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Help me find a foundation!

I have really dry skin, so whenever I use foundation I always end up with a flakey, cakey look ๐Ÿ˜ž I've tried exfoliating and moisturizing, but as soon as I put on any foundation it looks as if I did neither. I have drugstore and luxury primer, but neither make a difference.

I've only tried matte liquid foundation using a wet/dry beauty blender or my hands. Should I use a different type of foundation? (ex. cream) Maybe stay away from matte or use a different tool? I've almost lost hope. I tried out the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation because I was told it would help, but I looked sooo cakey. What am I doing wrong?

Any tips and recommendations would be appreciated โค๏ธ

Re: Help me find a foundation!

@addymonkey hello! I am also still trying to find that perfect foundation because of your exact same reasons. Proper skincare definitely makes a huge difference, and Iโ€™ve pretty much fixed the issues with that alone but also Iโ€™ve learned that matte foundations really arenโ€™t the best especially if you are someone that wants to not look cakey. I was stuck on matte foundations forever because I was determined to have a flawless, matte, airbrushed look and I thought matte foundations were the only type that would help me achieve that. Iโ€™ve recently started using FARSรLI - Unicorn Essence Antioxidant Primer Serumbefore my foundation and I also have switched to illuminating and Dewey foundations. There seems to be a bit of controversy over the Farsali Unicorn Essence... but for me it has made my foundations (any foundations ive tried) look stunning and not caked on. And because I still like to have somewhat of a matte finish I set my foundation with BECCA - Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder. I like this powder because itโ€™s a hydrating powder and it doesnโ€™t cake on. Itโ€™s very fine and it actually feels like you are applying something wet to your face even though itโ€™s a powder. It still gives me that matte finish Iโ€™m looking for without the cakey look! It sets my foundations beautifully and I donโ€™t have any transfer with it. So while I donโ€™t have a specific foundation recommendation, I have really been able to correct the cakey look with just those two products I tagged as well as proper skincare. I hope this was helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

Re: Help me find a foundation!

@addymonkey Long Wear foundations tend to stick to dry patches on our skin, perhaps this is the cakey look you are experiencing? I use Estรฉe Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation 4W4 Hazel and add a drop or two of tarte Maracuja Oil 1.7 oz/ 50 mL right into my foundation bottle. I shake it up so the oil is well distributed and never have a problem with dryness or cakey looking foundation. 

Re: Help me find a foundation!

@addymonkey You need something more moisturizring like NARS - Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and mix it with beauty oil for extra hydration.

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