Influencer Meredith Duxbury is widely known online for her controversial foundation routine.
I recently tried her 10-minute makeup process, and though my skin looked great, I felt awful.
The makeup was heavy on my skin, and I didn’t feel like myself.
Influencer Meredith Duxbury is known for her controversial, full-coverage makeup routine. Despite my doubts, I decided to try it for myself.
After all, I’m a firm believer that there’s no “right” way to do makeup. Instead, I like to view it as an art form that’s personal to you.
So while I may have recoiled the first time I watched Duxbury blend almost a dozen pumps of foundation into her skin, I wasn’t opposed to trying it.
The influencer told Allure as part of the publication’s 10-minute Face series that she created her controversial, full-coverage technique in college. Today, the method is one of many factors that’s led her to go viral and earn more than 15 million TikTok followers.
Like Duxbury, I started by putting on a headband and mixing two foundations.
Because foundation is Duxbury’s staple beauty product, I wanted to apply it exactly as she does.
I put six pumps of Huda Beauty’s $40 #FauxFilter foundation on the back of my hand, and then added the same amount of Kosas’ $42 Revealer Skin-Improving foundation.
It looked like I had a lot more product on my hand than Duxbury did in her tutorial, but I still tried her mixing technique: using the end of a makeup brush to stir the products and wipe the concoction across the skin.
Duxbury says she does this to protect her nails. I keep mine short, though, so the technique wasn’t super helpful to me.
I then used my hands to blend the makeup on my face.
Unfortunately, my skin didn’t look too good up close. Some sections were patchy, others looked cakey, and some spots were hardly blended because the product settled before I could work with it.
Simply put, there was too much foundation for me to handle.
The influencer’s signature foundation technique is not for me.
I hated the texture of foundation on my hands and lips, and my face started to feel heavy with so much product on top of it.
And that’s not to mention how wasteful the process felt. There was nearly as much foundation left on my hands and bathroom counter as there was on my face.
Things started to turn around after following the next two steps: blotting and applying concealer.
In her Allure tutorial, Duxbury says she taps a beauty sponge across her face to “make the surface smooth.” The technique worked, in my experience, and also removed some excess product, which I was grateful for.
She then adds concealer across most of her under-eye area and forehead, so I did the same. Luckily, Duxbury blends the product in with a sponge, so I didn’t have to use my hands again.
The end result was a glowing, full-coverage base that I didn’t hate.
The next step called for lots of powder, so I coated my face in makeup once again.
I could feel my skin’s hydration being removed with each swipe of my powder brush, but I thought the end result — a truly matte base — was decent.
I then returned to YouTube to hear Duxbury’s next step: patting your face with your hands to see if there are any sticky spots of foundation left. If there are, she says, you should add more powder.
In doing so, I became alarmed. I could no longer feel my skin, only layers and layers of makeup.
I had mixed feelings about the influencer’s bronzing and highlighting methods, but I can see why others might like the technique.
I placed my bronzer on the high points of my cheekbones as Duxbury recommends, and packed on a lot of product as she did in her tutorial. I then added a baby-pink blush and really liked the color added to my face.
But when it was time to highlight, I followed Duxbury’s instructions to mix a pink, white, and tan highlighter. It might have been the shades in the specific palette I used, but I thought this extra layer muddied the look.
Finally, it was time to work on my eyes, eyebrows, and lips.
I thought Duxbury’s brow instructions — drawing lines at the top and bottom of your brows and then filling them in — was really easy to follow. The same went for her eye-shadow routine.
She used a matte pink shadow to cover her lids, and a shimmer shade to add some dimension. I loved the final look and plan on wearing it again.
Her lipstick routine was a little more involved. She recommends using a liner to enhance the size of your lips, then adding a tan lipstick, and topping it with a gloss. Again, I really liked the end result.
Though my makeup looked great by the end of the routine, I didn’t feel nearly as good.
It took me a little over 30 minutes to complete this routine — 20 minutes more than Duxbury says it takes her. But by the end, it almost seemed worth it.
My face truly looked like I had a filter on, and I was surprised every time I looked in the mirror. I’d never seen myself look that way before. My simple iPhone photos couldn’t do the look justice.
But I couldn’t ignore how I felt emotionally. Because the makeup was so heavy from so many layers, I felt it every time I moved and talked.
Not only was it uncomfortable physically, but the weight was also a reminder constant that the version of myself I was presenting to the world wasn’t exactly me — it was some enhanced, Instagram-filter version.
Different people will go to different lengths to feel beautiful, and I think everyone should follow the routine that works for them. That includes Duxbury — I don’t think her routine necessarily deserves the hate and criticism it often gets on TikTok.
But for me personally, this routine was a step — or five — too far.
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