Look of the Day – Warm Toned Daytime Look

Who doesn’t love warm toned shades??? Here’s one for the road.


Products used:


  • NYX Pore Filler Primer
  • Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick (Warm Ivory)
  • NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand (Beige)
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder


  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Medium Brown)
  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil (Espresso)
  • Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel (05 Deep)


  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer (Sand) – as eyeshadow primer
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Singles (Caramel – transition, Morocco – crease, Fudge – outer corner, China Rose – lids)
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (Trooper)
  • Lancome Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (Black)


  • Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer 
  • MAC Powder Blush (Melba)


  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Highlighter (Exposed)


  • Huda Beauty Lip Contour Matte Pencil (Trendsetter)
  • Makeup Geek Plush Lip Creme (Jetsetter)

Setting Spray:

  • MAC Fix Plus

Basics Baby: Setting Powder VS Finishing Powder

Imagine if the school principal blames the student for not being able to teach the teacher effectively. Yes, both student and teacher are in the same setting (the classroom) but the principal penalized the student for not executing the teacher’s job. Pretty unfair, isn’t it? I know it’s a little far-fetched but this very analogy appears to be a common occurrence when it comes to reviewing setting and finishing powders. (I’ve seen countless negative reviews of finishing powders that fault the product for not setting the makeup.) So let’s first address the big question. Are setting powders and finishing powders the same thing? Well, aside from the fact that the term powder exists in both their names, a setting powder and a finishing powder are designed to serve absolutely different purposes. However, many have provided problematic reviews of the products due to error in the measurement criteria which stemmed from a lack of awareness of their different functions.


What is a setting powder?

Setting powders, which come in both loose and pressed forms, are made to set your makeup specifically liquid and cream bases such as your foundation and concealer. Applying a setting powder over those helps to retain the products’ longevity on your skin. It keeps it in place and prevent the products from sliding or transferring after hours of wear and sebum production. Immediately upon application, setting powders reduce shine but provide neither coverage nor tint. It’s specifically designed to hold foundation and concealer in place and prevent them from rubbing off. Setting powders can also be used for touch ups as it contains some oil absorbing properties. It is usually preferred over a compact powder foundation as it is a sheerer and lighter form of powder, therefore perfect on top of liquid foundations.

There are various methods to applying setting powders. You can use a variety of setting brushes to lightly tap on areas that require setting, powder brushes to lightly dust the product over your whole face or go for a beauty blender to either push the powder into the skin or leave it on for a few minutes (i.e. baking) before dusting the excess off.


(Image source: http://www.sephora.com/translucent-loose-setting-powder-P109908)

One of the most coveted and a cult favorite of not just makeup artists and celebrities but also most makeup lovers out there is the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. A silky powder with sheer coverage, this holy grail setting powder is weightless and long-lasting, absorbing oil and reducing shine all day. What makes this powder a hot pick is its slightly denser than usual consistency that allows for smoother and even application and blending, and its translucent shades that truly works on all skin tones, from the fairest to the deepest.

Other trusted setting powders in the market includes the RCMA No Color Powder (loose), Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder (loose), COVER FX Perfect Setting Powder (loose), Dermablend Loose Setting Powder and NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder.


What is a finishing powder?

Finishing powders (which also come in both loose and pressed forms) as the name suggests, is created to provide your complexion with a specific finish. It can impart a soft-focused, blurring effect on the skin, best for minimizing the appearance of imperfections. It can also lend a brightening effect on the complexion with its light refracting properties or provide a luminous, pearlescent finish to skin texture.

A finishing powder is meant to be applied at the end of your makeup routine, on top of all your other makeup including bronzers, contours, blushes, and highlight. Techniques include dusting the face with a light layer of the finishing powder, or buffing the finishing powder into the skin so as to mesh the entire makeup look together, producing an airbrushed finish. Finishing powders are generally not as often used as setting powders as they are much less a necessity. Setting powders are crucial to hold your base makeup but finishing powders are more of a bonus to give you a more flawless and ethereal finish, thus usually reserved for special occasions or for when you have a lot of photo-taking going on.

Similar to a setting powder, it does not provide coverage. However, depending on the finish that it intends to give, finishing powders may come with a tint. Some finishing powders that are made to give you a bronzed, sun-kissed effect may contain a light golden tint while those meant to give an opalescent finish might contain a soft pink tint. Powders with a yellow tint help to further conceal redness while powders with a light peach tint can highlight a radiant complexion.

