Tips for Non-Cakey Full Coverage Makeup

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

My acne is something I've always felt self-conscious about, even though I've been suffering for more than 10 years now. My lack of confidence means I've gotten very used to wearing a full face of makeup every day, regardless of the season. As a teen I would just layer on the full-coverage products, to the point where you could touch my face and leave a fingerprint mark, but over the past couple of years I've been experimenting with ways that I can cover my blemishes whilst still looking fresh and natural. I thought I would share some of my tips with you.

A good skincare routine 

I don't need to tell you that good makeup starts with good skincare, but I will any way because it's so important! I used to think that because I suffered from acne I automatically had oily skin, so I would buy all of the foaming cleansers, and use moisturisers targeted at oily skin types, even though I actually had huge dry patches which were made worse by these moisture stripping products. Since realising that I needed to address the dry patches my makeup looks 1000000x better and my acne is also nowhere near as bad as it has been. If you have a similar skin type to me, my top product recommendations are:

- The Ordinary Hyalauronic Acid
- Oskia Renaissance Cleaning Gel
- Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturiser

I've reviewed them all in my Dry Skin Saviours post here if you're interested!

Wear a primer 

Which primer you use will depend on your skin type, but I recommend not skipping this step. I like to use an illuminating one because I wear a matte foundation and have dry skin. I find that wearing a glowy primer here means I can use less highlighter at the end, which saves on product and also helps to reduce the risk of looking cakey. My favourites include this one from Becca, and also Charlotte Tilbury's Wonderglow (I only have a sample size but I will definitely be investing in the fully sized product!)

Concealer before foundation 

Look away now makeup artists, I know this one is going to upset you! I like to apply my concealer before my foundation because it helps me to use less foundation, and I find that concealer is not quite as heavy looking when accidentally over-done, it's also generally cheaper to buy, so if I use more it doesn't matter as much. My favourite blemish concealing hero is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, although I'm in the market for a cheaper alternative since mine ran out (suggestions please!)

Add an illuminating product to foundation

I have worn Estee Lauder's Double Wear foundation for years now, to me it's unbeatable when it comes to coverage and lasting power, it just doesn't budge! The one downside it that it can look quite heavy, which isn't great if you're going for a natural "woke up like this" look. I've discovered that mixing a little splodge of an illuminating product in with it helps to make it look so much more natural and glowy, whilst not reducing the coverage or lasting power at all. My favourite illuminators to mix are NARS Copacabana, and Revlon Skinlights (which is almost a dupe of Copacabana).

The "Two Powder" Rule

This rule is really simple, try not to use more than two powder products at one time. I've found that my full coverage base looks much more natural when I don't load it up with powder products, which tend to cling to every little hair and imperfection. That being said, I do like to set my makeup with a powder, especially if I use my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish because it almost seems to blur my imperfections. Most commonly I'll opt for a powder highlighter too, like my current favourite Too Faced Love Light,  but if I want to wear a powder blush I tend to use a cream or liquid highlighter, like No7's Instant Radiance Highlighter, which is a cream based illuminator which adds a hit of glow without a hint of glitter. 

I hope those tips were helpful! Let me know if you have any more to add in the comments.


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