This ‘backward base’ makeup hack will transform your foundation game

Struggling to make your foundation look flawless? This ‘backward base’ makeup hack will change everything

Image of smiling young woman applying face powder with make-up brush on a blue template
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TikTok really is the holy grail for all things beauty, whether it’s guiding us on all the best viral items to buy or changing our beauty routines for the better—like the blush hack for changing your face shape and the viral setting spray hack. And now comes the hack to end them all, meet the backward base makeup hack that will leave your foundation looking flawless.

We all have our best foundation—or favorite non-comedogenic foundation for those prone to blocked pores and oily skin—and even though they might be high-quality, hard-working formulas, it can be hard to make your base look smooth and flawless. For seemingly no reason, you can get foundation piling or your base can look cakey and just accentuate dry patches you didn’t even know you had.

This struggle could be a thing of the past, however, thanks to this new base makeup hack, which basically throws everything we know about makeup, right out the window.

When you think of base makeup, the normal tried and tested steps are; moisturizer or sunscreen as the last step in our skincare product order, then primer, foundation, concealer and powder right? WRONG! According to the hack's creator, user @Jarida.bby (opens in new tab) (whose original TikTok sound explaining the hack now features in a plethora of videos trying it out) we should be applying our powder first!

It seems crazy, but watching these tutorials suddenly makes it seem like a total no-brainer.

@aselbbh (opens in new tab)

♬ original sound - Jarida🖤 (opens in new tab)

To create that flawless look, you should firstly moisturize and then go in with your favorite translucent powder. The powder used in the sound is the Maybelline Fit Me powder.

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Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder

RRP: $8.49/£6.99

This powder is designed to leave skin looking flawless. It blends smoothly and evenly, creating a natural but diffused finish.


Applying your powder first will help reduce the appearance of pores, prevent excess oil buildup and help your makeup stay all day—even in the summer. And if the end results of these videos are anything to go by, it really does work.

@samyha__ (opens in new tab)

♬ original sound - Jarida🖤 (opens in new tab)

How to do the backward base makeup hack: 

  • Apply your moisturizer
  • Then go in with your favorite setting/translucent powder
  • Spritz your face with setting spray (wait for it to dry)
  • Apply foundation
  • Then finish up with concealer if need
  • Then blush, contour and highlighter

After you apply your translucent power, many beauty-tokers then follow up with their setting spray, but if you’re going for a less full coverage look you can forgo this step.