When it comes to applying makeup, I’ve suffered practically every kinda faux pas you can imagine. Blue eyeshadow all over the lid? Yep, been there. Walked around looking like an oompa loompa with a foundation that is a glowing shade of orange about four shades darker than my natural skin tone? Yep, I’ve done it. One of my worst faux pas? Cakey looking makeup. Thankfully nowadays I seem to have found a way to tackle my issue so I no longer have to experience the horrible look but honestly, almost everyday I still see people on Facebook sporting cakey makeup. Now I understand if you’re having a big photo shoot that your makeup is likely to be heavier than normal due to the fact that there would be lots of lights on you, but for everyday wear? I just don’t get it. Perhaps some people enjoy the look? My guess is that people simply don’t know how to avoid it. And let’s be fair, if you’re a newbie to makeup, it can be something difficult to avoid, trust me, I’ve been there. If you are someone who suffers from cakey makeup and you wish to tackle the issue to achieve a more natural and skin friendly look. Fear not, I’ve listed my top two tips below. Now I don’t claim to be an expert in applying, heck I’m not even a Makeup Artist. These two tips are simply what I follow and what I find work for me and hopefully will work for you too.
Use Products That Are Correct For Your Skin: The Right Formula and Shade
One of the most important things when it comes to wearing makeup is that you use the correct products for you. Sure Revlon ColorStay Foundation in Early Tan might work perfectly for your friend and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Barcelona might look incredible on your sister, but that doesn’t mean that the product is for you. There are hundreds of foundations on the market, all of which have different formulas. Some are suitable for dry skin, some are perfect for combination skin and others are ideal for those with oily skin. There are even foundations out there for Acne and congestion prone skin, the range really does vary. The key advice I could give to you is that you need to know your own skin. You need to know whether you’ve got normal, oily, combination or dry skin plus you need to know of any problems you may suffer from e.g. Acne, Rosacea, Comedones (blackheads) etc. By knowing this information, it will make finding makeup to suit your skin 100 times easier. If you’re not too sure about your skin, I’d recommend having a good close up look of it under a magnified mirror to see what you can spot. If you’re still none the wiser, I’d recommend taking a trip to get your skin checked out my a professional who can carry out skin analysis. There are plenty of dermatologists who can do this for you and even beauty therapists who carry out facials are trained to tell you this information. But what if you don’t know your skin type and you just guess a foundation which could be suitable? You could get lucky and find one suitable however, you could get it very wrong. Say you’ve got dry skin and you are using a product designed for someone with oily skin, this could make the condition of your skin worse which in turn affects the look. Now I’m not saying that by selecting the correct product will completely eliminate your chances of experiencing cakey makeup, I’m just saying that it is wise to start off with products you know will actually work for you. Oh and always remember, foundation isn’t meant to be detectable or noticeable, it is meant to even out your skin tone, hence why you should aim for a shade as close to your complexion as physically possible.
Apply products sparingly
The most important bit of advice I could probably give anyway suffering from cakey makeup is to watch how you apply. Sure you might be in a rush or you want the best amount of coverage there and then, but I seriously urge you not to be tempted to apply a large amount of product in one go. Instead, apply a little, fully blend it in and then if you’re not totally satisfied, apply a tiny bit more and see what you think. If you apply heaps of foundation it isn’t going to look good, trust me. Another thing you want to be really careful with is your powder. When it comes to powder, you want to use it to set your foundation and concealer and to eliminate any shine. You don’t want to apply lots and lots to the face as this will make it look cakey and worse as the day goes on. Another very important factor is that you blend everything in as best as possible. For this you can use whatever method you find works best but always make sure any harsh lines and undetectable to get the best natural look.
What are your top tips for avoiding cakey makeup?