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We’ve all experienced cake face when doing a full face of makeup. It’s very frustrating especially when we’re buying all these amazing products recommended by influencers. This is where proper techniques and tricks come into play. After much research and practice, we’ve gathered some great techniques that will change your makeup game! 


The Prep


Having a consistent skincare routine is crucial for getting your makeup to look airbrushed. Keep up with exfoliating and moisturizing so your skin is always smooth and plump. This allows for the perfect base before makeup application. 


In addition to this, use a primer that goes with your skin’s specific needs. If you have larger pores and fine lines, use a smoothing primer. If your skin is dry or dehydrated then use a hydrating primer. If you have oily skin, use a gripping primer so your makeup won’t slip around throughout the day. We typically don’t recommend using a primer that is too matifying, even if you have oily skin, because these tend to dry out the skin more and can cause extra cakiness.


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Picking Your Base


The foundation can also make a huge difference in how the overall makeup look will turn out. The overall best type of foundation to use would be a lightweight foundation that has a satin finish as this will work for all skin types. However, if you’re skin is extremely dry then you can find one that is more dewy or you could also try using a tinted moisturizer instead. Try to avoid an overly thick and matte foundation because they tend to make the base look heavy and cakey.


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The Right Tools


Although makeup brushes are better for building up the coverage of a foundation, sometimes they add to the cakiness. This is why a beauty sponge is the absolute best beauty tool to have on hand. Using a damp beauty sponge instead will allow for getting the foundation to melt into the skin giving a more seamless and airbrushed look. Another option is to use your fingers to apply the foundation. The warmth of your fingers is also good for melting the foundation into the skin and leaving a nice natural finish. 


However, if you still prefer to use a makeup brush for added coverage, then we recommend going in first with a brush for the initial application then using a sponge afterwards to take away any texture and heaviness that may be there.


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Cream vs. Powder


Now that you have your airbrushed foundation applied, it’s time for the rest of the face makeup. Using cream bronzers, blushes, and highlights will give your skin the most natural look and won’t add any cakiness that powders might. However, cream products may not be as long lasting on their own. If you want to make the creams last longer, you can add a very light layer of setting powder on top to set the creams in place. If you prefer to use powder products instead, make sure the formula is smooth, buttery, and not too powdery. 


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The Game Changer 


The one product that can take any makeup look from cakey to flawless is a good old trusty setting spray. Applying setting spray is a game changer and can truly make your face look like it has a filter on it. Not only that, but it keeps your makeup on and looking fresh for hours. You can even pick one based on your skin type. Use a mattifying setting if you struggle with oils ruining your makeup and use a dewy one if you struggle with dry flaky skin. 


The best time to apply it is right after you’ve completed your base makeup and right before you put on mascara. Another pro tip to keep your makeup in tact for hours is to spray it multiple times throughout your makeup application. For example, spray it on after foundation, then after you’ve applied bronzer and blush, then lastly after you’ve completed your full face. 


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Author: Taylor Shamoon

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