What many people don’t realize about stunning makeup is that all the effort comes before the makeup itself: the skincare routine from the week before, the skin prep, the priming, and more.
However, there’s nothing to fear–making sure your makeup glows is totally achievable. Read on below to find out how you can prep your skin for your best makeup looks ever!
CARE FOR THE BASE
Every effortless look starts with a cleansed base. By cleansing the face before makeup application, you’ll remove any dirt, oil, or previous makeup residue. A gentle, non-stripping cleanser is usually suitable for all skin types and pre-makeup applications.
That being said…
CONSIDER SKIN TYPE
Skin type is crucial to consider when selecting products, both for the preparation skincare and for the makeup. For oily skin, using oil-free or mattifying products will help to control shine under makeup as the day goes on. For dry skin, opting for hydrating and nourishing formulas will give the smoothest result!
Moisturizing helps create a smooth canvas for makeup application and prevents the skin from appearing dry or flaky. It will also help regulate the skin’s sebum production, so even if you have oily skin, skipping the moisturizer will actually make things worse!
If applying eye makeup, gently applying a hydrating eye cream to the under-eye area is also a good idea. This can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and keep the area moisturized, making it easier to blend and apply eye makeup.
And last but not least, don't forget about the lips: a gentle exfoliation and the application of a lip balm or moisturizer will ensure smooth, hydrated lips before applying lip products.
Once the basics are done, using a makeup primer will 110% further enhance the longevity and appearance of the makeup. Here’s why:
- Primers smooth out the skin's texture, minimize the appearance of pores, and create an even base for foundation application. They do this by filling in fine lines, pores, and other imperfections, creating a more even surface.
- Primers also create a barrier between the skin and makeup, helping the products adhere better and last longer. They can prevent the makeup from breaking down due to natural oils, sweat, or environmental factors like humidity.
- Primers add the perfect extra touch. Some have an SPF (such as the TIZO3 Facial Primer Sunscreen), extra hydrating ingredients, or oil-absorbing properties that help control shine and excess oil production throughout the day, while others have color-correcting properties. For example, green-tinted primers can help neutralize redness, while lavender-tinted primers can counteract sallow or dull skin tones.
It's worth noting that not all primers work the same way for everyone, as individual skin types and preferences can vary. It's a good idea to experiment with different formulas and brands to find the primer that works best for your specific needs!
JANE IREDALE SMOOTH AFFAIR® BRIGHTENING FACE PRIMER
GLO SKIN BEAUTY FACE PRIMER
Until next time,
The BSE Team