EXFOLIATE AND MOISTURIZE FIRST:
Before you put on your foundation, you’re going to want to make sure your skin is properly hydrated, exfoliated and moisturized. This is key to your makeup applying properly – the way you want it to look, and it’ll help your foundation to apply smooth and radiantly, instead of caking onto your skin or flaking off. Buy an exfoliant to help get rid of any dry, flaky or dead skin before you put on your makeup. Then, apply moisturizer. If you have dry skin, you’ll especially not want to skip this step or your makeup will settle into your lines on your face, or worse: crack.
USE A LIQUID FOUNDATION:
Liquid-formula foundations tend to deliver a more flawless and natural application and finish than powder or cream foundations. Not only that, they’re easier to apply, generally come in a wider shade range, and are easier to build coverage on. Plus, liquid foundations tend to mimic the texture of your natural skin, so it sits more naturally and smoothly, just by using the product. But the most important thing with liquid foundation is that less is more: and a little product goes a long way in terms of coverage.
APPLY YOUR FOUNDATION WITH A DAMP SPONGE:
The best technique to reduce cakiness is definitely using a damp makeup sponge, and tapping the product into your skin and all over your face. This will even out the coverage and blend the product into the skin. The key to using a sponge for foundation application is to ensure it’s just lightly damp and not soaking wet. Run the sponge under warm water, and then wring it out slightly with a towel, so that it still feels moisturized but not dripping water.
APPLY A SMALL, THIN LAYER:
The key to looking natural and cakey is the amount of foundation you’re using. Remember, just like concealer, foundation can be blended out. So when you’re applying dots of foundation to the skin, it shouldn’t cover every inch of your face. Instead, leave some space so that there’s room to blend out, and to avoid over-layering. If an area needs more coverage, lightly apply a little more, but be sure to tap it into the skin to avoid looking cakey. Also, remember that you’ll apply concealer after so don’t go overboard!
FINISH WITH A SETTING SPRAY:
Even the best foundation applications can look cakey or crack sometimes if they’re not set properly. Pick up a setting spray that’ll keep your makeup locked into place, while still hydrating and keeping your skin feeling fresh. If you’re prone to dry skin, buy a small rose water spray to keep in your purse to refresh your skin when it’s feeling dry and stiff. But with the right product and some practice, you’ll get natural looking skin every time!