How To: Avoid the Cake Face

Hi Everyone,

Today I’m sharing some tips on how to avoid the dreaded cake face / second face when you wear foundation. You know those tell-tale lines that form around your face, letting everyone know that you’ve got some slap on?

You do not want to look like this!

Or like this! No! 🙁 

Rules I live by:

  • Buy a foundation shade that matches your skin tone. It is very easy to assume you that you are the same shade as your friend that has a similar complexion. This is however not always the case as the underlying skin tones may be different. I won’t bore you with details on how to determine yours but here’s a great article I learnt a lot from. If you are in doubt, please ask a certified makeup artist to match you to your correct shade. I use MAC’s Select SPF15 foundation in NC50 and Sleek’s New Skin Revive foundation in SweetHoney 

  • You need a proper tool to blend your foundation into your skin. Its importance can not be over emphasised.  I know some people use their fingers to blend in their foundation and it works for them but I find that using a buffing brush works best for me. I use the E.L.F Studio Powder brush which is cheap  but works wonders! It blends my foundation in very nicely , giving me the “barely there” effect. Although I haven’t used it,  I have also heard that the Real Techniques buffing brush is amazing. It’s in their Core Collection brush set (see HERE) which is also quite inexpensive. Some other people swear by beauty blenders which I look forward to trying out soon
ELF Powder Brush which works best as a buffing brush
Real Techniques buffing brush

Beauty Blender

  • Moisturise your face before applying your foundation. Wearing foundation on your dry face will give you the cake face, simple! 

  • Sometimes I wear a foundation primer. This gives my face a nice base for my foundation to go on smoothly. I use MAC’s Prep and Prime and it does what it says on the bottle. It also helps keep your makeup in place for longer. Many other brands make good face primers so pick one up when you can

  • Applying your foundation should be the first step in your makeup process.  Apply it with your tool of choice in small circular motions around your face. Work the foundation up into your hairline and also over your neck and ears. Finish with the rest of your makeup before setting it with a powder. This allows your foundation enough time to sink into your skin, making it look more natural

  • When you are done with your makeup, Use a powder brush to apply your setting powder on areas of your face you tend to get oily like your t-zone and chin. A powder brush applies just the right amount of powder needed to set your foundation without making you ghost face :).  I use the Sigma F30 powder brush and it’s a dream.  For setting powder I use MAC’s Studio Fix powder in NC55 or my MAC Blot powder in Dark. Locally, If you go to either BM Pro or House of Tara stores, you should be able to get a decent powder brush

I hope these tips work to help you always get your foundation looking flawless and natural looking. Do you have any other tips you’d like to share with me? We say NO to the Cake Face! 

Peace and Love,


P.S If you would like a post on all the makeup brushes I use and recommend, please say so in the comment box 🙂 


  1. August 6, 2012 / 11:05 am

    I love your tips! Especially your recommendation for foundation brushes! I need to get some new ones!

    • August 6, 2012 / 11:09 am

      Foundation brushes are a staple for me..Thank you for your lovely comment! 😀

  2. Anonymous
    August 6, 2012 / 3:48 pm

    Hi Yewande, I think the nails look really pretty. Can you do a piece on nail care, cos I have stubborn nails that always break when they reach a decent length. Thanks

    • August 6, 2012 / 9:30 pm

      I think you meant to comment on a nail post..haha.. Thank you very much and I will be sure to work on a nail care piece..xx

  3. Anonymous
    August 6, 2012 / 8:16 pm

    Teach them mama..

    stalking you fervently 🙂

    • August 6, 2012 / 9:31 pm

      I enjoy being stalked on here 😀

  4. Abena
    August 7, 2012 / 6:56 pm

    Followed the link from the post u wrote on BN abt the lipstick.
    Well u are a newbie on the block but generating a respectable audience.
    Love ur blog but I suck @ following written instructions &this seems quiet 'someway'(Ghanaian slang)(yes I'm Ghanaian).I'm very much a visual person,it makes it easy 4 me.
    Thanks &keep it up.

    • August 7, 2012 / 7:05 pm

      Hi, thank you for your comment.. I understand what you mean, thats why I try to keep my posts simple but I plan to have more visual content in the near future 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    August 8, 2012 / 10:04 am

    i loveee the tips here. i know people i would be telling to read this. NO to cake face!

    Nice one.

    • August 8, 2012 / 11:05 am

      Thank you! 🙂 Careful not to hurt anyone's feeling

  6. Deola
    September 4, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    Hi Yewande, I just read this. Thanks a lot. Mt face is really oily, can I still use moisturizer? And I have marykay primer which gives a map on my face when I finish using it? Pls help.

    • September 4, 2012 / 6:06 pm

      Hi Dear, You should most definitely use a moisturiser. That may be a reason why youR primer gives a map because the skin underneath is dry. There are a number of oil free moisturisers available from Clean and Clear, Oil of Olay and Neutrogena, have a look in any beauty store and you should find something. I hope this helps..x

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