I don’t know about you, but when my makeup looks caked I just want to punch myself in the face. For myself, it doesn’t cake often because of the type of makeup that I do use, however it does cake every so often and it drives me NUTS! So I found a few ways to avoid makeup from caking.
First thing that you want to look at is your skin – if your skin is dry it’s going to boost your chances of having caked up makeup. So you’re going to want to focus on your dry skin first of all. Moisturize before makeup application… That being said, wait for your moisturizer to soak into the skin before applying your makeup, wait at least one WHOLE minute (not the oh okay that was long enough 10 seconds later).
If you use a powder makeup try applying either a liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer before your powder. This will give your powder a smooth and hydrated base to soak into which will prevent that caked look. This is kinda the same idea as moisturizing before you apply your makeup.
Next is hydrating AFTER you apply your powder. There are a few things that you can try in this department. A hydration spray is perfect – Jane Iredale has three different types of hydration sprays, and Dermalogica also has a few different type of “mists”. Spritz one of these hydration sprays on your skin from an arms length away and lightly push the spray into your skin. This will alleviate the look of caking on your skin as it will hydrate the dry makeup patches.
You could also just use your moisturizer after your makeup. I’m not saying use it after instead, I’m saying use it on top of your makeup as well. Put a pea sized amount of your normal daily moisturizer in the palm of your hand and rub it so that it is over the whole area of your hands. Pat your hands across your face, making sure to focus on the areas that you find are the most caked. The hydration, again, will fix the caked look.
Let me know how these work for you, and if you have any other tips!