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A highly recommended finishing powder is the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin-Perfecting Micro-Powder. A breathable micro-fine powder with soft-focus nano particles that blur away lines and imperfections, this finishing powder leaves your skin with a bright and illuminating finish. What’s best about this powder is how it resists any caking, dusting or sitting in lines, therefore it is one of the best powders for touch-ups.

Other popular and trusted finishing powders include the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (pressed) that comes in six different shades/finishes and the MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Microfinishing Powder which comes in both loose and pressed versions.


Are setting powders and finishing powders interchangeable?

Though there are no rules to makeup, I’d have to say that certain makeup products are made to be used and applied in a specific way. You will not likely receive your desired results if you use setting and finishing powders interchangeably. Baking or setting your makeup with a finishing powder may not lead to prolonging its longevity on your skin. Similarly, a setting powder may not provide you with a finish you desire.

So is it fair to criticize a finishing powder for not being able to do the job of a setting powder? I would think not.

Basics Baby: How to Achieve a Natural Sunkissed Makeup

So the other day I was browsing through my Instagram account and came across this photo of a gorgeous model, made up by makeup artist, James Molloy, in a to-die-for natural, glowing makeup so perfect for summer. And I thought I could do a basic tutorial on how to achieve a radiant, sun-kissed makeup look. But first, let’s feast our eyes on this splendor…


(Image source: https://www.instagram.com/jamesmolloymakeupartist/?hl=en)

A brief on the look before we get down to business. As you can see, the look is really focusing on natural glow and radiance, with colors that are skin-like and nothing extravagant going on anywhere. Of course the model is already perfect to begin with, so that minuscule amount of makeup on her only enhances her perfection. For normal ladies out there like myself, we can customize things like coverage and color placement or depth of color but not veer away from the whole natural, sun-kissed finish. So, allow me to just share what has worked for me in achieving such minimalist looks.

The Skin

One way to prolong the longevity of your minimal makeup is to apply an appropriate primer for your skin needs. In this warmer climate, my combination skin tends to lean more towards the oily side so I wanted to reduce the chances of my minimal makeup from sliding or fading due to the sebum and oil production. Hence, I chose to apply a mattifying, pore-minimizing primer (BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector).

For base, I wanted to do away with foundation as the look doesn’t appear to include that. Furthermore, putting on foundation in the hot, sunny weather may cause a bit of a situation. Therefore, I decided to concoct my own mix of products that will give me a glowy skin, yet not emphasizing my imperfections. I used a dime-sized amount of MAC Strobe Cream as the base in which the rest of the products will be blended with. The reason I chose this product is because it is a moisturizer with a luminescent finish. To give the cream a skin-colored tint, I added two drops of my Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. Since this is a pure pigment product, it adds color to the cream without altering its finish (i.e. the luminescence will not be compromised). In addition, the drops also help to add a bit of coverage, and this is where you can customize it to suit your needs. If you need more coverage, you can go three or even up to four drops, or if you don’t need much coverage then one drop will provide you with a sheer one. I went for two as I feel my spots and blemishes could do with a medium coverage. But, because we’re mixing the drops with a moisturizer instead of a foundation, the finish on the skin will still look very natural. In fact, the product becomes traceless and disappears into my skin, yet still doing its job of perfecting the skin a little. The third and final product I added into the mixture are two drops of the Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Highlighter. Being an illuminator with a translucent formula, what this product adds is more radiance and luminosity to the base.

So after mixing the three products on  the back of my hand, I applied it to my face using a damp beauty blender. And that’s really it for the base of the skin. No concealer, nothing.

The Contour/Highlight

Since this is a natural makeup look and the model does look like she has her features defined, I opted for cream contour and highlight. Using my trusted Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book Vol. 2, I picked up the Sculpting Cream and contoured lightly around the parameters of my face as well as my nose. The good thing about using a cream contour when doing natural makeup looks is that they blend a lot more seamlessly into the skin and truly looks like natural shadows on your face rather than sharp contour lines. If you wish to, you could also go with a cream/liquid bronzer instead. I am happy with just the contour cream as once blended out the color looks like a bronzer on my face.

Using the same palette, I dipped into Candlelight Cream, the cream highlighter shade and placed it on the high points of my face where light would naturally hit. To make the highlighter look more like a glow from within, I used my damp beauty blender to mesh it into my skin.

Now that I have completed my creams and  liquid base, I went in with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Dim Light) for a more flawless finish. In fact, this finishing powder is an illuminator that contains light-refracting particles, and still able to blur imperfections at the same time. So this is really the perfect powder for the sun-kissed look we’re going for.

