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How To Prep Your Skin for All Day Makeup

How To Prep Your Skin for All Day Makeup

You wouldn’t take your car on a lengthy road trip without making sure it has enough fuel first, right? Well, the same concept applies to makeup. If you want to ensure your look stays in place throughout the day (while still looking as perfect as when you first left your house), you’ll need to properly prep your skin for makeup.

Nothing is worse than spending money on expensive makeup products for them to look mediocre once applied because you didn’t properly prep your skin.

Skin prep goes beyond just slathering on a moisturiser, its more about addressing skin concerns you have and using skincare products in a specific way so that your makeup goes onto a smooth canvas and stays in place all day.

Step One: Cleanse

Before you start prepping your skin for makeup, you need to start with clean, dry skin. Use circular motions to gently rub your favourite cleanser into your skin to remove any makeup, impurities, and oils.

Step Two: Exfoliate

Always remember exfoliation is your friend, it removes dead skin cells that may be clogging your pores and can even out complexion for a smooth finish. Exfoliation can be done chemically, with various peels or mechanically with scrubs like Detoxifying Exfoliant. After rinsing your face, gently massage the exfoliant onto your skin with your fingertips in circular motions, then rinse your face with lukewarm water.

Exfoliant for oily skin, Detoxifying Exfoliant

Step Three: Tone

Don’t fear the toner, it’s a crucial part of skin prep as the toner prepares your skin for your moisturiser so it doesn’t just lay on the skin surface, ensuring your makeup lasts longer. Also, a little tip if underneath your eyes are looking a little lackluster and sullen, apply pH Balance Gel Toner as a eye mask and leave for 5 mins, it’s an instant hydration boost and your eyes will look more plump.

Step Four: Hydrate

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, it’s the key to glass skin (see our blog ‘How To Achieve Glass Skin’) and is also key to prepping your skin. Use a hydrating serum to re-hydrate and plump your skin. If you have dry patches, you may notice your foundation is still allowing your dry skin to peek through. This means your skin needs extra hydration and no foundation in the world is going to cover this up so add a moisturizer in at this step as well. If you’re searching for the perfect moisturiser our Hydrating Day Defence is the ultimate pre-makeup primer.

Hydrating Day Defence moisturiser for dry skin

Step Five: Prime

Once you’ve worked all these products into your skin (don’t be afraid to give yourself a little face massage to work them all in properly), a primer is a must to be sure your makeup stays intact on your skin. Not only does a primer smooth the appearance of your skin and helps foundation glide on with ease, but it also helps repel water so that any makeup that’s layered on top looks perfect all day. Primers can be hydrating, shine free and pore reducing, so choose ones that’s best for your skin type and concerns.

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