Let me say this loud and clear, if your makeup isn’t looking so great, perhaps it’s not your makeup that’s the problem. The issue might lie in your skin and it will not look any better in more layers of makeup. To get it right the first time, you gotta prep! You wouldn’t go into an exam or a work meeting without prepping, and the same caution should apply when it comes to makeup. If the basic precautions aren’t taken, you’re just giving yourself more work and there will surely be many more bad skin days where that came from.
Don’t feel helpless, though! I am here to give you the pre-makeup skin care tips you need to transform the look of your everyday makeup. Hopefully these tips encourage you to show your skin more love!
It’s all about skin.
The foundation that I’ll be talking about isn’t the foundation you’re thinking about. Your skin is your foundation’s foundation. If your skin is in bad shape, anything you layer on top is going to reflect that. All the bumps, patches, and slicks on your face will make it harder for you to apply your makeup flawlessly. Think of routine skincare as preventative and an insurance for your makeup. The more you invest in it, the better the results. Your makeup application is not only going to go on smoother, but most likely you’ll take less time to do it because you don’t have to correct the same problem area all the time. The first thing you will have to do is assess your skin’s problem areas:
If you have dry patches, you will need to gently exfoliate these areas and keep them well-moisturized so that the skin will lift off better when it’s time to exfoliate again. If you don’t take care of these dry patches, they are only going to be accentuated further when you go to apply your base makeup and powders.
For oily T-zones, or other areas where you produce oil throughout the day, you want to control that oil, not by applying more powder, but by preventing it from getting oily from the start. Make sure to use an oil-free cleanser, tone with an alcohol-free toner, and apply a mattifying moisturizer.
Large Pores, Pimples and Blemishes
This is a tricky one, but easily remedied with a thorough clean and exfoliation. Large pores are more susceptible to getting clogged, causing unsightly pimples, so wash your skin with a cleanser that has salicylic acid to deeply clean pores and loosen dead skin. Then, use a smoothing primer before you apply your makeup to fill in the pores so that you have a smooth application.
You might have one or more of these problems with your skin, so adjust to your personal skin needs. Mix and match for different skin areas! I hope these tips bring new life to your pre-makeup skin rituals. Give this post a like and let us know below which of these essentials you’re already including in your routine!