Wash your face before beginning your foundation routine. This will remove any dirt, makeup or excess oil that is on your skin and give you a clean palette for achieving an even, smooth foundation coverage. Use a dry towel to pat the skin dry. Normally, you would apply a moisturizer before beginning the makeup application, but women with oily skin should skip this step and use the moisturizer as part of their before-bed routine. A moisturizer will only add to the skin's natural oil.
Use a foundation sponge to apply a light coat of oil control makeup primer to your entire face. Not only will this give a matte appearance to your skin, but it will also aid in minimizing large pores usually associated with oily skin. Matte simply means that your face doesn't appear shiny or oily. Avoid using your fingers or you will just transfer dirt and oil back onto your already clean face.
Apply a very light layer of concealer to your under eye area and to any problem areas. Using a cream-based concealer and a small concealer makeup brush, gently pat the concealer into these areas. Concealers in stick form are even better because they contain less oils and give the skin a matte appearance.
Skip the liquid foundation. Liquid foundations will add oils to your face. Instead, use a powder foundation. To minimize extremely oily skin, use a mineral foundation powder. Use a large powder makeup brush and dip it into the powder. Begin blending the powder foundation into your skin by moving the brush in small circles, known in the makeup world as buffing. Continue until all of your face is evenly covered in foundation. The more you buff the powder into your skin, the more natural coverage you will get.
Because your foundation is in powder form, you can skip applying any setting powder.
The caked-on look comes from a liquid foundation plus adding a powder finish.