How to Prevent Pilling aka Annoying Bobbles In Your Makeup

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You might not have heard of “pilling” but we are pretty sure that if you have put makeup on your face, you’ve experienced it.

“Pilling” describes the tiny little bobbles that sometimes appear on your face after you have applied your makeup. You moisturize, apply primer, and then buff in the foundation only to notice that your skin doesn’t look smooth and flawless. The smooth finish is ruined by tiny bobbles and you have no idea how they got there.

Sound familiar?

“It’s called pilling, and it’s the effect of either over-layering products, or when product textures don’t agree with each other combined with the friction of hand/brush application, resulting in bobbles of product appearing on the skin, a bit like flakes of rubber when you rub something out on paper,” founder of 001 Skincare Ada Ooi told Glamour.

To prevent pilling from occurring, avoid silicone-based products where possible as these are the main culprits. You can also minimize the chances of bobbles appearing by exfoliating regularly and wearing a little less product. If you do layer your product, wait in between applications to make sure each layer is completely dry.

It really is as simple as that.