Five Tricks to Avoid Cakey Foundation

We’ve all been there! Cakey foundation occurs when your foundation sits on your skin and doesn’t have a skin-like appearance (see picture below). It looks heavy and emphasizes texture, pores, wrinkles, fine lines, and anything else you don’t necessarily want to draw attention to. Usually, this happens because you may be overapplying or not blending your foundation properly. So, if you want to avoid the dreaded “cake face”, make sure to read the following tried and tested tricks.

  1. Choose the right foundation 

Unfortunately, some foundations simply have a bad formula. They will cake and emphasize texture regardless of what you do so choosing the right foundation type for your skin is necessary. Don’t be afraid of sampling more than one foundation at Sephora before you actually commit to buying. Also, only buildup the foundation where you need extra coverage and not all over the face which adds unnecessary texture. 

2. Exfoliate if you haven’t in a while

Exfoliating the skin is very important since dead skin cells build up (along with other oils, debris, leftovers, etc.) and may clog your pores which causes texture. The more texture you have, the less product you’ll be able to use since you don’t want to emphasize the texture. Also, if you have dry skin and your skin isn’t exfoliated regularly dry patches form. These rough patches aren’t the ideal surface for foundation application so try your best to treat them instead of just attempting to cover them. 

3. Use a sponge and a brush for blending

One of the main reasons your foundation may be caking is that you’re overapplying product. That’s why I suggest starting out with only a small amount (one pump) and using a paddle foundation brush (my favorites: Makeup Forever Foundation Brush, It Cosmetics Foundation Brush) to paint the product downwards on your face. Next, use a WET blending sponge (my favorites: Beauty Blender, Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge) to pat the foundation into your skin. The wet sponge will add moisture into your skin so your foundation won’t cling to dry patches and will also remove any excess product in case you did overapply. 

Bonus tip: if you find that you still need coverage on certain areas after doing this step, instead of applying more foundation everywhere, use a small fluffy eyeshadow brush to spot conceal with either the same foundation or a concealer. 

4. Don’t go crazy with the powder

Everyone wants coverage right?! The more, the merrier seems to be the philosophy of many people so what better way to add coverage than by using a heavy powder over your heavy foundation? I’m guilty of doing this myself sometimes! Makeup takes time and if I’m rushing I just try to slap on the most coverage I could get in the least amount of steps. This may include using a powder foundation over a liquid foundation which is a recipe for cake face. If you’re also guilty of this, start using a finely milled, sheer powder instead to avoid cakey foundation. 

5. Setting spray is your new best friend

If you still somehow managed to use too many powder products and you could see the powder sitting on top of your skin along with your foundation, grab your favorite setting spray (preferably hydrating and includes glycerin) and spray away. The setting spray will melt the powders, liquids, and creams together harmoniously to give you a second skin look instead of the dreaded cake face. 

Foundation could be tricky sometimes but with just a few tweaks here and there you’ll be looking and feeling your best! If you have your own trick for avoiding cakey foundation, make sure to leave it in the comments to help myself and others out. As always, feel free to ask me any questions you have and I hope you enjoyed these five tips to avoid cakey foundation! 

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