Reader vally521  posed a great makeup question  in the new BellaSugar Q&A Group . She wants to know, "How can I prevent my makeup from getting cakey?"
Thanks for your query, vally521. Nobody wants crinkly, unnatural-looking makeup. Not only does it have a tendency to age the skin, but it also gives the illusion that you're wearing way too much foundation or powder. Find out five ways to keep your cosmetics looking smooth and fresh when you read more.
- Choose the right formula for your skin: If you have an oily complexion, first prep the skin with an astringent, applying a light, oil-free moisturizer as needed. Then, use a mattifying or oil-free foundation, avoiding overly creamy formulations, which will only contribute to caking. For dry skin, prep the skin first by exfoliating. Apply a thin layer of moisturizer and follow up with a moisturizing foundation.
- Pick the right color: Foundation that's too light or too dark looks masklike. The right color will seamlessly melt right into the skin .
- Use all products sparingly: Regardless of your skin type, wait until your moisturizer sets in before applying your foundation. Remember, you can always dab on a bit of color-correcting concealer  to even out the complexion. Tip: For a flawless finish, foundation should only be applied on uneven spots using a foundation brush or sponge. Done correctly, you'll probably find that you don't need much foundation at all.
- Powder up: To set your foundation, first wait until it's completely dry before brushing a translucent powder onto the t-zone. Tap off any excess product before applying.
- Refresh: If your skin is oily, use blotting papers throughout the day to refresh your look. If it's dry, spritz on water or a toner, using your fingers or a sponge to lightly tap your makeup back into place.
Have a question yourself? Hit up the BellaSugar Q&A Group  for answers, and stay tuned for tips on preventing caked-on eye makeup to come!