Foundation is an absolute lifesaver. For those days when your skin is a little worse for wear, or a big spot has developed right in the middle of your forehead over night, foundation is always there for us to lean on. But when we’re trying to cover up our hyper-pigmentation, large paws, blackheads and spots, achieving a naturally smooth skin base with a full coverage foundation can be tricky because it can become cakey very easily. With taking just a few simple steps, you can dodge cakey foundation every time you apply it.
1. Prep Your Skin
Before applying your foundation it’s important to take three key steps in avoiding a cakey foundation application. Firstly, wash your face. Wash away every spec of makeup or debris harvesting on the skin with a face wash or scrub. If you’re applying foundation on a daily basis, I’d avoid using a facial scrub on a daily basis, though.
Moisturise your skin. When applying your moisturiser, apply it in circular motions to massage the moisturiser into the skin and deep into the pores. This helps soften the skin, so that any little bumps caused by milia, blackheads, spots, or pores become softened and therefore appear less plump and rigid on the skin.
Finish your preparation with some primer, but wait at least 10-15 minutes before applying it. If you apply your primer soon after applying your moisturiser, the primer will simply slide off when applying your foundation, and won’t absorb into the skin. Allow your skin to absorb the moisturiser first, so that the primer is able to act as a barrier between your makeup and skin.
2. Choose Your Tool Wisely
The way in which you apply your foundation is crucial in how your foundation appears on the skin. Even when you’ve prepped your skin correctly, your preferred tool of application can determine whether or not your skin appears cakey once foundation is applied. If using a brush, go for a kabuki brush, and apply in circular motions so that the foundation can be massaged and absorbed into the skin. This means that less foundation is sitting on top of the skin. Make sure the brush is clean and soft to avoid application lines.
I like to apply my foundation with a wet sponge, which also helps the skin to absorb the foundation as the foundation is diluted with water. Applying foundation with a dry beauty blender allows the foundation to clump together, which makes foundation appear thicker and cakier (is that a word?!).
If you prefer to apply your foundation with your hands, apply your foundation in circular motions to allow absorption, and make sure you’re applying an even layer throughout the skin, dabbing in places over problem areas where you want a fuller coverage.
3. Apply With Caution
After you’ve applied your foundation, don’t be tempted to apply more products to the face straight away. By allowing your foundation to absorb into the skin, powders such as setting powder, bronzer, contour, or highlighter won’t stick to the wet parts of the face, which will make the skin appear cakey and uneven for sure. Applying any brush to a face full of wet foundation, will just take away the product on the face and onto the brush, making the skin appear not only cakey but uneven in tone.
Once your foundation has dried, apply product with a light hand – you don’t want to disturb the foundation sitting on the face. If you like to apply powder over the skin, opt for a translucent powder, so that the layer of powder will appear invisible, and not adding depth to the ridges on the surface of the skin.
4. Don’t Be Tempted
Finally, don’t be tempted into blending powders such as bronzers, contours, or setting powders too much. This will just take away foundation from the skin, add depth and discolouration, and indeed, cakeyness! Don’t be tempted into adding anything liquid on top of powder either. Think of applying your powder as sealing your makeup with a kiss!
If you’re a fan of baking, don’t get carried away with the amount of skin you’re baking. Keep it clean, and don’t apply blusher, bronzer or contour onto baked areas, because it just wont sit. Instead you’ll end up being able to see a clear line between your baked area and your bronzer!
Et Voila! Smooth and dewy cakeless skin!