Top Tips

To Cake or not to Cake



Hi guys!

How are you all today?

We all have things in our makeup routine that give us grief from time to time. I really struggle with winged liner, and smudging out my lower lash line without creating a waterfall in the outer corner of my left eye (every time!). I also struggle with cakey foundation from time to time. It’s an annoying thing that can happen to all of us; we think our makeup looks bomb until we catch it in real light or go to blow our nose. Maybe even your selfies don’t look as great as usual.

In the first image, I feel that although aspects of my makeup looks awesome, my base looks really thick and seems to be lying on my skin like a greasy layer, especially around my nose. It wasn’t really a great look. However in the second image, everything looks more melted into the skin and less cakey. Both images were taken with a selfie light.

Today, I wanted to share some tips for how to avoid cake face at all costs.


Exfoliate: Sometimes the thing that causes foundation to appear thicker and not sit on the skin perfectly is a build-up of dead skin. By exfoliating regularly, you remove these dead cells and create a cleaner base for foundation and primer to blend into. I use the Witch Hazel Gentle Exfoliating Face Wash. It’s one of the few that doesn’t set my sensitive, dry skin off. I use it once a week.

Find a primer that suits your preferences: Not all primers were made equal, and none will work for everyone. Some people prefer a thicker formula, whereas for me I find that this can make foundation cake on me. I prefer a thinner formula that feels quite moisturising since I hate my skin feeling too dry. By using products that you are comfortable with, you are more likely to get the result that you want.

Don’t overuse products: The easiest way to create cake face is by piling on a lot of unnecessary products on the face. We have all seen the 100 layers challenges; it’s not a hot look! I tend to find that 1 to 2 pumps of foundation and primer is enough to give decent coverage on my face. I never have any product left on my hand with this amount, and I can always add a bit more if necessary. By adding too much product, they won’t blend into the skin properly and it is more likely to look messy as the day goes on. You can always add more if needs be, but it’s much harder to take away.

Use the right tools for the job: Over the past year, I have started to realise that not all foundations apply the best with a brush. By using the wrong tools, you can get an overly heavy look if you are not careful. Lately I have been using the L’Oréal Infallible 24HR Foundation. This applies really heavy and cakey with a dense foundation buffing brush, however if applied with a flat topped brush such as the Bare Minerals Precision Face Brush, or with a sponge, you get a much more natural effect, and the foundation blends in better with the skin. Experiment with different brushes and tools if you are struggling with a particular foundation for it’s cakiness. You might get a surprise.

Baking isn’t for everyone: I hate baking. Everytime that I have tried it, it really dries my skin out and makes the foundation around my eyes look really thick. All of these amazing techniques that we see on YouTube or Instagram don’t work for everyone, and can cause really undesired effects if your skin isn’t suited to that technique. I have heard a few people advise those with dry skin not to attempt baking their concealer. Believe me, I have tried it; I looked a hot mess. Just set everything with a light setting powder; it is all that you’ll need.

Using Setting Spray: Setting spray is one of those products that I’ve really only started using regularly in the last year or so. The right ones can really help your products melt into your skin and look more flawless and skin-like. I use the Urban Decay All-Nighter, which I do like, but I really want to try the Morphe one.

So those are some of my tips for preventing a cakey foundation face. Have you got any extra tips? Please add them to the comments below.

Have a lovely day guys, and take care.