A Cakey Foundation Look? A Big No-no!

Full coverage foundation is designed to create a flawless effect. It evens out skin tone, conceals blemishes, and lightens dark spots. Not only that, but foundation makeup also serves as the base for the other cosmetic products in your beauty arsenal.

If you get this step wrong, your makeup can look unnatural and mask-like. Here are some reasons why you have that awful cakey foundation look:

1.   You Missed the Prep Stage

You must prepare your skin if you want foundation makeup to set in perfectly.

  • First, wash your face with an exfoliating cream foam cleanser designed for your skin type.
  • Massage the product across your cheeks, forehead, chin, nose, and neck.
  • Scrub away all the dead skin, acne, dirt, and oil.
  • After rinsing, pat your face dry with a soft towel.
  • You can also dab an ice cube on your face to minimize your pores.
  • Next, apply moisturizer to hydrate your skin followed by a primer to keep your foundation for dry skin intact for an extended period.

If you skip these steps and apply the foundation directly, it’s going to smudge and set incorrectly.

2.    You Used Concealer First

This versatile product is used to hide dark circles, acne, bruises, and other blemishes. However, you need to apply foundation first before using a concealer. If you reverse the order, your foundation will look bulgy and uneven. Instead of hiding problem areas, you will end up emphasizing them. Also, make sure the concealer shade matches your skin tone.

3.    Your Foundation Is Too Heavy

Unless you’re a bride or a newscaster, you don’t need a heavy foundation. Thick, matte products are no longer in fashion, as they are difficult to apply correctly and take a long time to set.

If you don’t need your makeup to last for more than eight hours, a lightweight foundation will do the trick. This type of cosmetic is not only good for everyday use, but it is also easy to remove.

Do you have flaky or scaly skin? Use a thin coverage foundation for dry skin for an effortlessly polished look.

4.  You Used the Wrong Tools

Do you use your fingers to spread liquid foundation across your face? Or do you prefer applying it with a makeup brush? Skip both methods if you want to put on foundation correctly. For one thing, your foundation may end up looking stringy because of the brush bristles. 

For an even application, use a soft makeup sponge. With it, you can distribute foundation uniformly across your face and neck. Good thing most cushion foundations come with a makeup sponge. 

5.   You Are Using Too Much Compact

Compact powder is used to set your foundation and concealer. “Set” here means that the cosmetics stick longer to your skin. Use just enough, as applying a thick layer of compact can make your face look overdone. Keep in mind that you have the chance to touch up your face throughout the day.


6.   You Are Too Hasty

You must wait for your liquid foundation to set in properly before you can start applying other makeup. If you use brushes and powders on wet foundation, you’re going to have a smudged face. Your foundation will look unbalanced compared to the rest of your cosmetics.

Once you apply liquid foundation, relax for a few minutes. When your foundation has dried completely, you can proceed with the rest of the makeup.

How to Prevent Cakey Makeup

  • Select the correct foundation for your skin type. Aside from choosing a product that is suitable for dry or oily skin, make sure your foundation won’t clog your pores. If you have combination skin, your foundation should be sheer enough that you can apply it in layers.
  • Choose the right shade for your complexion. Go for a Goldilocks tone: not too dark, not too light.
  • Apply makeup in the proper order. Remember: cleanser, moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer, compact, then everything else. Easy peasy.
  • Learn how to blend. Master this, and you can fix a multitude of makeup sins. It takes practice though.
  • Invest in high-quality products. Cheaper foundation makeup brands may not stand up to heat or humidity. When they smudge, your face will end up looking patchy.

The Takeaway

Do you prefer full coverage foundation? Make sure you apply it the correct way.  Essentially, the makeup you use must accentuate your natural features. The idea is to give your face a healthy and appealing glow.

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