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How to Fix Cakey Makeup

Face Makeup

How to Fix Cakey Makeup How to Fix Cakey Makeup How to Fix Cakey Makeup

So, you’ve completed your perfect makeup look—or so you think. After strutting your stuff with full confidence, you come to realize that your makeup looks cakey. Eek! Unfortunately, when you’re wearing face makeup, cakiness is a very real issue that can occur. Thankfully, all hope isn’t lost. If you notice that your foundation or face powder looks cakey, there are ways to fix it. Read on to learn how to fix cakey makeup—but first, let's cover how to avoid cakey makeup in the first place.


If you’d like to cross cakey makeup off the list of beauty issues that plague you, you’re in luck. Below, find five ways to avoid cakiness altogether.

Tip #1: Take Your Time

If your foundation frequently looks cakey, the problem might actually be connected to your skin care routine. After you apply moisturizer, it’s important that you don’t skip straight to smoothing on foundation. Instead, you’ll want to give face lotions and creams a minute or two to dry before moving on.

Tip #2: Choose the right foundation

Some foundations are more prone to cakiness than others. If you think the formula you’re using could be at fault for your ruined makeup looks, it’s time to switch to a lightweight option. We love the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, which has a long-wearing yet ultra-thin formula.

Editor’s note: Need help finding your shade match? Check out our L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation Swatches.

Tip #3: Pick up the proper tools

The way you apply your makeup matters! Instead of using your fingers, we recommend reaching for a designated foundation brush or makeup blender. For a smooth (i.e. not cakey) finish, try applying your foundation with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender.

Tip #4: Use a waterproof concealer

Concealer can look cakey, too. Makeup typically starts to look cakey partway through the day, as your foundation and concealer start to settle into lines and shift around. For that reason, using a waterproof concealer that’s sure to stay in place is a must. Grab the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof and dot it on under your eyes, using just enough to cover any visible dark circles.

Tip #5: Use a light Hand

The number one cause of cakiness is layering on too much product. Seriously, applying extra foundation isn’t the trick to faking a perfect complexion! Rather, when you really cake on the product, it’ll be all too obvious that that’s what you did. So, remember to use a light hand when applying face makeup. A little bit of foundation, concealer, and face powder goes a long way.


Let’s be real: We all make makeup mistakes from time to time. So, if you end up with cakey makeup, it’s important to have a few fixes in your back pocket. Here are three ways to fix cakey makeup:

Tip #1: Blot away excess oil

Cakiness is often accompanied by oily skin, and if either of those are of concern to you, it’s a good idea to keep blotting sheets on hand. When you notice your makeup looks cakey or your skin looks shiny, gently blot with a sheet.

Tip #2: Dab with a damp makeup blender

Getting a makeup sponge wet is practically magic. Run your sponge under a little water, wring it out, then press it against your skin anywhere your makeup looks cakey. The sponge will soften your makeup and put an end to cakiness.

Tip #3: Spritz with a Face Mists

Face mists are one of the most enjoyable parts of any beauty routine—really, misting your face feels amazing—and they’re also totally useful. It only takes a few seconds to spritz your face and fix cakey makeup. Keep a bottle of the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shake and Glow Mist on your desk or in your bag and spray your face anytime your makeup looks cakey or you simply need a mid-day pick-me-up. 

Looking for fixes for other common beauty concerns? Next, read up on The Easiest Way to Fix Hair Color Mistakes.