The steps that are taken before applying makeup are crucial and sometimes it can take a lot of trial and error to figure out what works best with your skin. However, regardless of skintype, everyone can benefit from these four steps before applying makeup to get the smoothest, longest lasting application.
Step One: Cleanse
I have started to become a huge fan of a double cleanse, especially if you wear makeup everyday. I will normally use a makeup remover of some kind. Right now I have been using Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton pad to remove most of my makeup. Find it here. I also really like elf’s Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser Find it here. A double cleanse works really well for makeup wearers because the first cleanse will remove a lot of the makeup from your face, including eye products. This will allow for the facial cleanser that you use to do a better job.
Since my skin tends to be oily and acne-prone, I use a cleanser with salicylic acid. It can be a little bit drying but it works well to heal all of the bumps on my face. If your skin is dry or normal I would suggest using a normal face wash. Most facial cleansers now have the appropriate pH to be used on skin to retain its moisture barrier. I switch between:
DermaDoctor AHA/BHA Cleanser ($30) Find it here.
Clean and Clear Oil Free Cleanser ($5) find it here.
Using a facial cleaning brush is also something that I find extremely important to get a good cleanse. I have been using a Clarisonic Mia forever and I swear by it. I use the sensitive skin brush head because I find that some of the other acne-related brushes to be a little too harsh. There are some other more intense Mias that have launched since I have purchased mine with different speed settings. The Mia 1 that I have been using has lasted for a few years so I haven’t felt the need to upgrade to a newer model. It can also be used in the shower, which I think is a convenient touch. Find it here. If you have sensitive skin, I would suggest only using a brush at night but if your skin can handle it, I would incorporate it into your morning routing as well.
Step Two: Exfoliate
Next, I always use a facial toner to exfoliate my skin. Some facial toners do not exfoliate, but I prefer ones that have some kind of exfoliating attributes. This will get rid of some of the dead skin cells that have accumulated overnight and make your facial skin as smooth as possible. I also use this time to use a lip scrub if needed.
Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Milk Peel ($42) Find it here.
Pixi Glow Tonic ($15) Find it here.
Jeffree Star Velour Lip Scrub ($12) Find it here.
Step Three: Moisturize
This is the part of my routine that I ignored. I always assumed that since my skin was oily that using a moisturizer would just add to my issues. I have noticed a significant difference in the way that my skin and makeup looks with a moisturizer than when I wasn’t using one. It is incredibly important to use a moisturizer (and bonus points if you use one with an SPF) that is conducive to your skin. I gravitate towards moisturizers for oily skin during the day. Most moisturizers that are gels are better for skin that is oily. Dry skin can benefit from using a day time oil as well. I feel that evaluating your skin everyday and deciding what it need is the most helpful. Sometimes my skin is dry depending on my night time skin routine and I need more. It is also a good idea to put on a serious lip balm at this time to replenish your lips from the scrub in the previous step.
Glamglow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer ($50) Find it here.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Blam ($18) Find it here.
Step Four: Prime
The last and final step is to find a primer that will help with any skin problems that you have. You can find a primer for any skin concern. Dryness, Oily, Red, Dull and Large Pores can be helped with a primer. A primer will lay down a base for your foundation and make it last much longer. I have found that if I am using a full-coverage matte foundation, which is my typical go-to, that I need a primer with some hydration to keep it from looking too cakey and to ensure that it doesn’t break-upp throughout the day. You can also use more than one primer if you need different attributes on different areas of your face. For example, if you have large pores you can use a pore filling primer on those areas and a different primer everywhere else.
NYX Angel Veil Primer ($16) Find it here.
e.l.f. Hydrating Primer ($6) Find it here.