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Normally when you choose between cream and cake, you’re thinking about food. But cake and cream also can describe two makeup foundation types that provide different levels of coverage for your skin. Because each makeup types has its own set of pros and cons, you may wish to use one over the other depending upon your makeup look of choice.
Consistency of cake versus cream makeup is one of the most immediately noticeable aspects of each makeup type. Cake makeups have a powdery texture that’s typically available in compact form, depending upon the company manufacturing the product. The powder doesn’t flake off easily when you rub your finger on it. Cream makeups, however, have some liquid in them, meaning when you put your finger on a cream makeup, it should come off and be ready for application on your face.
Having a cake makeup compact alone isn’t enough to apply makeup. You’ll also need some water and a makeup sponge. You first wet the sponge, then apply the water and sponge to your cake makeup. The makeup should come on to the sponge and be ready for application. When the water evaporates, the cake makeup is set, meaning you must apply the makeup fast and accurately (not a lot of blending can be done once it evaporates). While cream makeup also can be applied with a sponge, you don’t have to add water to the sponge. You also can use your finger or a concealer brush for application.
Cake makeup is commonly used in theatrical productions because you can’t see through it easily -- this is the stuff that can create a green alien for the stage. If you’re going to an event where you’ll be under hot lights or need a significant amount of coverage, a cake makeup can help. If you don’t need full coverage, a cream makeup may be a better bet. While a cake makeup is far from translucent, it does allow some of your natural skin to show through. Because cream makeup is more translucent, it tends to weigh your skin down less. If you have acne blemishes or sensitive skin, cake makeup can keep your sin from feeling as if it can “breathe.”
Because cake makeup is applied with water, water from your skin or the outdoors can reduce how long it lasts. This makes cream makeup the longer-lasting of the two options. If you need your makeup to last all day, cream may be your preferred makeup of choice. Because cream makeup can be blended, it’s also easier for touch-up purposes.