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Dry/Cakey Foundation

My skin is driving me crazy! Whenever I put my foundation on you can tell-looks dry/cakey in a way. I have used the matt velvet and boscia, applied with the beauty blender. I also use the OH walnut exfoliator and GlamGlow thirsty mud. I do moisturize and prime.

Re: Dry/Cakey Foundation

For moisturizer I have used-


OH nurture me

Sephora regular moisturizer 

Clinique redness one


Re: Dry/Cakey Foundation

If you're looking for something to neutralize the pink undertones in your skin as well as balance out the redness on your chin and cheeks, consider switching from the original Smashbox Photo Finish to their green version or even MUFE's green primer.


Smashbox - Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation PrimerMAKE UP FOR EVER - HD Microperfecting Primer


Both are silicone based like the original Photo Finish primer, but the green will help to neutralize redness so you're not solely reliant on your foundation or BB cream to cover the red as red and green are opposites on the color wheel and will work to cancel each other out/tone down matters in skin.



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I have the Cliniques green primer and that doesn't seem to do anything.

Re: Dry/Cakey Foundation

Is it the Superprimer or the Redness Solutions Protective Base you are referring to?

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Redness Solutions

Re: Dry/Cakey Foundation

The Redness Solutions Base is more along the lines of a cream-based primer, it's possible this may be too heavy on your skin when combined with a moisturizer and the mattifying foundation and the moisturizing aspects of the BB cream, making skin feel too cakey.


The two primers above have a silky texture, start with a pea sized amount smoothed lightly into skin with delicate pressure over skin that has been moisturized and had time to absorb down.


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On top of that, you mention using Ole Henriksen's Nurture Me, the moisturizer is quite rich, perhaps it's too heavy for your skin along with in combination of what is being used.

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You haven't mentioned which foundation you're using, but I would guess it's the foundation itself. You're moisturizing and priming, which is great, but a great foundation is equally important. The best foundations stay smooth and supple all day and contain light reflectors to brighten your complexion and help it to look flawless. Proper color matching is also key. There are two foundations that I highly recommend depending on your budget. They are both award winners and come in enough shades for every skin color. The best department store brand is Giorgio Armani's Maestro (for a matte finish) and Luminous Silk (for a dewey finish). It's expensive ($62 last I looked) but gives a luminous glow to the skin. I, however, have a hard time forking out that much money for foundation so I go for the drugstore best buy option: L'Oreal's True Match foundation. The trick is to use your fingers, not a sponge. The warmth from your skin makes the foundation glide onto your skin and really creates a flawless finish. I then set it with Makeup Forever's HD Microfinish Powder. It's the best and lightest powder I've ever used and makes my skin look amazing. I hope this helps.

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It's any foundation- I do not like to use my fingers or brush- do not like the way it looks. 

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Try a setting spray like MAC's Fix+.  You put it on after you've done all your makeup.  It really breaks up any cakeyness and leaves a nice glow but not shiny.  I usually spray about 3-4 sprays on my face so that i don't look too powdery or cakey and its awesome!

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