When you hear the term ‘cakey makeup,’ you may be tempted to associate it with the excellent appearance of cakes, which is wrong. Have you ever found yourself applying too much foundation or choosing the wrong formula? If so, then you have an idea of what it all entails.
Too much strength on your brush directly translates to a concentration of products on your face. This is what brings about the cakey look. Understanding your skin type and feeding it with the right formula is the best approach to prevent it. However, noticing a cakey look should not be the end of the world but rather a motivation to fix it for a better look.
Below are tips on how to fix cakey makeup without starting all over again.
Cakey makeup is sometimes due to the procedures used to wear it. In typical cases, makeup has to be well spread across the face. To do this better, opt for a damp sponge to apply your makeup.
It is always good to start with the center of the face before spreading to other parts of the face. With this, there will be even distribution, thus avoiding the cakey look.
The use of the damp sponge is beneficial in that it soaks up the excess product while still giving your face the much-needed glow.
Use a Blotting Paper
The blotting paper helps maintain your makeup by removing shiny spots on your skin through soaking the excess products. Even as you do this, be careful to avoid rubbing off all the foundation.
At the same time, the papers should never be pressed down as doing so will eventually push oils into the skin pores, which will cause more problems. Hold it gently against the skin and allow it to absorb the excess products.
Blotting papers should specifically be used on areas of the face that appear abnormally oily. In case the paper is out of reach, a makeup sponge will do you justice.
The use of blotting papers may not hamper with the foundation but may, in one way or another, disrupt the concealer. This may result in the exposure of the hidden spots. You are thus advised to re-apply the concealer the moment you are done with the paper.
Heavy Creams Are a Nuisance
Creams are the actual definition of a real cake. Without these creams, the cake would be something else. This is the same thing that happens to your face but in the opposite way.
Too much cream will lead to the cakey appearance, yet that is what we are avoiding. You are thus advised to go for products like light creams which can be spread easily.
If your skin is healthy, a liquid foundation may be all you need. Powder foundation will apply for people with oily faces. The oils soak up the excess powder leaving only the right amounts, which results in a glowing face.
Skincare is Part of It
The cakey makeup look may be due to your routine skin care procedures and products. Be sure that the product you use adds value to the skin.
For a decent look, products rich in hyaluronic acid are essential to keep the face hydrated. Look for products that are mixed with the acid for better results.
Mid-Coverage is the Best
Foundation is used to enhance your looks, but it is time you realized that too much of anything is dangerous. From the mirror, a heavy amount of foundation may look good to you, but wait until you step out of that house! Everything suddenly turns in to chaos.
A sudden change in weather makes you uncomfortable, and perhaps the excess layers will begin pouring down your face. It is thus right to go light on coverage. After all, light coverage grants you the freedom to use more and more products.
One of the most significant causes of cakey makeup is dry skin. That is why you have to come up with a strategy to moisturize the skin. One of the most creative ways of restoring moisture without tampering with makeup is the use of a face mist.
The mist introduces reasonable levels of moisture to your skin. However, avoid water-based face mist sprays as they will lead to more drying of the skin. The mist products are usually labeled since they can be used for several functions.
At the same time, the moisturizer you choose should be light. Anything that has to do with oil should be a no-go zone, or else you will make an already bad situation worse. On the same note, light moisturizers will not work if you have used powder.
The good thing about moisturizers is that they reduce the level of foundation coverage. This saves you products for another day without interfering with your desired look.
Use a Sponge
A damp sponge is an effective way of removing excess makeup from your skin. Begin by placing a tissue paper over the cakey parts. Do not rub it against the skin to avoid smearing oils on the surface.
When this is said and done, pick up your damp sponge and use it to soften the foundation. In most instances, you will have to make it wet but not soaking. With the softened foundation, you have a chance to correct the mess.
The same sponge helps to put everything into position. However, it has to be done gently, or else the second look will be no better than the initial.
Let the Eyes Guide You
To be honest, how many of you begin with eye makeup followed by the rest? I bet there are only a few, if any. As a matter of fact, the eyes act as a guide to the rest of the skin.
The coverage on the eyes is traditionally light, meaning you will adopt the same for the skin. Additionally, you will want to match the eyes to the skin.
The solution to a cakey makeup look is not adding some more but rather putting measures in place to reduce it. Always have a blotting paper with you to soak excess oils and sweat whenever they show up. Use the right formulas and application procedures to avoid troubles with makeup.
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