Beautiful skin is something most people crave. Magazines and advertisements bombard us with photos of women with flawless, healthy skin. While it may sometimes seem impossible, there are everyday steps you can take to achieve that look. Knowing how to prepare skin before makeup is one of the best things you can do to first repair it and then let it shine.
Purchase a facial cleanser that is right for your skin.
The cleanser should be alcohol-free and gentle. Though many products on the market offer miraculous results, they are often just hype. Look for cleaners that have simple ingredients that won’t damage your skin.
Choose a pH-balance that meets your needs.
If your skin is dry, look for a product that has low pH numbers (4 or 5), and if your skin is oily or acne-prone, choose a cleanser that has a high pH number (6 or 7). This will help even out your skin’s ability to fight off bacteria.
Wash the skin on your face and neck gently but thoroughly.
Use a small circular motion, start at your neck, and rotate toward your nose or counterclockwise. Don’t forget your forehead and the spots in front of your ears.
Rinse your face and neck completely, and make sure no soapy residue remains.
Purchase a gentle exfoliating scrub that features small granular particles such as sand or sugar.
The ingredients should be all natural or as close to natural as possible.
Exfoliate your clean skin and neck.
Use the same small, circular motion, and move in counter-clockwise strokes. This removes dead skin cells, and prepares your fresh skin for a makeup application.
Rinse your face and neck completely with warm water, and pat dry with a clean towel.
Do not rub your face, as this can cause damage to the skin.
Select a facial serum that has a solid amount of vitamin C, as well as an ingredient called sodium hyaluronate.
This serum will add moisture to your skin all-day long, and give it that glow you are looking for.
Apply the serum to your dry facial skin just after exfoliating.
Use small dots, and dab it on to your face with the tip of your index or ring finger. Gently blot it in to the skin on your face and neck. Do not use more than one finger per hand, as you will apply too much pressure to the sensitive skin areas.
Purchase an all-day moisturizing lotion that matches your skin type.
It should contain a minimum of SPF 15 to help block the sun’s harmful rays and last for at least eight hours to offer your skin optimal protection.
Press the moisturizer onto your face rather than rubbing it.
This will give your skin an additional boost, and make your skin extra soft.
Purchase a silicone-based skin primer for facial skin.
This little-used makeup gem is a key ingredient to prepping skin before makeup, as it fills in fine lines and wrinkles as well as smooths your face.
Dab the primer over your face and neck.
Use a cross pattern from your forehead to chin, and then ear to ear. Use very small dots of primer as you go, and gently press the primer into the skin of your face.