Ready, Prep, Go!
Want that flawless model makeup look every day? Follow these five steps to prep your skin for runway-worthy makeup application.
1. 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.
2. EXFOLIATE YOUR FACE AND NECK
Nobody likes clumped up makeup, so get rid of the main culprit to this beauty faux pas – dead skin cells! Exfoliating says hasta la vista to the dead skin cells that have not already left
your skin's surface, uncovering the new smooth skin below.
3. APPLY A SERUM
This is a commonly skipped step, but an important one. Use a serum before applying a moisturizer to infuse additional rich vitamins and minerals into your skin. Post-exfoliation is the perfect time for applying a serum because the pores, which tend to trap in makeup and excess oil, have just had a deep cleaning.
Buy a serum that contains Vitamin C for smoothing the skin and sodium hyaluronate for sealing in moisture, or for herbs that firm and hydrate the skin, minimizing aging.
4. 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.
5. PRIME FOR RUNWAY TIME
A face primer is one of models' best kept secrets. For the final pre-makeup skin treatment, look for a primer with silicone as a main ingredient. This will fill in any unwanted crevices, leaving your skin perfectly smooth for makeup application. An added benefit is that a primer acts as a protective barrier preventing your moisturizer and skin's oils from mixing with your makeup. A primer sets the stage for flawless makeup application.