How to Stop Foundation From Caking
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Every makeup routine typically includes using foundation. A common problem is the unfortunate caking, which you see when you're done with your makeup session or later in the day. By that time, it is no longer practical to redo your whole makeup.

What is foundation makeup?

Foundation is a fundamental makeup product that creates an even base for your entire makeup look. It covers blemishes, corrects skin tone, blurs imperfections, and provides a smooth canvas. 

There are different types of foundation to suit various preferences, including liquid, cream, powder, serum, and water-based formulas. Liquid foundation is popular and offers a natural finish, while cream foundation suits dry skin. Powder foundation is ideal for oily skin, providing lighter coverage. Serum foundation combines skincare benefits with makeup. Water-based foundation is oil-free, making it suitable for acne-prone skin. Understanding the purpose and types of foundation makeup can help you choose the one for your needs.

What causes caking foundation?

Cakey makeup occurs when foundation and powder are applied excessively, resulting in a thick, overdone appearance. It could also result from lack of skin preparation and low-quality tools and makeup.

9 Tips to Stop Your Foundation From Caking


Start with hydrated skin by using moisturizer to avoid a cakey finish. Dry or oily, moisturizing keeps your skin smooth and prepared for foundation application.

Light or Medium Coverage

Use a light or medium coverage foundation to prevent a heavy, cakey look. Layer for more coverage if needed, avoiding thick, high-coverage formulas if you are going for daily wear.

Makeup Sponge

Apply foundation with a damp makeup sponge for a thin, even layer. Avoid using brushes if you are not practiced with this method because it can cause flakiness and uneven application.

Powder Placement

Use powder sparingly, focusing on oily areas. Powdering oily areas before foundation can create a long-lasting, crease-free base, especially effective for oily skin. Avoid over-powdering to prevent a cakey appearance, especially in the T-zone.

Control shine on the nose by pressing with a damp sponge and tinted powder before applying foundation.

Setting Spray

Finish with setting spray to blend makeup and eliminate powdery residue for a natural finish. Choose a setting spray that suits your needs, like a matte finish for oily skin.

Skincare Prep

Follow a skincare routine, including cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and moisturizing, before makeup application for a smooth canvas.

Less Makeup in Creases

Avoid overloading creases with makeup to prevent settling and emphasize fine lines.

Matching Formulas

Use matching primer and foundation formulas for best results, such as silicone-based primers with silicone-based foundations.

Concealer Placement

Apply concealer sparingly in the inner corners of your eyes and blend outward to avoid buildup in the creases of your face.