Cakey Makeup

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Cakey makeup can be a huge confidence breaker and a complete mood killer. No one wants their makeup to look like a cake flop! So why does it happen and how can you prevent it?

Oils and Moisture

Woman applying foundation

The main reason cakey makeup appears is because there’s too much product or oils on the skin.

People with oily skin are more prone to this; however, if you have normal or dry skin, it can still happen—if you didn’t prep the skin correctly or if you’re using too much product. The excess moisture and oils sit on the skin and can therefore look cakey.

Too Much Powder

Young woman wearing perfect makeup on one side, and cakey makeup on the other

Another cause of cakey makeup is, you guessed it, too much powder. Applying too much powder will absorb too much of the oils and moisture on your skin, and lead to an uneven finish.

Tip: To avoid cakey makeup, focus your powder on the places you get the most oily—usually the cheeks and forehead. Avoid the places you’re dry, like the sides of your nose, cheeks, and chin. You can also skip applying powder altogether. Instead, opt for a sheer layer of foundation.

Layering with Incorrect Products

Woman removing her makeup

Layering the wrong products can also lead to cakey makeup; for example, using the wrong kind of primer or wrong foundation.

Primers are meant to fill in any lines or wrinkles, shrinking down the pores and providing a base. Depending on what type of skin you have, you might need a matte primer if you have oily skin or an illuminating primer if you have dry skin.

In terms of foundation, there are different formulas and textures available. Pick something lightweight and oil-free if you have oily skin. If you have dry skin, opt for a formula with oil-based moisturizing ingredients.

Removing Cakey Makeup

If you’ve applied too much makeup and it’s making your makeup look cakey, don’t despair—you can still remove it. However, it’s important to ensure you do it correctly in order to avoid any damage to the skin.

Start by first removing any excess powder. Take a damp washcloth and gently blot your face in an outward motion until the powder is absorbed. Next, take an oil-based makeup remover and make circular motions around your face. This will help lift the cakey makeup, while also adding moisture to your skin.

If you’re still struggling to remove the cakey makeup, simply wet the makeup remover with a dampened cotton pad and allow the product to set for a few minutes before wiping off.

Cakey makeup doesn’t have to be a frequent occurrence if you know what the causes are and how to prevent it. Primer, foundation, and powder play an important role in your makeup look and when used properly, can result in a flawless finish.

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