Although makeup is an art and allows you to creatively express yourself, it can sometimes lead to mistakes.  A  few errors often create an unattractive look, including a cakey, flakey appearance.  This can be quite frustrating after you spend time applying your makeup.  Instead of a dewy finish, cakey makeup, which basically appears thick, patchy, and flakey, can usually be prevented.  

An ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure.  Incorporating a good skincare routine is certainly beneficial. Using the right products geared to your skin type and exfoliating twice weekly will help prevent a buildup of dry and dead skin cells, which would otherwise get locked in under your foundation. Applying your makeup on dry, uncleansed skin will contribute to a patchy look as well. Not taking care of your skin creates uneven texture and other skin issues that will get in the way of flawless application. Unwashed makeup sponges and brushes may also contribute to patchy skin. Therefore, taking a bit more time and precaution is the difference between the look you were opting for, as opposed to an embarrassing cakey application.

Once your skin has been properly prepped, you are now ready to apply your makeup correctly. One reason your makeup may look patchy is because you aren’t allowing your makeup to set. When you just pile products on top of each other, they tend to slide off. Foundation and concealer should be applied in light layers. Instead of using tons of product with the first swipe, try building the product slowly. This method gives you a more natural appearance and allows each layer to settle in place before the next layer. 

Despite your best intentions, mistakes do happen. The good news is that makeup errors are usually reversible. If you have oily skin and find that it causes your makeup to look patchy, grab some botting paper or a one-ply tissue and blot the excess oil. On the other hand, if your makeup looks dry and thick, you can fix it with a beauty sponge. Simply wet the sponge and wring out excess water until the sponge is damp.  Press the sponge onto the affected areas and watch it instantly soften the look.  Another alternative is to use a hydrating mist.  A few spritzes should solve the problem.

Risselle Naimark is a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist and Skincare Consultant. She carries an extensive line of personalized skincare, cosmetics, and anti-aging products. Risselle is also available for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, makeup lessons, and all of your beauty needs. She can be reached at 718 263-5517.