Follow Project Vanity on Facebook!

Never miss an update by liking this blog on Facebook. I also post sneak peeks, unshared photos, and other beauty tidbits here. Like Project Vanity on FB now!


Liz Who?


My name is Liz and I blog as a hobby. I like all things bright and beautiful!

Email me at liz [at]

Disclosure: Most of the products I review here are press samples unless stated otherwise. FYI!




Fashion & Beauty - Top Blogs Philippines

« FOTD + OOTD: Lilac florals | Main | Top 5 Colour Collection products to try »

How to wear wet makeup with dry makeup (and vice versa!)

There seems to be some confusion about what goes first and what matches (texture-wise) when it comes to makeup application. Now, there are several makeup textures - powder, cream, liquid, and gel. The general rule is to use wet makeup with each other (cream, liquid, gel). Same with dry makeup!

Nonetheless, we always need to mix products so it's important to know what should go with what. You don't want streaky and uneven application, right?

For example, powder blush MUST go on over some kind of powder base (foundation or setting powder). If you apply it on top of liquid or cream foundation, you'll find that you'll get nasty streaks and too much color! The wetness will "grab" the pigment on the blush and make it brighter where it's wetter.

However, if you're using a cream, liquid, or gel stain blush, you must try to wear it only on top of liquid and cream foundation. You'll be able to blend them properly, something you can't do over a powder base. Why? Because conversely, the powder will "grab" or absorb the wet makeup and give you streaky color. 

If you're really skilled though, then cream/liquid/gel blushes won't be a problem over powder. ;)

As for concealer and foundation - many people wonder which goes first. It depends! If you're wearing powder foundation, apply a cream/liquid gel concealer underneath. Set. If you're wearing a wet foundation, you must apply a wet concealer on top, then set. If you have both a powder concealer and foundation, foundation first then concealer so as not to erase the concealer.

Hope my explanation isn't too confusing! Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to answer them as best as I can. :)

Reader Comments (19)

Hi Liz! My dilemma is about the "dewy" look which I'm trying to achieve. I found out if I set dewy liquid foundie/BB cream with setting powder, the dewyness disappears. How do I go about that?

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

what setting powder do you use? what you can do is, just set on areas where you get oily, like the t-zone. you can leave the rest of your face bare if you're not that oily naman. ;)

March 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

Hello Ms. Liz! This post is very helpful to me, because (unfortunately) I have to do my own makeup for my graduation this March and I'm still kind of a newbie when applying makeup. Thank you so much for this! I hope I do well on putting makeup on myself. Haha. :)

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVanny

Very simple yet very helpful. Thanks a bunch! :)

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpurplechef

how about if you're using pore fillers such as z-pore or benefit's pore fessional, and use powder foundie then use benetint? the tint doesn't work above pore fillers so i'm confused which one should come first.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermutya

thanks for sharing! now I know! I must switch from gel to powder foundation so that it will match with my powder blush.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWena

Hi Mutya! You mean the tint doesn't show up? If that's the case, perhaps it's better to switch to powder blush if you use silicon-based fillers.

March 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

thanks for the tips! :) i actually have difficulties with my concealer-foundation routine, but now i got all things cleared up. thank you! :)

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPammy

What's the best stick cream concealer over creme/liquid foundation that won't get erased when i set with loose powder?

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersoleil

Hi Soleil! Hmm I haven't tried any stick concealers in a while! I'm partial to cream concealers kasi. Try MAC or Cinema Secrets - they have really good concealers. The technique is also in how you apply your loose powder. Use a soft powder brush then pat it on top instead of swiping.

March 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

This is very useful! Thanks for the tip, Miss Liz!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGett

This is a very nice post! :) Thanks Miss Liz!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIssa

Thank you for the tips! :)

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJD

thanks liz!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersoleil

This was extremely helpful! I didn't even know not to mix and match all these. (When I get my make-up professionally done, my make-up artist uses liquid foundation and powder blushes and it always looks great. Know I know it's a skill :)) ) Thanks so much for this!

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterinmidnights

Hi Liz, I just want to ask ano mauuna if bb cream then cheek tint or cheek tint then bb cream. thanks

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKath

Hi Kath! BB cream first, cheek tint after!

March 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

Wow I'm glad I asked Liz a question about this or I wouldn't have found this helpful post on my own. Thanks Liz, I understand better now. You gave more than a satisfactory answer to my question, this will be very useful. :-)

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaybelle

I didn't even wet and dry mattered! I thought it was just a matter of preference. This is another good pointer for a newbie like me. Thanks for this post Liz!

October 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAna A.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>