Why does my makeup get “cakey”?

A question always asked is why does my makeup get cakey and how can I prevent this…?

There are many reason why this happens with makeup so I’ve listed a few and also some tips to avoid!

Reasons it happens and how to prevent.

  • wearing the wrong foundation for skin type – make sure you are wearing the right coverage and texture for your skin type. If you are very oily and wear a dewy foundation it can mix with the natural oils and create a thickening effect. Same as dry skin, if you wear something too matte it can almost crust up… not very nice.
  • Not prepping the skin properly – even if you are oily or dry, by prepping the skin properly, it can help a lot with foundation texture… by this I mean if you are dry for example but you would still like a matte finish, making sure you have great hydrating products underneath Will help with the finish.
  • Weather – we all now humidity is not our friend when it comes to makeup! In this case I try to avoid too much product, less is more definitely!
  • Too much powder/wrong consistency a this is one of the main mistake, sometime powder is not necessary and if it is, use sparingly, where needed. I like to let my foundation fry a bit before applying powder so Will usually y my foundation first and powder as the last step after everything else.
  • Wearing too much foundation and the wrong colour – too much foundation is probably the main cause of the cakey effect for most. You really only need a pump of foundation and then some concealer if correction is need. A good indication of when you have too much foundation is the how hard it is to blend.

Tools and trick

  • a wet beauty sponge is great
  • Patting product in to the skin instead of rubbing
  • Duo fibre brushes are your friend
  • A makeup fixing spray is great to prevent cakey makeup
Kim Kiernan

Makeup Artist & Beauty Columnist

Kim provides professional makeup services in Malta for any occasion, working in all areas of makeup including Bridal, photographic, television, film and special effects as well as teaching makeup lessons one to one and to groups. With over 10 years experience, Kim has worked with the biggest and most sought after brands in the industry, internationally with MAC, Smashbox and Estee Lauder in Dublin and Toronto and most recently, heading the MAC Cosmetics brand in it's launch in Malta.

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