(Closed) Full coverage makeup comes out cakey – any tips?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
1949 posts
Buzzing bee

have you tried changing your primer?

Post # 4
600 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I think you just need to try new products. Ask at Mac or Sephora for some tips. Moisturizer day and night!  A good primer and a nice setting spray instead of a setting powder should help. Also, a new moisturizing foundation! I think you just need to experiment. 

Post # 5
57 posts
Worker bee

Always use a primer to smooth down dry spots – Smashbox is great. Then use a flat top kabuki and apply foundation in circles so you are buffing it in – Sigma makes a great one. Lots of people swear by a damp Beauty blender and bouncing it on the skin but I feel the coverage isn’t as good. If you must set with a powder, don’t use too much and make sure it’s finely milled. Finish with a setting spray which also helps with the cakiness.

If any help my favourites are Kat Von D lock-it. It’s very high coverage, but Lancome Teint Miracle has got to be the best out there IMO.

Post # 6
1949 posts
Buzzing bee

Mac HD is that the airbrush line?  I heard Airbrush is nearly impossible to apply yourself and get a natural finish.  

If you are using their liquids, I would recomend trying a different primer than your day makeup.  Mac Illuminate is a good moisturizing primer. It has mineral specks in it, which may help give some dimension.  

I also use mario balducci rose water spray before I start applying full coverage and after to set it.  I like applying full coverage on damp skin. It helps to have damp skin first if you are going to layer it up too.  Using a setting spray rather than powder seems to work well with full coverage too.  If you want to control oil Urban Decay has a great oil control setting spray.  

I also use a damp beauty blender when using a full coverage foundation.  A foundation brush, and a billowy kabuki brush are nice to have too.  If you find your makeup is heavy or cakey, try using a softer brush. 

As always…. wash, rinse with cold water, mositruise, shrink pores, prime, Makeup, and set!

Post # 7
216 posts
Helper bee

Full coverage is always going to be a tiny bit cakey, there’s no getting around that. A few things that will help reduce cakiness include using a bueaty blender as opposed to a brush and making sure the ingredients in your foundation/primer match.

For your eye area, what are you doing? Are you using just foundation? Just concealer? Or both?

Post # 8
1949 posts
Buzzing bee

I just saw that you have issues around your eyes?  May I ask why? Are you trying to cover up a certain flaw? Does your eyemakeup end up on your cheeks? Do you have dark circles or fine lines?  There are several great products and tips that handle the eye area amazingly.  I find that if i handle the issue well, (in my case I have circles or bags) I can use less foundation as I approach the eye area and it looks more natural.  

I also have an eye primer that actually works better on the eye area than face primer!

Post # 9
812 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

i use a damp beauty blender and it works wonders for me. i’ve tried everything else and it always looked obvious, would leave brush streaks or just look cakey. i would give it a try! i buy the brand Beauty Junkees and they’re great. 

Pink Teardrop Makeup Sponge

Post # 10
1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Moisturise your skin first and avoid powder if you can. I find powder causes creases. I’ll sometimes add powder to my chin, jaw and cheeks but not on my forehead or eyes cos it shows the fine lines too much.

Your finish will be smoother.

Post # 11
36 posts

It really could just be your foundation is old as well  I use tarte foundation as well as becca for full coverage makeup and depending on my mood use my beauty blender or a makeup brush and never have a cakey issue. OP did I read correctly you use a powder foundation for full coverage? that could be why as powder at least for me tends to get a little cakey as time goes on because even though I don’t have oily skin under my eyes especially if I’m drinking for some reason gets like that  I would suggest trying a light weight foundation like the tarte and see if that helps  

Post # 12
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

For full coverage on drier skin that won’t look cakey, I’d started by doing a face mask (I use clay or activated charcol based ones for my combination skin), wash with tepid water and a clean washcloth, exfoliate gently, moisturize, then use a good primer, possibly a moisturizing one (NYX makes a hydrating primer, it’s in a blue tube, actually works very well for the price compared to the Smashbox primers I’ve used in the past). 

If your concealer and/or foundation are more than a year old, I’d replace them. Liquid foundation for full coverage works better for me, and I recently discovered beauty blenders- they don’t leave streaks like my brushes do which was surprising. I’m still learning how to use it best, so applying my foundation that way is taking me a little longer, but the results are well worth it. 

Translucent setting powder works well for some, myself included, but the best results I’ve had were with setting spray (the one from Urban Decay is fantastic!). 

Post # 13
1898 posts
Buzzing bee

I’d suggest a damp beauty blender, using primer, foundation, and concealer. Set areas with concealer using translucent powder using your damp beauty blender, then set other areas with a pressed powder. Use a clean brush to brush away any excess translucent powder, and blend your full face together. Apply bronzer, blush, etc and then use a setting spray. A setting spray really melts any powder into the skin and removes any cakey look. 

Useing foundation + concealer in just the areas you need it cuts down on your product usage, because you’re only building up coverage wheee you need it. Liquid concealers are meant for under the eye, while cream concealets are meant for the face. 

Post # 14
9638 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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cbgg :  I had this same problem. Here are my tips:

Use an exfoliating wash (Lush Angels on Bare Skin is what I use). Do a weekly peel (chemical/enzyme). The chemical peel I like is Skin Inc.’s Skin Revival Peel, and the enzyme peel I like is the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme mask. This will help removed dead skin that foundation will cling to making it appear patchy. Keep your skin moisturized (I swear by Belif Aquabomb)

Prime your face. But be careful on the type of primer you mix with the foundation – and application technique. For example, a dimethicone based primer (silicone derivative) will cause your foundation to cake or even ball up if it’s very water based or applied with a damp beauty blender. I try to avoid dimethicone primers (usually labeled as smoothing primers) and go for something lifting/firming (Guerlain L’Or), hydrating (Smashbox Primer Water), or radiance boosting (Becca Backlight).

Invest in a good beauty sponge. I use Beauty Blenders most of the time, but the Real Techniques sponges are a close second. I find this helps foundation to melt/sink in to the skin instead of sitting on top of the skin. It soaks up extra product so you’re not left with cake face. *Always use it damp and squeeze out extra water. Bounce it on your face, don’t use sweeping motions.

When using a liquid foundation, always set with powder. I go around my t-zone with setting powder, set my undereye concealer so it doesn’t crease, and use powder bronzer/blush/highlight elsewhere. Then I set the powder with a setting spray.

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