The Brows

This is the simplest thing I have done for my brows ever, using just one product – the Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel – to brush my brow hairs and thicken them. For a natural look, the brows have to look natural too, not overly defined and the brow hairs have to be the star of the show, not your brow pencil or pomade etc.

The Eyes

For the eyes I decided to go with rosy peach-toned colors instead of browns or taupes as the former appear more like my skin than the rest. For the base, I used the shade Strapless from my Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow palette all over my crease and lids. Then, I gave the eyes a pop of glow by dabbing the NYX Lid Lingerie Eye Tint in the color Sweet Cloud on the center of the lids. Being a cream product helps make the center of your lid shine a healthy glow.

To make my small eyes wider and more awake, I applied a generous amount of mascara (Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara) and combed through to minimize clumps. You can definitely customize how much mascara you need. The model doesn’t appear to have much on but she already has big, beautiful eyes so she doesn’t need much help in this area.

The Lips

For lips, I wanted something juicy yet not too far off from my original lip color. So first, I lined my lips with my Dior Contour Lipliner Pencil in shade 213 Natural Beige. This shade matches my lip color perfectly so I love using it when doing nude lips. I then used the color Liar from Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss all over, and topped the center of the lips with Smashbox Be Legendary Lipgloss in the shade Pout, pretty apt name for what I intended it to do.

And that’s really it for the whole look, here’s the result:

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I know this is nothing compared to the model above but I feel super comfortable in this minimal makeup. It lasted from about 4pm to around 11pm when I removed it. The base concoction I did made my skin exude a healthy glow, the eyes are looking natural yet lit, and the lips look effortless. I’m definitely going to do more of this cream/liquid base looks in the future. Till the next one!

Judge Judy: ABH Modern Renaissance VS ZOEVA Cocoa Blend

I’m pretty excited for today’s sharing. It’s something I’ve never done before, but I thought could be helpful for my friends or anyone out there who’s always looking for more affordable alternatives to amazing high end products. It all started when I was tidying up my vanity and looking through my eyeshadow palettes. I happened to pick up my beloved Modern Renaissance (Anastasia Beverly Hills) and comparing it with my Cocoa Blend (ZOEVA). And it just dawned on me how similar some of the shadows are. So I thought why not put both products to the test and see which performs better.

As with all my Judge Judy posts, here are details of the products we’re gonna test today:


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Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette:

  • 42.00 USD for 0.28 oz
  • An essential eyeshadow collection with 14 shades in neutral to berry tones

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(Image source: http://www.xueqiii.com/2016/07/anastasia-modern-renaissance-palette.html)

Eyeshadows put to the test: Tempera, Burnt Orange, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Love Letter, Vermeer

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(Image source: https://www.zoevacosmetics.com/europe1/eyes/eye-palettes/70/cocoa-blend-eyeshadow-palette)

ZOEVA Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette:

  • 26.50 USD for 0.50 oz
  • Features 10 eyeshadows in various warm-toned hues ranging from beige to plum to copper

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(Image source: http://www.xueqiii.com/2015/12/zoeva-cocoa-blend-palette-review-and.html)

Eyeshadows put to the test: Bitter Start, Substitute for Love, Freshly Toasted, Warm Notes, Sweeter End

So as you have seen above, ZOEVA’s Cocoa Blend is relatively more affordable than ABH’s Modern Renaissance. Granted Modern Renaissance has 14 shades while Cocoa Blend has 10. However, the net weight of the former is only slightly more than half of the latter which means you get way more product with Zoeva than with ABH. While both are categorized as warm-toned palettes, there are some differences between them. Aside from the colors that I have chosen to put to the test, the other shades in both palettes are pretty dissimilar, with Modern Renaissance having orange, mauve and brown shades while Cocoa Blend adding bronze, purple and black shades. I think it’s great that these differences exist as that allows more options for consumers when deciding to purchase warm neutral eyeshadow palettes.

Now, let’s focus on the ten or so colors that I will be putting to the test. FYI, I used the same eyeshadow primer on both my eyes and also used the same brushes to apply the eyeshadows. I also made sure to clean the brush with dry tissue prior to dipping into new colors to prevent any transfer.

