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How To Fix Cakey Makeup | Why Your Foundation Gets Cakey

August 24, 2019

Imagine spending hours doing your makeup only to realize you’ve applied your foundation wrongly, used too much foundation or powder or for some other reasons you now look ‘CAKEY’. That ain’t cute and sometimes it’s pretty annoying, as a matter o fact, one of the most googled makeup related question is how to fix this cakey makeup situation.

Fortunately, there is more than one way to fix this common mistake with foundation application; pros have come up with some helpful makeup hacks to solve this problem without having to wipe the makeup off and start all over again; I’ll be sharing some of them in this article.

1. Make Sure You Moisturize Your Face

Makeup is great, but have a great skin underneath your makeup is even greater; to do this you must have a working skincare routine. Once you’ve cleansed your face and you’re ready to put on your makeup, the first thing to do is your skin prep. When you wash your face, you wash off any form of oil on your face, it is expedient that you apply a moisturizer to hydrate your skin and reduce the incidence of overproduction of oil that can occur as a result of dryness. Dryness is one of the causes of cakey foundation on dry skin

A moisturizer can also help to create a smooth base for your foundation; when you apply foundation on a moisturized and hydrated skin, it looks like a second skin. No cakiness whatsoever.

In addition to moisturizing, ensure you use a good primer; either a moisturizing primer or a mattifying primer or both, depending on your skin need. Primers serve as a base for your entire skin makeup – foundation, highlighting and contouring; it gives your foundation something to cling on thereby making your make up last longer.

2. Make Use Of The Right Foundation Formula For Your Skin Type

Foundations come in different formulas, there are liquid, cream and even powder foundation. Some foundations are oil-free while some aren’t. When you have oily skin, after using a good primer, go for liquid, matte, oil-free foundation formulas that won’t clog your pores. If you have dry skin, moisturize properly, use a primer and preferably go for a hydrating foundation.

In either case of dry, combination or oily skin, one way you can’t go wrong is if you make use of a liquid foundation with a skin-like texture. These kind of foundation are lightweight, they can be buildable to full coverage without caking or getting thick on your face. If you’re making use of a full coverage foundation, be careful of the number of layers you pile on.

Superb foundations I recommend include Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Foundation, Nyx Can’t stop won’t stop, Maybelline Superstay 24hr Foundation, Revlon 24hr colorstay, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, Huda Beauty Faux filter foundation, to mention but a few.

Ensure you are using the right tool to apply your foundation, dome foundation brushes are great, beauty blenders work awesome as well.

3. Make Use Of Blotting Paper

When you notice that your face is getting oily, instead of trying to make it matte by applying powder, make use of a blotting paper to dab (do not swipe or press) your face. Alternatively, you can make use of a tissue paper if you don’t have a blotting paper.

If you realize that you’ve taken some products off your face and you need to reapply makeup on some parts, make use of a damp (not soaking wet) beauty sponge to touch up.

4. Make Use of A Hydrating Mist

At the end of applying your makeup, set your entire face with a setting spray. If along the line during the day you find out that your makeup is beginning to look cakey especially if you’ve reapplied powder as your method to reduce oiliness, get yourself a hydrating mist, rose water is a good one, and spray it all over your face. This would break down the cakiness an overall cool your entire face makeup.

You can also follow up with your damp beauty sponge.

5. Don’t Get Tired Of Blending

One process in makeup application that we all agree on is that ‘blending is key’.  As you layer on products o your face, ensure you’re blending it properly with the right tool. A good way to blend is to start from the middle of your face and work towards the outer part.

Do not forget to reach your neck and jawline while applying your foundation. Nothing gives away cakiness on the face like different complexion on your face and another on your neck.

reas that tend to be lighter than your face.

 Why Your Beauty Sponge Needs To Be Damp

Note that the keyword here is DAMP, this means you wet your beauty sponge and then squeeze out the water from it. Using a damp beauty sponge will soften your foundation and make blending easy, absorbing whatever excess product you have on your face.

A damp sponge will help soften the foundation that’s on your face so it’s easier to work with.

Have you had any experience like this? How did you fix it? Let me know in the comments if you have more ways to fix cakey foundation.