The Real Reason Your Foundation Is Pilling
Let’s smooth things out, shall we?
You take the time to thoroughly massage your moisturizer into your skin…only to have it pill off into a bumpy mess as soon as you add on your foundation. You pat (never rub) the stuff on your face and you keep your brushes clean. So what gives?
The issue: It turns out, the problem isn’t with your techniques or tools but with your moisturizer. More specifically, the compatibility of your moisturizer formula with your foundation formula.
The reason: If your foundation is water-based (hint: if it says "oil-free," it's water-based), you should also be using a water-based or gel lotion--as opposed to a heavier cream. And if your foundation is a cream, your moisturizer should be a cream--not a water-based lotion. Inconsistency in formulas leads to an uneven application and causes your makeup to ball up.
The fix: Match the texture of your moisturizer to the texture of your makeup and you’ll get a smooth finish every time.