  ABH Modern Renaissance ZOEVA Cocoa Blend
Shade Tempera Bitter Start
Description light beige with warm, peachy tones and a satiny sheen light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish
Application & Performance feels silky soft, good color payoff a bit more powdery, not as opaque as Tempera


  ABH Modern Renaissance ZOEVA Cocoa Blend
Shade Burnt Orange Substitute for Love
Description medium orange-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish medium-dark, orange-brown with a mostly matte finish
Application & Performance more kickback in pan but more pigmented than Substitute for Love zero kickback, same blendability as Burnt Orange


  ABH Modern Renaissance ZOEVA Cocoa Blend
Shade Red Ochre Freshly Toasted
Description medium-dark reddish-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish medium-dark reddish brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a matte finish
Application & Performance slightly more kickback in pan, more pigmented and much easier to blend than Freshly Toasted color is not fully even, there seems to be a brown undertone that tends to grab on to crease and cause a bit of patchiness

This is how the colors thus far look on my eyes. If you observe closely, you will notice that the crease color looks a tinge better on the ABH side than the ZOEVA side. Otherwise, the rest of the shadows look very similar despite the little disparities reported above.


ABH Modern Renaissance

ZOEVA Cocoa Blend

Tempera (set primer)

Burnt Orange (transition)

Red Ochre (Crease)

Bitter End (set primer)

Substitute for Love (transition)

Freshly Toasted (Crease)


  ABH Modern Renaissance ZOEVA Cocoa Blend
Shade Venetian Red + Love Letter Warm Notes
Description medium-dark red with subtle, warmer undertones and a mostly matte finish


dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish

rich, brightened cranberry red with warm, copper brown undertones and a metallic finish
Application & Performance more kickback but more pigmented than Warm Notes, obviously not shimmery because these are matte colors but the berry color payoff is much more impressive for these than Warm Notes. beautiful shimmer finish but the berry tone is not as rich and deep as Venetian Red and Love Letter.

This is how the lid color performs. I had to mix two shades from the ABH palette (a red and a berry) to come close to the Zoeva shade (a berry red). Clearly the ZOEVA side looks shimmery while the ABH side appears mostly matte since those are their respective finishes. In this case I would say each deserves its own credit.


ABH Modern Renaissance

ZOEVA Cocoa Blend

Venetian Red + Love Letter (lid) Warm Notes (lid)
  ABH Modern Renaissance ZOEVA Cocoa Blend
Shade Vermeer Sweeter End
Description bright, light peach with warm undertones and a frosted sheen heavily gold-shimmered peach with a hint of pink
Application & Performance a brighter shade with more shimmer than Sweeter End deeper toned due to the gold hues, not as impressive as an inner corner highlight as Vermeer

This is the final look with the above two colors placed as inner corner highlights. As mentioned, the ZOEVA shade looks less bright due to its deeper gold undertone while the ABH side is blinding all right, making it a more ideal option for a popping tear duct highlight.


ABH Modern Renaissance

ZOEVA Cocoa Blend

Vermeer (inner corner highlight) Sweeter End (inner corner highlight)

After touching up a bit to make them look pretty similar, this is how the eyeshadows fit in a completed makeup look:

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Here I wanted to go for a softer and almost monochromatic pinkish look, so I went in with the shade Matte Naked, a medium beige pink nude from my Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick.

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Alternatively, a berry toned lip color is also very suitable with this eye makeup. For this, I only used a lip liner in the shade Cherry Skies, a deep berry from NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner to line my lips and fill them in.

So what’s my verdict on the two eyeshadow palettes? I’d say that in terms of quality, I am impressed with both. My 7-hour wear test indicates the same level of longevity for both eyeshadows (both lasted the entire wear test without fading or smudging). I personally lean more towards the ABH Modern Renaissance palette because of the edge it has over the ZOEVA Cocoa Blend in terms of blendability, pigmentation and color range. However, if you are under a budget and unwilling to fork out anything more than 30 bucks on an eyeshadow palette then you will not regret going for the latter.

I’ll leave you with my final breakdown on these two palettes. I hope you found this post useful. Till the next one!

ABH Modern Renaissance

ZOEVA Cocoa Blend

  • Amazing quality and level of blendability justifies its higher cost.
  • Shade selection is more desirable and versatile, allowing for a wider variety of looks to be created. (I especially love the inclusion of orange, mauve and brown shades as these colors in themselves allow for a range of eye looks)
  • ALL colors are true to pan, opaque and highly pigmented.


