There are so many things that go into creating that perfect makeup look. It is more than picking out the best foundation for your skin type or choosing the right color lipstick. Remember, you are putting makeup on the biggest organ on your body: your skin! Before you ask yourself if your skin can skin breathe through foundation, you must first ask yourself if your skin properly prepped?
Making sure your skin is prepped before applying makeup is the most crucial step when it comes to getting that flawless makeup look. It seems like, over the last year, there has been even more of an emphasis on the importance of an awesome skincare routine. You must use the right cleanser for your skin type, exfoliate according to your skin type, moisturize and use sunscreen no matter your skin shade.
All in all these guidelines will only help you prep your skin for your best makeup look. After all, you can spend hours mixing out your favorite breathable foundation, developing an ideal eyeshadow appearance and perfecting the best glistening highlight however your makeup is just the paint and the paint is only as good as its canvas. In other words, the efficiency of your makeup depends on the base which is why prepping your skin for makeup is one of the most important steps that cannot be overlooked. When you skip this step, you will notice a difference in how your makeup looks. Here are some ways you can prepare your skin for your best most flawless makeup look.
Use A Cool, Firm Eye Gel
Your eyes are the window to your face. That is where people are going to look first. Making sure your eyes are not tired or droopy will make all the difference when you are applying the rest of your makeup. Most people believe that all you need is a really good concealer, and while concealer is very useful, using a cool, firm eye gel is concealer’s best friend. The eye gel will help minimize puffiness and dark circles that way your concealer does not have to do all the work. Since the gel is light and silky, you also will not have to worry about your concealer not mixing well with the eye gel. Your eyes will be brightened and lifted.
Make sure that when you apply the eye gel, you do so gently with your index finger. Your index is the least strong finger which will prevent you from dragging on your skin too hard when you apply the product. The skin under and around your eyes is very delicate and you do not want to further cause any more damage.
Another way to brighten your eyes is if you cut up some cucumbers and place them on your closed eyes for 10 minutes, you can be sure to add some extra anti-inflammatory and soothing effect to your eyes. All of these steps are a great first step after your typical skincare routine.
Cleanse Your Skin
Make sure that you are always applying your makeup to freshly cleansed skin. That will also make all the difference. When you clean your skin on a regular basis, you help to maintain your skin’s natural pore size. You also help to maintain that supple-looking and healthy skin look. One important factor is to cleanse your skin with the type of cleansers that are specific to your skin type. For instance, if you have oily skin it may help for you to double cleanse your skin. Clean once with an oil that is safe for that and clean it again with a gel cleanser. This can help prevent any excess oil from being produced on your face.
If you have dry skin, the best thing for you to use is cleansers that add moisture as well as clarify your pores. This should go without saying, but you should cleanse your skin at least once a day, particularly in the morning. If you have the time though, cleansing your face twice a day (once in the morning and another before bed), will definitely improve the health of your skin.
This is a step that you cannot forget about or you will be sorry. This is also a step that is often overlooked. Exfoliating is just as important as cleansing. When you exfoliate your skin, you are sloughing away all the dead skin cells that are just sitting on your face, waiting to be buried by oil, dirt and debris. This can cause acne. A good exfoliation will smooth your skin and get rid of bacteria and dirt.
There are two ways you can exfoliate: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliation typically involves scrubbing your skin with little particles. It could also be a clay exfoliate in which it dries up any dead skin. This is also a type of physical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliation typically involves a serum that you place on your skin that chemically gets rid of the dead skin. Either option depends on the type of skin type you have.
Toner Before Moisturizer
There is debate within the beauty community on whether or not toner is a useful step in your skincare routine. Some say it is not necessary while others stand firm that it is a way to add extra moisture to your skincare routine. Toner is a useful step, but take it as you will. Not only does it add moisture, but it also helps prevent ingrown hairs, refreshes your skin and is known for shrinking pores. In order to get the most out of this, it is imperative that you spritz it on your skin after cleansing and before moisturizing.
Hydrate is the most important step! All that moisture that you added, you want to make sure that you are locking all that moisture in by using creams on your face. Picking the right moisturizing cream depends on the type of skin type you are. If you are someone who has dry skin, thicker creams are best. If you are someone with oily skin, you want to use a moisturizer that is lightweight.
How do you prep your skin for flawless makeup? Let me know in the comments below!