Let’s admit it! Foundation is the most important part of any makeup look. Whether you want to create a subtle, no-makeup makeup look or a glamorous full-face makeup look, you have to start with a foundation. Foundation acts as a canvas for your makeup.

But, do you know what’s a deal-breaker? Foundation looking cakey, patchy and anything but appealing. If you want to prevent the cakiness, then here are 5 tips you HAVE TO keep in mind while aiming for that picture-perfect base makeup. 

 

#01: Exfoliate

#01: Exfoliate

A perfect base starts with smooth skin. If the surface of your skin is smooth and even, then your foundation will automatically glide on like butter and at the same time, look natural.

It is, therefore, important to include exfoliation in your regular skincare routine. Exfoliate twice or thrice a week using the St. Ives Energizing Coconut & Coffee Scrub to slough off dead skin cells and reveal a healthy glow.

 

#02: Moisturise before and after applying foundation

#02: Moisturise before and after applying foundation

While it is important to prep your skin by moisturising well before applying any makeup, you can prevent the cakiness and flakiness by dabbing on some moisturiser after applying foundation.

If you have dryness on the sides of your nose and other overlooked areas on your face, then you can simply dab a little moisturiser with the help of a buffing brush to smooth out the patchy areas.

 

#03: Pick liquid foundations over creams and powders

#03: Pick liquid foundations over creams and powders

Cream and powder foundations can make your makeup look cakey a few hours into the application. If you want to avoid the cakey look, then it’s best you play safe with a liquid foundation.

A liquid foundation such as the Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation With SPF 45 blends easily into the skin and helps you achieve a dewy, radiant look.

 

#04: Use a damp sponge to apply foundation

#04: Use a damp sponge to apply foundation

To minimize the cakey appearance, ditch your foundation brush for a beauty blender. A makeup sponge ensures even coverage and prevents your face from looking overly bright.

All you need to do is run your makeup sponge under water, making sure it’s not soaking wet. Then, pour some foundation on the back of your hand, dip the sponge in the product and use stippling motions to apply it all over your face and neck.

 

#05: Blending is key

#05: Blending is key

If there’s one makeup tip you should follow all the time, it has to be to blend, blend, blend your foundation to perfection. Blending prevents your foundation from looking cakey and gives you a dewy finish.

The right way to blend is in outward motions so as to create a softer, more natural effect.