  • Despite its more affordable price tag, the quality of eyeshadows is not in any way compromised.
  • Shade range allows for both day and night, soft and smokey eye makeup.
  • Very minimal to no kickback in the pan, so if you are not a fan of powder kickback in your palettes this is your best bet.
  • Packaging is more sleek and lighter but excludes a brush holder.


Basics Baby: How to Prevent Cakey Complexion

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(Image source: http://www.makeupbymahamatar.com/2015/10/09/how-to-avoid-cake-face/)

Cakes may be one of life’s greatest delights, but a cake face is by no means any more desirable than rotten eggs. What is cake face, some may ask. Simply put, it is a situation where one has applied too much makeup, specifically makeup meant for coverage and concealing that then result in an extremely unflattering textured looking skin with visible layers of product sitting on top. Doesn’t sound appealing, does it?

For someone with textured skin and imperfections here and there, I have definitely had my fair share of cake face moments. So it is legit when I say that I have found ways to kinda go around this cakey situation. So, if you’re interested to find out my tips and tricks for minimizing the occurrence of a cakey complexion, continue reading this post!

1. Do not use a large amount of product

My first pointer might be the most underrated tip for preventing a cake face. Especially with social media makeup tutorials that tend to apply thick layer upon thick layer of foundation and concealer, one may think that using a lot of product is the key to a flawless complexion. If you happen to think that, you cannot be more wrong. Applying a large amount or thick layers of foundation and concealer are the main culprits of cakey face.

I understand how those with a great deal of texture or blemishes on the face are very inclined to apply more product in the hopes of covering up the imperfections. But this actually is a vicious cycle. Layering on piles of foundation and concealer might initially appear to hide your problem areas, but the products will soon turn on you and reveal the most unnatural complexion you’ll ever have. Not to mention the possibility of pore clogging when excessive makeup is applied on the skin. When more imperfections develop as a result of this, you will then resort to using much more product and the vicious cycle continues.

Trust me when I say that a minimum amount of foundation and concealer is the most flattering, even for problematic skin. The instruction that comes along with the packaging which usually recommends using a pump or two for the entire face is accurate. I’ve never found myself going for more than that. In fact, most of the time one pump is sufficient. Think about it this way. Applying a small amount of foundation enables the product to mesh with your skin, providing coverage yet at the same time appearing as one with your skin to give you a natural look. Piling on the product will cause excess product to sit on top of your skin, due to its inability to blend with your skin. This is when cake face begins. So, stay cool on how much you pump.

2. Sheer out the formula

This is a trick that I’ve actually talked about in a previous post (https://sitihajaresa.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/basic-baby-how-to-create-skin-like-naturally-radiant-makeup-finish/). Since I’ve discovered this method and practiced it, I’ve never looked back, especially when it comes to avoiding any sort of unnatural texture or consistency on your skin after makeup.

A cake face tends to be more common for medium to high coverage foundation. I personally prefer to use foundations with light coverage and rarely experience any cake face situation with those. However, if I have to apply a higher coverage product, I will always sheer it out slightly using a facial oil so that it won’t be a thick layer on top of my skin. A drop or two of facial oil is enough to sheer out any medium to full coverage foundation. For oils that I recommend, do check out the link to my previous post above. Be sure to mix the oil and foundation well to prevent any unevenness.

3. Choose a damp sponge over a brush

If you think the foundation you use is all that matters, I’ll tell you that the tool you use to apply the foundation matters more. I can say this with great certainty as I have tried using all my foundation with a damp beauty blender and a foundation brush. And in ALL instances, the beauty sponge gave a significantly better finish. Using a damp sponge to apply foundation helps to absorb excess product and does a superior job than a brush in blending the product with your skin. The result is always a smoother complexion that honestly appears like skin (if you follow the first two tricks above). A brush on the other hand doesn’t just leave streak marks, but also doesn’t do as good a job in meshing the foundation with your skin. My foundation always looks more visible when I apply it with a brush. So if you’ve been using a brush all this while to apply your foundation and concealer, you might want to immediately consider switching to a damp sponge.

4. Allow product to set prior to powdering

Another common cake face culprit has to do with timing. It is not unusual at all to see people immediately setting their face with powder after they’ve applied foundation and concealer. I find that to be one of the reasons for my previous cake face situations. Especially when your foundation and concealer do not dry matte or do not dry fast for that matter, applying powder over a cream or liquid product that hasn’t properly set will result in a cakey complexion. The powder will grab on to the foundation and leave you with an uneven, possibly patchy and grainy appearance. What you want to do instead is to allow enough time for your creams and liquids to set on your face before powdering. I would usually go ahead and do my brows and eye makeup after applying my foundation/concealer. That gives me about ten minutes or so of set time before I go in with powder. So, take your time and don’t rush into powdering.

