Cakey makeup? Here’s how to fix it!

Cakey makeup is an unwelcomed yet reluctantly accepted part of putting beauty products on our faces everyday. However, it is actually preventable, and there are a few tricks you can learn to prevent it from happening.


There are a few factors that can contribute to cakey foundation. Dead skin cells can cling to the surface of your face, creating a rough layer which makeup cannot go over smoothly, resulting in cakiness. Other possible factors include dryness or dehydration, not using the right skincare or makeup, and simply over applying foundation and concealer.



A key skincare step that helps foundation application is moisturiser. You should always moisturise your skin every night and morning as super hydrated skin is plumped and will lessen the chances of cracks showing up in between layers of foundation. If you have oily skin, you might want to try something lightweight and fast absorbing.


Products you can try:

IWLT Hydra Moisture Day and Night Cream (Purple)

The purple cream is the ultimate rich cream for people with dry skin. The texture is between a balm and cream type. It also helps with brightening, wrinkle care and anti-aging.


IWLT Purifying Skin Balance Cream (Pink)

The pink cream is formulated for people with combination or oily skin. It is a moisturizing cream with sebum control and has a light and fresh texture. It also has anti wrinkle care function and improves skin elasticity!



To fight cakey makeup and make sure that your skin is moisturised at all times, many makeup-artists have found it helpful to mix a few drops of face oil to their foundations just before application to improve the quality of the foundation, and the skin beneath.

By adding oil to your foundation, it can help to thin out the texture and it gives the foundation a more slippery consistency, which also allows it to blend better into the skin. Oils can also tone down the matte look of a full coverage foundation or add a dewy glow to a medium coverage formula.


Product you can try:
IWLT Rose Oil

This rose oil is refreshing on the skin, moisturising and provides rich nourishment and elegant aroma. It is good for those who want to prevent wrinkles, ageing skin and want a moisturising product that is not sticky.


Now, you have ensured a great base for your foundation and other base products. However, there is one more step you can take to avoid cakey makeup.



Primer bridges the gap between skincare and make-up and it is a necessary step as it helps smooth out your face by eliminating any visible flaws such as rough texture, pores or breakouts. It also helps lock in underlying moisture and natural nutrients. Therefore, it is incredibly important to pick a high quality and non-irritant product.

Primers are important as the right one will make your makeup last all day and create an airbrushed look. When selecting a primer, choose something that smooths out your skin, apply as evenly as possible, and make sure to get into hard to reach areas such as around the nose.


Product you can try:
IWLT Protective Sun Base Correcting Primer

This is a milky type primer that blocks UV rays and smooths skin and pores. It is suitable for people with oily skin who want sun care and priming at the same time, and it is not sticky when used.


Jungmin uses the primer before any base makeup and mixes the rose oil together with the IWLT Tone Up And Glow BB.

Hopefully, these tips will help you to avoid cakey foundation and achieve a flawless and natural-looking base.

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