Do you ever apply your makeup and feel like it just doesn’t apply as effortlessly as you would like it to? Or maybe your foundation looks streakier than normal. Don’t fret, we all have been there before. It’s normal to have good makeup days and bad ones too. Hey, that’s part of life 😉

If you desire to have a better canvas, please read this article completely for my pro tips to avoid “cake face” makeup. As a former makeup artist, I  want to reveal my 5 top secrets to achieving a flawless canvas.

Many of us have a full day at work, or busy moms on the go. It can be a burden to have to reapply your makeup during the day, especially if you have oily skin or live in cities with high humidity. Good skincare helps promote glowing skin and a smoother canvas.  If you aren’t sure what types of skincare products you should be using, read my article all about skin types to figure out what’s best for you here.


First of all, please don’t forget to exfoliate your pretty face. Exfoliation makes a world of a difference when it comes to perfecting your canvas. It helps your skin look its healthiest and is also a great way to prep your skin for face products.

Exfoliating regularly also helps prevent acne or blackheads by unblocking pores. The result is smoother skin when apply your makeup. Bonus points for me!  It is best to exfoliate no more than 2-3 times a week for best results.


Moisturizer is not only necessary to balance your skin’s PH level, but it helps combat dehydration. It is important to choose the proper moisturizer for your skin type. If your skin is oily, there are plenty of oil-free options that contain humectants such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin to add moisture to your skin. If your skin is dry, creamy moisturizers with oils work nice to help replenish your skin. For more tips on how to choose the proper moisturizer, read all about moisturizers here.

If you apply your foundation without using moisturizer first, you may notice patchy or flaky areas. Foundation needs something to adhere to or else it will not last long.

It is best to let the moisturizer absorb into the skin for about ten minutes before applying your primer or foundation for best results. This will help control oil production and prevent dehydration as well.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturing Gel for Oily SkinThis moisturizer an oil-free gel helps hydrate and refresh my skin. 

Clinique moisturizing gel

OR Paula’s Choice Ceramide Enriched Hydrator: This professional hydrator has many benefits including:

Plumps & hydrates skin.

Contains ceramides to protect skin barrier.



The second step is to use an appropriate primer. Primers are a base that helps give foundation something to hold to. They typically contain silicone to help smooth out pores and prevent oiliness throughout the day so your makeup lasts longer. There are various primers that do an amazing job of concealing large pores and adding moisture to the skin, so choose one that is appropriate for your skin

Try Benefit Porefessional Primer- I love that this formula is translucent and contains vitamin E. Vtamin E is a great antioxidant that helps prevent free environmental damage to skin. Suitable for most skin types.



This is the biggest makeup sin. You should always apply your foundation in thin layers at a time. You can always build up the coverage. If you don’t let each layer dry it’s going to result in heavy, cakey coverage and nobody wants to see that! Let each layer dry in between and if you need extra coverage, sometimes adding concealer just to blemishes or dark spots is a better option than layering more foundation.


First of all, not washing your brushes at least 1 time a week can harbor bacteria in your brushes.  Foundation will start to build up on your brushes makeup, which can cause your makeup to appear caky, streaky, or uneven.

I usually wash my brushes and beauty blenders by using a tablespoon of both olive oil and dawn dish soap mixed with a cup of water. You will help prevent clogged pores by keeping your brushes clean and help create a smoother application of makeup.

Try Luxe Makeup Brush Cleaner

For more on how to get smudge-proof foundation, read my handy article  HERE

I hope this article helps you. As always don’t forget to like and share if you found this helpful! Also, let’s be friends on Instagram!

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