5. Dab off excess product

A trick I learned from makeup artist, Wayne Goss which I found to be extremely helpful in preventing cake face is to dab off any excess foundation/concealer. Though the damp sponge was supposed to absorb excess product, it doesn’t always absorb all the excess. There will still be some residue on your skin. To get rid of these, Wayne recommends wrapping a dry facial tissue around a wedge-like sponge and gently dabbing your entire face. You will see that the tissue does collect the excess product. Be careful to not go too hard and never swipe or drag the tissue as these will remove your foundation instead of just the excess.

6. Do not pile on the powder

As with the foundation and concealer, the same rule goes for powder. Do not use it excessively. I’ve noticed how some popular YouTubers actually recommend slapping on tons of powder on the face to ensure a flawless complexion. While that might work for just a simple photo-shoot session, this technique is clearly not realistic for real-life makeup. Doing this only creates another thick layer of product that again, will just be sitting on top of your skin. Anything that just stays above the skin and not meshed into the skin will cause a cake face.

I would recommend applying powder only where you need it i.e. oily-prone or shine-prone areas. If that’s your T-zone, only apply it on your T-zone. If only your cheeks and chin tend to get oily, only powder those areas. How you apply the powder matters too. I’ve  been loving applying my loose setting powder using a damp sponge. I notice that the finish is more skin-like and less powdery using this method. Otherwise, I also go in with a small setting brush and picking up the tiniest bit of product and dusting off the excess before patting the powder on my skin. If you accidentally applied too much loose powder, simply dust off the excess using a large powder brush.

7. Use a setting spray

To finish off your makeup and as a final insurance against cake face, using a facial mist or spray on your skin will help to lock in whatever product that is on top of your skin into your skin, leaving you a base with seamless and imperceptible finish. After spraying your entire face, you can either fan your skin to dry or use a sponge and dab the spray deposit into your skin. Be sure to only opt for setting sprays with safe and non-irritating ingredients. I would of course recommend my trustee MAC Fix Plus.

So those are my tips and tricks for avoiding a cakey complexion. I hope some of these methods will work for you. Till the next one.

Look of the Day – Soft Daytime Smokey

Who says smokey eye makeup can only take place when the sun’s down? Here’s a possible daytime appropriate smokey eye look!

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Products used:


  • Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation (Medium 6)
  • Cover FX Custom Cover Drops (G20)
  • Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme (Light 9)
  • Lancome Teint Miracle Loose Powder (01)


  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil (Espresso)
  • Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel (05 Deep)


  • NYX Lid Lingerie Eye Tint (Night Glow)
  • MAC Burgundy Times Nine Palette (Antiqued – lids, Haux – crease)
  • LORAC Pro Palette (Black – outer V,  Cream – brow bone)
  • Lancome Le Crayon Kohl (01 Noir – waterline and tightline)
  • Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen (Black)
  • Lancome Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Black)


  • Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium)
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer (Chocolate Soleil)
  • Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette (Love)


  • Jouer Powder Highlighter (Rose Quartz)


  • Chanel Precision Lip Definer (34 Natural)
  • bareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor (Infamous – all over, Slay – center)

Setting Spray:

  • ELF Makeup Mist & Set

Look of the Day – Soft Neutral Glam

This neutral yet polished look has been one of my go-to makeup recently. For names of products used to achieve this look, check out the list below!


Products used:


  • bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer Cream SPF 30 (Light)
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Shade 3.5)
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Custard)
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish (2 Medium)


  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Medium Brown)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (Medium Brown)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel


  • Make Up for Ever Full Cover Concealer (Sand) – as eyeshadow primer
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Singles (Caramel – crease, Fudge – outer corner)
  • Inglot Cosmetics Freedom System Eyeshadow (421 Pearl – lid)
  • Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book Eyeshadows (Cool Tan, Ruddy Earth – lower lashline)
  • NYX Slide On Eye Pencil (Jet Black)
  • NYX Faux Whites (Linen – waterline)
  • Lancome Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base
  • Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara (Black)


  • Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium)
  • Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tan (Tantric)
  • MAC Powder Blush (Melba)


  • The Balm Mary Lou Manizer


  • NYX Slim Lip Pencil (Natural)
  • NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick (Push-Up)

Setting Spray:

  • MAC Fix Plus