Do you ever apply your makeup and feel it just doesn’t apply as effortlessly as you would like it to? Or maybe it looks streakier or cakier than normal. Don’t fret, we have all been there before. It’s normal to have good makeup days and bad ones too. Hey, that’s part of life 😉 If you want to have more good “makeup day” than less, read this article completely for my top tips to avoid “cake face” makeup. Stay tuned to learn my 5 top secrets to achieve a flawless canvas in this article. Thank me later!

Many of us have a full day at work, or are busy moms on the go. It can be a burden to have to reapply your makeup during the day, especially if you have oily skin or live in cities with high humidity. Good skincare helps promote glowing skin and a smoother canvas to apply your makeup.  If you aren’t sure what types of skincare products you should be using, read my article all about skin types to figure out what’s best for you here.


First of all, please don’t forget to exfoliate your pretty face. Exfoliation makes a world of a difference when it comes to perfecting your canvas. It helps your skin look its healthiest and is also a great way to prep your skin for face products. Exfoliating regularly can help your skin prevent acne or blackheads by unblocking pores. The result is smoother skin when you go to apply your makeup. It is best to exfoliate no more than 2-3 times a week for best results.


Moisturizer is not only necessary to balance your skin’s PH level, but it helps combat dehydration. You can choose the proper moisturizer for your skin type. If your skin is oily, there are plenty of oil-free options that contain humectants such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin to add moisture to your skin. If your skin is dry, creamy moisturizers with oils work nice to help replenish your skin. For more tips on how to choose the proper moisturizer, read all about moisturizers here.

If you apply your foundation without using moisturizer first, the result is patchy spots. Your foundation will not have anything to adhere to. It is best to let the moisturizer absorb into the skin for about ten minutes before applying your primer or foundation for best results. You will help control oil production as well.


Clinique moisturizing gel


Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Facial Moisturizer, Sensitive Skin


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Water Face Gel Moisturizer for Dry Skin


The second step is to use an appropriate primer. Primers are a base that helps give foundation something to hold to. They typically contain silicone to help smooth out pores and prevent oiliness throughout the day so your makeup lasts longer. There are various primers in the market that do an amazing job of concealing large pores and adding moisture to the skin, so choose one that is appropriate for your skin type.

Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Prime Primer, Blur + Smooth–Benefits:Smooths uneven skin texture, dermatologist and allergy tested and suitable for sensitive skin and all skin types.



Benefit POREFESSIONAL— Translucent, oil-free formula complements all skin tones and helps makeup stay put. Contains a vitamin E derivative, known to protect skin from free radicals. Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

NYX Professional Makeup Pore Filler Primer — Talc-free, oil-free formula for normal skin types that is formulated with Vitamin E to smooth and enhance skin. This product is also cruelty-free.


This is the biggest makeup sin. You should always apply your foundation in thin layers at a time. You can always build up the coverage. If you don’t let each layer dry it’s going to result in heavy, cakey coverage and nobody wants to see that! Let each layer dry in between and if you need extra coverage, sometimes adding concealer just to blemishes or dark spots is a better option than layering more foundation.


First of all, not washing your brushes at least 1 time a week can harbor bacteria in your brushes.  Foundation will start to build up on your brushes makeup, which can cause your makeup to appear caky, streaky, or uneven. I usually wash my brushes and beauty blenders by using a tablespoon of both olive oil and dawn dish soap mixed with a cup of water. You will help prevent clogged pores by keeping your brushes clean and help create a smoother application of makeup.

Luxe Makeup Brush Cleaner

For more on how to get smudge-proof foundation, read my handy article here

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