Where have I been & Tips to avoid Cake-face:

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Hey dolls, how are you?

Life has been so busy for me lately! Between work and the holidays, I also just had a job interview at a salon/spa recently (whoohoo!) and I start sometime after Christmas. I never at all intended to slack off on the blog but sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day, know what I mean? :)

I feel like I've been doing nothing but reviews lately so I wanted to do something different and give you guys some of my tips for preventing/avoiding your foundation from looking cakey. There will be a post up soon on the Naked3 palette, but I wanted to try and get a look or two together for the post as well... But my camera is absolutely horrible at showing eyeshadows for some reason so I'm trying to get some good pictures first!

Let's get to the post! My favorite tips for preventing the dreaded CAKEFACE!!

#1 - First and foremost, a good skin care routine! Cleansing your face morning and night, and exfoliating 1-2 a week! This will keep your skin clean and the exfoliation will remove dry/rough patches and slough off dead skin cells for smoother, more even skin.

#2 - MOISTURIZE! You want your skin to be totally moisturized before applying anything! Oil-based for very dry skin (as long as you aren't acneic) and oil-free for acneic skin, combo and oily! Normal skin types can use either, but again if you are acneic, avoid any oil-based products.

#3 - Get that beautiful face of yours in some nice, natural lighting! A window or even daylight-lightbulbs! I've lost count of how many times my makeup looked perfect while applying it, then the second I got to a mirror with better lighting I saw that it really looked like crap. Good lighting is your best friend when applying makeup!

#4 - A primer is essential to a nice foundation application. Not only does it serve as protection for your skin, it also can smooth small imperfections, fill in pores, keeps oiliness at bay and help your foundation to last longer.

#5 - Choose the right foundation for you! Everyone's skin is different and what works for you may not work for someone else. Some prefer liquid foundations, others prefer creams or powders. It's all about trial and error to see what works best with your skin! I'd recommend trying drugstore foundations first because they are super easy to return if you don't like it. This also goes for concealers and setting powders. Try different ones and see what works best for you.

#6 - LAYER your foundation!!!!! This is so important. One of the biggest reasons for foundation looking cakey is too much product. Apply your foundation in thin layers. If you feel you need more, add another. Whether you are using a  light coverage foundation all the way to full. Always start small and build up as you need to.

#7 - Conceal any additional spots.. If you've applied a layer or two of foundation and still see a couple spots showing through, put a small layer of concealer on. This will cover up those areas without putting more makeup on areas that don't need it.

#8 - Setting powder LAST! Always, always apply your pressed powder/loose powder - any powder products last. Liquid and creams first, and then powders. If you apply a powder and then put a cream over that, it will quickly cake up.

#9 - Only apply powders to areas that get oily. Mainly, your T-Zone. Forehead, nose and chin. Powders are mainly for soaking up excess oils and keeping you matte. They can easily build up throughout the day and give you that cakey look so use it sparingly and apply only where needed.

#10 - A setting spray. Whether it is Mac's Fix+, one of Urban Decay's sprays or even Elf's Mist & Set.. All of these can help add a bit of moisture after and tone down any extra build-up of powder. It will also help your makeup last longer! :)

I hope these tips helped! If you have any additional tips, or any questions feel free to leave them in the comment section below!

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