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  • Writer's pictureLulu S

How to Avoid Cakey Foundation

Updated: Aug 16, 2021

Is your foundation looking cakey? Here's why it might be happening and things you can do to fix it.

We've all been there. You're excited to go out, put on your new outfit and get all done up. Just when you're about ready to go, you take a selfie with your bestie, and there it is. Your makeup has betrayed you. You've got layers of cake on your face that even FaceTune can't help with.

So how do you fix it? This might not be what you wanted to hear, but, most of how you fix it starts even before you apply your foundation. Before I tell you how to fix it, lets learn a little bit about why it's happening.

Why is this happening?

  • You're not blending out your makeup properly.

  • Your skin routine needs some help.

  • You're not using the right products.

  • Your skin is too dry.

  • You're unsure where to start.

How can I fix?

  • First things first. Fix your skin care routine. The key to a flawless makeup application is to have a beautiful canvas to work off of. Make sure that you are using all the things your skin loves, every day and night. Using a good exfoliator, moisturizer, cleanser, and face serum. Be careful when choosing your exfoliator. Choose a chemical exfoliator with ingredients like AHAs and BHAs and do not exfoliate everyday. These will remove any dead skin cells and give your skin that glowy finish. It will also remove those dry patches that may be causing your foundation to clump too. Im a fan of moisturizing more than once a day and using a serum even if my skin is not normally dry. The more hydration, the better! Serums nourish your skin and most have hyaluronic acid in them that make your skin look plump. Serums and exfoliators will help tremendously if you're someone with dry skin.

  • Prep your skin accordingly. Whether you have dry or oily skin - prepping your skin with a good moisturizer and primer in areas where you need it is crucial. Remember, you never over hydrate your skin. Give a little extra love to your under eye area, and use a face oil in the areas that you need it most.

  • Use the right tools and products. If you're just starting out with makeup, choose a foundation that is medium to high coverage that does not require tons of layering. Use a blending sponge instead of a brush so that you avoid putting on too much product which can cause some caking to happen. Using a sponge leaves out any streaking that might be left behind from a brush. If you haven't blended out your foundation properly it might leave behind a chalky affect. No sweat - just dampen your sponge and go over the area until it looks blended and even. A damp sponge can resolve most of your problems - even when you over apply.

  • Take a makeup lesson. Book a discovery call with me so that we can talk about building a lesson for you so that you're more comfy when it comes time to creating a flawless foundation look.

  • Practice. No one is perfect at doing makeup! Take your time and don't stress. You'll get better at it, promise :)

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