Why does my make up look so cakey??

By Robyn Dowsley - June 28, 2017

Sometimes we spend a lot of time doing our make up - other times we spend very little time doing it.  But one thing we don’t want when we have finished is for us to end up with a cakey looking finish!  It has happened to me in the past and I have gone out of the house hoping no one would notice just how cakey I looked
So what’s the secret to a cake-free face?  

You can see in this image above the texture of my skin.  In this photo I applied way too much powder and rubbed my foundation in  using a harsh motions. I also went over board on to the concealer under my eyes - rubbing it in with my fingers




As you can see - there is no evidence of the cakiness now :)

MOISTURISE.  You need to moisturise your skin - that should always be your first step. Make sure your skin is well hydrated.  Choose any moisturiser that suits your skin and your needs and apply it before applying make up.  Make sure you wait until the moisturiser is dry before starting on your make up. If you don’t leave it to sink into your skin you could end up mixing the foundation with the moisturiser and ending up with a streaky mess
APPLY PRIMER! It is a must!  
Before I apply my primer I like to give my face just a spritz of rosewater, it's only something I’ve been doing recently but it has become an integral part of my beauty routine. I wait for that to dry - then I prime!
Primer is a really important step in your make up routine and it is one that you should NOT be skipping.  Primer has so many benefits.
Applying a primer before you put your foundation on is going to help increase the longevity of your foundation.  Primer fills the fine lines and the pores and gives your skin an oil free base for your foundation to sit on.  Foundation can be broken down by the natural oils in your skin - but applying a primer gives your foundation something to stick to.  
Primer can help even out your skin and if you suffer from dark circles or rosacea (redness of the skin) you can also get a tinted primer that will help eliminate the redness or the dark circles on your skin.  
Because primer absorbs the oil and essentially leaves you with a nice even base to put your foundation onto, you are going to find that your makeup is going to look nice and soft and velvety.  
Just make sure you wait for it to dry before applying foundation.
YOUR APPLICATION OF FOUNDATION is a really important step. It can make it or break it in terms of the cakey look.
The first thing you need to do is make sure you are using a foundation that is suited to your skin.  I have been through so many different foundations to try and find one that worked for my skin not only to stop it looking cakey but one that wasn’t too oily, was the right colour, that made my skin feel nice, that didn’t leave me with acne afterwards and one that didn’t clog up my skin.  I have found a few foundations that have suited me.  What you need to do is find the one that is right for you. If you have really oily skin you might find that a matte finish foundation is better for you whereas if your skin is oily this type of foundation may not work as well
The way you apply your foundation and the the amount you use is the key to getting a flawless non cakey finish.  If you put foundation on your fingers and rub your foundation into the skin you will get a good coverage but you will also start the exfoliation process just by rubbing your skin.  A brush could potentially do this too. So what you need to make sure of is that you aren’t rubbing your skin. Try dabbing the foundation onto the skin with a sponge or a beauty blender - you may end up using a little more product this way but it will help if you are having trouble getting your make up to not be cakey.  
A foundation brush works really well as it is nice and soft.
CONSERVE YOUR CONCEALER apply very little and only to the areas you need. Why not try putting your concealer on after you put your foundation on for a change and see if the foundation covers the blemishes you wanted to hide. If it doesn't lightly dab your concealer on these problem areas but try and remember that too much product and too much layering will result in a cakey finish
When I was younger I thought the more makeup I put on the more coverage I will have.  True - I will have more coverage but it comes at a cakey cost.  
A lot of us put our foundation on and then go over the top with a powder - why not - its going to help you with that flawless finish right?  Sure it is going to give you more coverage but you need to use it sparingly - over loading your face with too much powder is going to leave it looking cakey and possibly dried out.  
To apply your powder use either a sponge or brush and apply it sparingly. Just powder what needs powdering then afterwards you can use either a damp sponge or beauty blender and dab it over your face to remove any excess powder.
SET YOUR MAKE UP.  You need to set your make up with something and if you are having trouble with cakeyness then a powder may not be the best option - however I do find the translucent powders to be very good.  You can use a setting spray or rose water works really well as well.  This of course is going to set your make up and help it last longer  


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