Can a dewy foundation become matte by mixing it with water and powder?

Makeup tricks and tips are always in trend in TikTok. One of the trends, I had to see it for myself. It looked too good to be true. Could a dewy foundation become matte by mixing it with water and powder? To answer this question, I took the initiative to try it myself to see if it was just a hype or if actually it was a worthwhile trend.

I tend to be very skeptical when I watch makeup tricks on social media, When you swipe on TikTok and watch a spoon trick to do your eyeshadow, you just start to think, what comes next, putting a fork on the eye to do your eyeliner, and yes, that has been done too! Despite being skeptical, I have to admit, I love the creativity that is all over TikTok videos. One of the makeup trends I watched on TikTok, I got so curious, that I couldn’t resist to try it for myself.

With my extremely oily skin, I often find hard to come across with a foundation that works. So, obviously when I saw videos of mixing the foundation with water and powder and transform them from luminous to matte, I knew this was a trend I could not “swipe up” without trying. I saw some videos of mixing the foundation only with water and others only with powder. I went “all in” and decided to try both together, hence the title of this article: can a dewy foundation become matte by mixing it with water and powder?


Me mixing the foundation with water and powder

Science lesson (a funny science lesson), how to mix foundation with water:

1.First step, pour a dewy foundation in a glass of water;

2.Then wait a few minutes until the foundation gets separated from the water.

3. Grab a thin flat eyeshadow brush and get the foundation that got separated from the water.

4. Put the foundation collected from the water onto a flat surface, as I did on the upper right picture.

Let me just say that whilst I was doing all this process, I was already swearing at myself to have followed a TikTok trend that maybe at the end won’t even work. But patience is a virtue, I kept thinking.

I used the last foundation I bought Estee Lauder Double Wear Sheer Long-Wear Makeup Foundation, to see if I could transform it into a matte finish. This foundation, unfortunately it’s not matte as it’s advertised to be, it’s more of a luminous foundation. You can read the review about Estee Lauder Double Wear Sheer Long-Wear Makeup Foundation here.

Now, get ready for the second part of this “amusing” science lesson: mixing the collected foundation from the water with setting powder! Put as much setting powder as you want. I put a significant amount of powder, as I wanted to be sure the foundation would be matte. After mixing it with powder, the foundation is ready to be applied on the face.


Once I started to apply the mixed foundation on my skin, I noticed it was easy to blend, though the texture was thicker. After applying it with a foundation brush, I waited one hour to see, if the science lesson had been successful. I was speechless, yes the foundation was matte. Bear in mind, I din’t apply any powder after applying the mixed foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Sheer Long-Wear Makeup Foundation, mixed with water and setting powder had become matte. Maybe Estee Lauder should use this TikTok trend to improve the formula of Double Wear Sheer Foundation.

So the final answer is yes. A dewy foundation can become matte by mixing it with water and powder.

By the left upper picture, you can see how the foundation became matte. On the right picture, the foundation on it’s own has a glowy finish (the photo was taken on summer, if you’re wondering why I look more tanned). This proves that this tiktok trend is worthwhile.

You might think that my skin looks more healthy on the right picture, however after 6 hours of foundation on, the glowy skin becomes an extremely oily face. The mixed matte version lasted more than 6 hours.



Even though this trend creates a magical foundation formula, I don’t see myself doing this everyday. I would need 10 minutes only to apply the foundation. In a tight schedule, when you only have 15 minutes for your makeup routine, this trend doesn’t make sense. Still, it’s good to know that I don’t need to waste my dewy foundations, that were meant to be matte, and by mixing with water and powder, I can change them into the matte finish I wanted from the beginning.

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  1. It’s good to know some TikTok tricks actually work! I agree with you it’s not a very practical trick to use on daily basis. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. It was worth trying, but exactly because it takes too long when getting ready, I won’t see myself doing it again. Thank you for commenting ❤️

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