This way to a flawless complexion, every time.
It happens to the best of us—sometimes it's the products you're using, or maybe your skin isn't reacting well to the makeup you've been putting on top, but not all hope is lost. Here's how you can fix cakey makeup when you notice it's starting to look more like spackle than skin.
Start with a primer
Blend it in
"Choose products that work with your skin's natural oil to create a radiant look that will appear carefree and not cakey," says Kelli J. Bartlett, artistic director for GlamSquad and makeup artist in New York City. "A wet Beautyblender dipped in concealer is your best friend."
Skip the foundation
If you're concerned about looking as if you're wearing too much makeup with the risk of it getting cakey, it's actually better to skip foundation and opt for concealer to fix any areas of concern instead. Bartlett likes MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 and suggests several light layers versus going in with a heavy hand.
Set with powder
"I like Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder if you're looking to add more makeup and coverage without appearing like too much makeup," says Bartlett. "It truly gives skin a flawless complexion, blurring imperfections and setting makeup to a bullet-proof finish while still being whisper-light to the face." Another one she loves: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder ($24; ulta.com).
Refresh with a spritz
If you've been wearing your makeup all day and notice that it has started to settle into fine lines, you can "refresh it by using a face mist," says Bartlett. A few spritzes will help to revive the makeup you already have on and then you can go over it again, blotting with a damp beauty blender to smooth everything out. Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray has an illuminating finish, so your skin gets a little pick-me-up in the form of glowiness.