Talk to any beauty junkie and they’ll list off all the best makeup products and best methods of application, but not many really go in depth in all the prep work that goes into a flawless application. There are many steps that go into a beautiful makeup look but arguably the most important step is prepping your skin to have it looking flawless and lasting all day.

Cleanse and Tone. Starting with fresh skin is important for a smooth finish and to ensure your makeup will last all day. Toning helps to control oils, minimize the appearance of pores, and restore the pH balance of your skin, all the while retaining the moisture in your skin keeping it plump and youthful.

Exfoliate. This step doesn’t need to be done every day, but it’s important to exfoliate depending on your skin needs to get rid of any extra dead skin, prevent texture, and create a smooth finish. Exfoliating 2-3 times a week is typically recommended, and even less if you have sensitive skin. I prefer chemical exfoliants vs. physical because when used properly, they are less harsh on the skin. I tend to rotate between the Drunk Elephant Baby Facial and The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.

Moisturize. Moisturizer helps your foundation and concealer apply smoothly, and gives you a hydrated and plump complexion. I like to apply moisturizer right after all the previous steps when my skin is still slightly damp so that it really locks in that moisture. Then, I go in with my foundation before the moisturizer fully dries so it blends a bit easier and looks more skin-like.

Prime. Primer definitely isn’t the most important step for me, but for some skin types it’s a must. If you’re super dry, and after all your skin prep you still have some dry patches you want to use a primer that is very hydrating, like the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base. If you’re super oily, you want to use a mattifying primer that will keep your oils at bay. I like to use the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray as a primer – it really helps prep your skin and control the oil.

PRO TIP :If you’re very oily like me, you can even use a thin layer of translucent powder BEFORE foundation & use a little bit of setting spray after – this will really keep your makeup flawless and long lasting.

Set. Once your makeup face routine is finished, make sure you’re setting your face with powder in the proper areas and set with a setting spray as your final step, and rock your makeup all day with little to no touch ups needed.


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