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Q: No matter what line I have tried, whether department store or drugstore, my foundation just doesn't look like it has become "one" with my skin. It looks like it's "sitting on top." I use Retin-A at night and AHA in the A.M. with a light moisturizer. Liqui

A: Getting the perfect look from your foundation is often a mix of the right product plus the right application. Here are a few things to consider:

Are you using the right foundation formula for your skin? Choosing liquid, powder, or cream foundation often has more to do with your skin type than your preference. Oily skins don't need the richness of a cream makeup, and dry skin usually looks even drier or flaky with powders. Think about the look you want and what your skin needs as you try different formulas.

Are you using the right skin care? If your foundation looks too dewy or won't spread evenly on your skin, perhaps your moisturizer is too rich or it needs more time to absorb into your skin before you apply your makeup. On the other hand, if your skin is still dry or dehydrated even after using your skin care products, that is not the best "canvas" for your foundation. Dehydrated skin can grab onto the foundation and make it streak and set too quickly. Before you apply your makeup, your skin should feel comfortable, and without any excess moisture. You might also be having problems because of the Retin-A, which can make the skin sensitive or dry.

Are you using the best technique to apply the foundation? Every woman I know has her own method for applying foundation, so there are really no rules or absolutes. I suggest trying a few different techniques to see which one gives you the finish you want. You can use a thick wedge sponge, a thinner round or oval sponge, a foundation brush (for liquids and creams), a velour puff (for powder foundation), a powder brush, your fingers, or a combination of tools. I would encourage you to experiment until you find a method that you feel comfortable with.

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