up your beauty routine

Getting a fabulous new look doesn’t have to be limited to your tresses, either. Mark the end of the old and welcome in the new by giving your beauty routine a serious overhaul. So ditch the everyday makeup and try something different, like a bold red lip or a smokey eye. This won’t just make you look great – switching things up can also help you feel more positive about moving forwards.

Hit the blusher

Let’s face it, you’re likely planning at least a few nights of eating ice cream in front of a succession of chick flicks – not exactly the quickest route to healthy, glowing skin. But luckily, it’s easy to fake the rosy cheeks that will have people commenting that you’ve never looked better. Choose a cream product in a gold-pink shade and sweep it across the apples of your cheeks for a better-off-without-them glow.

Indulge in a spa day

What better way to recover from a breakup than by pampering mind, body and soul at your favourite spa? In an ideal world, you’d gather all your best girlfriends and treat yourselves for the day, but if they’re unavailable you don’t need to miss out. A solo session of saunas, massages and relaxation will still have you looking at things in a brand new light.

Switch up your wardrobe

Be honest – what has been your style throughout most of your relationship? Did you tend to stick to modest clothes in muted colours? Or did you lean towards bright shades and bold design? Whatever it was, now’s the time to try something different – so dig out those overlooked items at the back of your closet, or treat yourself to a shopping spree. New look, new you might be an overused expression, but it’s a great way to feel positive about the changes in your life. 

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