Have you ever been frustrated with foundation that seems to cake when it should spread? Maybe you've created an intricate eye theme, only to have it crease and crumple when it should shine? When it comes to makeup, it's important to realize that the products, themselves, are not entirely responsible for producing model-worthy cosmetic effects, and that every product can be misused (or underutilized) in some way. Before buying and applying expensive products that promise certain results, go the extra mile in your skincare routine and pamper yourself! Take notes on these fantastic tips for prepping your face for perfect makeup results:
It's incredibly important to keep your skin clean and free of dirt and oils; putting makeup on top of these irritants creates build-up in your pores, leading to blackheads, pimples, and engorged pores that are difficult to correct. Stay ahead of these unsightly blemishes by NEVER (really, we mean it!) sleeping in your makeup, using a deep cleanser once a week, and always lightly cleaning your skin before applying makeup or skincare products. Try a daily cleansing oil, like Birchrose & Co. Tamanu and Wild Citrus Cleansing Oil, to go beyond basic soap and water and transcend into ultimate cleanliness. In addition to keeping your skin clean, be sure to keep anything that touches it clean, too, such as tools, your cell phone, and even your pillowcase. For example, we recommend changing your pillow case at least every two days to prevent an accumulation of sebum (the oils on your face) and dead skin from collecting.
Scrub Away The Old Skin
Exfoliating your face can leave you with skin you never even knew you had! The scrubbing agents in many exfoliating face washes remove dead skin, dry flakes, and sometimes fine hairs, so after a good scrub, your face could literally glow with rejuvenation. Putting makeup on top of old, dry skin not only diminishes the finished look, but proves ineffective as a smoothing technique; an accumulation of dry skin makes your face look older and more tired, even with a fresh coat of makeup on top. To get professional and thorough results, use an exfoliation tool like Vanity Planet's Spin For Perfect Skin 4-brush skin perfecter, which sloughs off that dull layer much faster than your average scrubbing sponge or washcloth. However, anything is better than just using your hands if you really want to make a difference to your complexion!
Tone Up and Smooth Out
Toner and moisturizer are a girl's best friend, no matter how overlooked they truly are! Using a skin toner, like witch hazel or your favorite brand's token toner, makes the skin of your face look and feel tighter, eliminating the subtle change that large pores lend to your face under a layer of foundation. Moisturizer, on the other hand, lends suppleness and smoothness to your skin, allowing it to bounce back with ease and retain moisture without drying and flaking. Together, these two unsung heroes of your beauty box can revolutionize the way you feel about your bare skin! Toner picks up all the left-behind debris, like oil and makeup you couldn't quite remove, leaving the skin underneath completely clean and ready to accept products with ease. Because some toners can dry your skin, skipping moisturizing is not an option. If you have a specialized skin type, such as oily, consider products that coincide with your needs, instead of skipping out. Need a supercharged version? Take a look at Lift Instant Lifting Anti-Aging Peptide Complex, which lifts, tones, tightens, and moisturizes, all at the same time.
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