A Better Alternative to TikTok’s Water Foundation Trick

DNew skin is all the rage, and in a sea of ​​skin-nourishing tints and foundation-hydration hybrids, TikTokers are looking to make their typical foundation more hydrating by adding water. You put a few drops of your foundation in a glass of water, let it “marinate” for a minute or two, and then supposedly apply it to your face for a hydration-drenched look. But according to cosmetic chemist Javon Ford, the water-based trick isn’t all that practical.

“Frankly, it makes it more hydrating because you mix it with water, but so would you spray water on your face before applying makeup,” says Ford. “That’s a little cleaner than mixing your foundation with water.”

The effect isn’t much different because you can’t actually mix foundation with water. “Most foundations now are silicone-based. They don’t naturally mix with water,” he says. “You can see in the videos that they have to force it because the base immediately floats to the top.”

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So I decided to put Ford’s advice to the test. I put a few drops of Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 ($52) in a cup of water and let it sit. Next, I sprayed half of my face with Tower 28 Beauty SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray ($12 to $28) and used a damp makeup sponge to apply full coverage foundation. I then used a small brush to remove the wet drops of foundation from the water, dropped them onto my face, and blended with the same sponge. Both sides of my face looked exactly the same.

That said, both sides He felt very different. The side where I used the water trick actually felt drier, tighter, and caker than the side where I applied normal foundation to a misty face. So if you’re looking for a hydrating foundation, your best bet is to buy a hydrating formula and mist your face before applying it. Not only did this trick make my foundation feel worse, but it could also make the application less smooth.

“I wonder if this trick really messes with the integrity of the base and causes it to wear more,” says Ford. “It looks good in the video, but it feels like, ‘Oh hey, here’s this cute little trend I want to do for views.’ It’s not practical.”

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