HOW TO PREP YOUR SKIN FOR A FLAWLESS COMPLEXION
We've been out and about again, and getting ready has never been so exciting after a year-long lockdown. But, in order to apply makeup flawlessly you need to prep your skin first. We love various beauty secrets and hacks that can help us apply makeup seamlessly and we’ve decided to share some of our best secrets with you!
From shaving your face to picking the correct base for your skin type, your makeup will never look as good as after you follow these steps of how to take care of your skin before applying makeup monthly, weekly and daily.
Dermaplaning = shaving your face
In order to achieve a seamless complexion and to get a perfect canvas for your makeup application it is crucial that you get rid of any facial hair or “peach fuzz”. Even though these are often almost invisible on our skin, the foundation or powder products tend to get stuck on the hair and can make you look cakey. On the other hand, if you have a hairless face your makeup will apply absolutely seamlessly.
Additionally, by shaving your face you will also scrape off any dead skin cells which can reveal a brighter complexion preventing future breakouts by this type of exfoliation. We recommend dermaplaning your skin once to twice a month in order to achieve a seamless makeup application.
Read our ultimate guide to shaving your face and get our Take It Off dermaplaning starter set to step it up with your makeup application.
In case you’d like to keep your skin radiant and to keep your complexion healthy it is recommended to exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
“Exfoliation addresses both irregular texture from erratic cell turnover, eliminates debris and dead skin cells, and creates a smoother skin surface for better penetration of actives, more effective hydration, and an easier makeup application” says dermatologist Ava Shamban.
You already know that you can exfoliate your skin by dermaplaning once or twice a month in order to get rid of any dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin. However, in between dermaplaning you should be exfoliating your skin 2 to 3 times a week. There are different types of exfoliants you can use; from chemical peels to acid toners, or enzyme masks, or physical scrubs - the options are endless! Either you choose a chemical or physical exfoliant, keep up with exfoliants in your routine in order to unclog pores and reveal a bright complexion and especially in order to apply your makeup flawlessly.
You can also incorporate a gentle exfoliation into your routine by using a vibrating silicone cleanser which would gently buff away the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Our Gleam Time is the best and most aesthetically pleasing one on the market!
The makeup artist Lucinda Worth swears by starting off your makeup application by facial massage in order to get your blood flowing, drain the lymph nodes or any puffiness on the face, and reveal a glowing skin.
Massaging your face before makeup application as a part of your skincare routine will not only have great anti-aging benefits; but it will also transform your skin immediately, reducing puffiness while making your face look more sculpted and plump. We highly recommend using our Roll Time derma roller for a proper facial workout and added benefits of increased collagen production, however you can easily use your hands or other tools such as jade roller or gua sha in order to sculpt your face and increase your blood circulation before makeup application.
In order to achieve that flawless makeup look everything starts with a good skincare routine. Remember - SKIN first, MAKEUP second. Choose a lightweight hydrating serum under your makeup or a vitamin C serum in order to get immediate glow. Always follow up with your daily moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and do not skip SPF to protect your skin from UVB rays. Avoid using products containing silicones under your makeup (or even in your makeup) as they can cause products to pill and to not sit properly on your skin. You can add primer into your routine if you’ll be wearing your makeup all day long in order to keep that flawless makeup on without budging.
Choose the right foundation
Last but not least; choose a base or a foundation suitable for your skin type. Stay away from hydrating foundations if your skin is on the oilier side and stick to a matte base; and vice versa if your skin is dry. Also, cover up the spots where you might be needing more coverage with a concealer and stick to a thin layer of foundation for a natural look. If you feel that you do not need a tonne of makeup, you can always choose a BB, CC cream or even a tinted moisturizer for that “no makeup - makeup” impression.
Even though it might sound like a lot, consistency really pays off and you only have one skin, therefore you should take good care of it. You can achieve a perfect complexion if you stay consistent with your dermaplaning, exfoliating, and your skincare routine. So get ready to wing it and make yourself a confident makeup prep pro!