Applying makeup shouldn’t be seen as a simple, mechanical action, but rather as a ritual of self-knowledge in order to be able to enhance the beauty of your face. Therefore, makeup is a beauty ritual made from gestures full of significance. Preparing face for makeup is the safest way to obtain a radiant look, and create a natural, flawless, healthy looking skin.
Cleanse and PH balance your skin
Choosing the right cleanser is the first step to getting a makeup-ready canvas. If your skin is sensitive, be sure to stay away from cleansers with strong ingredients like Witch Hazel and hydroxyl or glycolic acids – ingredients that may induce redness and irritation. Find something gentle enough to accomplish your desired results.
Also look for a pH-balanced cleanser. The skin’s natural pH typically stays between 4.5 and 6. The lower the pH number, the more acidic, and the higher, the more basic, with 7 being neutral.
Skin requires a certain acidity to fight off bacteria, so if you don’t have problem skin, find a cleanser that matches your pH balance.
If acne is a concern, look for one that is slightly more acidic, as bacteria is more prone to grow in alkaline (or basic) conditions.
Thoroughly rinse your skin after cleansing so no residue remains, ensuring smooth makeup application.
Use a product designated as a “scrub” to remove dead skin cells and flaky skin. You can buy a scrub for as little as $2 at any drug store chain. If you prefer high-end products you can buy a scrub at the counter where your favorite product brand is sold. Wet your face, rub the product all over your face and neck and rinse off. Thorough rinsing is an absolute must, so you may want to do this while you are showering.
Apply a serum
This is a step that is often overlooked but very important to use a serum before applying a moisturizer to infuse more vitamins and minerals to the skin. After the peel is the perfect time because the pores are free of any trace of makeup and fats that may be blocked.
The serums we recommend are those that contain vitamin C to soften the skin, sodium hyaluronate to seal in moisture, or herbs that claim to hydrate the skin and minimizing aging.
Hydrate your skin
Use a moisturizer that suits your skin type and offers day-long hydration. This will plump up your skin, providing a smooth, even surface for makeup application. A little goes a long way! Remember to use a moisturizer with SPF or apply sunscreen afterward.
Press the moisturizer onto your skin instead of rubbing it in. This will stimulate the skin cells and allow the ingredients to properly seep into your skin without compromising the product’s properties.