Months ago, I won the original water-based Celeteque Moisturizer from Animetric.
If you have read many of my past entries, you would know how much I like Jason Ester-C Facial Lotion. I like it so much that I didn’t know how and when I would use Celeteque.
Pammy of J’Adore Rougit suggested that I mix it with a tinted moisturizer or a cream foundie that’s too thick for me. The idea was genius and I did try mixing it with Lush’s Colour Supplement.
See the photo:
Did you notice the marbling? It took a while before I was able to make a homogenous mix of equal parts of the two.
Theories, Realizations, and Things I Learned:
- It is best that I layer products with the same base e.g., water-based to water-based, silicone-based to silicone-based.Based on my research, different bases will mix well and then separate over time. Like silicone and water: If you mix them together in a glass and let it stand for some time, the 2 will separate.This is probably one of the reasons why our makeup doesn’t last for the whole day and we end up looking lusaw and nahulasan ng makeup. It’s probably not even the fault of our foundation or primer. Maybe it’s because we mix incompatible ingredients together and as the day goes by, they repel each other and separate.
- What about products that are formulated with oil and water mixed together, or silicone and water mixed together? I think they are probably formulated with enough emulsifiers to mix well. But the emulsifier might not be enough to help to combine another product to layer on top of it for it to mix together. Case in point: Experiment 4.
- The “same base theory” might not work for oil-based products if you’re oily. Layering oil-based or wax-based products on top of each other is too heavy. This is common sense, but I didn’t see it, shame on me :P
- Cream and stick foundation seems to be best applied on its own, at least for me that seems to be the case. I find it much more long lasting when I apply creams or sticks right after I towel dry my face without primer or any type of moisturizer underneath. The wax, oils, and emollients in these types of foundations seem to be enough to hydrate my oily skin.
- If the “same base theory” is true, how come primers that are mostly silicone-based work well with foundations that have a different base? My theory is, these primers are probably formulated with the anticipation that a different type of base makeup will be applied on top of it. Hence, it probably has emulsifiers that can help mesh other products on top of it.This reminded me of shu uemura’s makeup remover. It was formulated with enough emulsifiers anticipating that it will be washed off with water.
- If you’re going to layer products that doesn’t have the same base, the best way to go is lighter-based first and heavier-based product after. For example: water-based moisturizer first, let it sink, and apply oil or wax-based foundation after. An oil-based moisturizer and water-based foundation combo might not work.
- I realized that makeup is not just art, it’s also science — mostly chemistry and geometry.
- I learned that I shouldn’t be quick to judge a product’s quality and performance. Its failures could’ve probably been caused by me.
I hope this beauty experiment helped in some way.
Anyway, since I am not a makeup artist or a cosmetic chemist, I tried googling for an expert opinion on this matter.I found one in one of Gossmakeupartist’s videos and embedded it below.
– Wayne Goss
I’m not too sure how this theory applies to using both dry and wet makeup together. I don’t have much experience on that so here’s an entry by Liz of Project Vanity on how to apply wet and dry products against each other. If you are a makeup artist or a cosmetic chemist or an expert or a beauty junkie who’s had a lot of experience on makeup and skincare, feel free to comment below and share what you think.