You spent a good amount of time perfecting your makeup for work. But after your commute, by the time you reached your office, your foundation has already started caking up and you look like a literal hot mess.

If getting the perfect foundation base is a struggle for you every morning, try this “foundation mixing” hack that has gone viral on Xiao Hong Shu. Office ladies are swearing by it as the solution to perfect work makeup – so take down notes and pick this up!

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Credits: @爱茉莉美妆颜究所/Xiao hong shu, @ROSA美妆/Xiao hong shu

The “foundation mixing” hack

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Credits: @WayneGoss/YouTube

The “foundation mixing” hack was invented by well-known makeup artist Wayne Goss, who also has a strong following on YouTube.

The makeup artist was looking for a quick and simple foundation application technique and developed a four-step routine designed to achieve a bright and dewy base – including the golden ratio for products used.

Step 1: use toner to strengthen moisture level

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Credits:, @skinorbits/Tiktok

First, gently wipe the entire face with a hydrating toner using cotton pads to remove any dead skin cells and replenish the skin’s moisture level.

This creates a hydrated, slightly tacky base on which the foundation can adhere better to.


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Try this: NUMBUZIN No.2 Thermal Water 89% Mineral Toner

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This toner is touted the “makeup-boosting toner” for good reason.

It contains 89% thermal water, and promises to increase skin hydration by 207.4% with just one application. For dry and dull skin, we recommend using this ultra moisturising toner to prepare the skin before applying makeup.

NUMBUZIN No.2 Thermal Water 89% Mineral Toner retails for RM78.87 on Yesstyle

Step 2: Mix four products in a 1:1:1:2 ratio

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Credits: @ROSA美妆/Xiao hong shu

The highlight of the “foundation mixing” method are these magical numbers: combining primer, powder, cream, and liquid foundation in the 1:1:1:2 ratio.

Products should be chosen according to your skin type or current skin condition.

Try this: Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

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This is a cult-favourite primer that most makeup junkies would’ve heard of. It is well-known for its ability to instantly blur imperfections and minimise any appearance of pores and fine lines.

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer (7.5ml) retails for RM79 on Sephora.

Try this: Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder (1 Mousseline Pastel)

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This lightweight, ultra-fine powder may be slightly pricey, but those who have tried it usually say it’s worth every cent. It comes in four tones: the green and purple shades help to even out skin tones, while the pink and blue shades give the skin a luminous glow.

This four-in-one product will conceal any skin flaws and leave your skin silky smooth.

Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder (1 Mousseline Pastel) retails for RM271 at Givenchy counters and Zalora

S.Nature Aqua Squalane Moisturizing Cream

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This cream is ranked first in the category of moisturising cream on Olive Young, Korea’s largest K-beauty marketplace.

It has the ideal oil-to-water ratio to provide your skin with up to 78% moisture, and the formula adheres closely to the skin, making it the ideal cream to use with makeup.

S.Nature Aqua Squalane Moisturizing Cream retails for US$28.93 (~RM131.30) on Olive Young.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 Foundation

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This lightweight foundation is frequently recommended by beauty gurus all over the world and it has earned its reputation for being super long-lasting.

It also has an impressive shade range of over 40 colours that remain colour-true while remaining transfer-proof even in hot weather.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 Foundation retails for RM210 on Sephora

Step 3: Use a spatula to apply foundation

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Credits: Hyemin Jo

This application method has gone viral for a good reason: it can apply the thinnest possible layer of foundation uniformly.

You won’t have to worry about your base makeup looking uneven with some parts of your face getting more coverage than others.

Pick up the foundation mixture using the spatula and drag it across your face in a 90° angle against the direction of your pores. For forehead, nose and chin, apply downwards and for cheeks, upwards.

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Credits: @李咣咣/Xiao hong shu


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Try this: Piccasso Makeup Spatula Special Set

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This Picasso Spatula set includes the spatula and two sponges, making it the perfect set for this “foundation mixing” hack.

Unlike regular spatula on the market, this spatula was created through a series of trial and error sessions with makeup artist Ham Kyung-sik, to ensure a perfect grip and smooth application.

Piccasso Makeup Spatula Special Set retails for RM83 on Lazada.

Step 4: Use a makeup sponge for blending

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Credits: @彩妆师Apple/Xiao hong shu, @咖喱-/Xiao hong shu

After evenly spreading the foundation mixture across your entire face, blend it in using a wet beauty sponge. You will be awed by how seamless the foundation mixture blends into your skin.

Try this: Fillimilli Soft Make Up Sponge

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Fillimilli is known for producing high-quality makeup tools that are popular among Koreans, such as their makeup sponges.

The soft, bouncy material of Fillimilli’s wedge makeup sponge allows makeup to adhere to the skin, and the large surface area allows makeup to spread quickly, making it ideal for a quick makeup routine.

One set contains 80 pieces, making it extremely cost effective as well!

Fillimilli Soft Make Up Sponge retails for RM45.55 on Lazada. They’re offering a huge discount at the time of writing. Tap on the link to see the updated price.