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.
HOW TO AVOID CAKEY FOUNDATION
WHAT IS CAKEY MAKEUP?
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.
WHY DOES MY MAKEUP LOOK CAKEY?
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.
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.
HOW TO APPLY FOUNDATION TO PREVENT IT CAKING?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LIGHTWEIGHT BUT FULL COVERAGE FOUNDATION