How To Prevent Cakey Makeup


By Bea Punzalan from THREAD PH

Girl, it’s a piece of cake.

One of the biggest makeup mistakes is heading out the door with a totally caked-up face. Instead of hiding unwanted blemishes, acne, redness, and hyperpigmentation, cakey foundation can actually amplify these skin problems even more.

You want a flawless finish that makes your face look seamless and perfect, mimicking the words of the beauty gurus out there — “Your skin but better”. Applied properly, foundation can be your biggest makeup best friend.

Avoid this infamous beauty blunder with our tips and tricks below!


1. Keep Your Face Moisturized

Just like painting, you want a perfect canvas: smooth, free from debris, and to put it plainly, clean.

Before layering your foundation on your face, you need to prime and moisturize your face to achieve a smoother application. Hydrating your skin with moisturizer and primer will reduce fine lines and dry spots that your foundation may otherwise emphasize.

It’s a crucial step pre-foundation, so don’t ever forget it! Even if your skin type is oilier than usual, never miss out on moisturizing. Just know which products will keep the sebum at bay.


2. Choose The Right Tool

Some people prefer using brushes to apply their liquid foundation. But if you usually get a caked-up finish, opt for a makeup sponge instead. It leaves your skin looking airbrushed and natural.

It’s quite common for makeup brushes to be the cause of cakey foundation. If you reach for a buffing brush for application, the only way to blend it in is to continuously rub it into the skin. But this kind of motion not only leaves harsh marks on your finish, but can potentially damage your skin.

That’s where the beauty of the makeup sponge comes in. With a makeup sponge, you never rub the product onto your skin. Simply pat or bounce the makeup sponge until your foundation is fully blended. The results will amazeyou. And don’t forget to use the sponge damp — this makes it even easier to blend and will add another layer of moisture to your makeup application.


3. Don’t Overdo the Powder

Yes, baking your face is fun. Some people believe that building up their face with powder will prevent their foundation from caking up. Well, that’s absolutely wrong. In fact, you only need a thin layer of powder to set your foundation.

Opt for a loose translucent powder and apply it in areas that are prone to oiliness, like your T-zone. Keep it light and don’t over-do it!


4. And At The End of The Day…

Remove your makeup and let your face rest from all the layers and layers of makeup you put on it. We can’t stress enough how important it is to take care of your skin. It’s incredibly important to give it enough care and attention — aside from general health benefits, it makes putting on makeup even easier.

So at the end of the day, do your usual skin care routine and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done!


And that’s it for our tips and tricks on how to cakey foundation! Comment below if you’ve got other tricks that worked for you to prevent cakey makeup.