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Feminspire | April 23, 2014

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Beauty Advice: How Do I Avoid the Caked-On Make-Up Look?

Beauty Advice: How Do I Avoid the Caked-On Make-Up Look?

It is I, your former purveyor of Treat Yo’Self Thursday, back with a new Beauty Advice series where I will attempt to answer your most pressing beauty-related questions (so please leave them in the comments section down below)!

To start things off I will be answering a question from the lovely Marlena, our Junior Editor and Social Media Manager here at Feminspire, who asks:

how to avoid caked-on make-up

My first tip is to work from the inside out. Excess oils on your skin can defeat the entire make-up setting process, so make sure to cleanse your skin before you start your make-up application.

L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting BaseUsing a primer or mattifyer before your foundation will help to make your makeup stay put, requiring less setting product and thus giving you a more natural look. I like the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer, and the L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base is a good option from the drugstore.

Make Up For Ever HD PowderAs far as setting powders go, you have several options. Translucent powders will work for any skin tone, and while absorbing oil and reducing shine, will not add texture if used sparingly. Try the Make Up For Ever HD powder, or the more affordable dupe, E.L.F Studio High Definition Powder.

You can also go the DIY route and try brushing on a little cornstarch (to which you can add unsweetened cocoa to get a tint of colour). When it comes to these silica powders, a little goes a very long way, and remember to BLEND to prevent a whited-out appearance in photographs a la Nicole Kidman, here:

Nicole Kidman Makeup Blunder

MAC’s Blot PowderTinted powders can mattify and give you added coverage with no risk of the dreaded unnatural whitish cast. My favourites for a natural looking face are MAC’s Blot Powder, which is in a mirrored compact and thus travel friendly if you do need to do touch-ups during the day, and MAC’s Mineralized Skinfinish Natural. This pressed mineral powder leaves me with a not totally matte finish, more of a subtle satin, that helps prevent the caked-on mask look. For a drugstore option, try the Maybelline Dream Matte Pressed Powder.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting SpraySetting sprays do double duty, keeping your make-up in place and getting rid of the chalkiness powders can give your face. I like to use these especially in the winter when my skin is drier, which just compounds the caked-on make-up look. My pick is Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray, but you could also try one of the sprays from the Skindinavia line or MAC’s Fix+ for a lighter option.

Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing SheetsAlso consider using powder-free blotting papers to remove excess oil throughout the day instead of layering on the setting powder, which will build up and add to the cakey, unnatural look. My favorites are the Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets; the drugstore brand knockoffs work well also!

That’s all folks! Hope this answered you question Marlena, and remember to leave me your beauty dilemmas and favorite skin products in a comments section below! I’ll be back soon.

Written by Jessica Knox