First things first when it comes to doing any sort of makeup – you have to look after your skin!! 90% of how good your foundation will look is how well prepped your skin is and in order to be able to do this, you need to know your skin type.

Before you do anything, take a week or two to really analyse your skin – are there patches that are dry and flaky? Does your moisturiser soak in quicker in one area that others? Do you have patches where your foundation goes shiny and slides off your face? A lot of people’s skin doesn’t fall into either dry or oily categories – you can have elements of both. This is called combination skin, however it is important to recognise where you might be oily/dry or even just be able to communicate what you notice from your skin when you’re talking to a beautician or makeup artist who is helping you to choose new skincare or foundation.

If you are unsure, seek the advice of a professional – whether that is a dermatologist, beautician or makeup artist. They should be able to give you some guidance as to what products to wear, but the more you can tell them about your skin day to day, the more accurate recommendation they can make for you. It is so important to prep your skin with products suited to your skin type to ensure your foundation stays properly!

Once you have this figured out you’ll be on your way to perfect skin in no time! Here are some extra tips around your skincare and makeup prep routine to make sure you’re getting optimum glow every day 

  • Always make sure to cleanse around the eye area to remove any residual mascara, eyeliner or sleep.
  • One thing over half of the customers I speak to always forget about – EYE CREAM!!! Our ultimate faves are MAC Fast Response Eye Cream or Kiehls Midnight Recovery Eye Cream. The skin around the eyes is more delicate than the skin on the rest of your face and can seriously dry out faster (and crease easier! EEK!) and more easily. Apply eye cream at least once a day to keep the eye area looking smooth and plumped and to give a good base for blending your shadows on top of.
  • If you suffer from dry skin throughout the year or you feel it’s been particularly dehydrated during the cold weather, try investing in a hydrating mask or serum. Masks are a great quick fix to restore lost moisture & soften the texture of the skin. L’Oréal masks are affordable and definitely do the job!  Serums are a more long term solution to dry and dehydrated skin – they are generally lighter in consistency than a moisturiser and because of this, they are quickly absorbed into the skin. It goes deep into the lower layers of the skin, hydrating and plumping from within and also giving a smoother texture to the skin.
  • Be aware of how much moisturiser you are applying – too much can cause anything you put on afterwards to slide off and keep a greasy look throughout the day! You may also notice that the skincare will not be absorbed fully by the skin and create a layer on your skin which can ball up when dry and flake off! Yuck! Try to avoid this by not using too much product and also by following the next tip….
  • With all elements of skincare, don’t be afraid to really massage it right into the skin! By doing this, you are stimulating blood flow to the area, breaking down toxins and plumping the skin for a fresher, more youthful look. Spend one extra minute every morning to give yourself a “mini facial” and it will make the biggest difference to the overall look and feel of your skin.
  • Primers work really well on skin that is a little bit more textured (with dry patches/oily patches). There are so many different primers out there it is important to figure out exactly what you need yours to do so always ask for assistance when choosing one if you haven’t used one before. Sometimes a primer can end up adding more product layers onto the skin when it’s not needed, and can cause foundation to wear off quicker as opposed to holding it on longer.