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Cakey makeup is not an ideal look that most people want to achieve. Avoid the look of cakey foundation with our tips and tricks to the perfect makeup finish.



Although it’s an issue that many of us have dealt with at one time or another, cakey makeup can be tricky to define. But when you notice it, you’ll know what it is. Cakey makeup, or foundation, looks thicker and heavier than you’d like, and can be uneven, flaking, or splotchy. ​

Essentially, it’s not ideal, and it’s something that you’ll probably want to avoid. But it can be hard to know how. If you want to find out why makeup might look cakey, and how to avoid it, read on. 


Cakey makeup has a few different causes. You might think that full-coverage or high-coverage foundation is to blame, but that’s not always the case. Often, it’s caused by using too much of a product, like setting powder, or applying it in thicker layers. With makeup, less is often more, and this is the case when trying to avoid that cakey look.​

Full coverage foundation for Dry skin: dry skin can cause cakey makeup too, so keeping your skin smooth and hydrated will help to reduce the chances of your makeup or foundation caking. 


Step 1

First of all, make sure that your skin is hydrated. Drink plenty of water, moisturise, and keep a look out for skincare products containing hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid. Oily skin can often go hand-in-hand with cakey makeup, so you may want to use blotting sheets to blot excess oil too. Find the best full-coverage foundation for your skin type.​

Step 2

It’s best to use a lightweight foundation. Just as applying foundation in thick layers can cause it to look cakey, a heavier foundation can have the same effect. Using a lightweight foundation in thinner layers will help to prevent caking. ​

Step 3

A damp sponge or blender is best for applying foundation if you’re concerned about it becoming cakey. Makeup sponges absorb excess foundation to leave behind a thinner, lighter layer of foundation. By contrast, using a brush can make your foundation more cakey as the bristles can rub and flake your skin. Be sure to dab off any excess foundation, as this will help avoid your foundation turning cakey later on. ​

Step 4

Before you apply the foundation itself, it’s best to use a primer. Our Touche Éclat Blur Primer comes in an illuminating gel format that evens your skin tone and creates an ideal canvas for your foundation and makeup, so it’ll help prevent caking. To use, just apply one pump on the back of the hand and apply with gentle sweeping motions from the centre of the face outwards. Leave it to melt into the skin for 10 seconds before applying your foundation. 

Step 5

It may also be worth using a setting spray after your foundation. It’ll lock your makeup into place as well as get rid of any residue that might remain, avoiding the cakey look and helping to achieve a more natural style. 


Using a lightweight, breathable foundation, like our Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation, will help to prevent caking in the first place. ​

This foundation offers a natural healthy glow and a flawless, non-cakey finish, along with up to 24 hours of comfortable wear and coverage, plus hydration. It has a non-sticky and weightless feel and offers protection from UV rays with an SPF of 22. ​

It comes in a range of shades to suit different skin tones, and its buildable coverage formula gives you the freedom to layer the product to move from medium to full coverage. ​

Alternatively, take a look at our All Hours Foundation for a full-coverage foundation that’s also lightweight. It provides up to 24 hours of full coverage and a weightless feel that’s barely noticeable on your face. The formula is infused with Hyaluronic acid for all day hydration. Waterproof, transfer-resistant, and suitable for sensitive skin, it’s another foundation that should help prevent caking. 

If you want to avoid caking, don’t forget to follow our tips above. Why not take a look at our full range of foundations? ​

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