6 Must-Dos To Follow Before Applying Makeup

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How to prepare your face for makeup

Beautiful makeup comes from taking care of your skin. We often tend to forget that to get the “perfect look” you also need to prepare your face for makeup in the right way. This includes flawless skin, defined cheekbones, bright eyes and hydrated lips. Here are 6 easy steps to prepare your face for makeup, that will serve you right in the world of makeup for both the everyday look as well as for special occasions.

6 Steps To Prepare Your Face Before Applying Makeup

1. Cleanser

prepare your face for makeup

Wash your face with lukewarm water. Use a soft and mild cleanser to help you even out your skin tone. This will further help make your skin smoother.

How To Choose The Right Cleanser?

Choosing the right cleanser is the first step toward preparing your face for makeup. If your skin is sensitive, be sure to keep away from cleansers that include glycolic acid as it may induce redness and irritation. Find something gentle enough to help you achieve your desired look and prepare your face for a dewy glow.

Further, look for a pH-balanced cleanser. Ideally, your skin’s natural pH should stay between 5 and 6. The lower the pH number the more acidic it is. If you do not have any serious skin problem, it is ideal for you to find a cleanser that matches your skin’s pH balance. If you have acne-prone skin, look for a cleanser that is slightly more acidic as it will help your skin fight bacteria.

2. Exfoliator

prepare your face for makeup

You don’t want your makeup to look cakey, do you? So get rid of the main culprit for this beauty disaster – dead skin cells! Exfoliating means uncovering the new smooth skin beneath.

How To Choose The Right Exfoliator?

Look for a gentle daily exfoliator scrub with tiny granules that are circular in shape. Rough and irregular ingredients may be harmful as they could tear your skin and make it excessively dry. Rinse your face well with lukewarm water so that your makeup does not thicken when applied. DON’T forget to exfoliate your neck!

3. Toner or Serum

prepare your face for makeup

Once you have exfoliated your skin well, apply a toner or serum and wait for a few seconds for it to dry. Toner is useful for those with extremely oily skin, while serum works wonderfully for those with dry skin as it hydrates the face. This is a step that we often tend to skip but is an important one.

How To Choose The Right Serum?

Choose a serum that contains the following ingredients:

  1. Vitamin C for smoothening the skin
  2. Sodium hyaluronate for sealing the moisture level of your skin
  3. Herbs to hydrate the skin and minimize ageing

4. Eye Cream

prepare your face for makeup

Did you think this step was not important? Think again because this step comes even before your moisturiser. Much like serums, your eye cream is expected to be thin. It helps to moisturize and even out the skin tone around your eyes so that you look more awake. The area around your skin is fragile and thin so make sure you put your eye cream correctly to even out uneven skin tone.

5. Moisturizer

prepare your face for makeup

This step is non-negotiable — whether your skin is oily or dry. Before applying makeup you will want to use a light moisturizer to not make the base oily. Make sure you use a moisturizer that suits your skin-type, and offers an all-day hydration. One way to apply it is to press the moisturizer on to your skin instead of rubbing it in. This will allow the solution to properly seep into your skin and stimulate your skin cells.

How To Choose The Right Moisturizer?

If you have acne-prone skin or uneven breakouts, look for an oil-free moisturizer that is non-comedogenic. If you have dry skin, look for a cream that is thicker to wear during day. A thicker cream will also prepare the base for a dewy “right-out-of-shower” look.

6. Primer

prepare your face for makeup

Primer acts as a protective barrier that prevents your moisturizer and skin’s oil balance from mixing with your makeup. Primer sets the base for a flawless makeup application. Primer also acts as a barrier to fill in any lines in your skin so that makeup does not crease in them.

How To Choose The Right Makeup?

For the final pre-makeup preparation, look for a primer with silicone as main ingredient. This will fill in any unwanted splits, leaving your skin perfectly smooth and ready for makeup. If you have acne-prone skin, a light green primer will work well to counter the redness.

Now that you have properly prepared your face for makeup, you can begin to use foundation and the other products you have lined up on your evenly clean skin. Once you have prepared your skin well, your makeup will be easier to apply and will make your face look all the more radiant. Just by following these 6 easy steps, you can achieve an envy-worthy complexion, without Instagram filters!

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3. How to ensure your makeup stays:

4. Some quick-fix makeup solutions

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