How to Stop Foundation From Settling Into Wrinkles

I have a crazy, crazy game-changer for you. Do you want to know how to stop foundation from settling into wrinkles?

Wrinkles are my biggest issue when it comes to wearing foundation and concealer.

I have tested over 30 foundations in the past year. My biggest problem is that they settle into my fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes, otherwise known as crow’s feet.  the foundation also settles into the deeper lines on my forehead.

Assuming this was just part of getting older, I have come to accept my skin texture, large pores, wrinkles, and age spots. I’m currently 58.

Ladies, acceptance is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Besides sunscreen wearing every day.

That doesn’t mean I have to accept gunky makeup on my face. So I was looking back through some videos on YouTube 5 or 6 years ago. There seemed to be a trend back then for stippling. I had never tried this.


Time needed: 2 minutes.

How to stop foundation from settling into wrinkles.

  1. Use a specific type of foundation makeup brush.

    Foundation brushes for stippling are different than other brushes. Try to find with with duo fibers of varying length. Some fibers extending slightly longer than the bulk of the other fibers is perfect for stippling.
    I have seen a lot of makeup tutorials using a flat top brush for stippling foundation. I haven’t as much luck with this type. But you may want to try it.

  2. Smear a pump of foundation on the back of your hand with your finger.

    Absolutely do not use the brush to do this step. You want to keep the bristles dry and clean. Never dip the brush in blobs of foundation.

  3. Lightly tap your stippling brush onto the spread out foundation on the back of your hand.

    Don’t press too hard. You want to pick up tiny droplet of foundation onto the tips of the brush bristle only.

  4. Dot the brush on your face.

    Don’t blend or brush. Just go straight onto the skin and leave tiny dots all over it.

  5. Do not smear or blend.

    We are creatures of habit. Try to resist the urge to wipe, smear, or blend the foundation. So many times I have heard I need to ‘blend it into my skin”. This is the opposite with stippling technique.

  6. Use as light of pressure as you can.

  7. Then brush will naturally blend and diffuse each dot.


You’re not smearing them you’re not actually diffusing them very much you’re just making soft little circles of foundation all over your face.

This application technique was popular a few years ago. Even Wayne Goss made videos about it. The word flawless and airbrushed was tossed around quite a bit.

Then the egg-shaped makeup sponge came along.

Everyone began using that. The stippling brush was forgotten. I think that was a mistake. My foundation still settles when I use a makeup sponge. I’ve tried it damp, I’ve tried it dry. I’ve tried it standing on my head, just a joke.

I recently bought an inexpensive set of brushes on Amazon that came with a stippling brush. I was off and running. I’ve never used that word in my blog. Stippling has allowed me to wear capital a LL all my foundations again. I have experienced almost zero settling into my wrinkles with this application technique.

I haven’t tried every single stippling brush on the market, I found an excellent brush with the Sephora Pro Foundation Brush #47.

It is by far my favorite so far of the five stippling brushes I have tested. Please watch the video to see exactly how I apply my foundation with this technique.

an important thing to remember is coverage. Let’s talk about the sheer, medium, and full foundation coverage for a minute. Foundation is intended to even out your skin tone. That is all.

Stop Foundation From Settling Into Wrinkles

Foundation is not invented or manufactured or developed to actually cover imperfections. That’s the job of a concealer.

Then we fell down the rabbit hole of full coverage matte foundation 6 to 10 years ago.

If you’re younger and you don’t have as many wrinkles crinkles bumps and lumps full coverage foundation can look beautiful.

But let’s face it- as we get older full coverage matte foundation is not as flattering as it used to be.

With this stippling technique, you will not have as much coverage as you are accustomed to.

I usually go over my face lightly 2 times with the sibling brush in order to get the coverage I desire. And then I use concealer to correct the things that need correcting.