Foundation is an essential step in applying makeup, as it helps in achieving that flawless skin look. However, if applied incorrectly it can leave one looking cakey. How do you avoid this?

Match Your Shade

Picking a foundation that’s too light for your skin shade will make you appear ghostly/ washed out, while one that’s much darker than you gives the appearance of a tan gone bad. To choose a shade that works, test the foundation against your jaw, cheeks and nose. The skin at the back of your hand isn’t the same shade as your face, so it can be misleading.

Allow Moisturiser To Set

After applying moisturiser, give it (and also the setting spray and primer) time to absorb into your skin. Only then can you proceed to foundation. Otherwise, the cakey look is inevitable.

Foundation Type

Be sure to check the foundation you’re buying before taking it home. This should be guided by your skin type. Dry skin needs moisturizing formulas, sensitive skin benefits from gentle foundation, and so on.

Don’t Overdo It!

Having the appearance of an even skin tone is great, but piling on product will leave you looking like a clown. You can top up the covering of blemishes with a concealer.

Blend Down Your Neck

For a seamless look, blend not only the face but also your neck, towards the bust. Otherwise you might look like you’re wearing a mask.

Foundation Before Concealer

This applies to under- eye concealer. Applying it first can make you use more foundation than you actually need. It’s recommended to use a small, pointed brush to apply a lightweight concealer to the under-eye after your foundation then blend as desired.

Set It

When you’re done applying makeup, use a setting spray to ensure the makeup stays put. This also removes any ‘dusty’ effect of the foundation.


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