Preparing Your Face for Make Up

Your make up will look better and your skin will stay fresher if you follow the basics of skin care before applying your make up.

Even if you’re in a hurry, you should always properly cleanse your face before putting on fresh make up. Not only does this wash away any leftover traces of old make up, it cleans the pores, removes any impurities and helps exfoliate the skin’s surface. This will help keep your skin clean, clear and blemish free.

Using a gentle cleanser, wash your face and rinse it clear with cold water. Cold water helps close the pores, which is essential for good looking skin. Next, using a cotton ball, apply a light toner all over your face. If you don’t have any on hand, you can substitute a little lemon juice.

Toner helps balance out your skin, removing redness and shrinks the pores. Again, taking care of your pores will ensure that they don’t get clogged from your make up, since that leads to break outs.

After you’ve applied your toner, give it a minute or two to absorb before apply a moisturizing face cream. Using a moisturizer specifically designed for the face is best, but if you’re in a pinch, any type of lotion will do. Not only does this alleviate any dryness, it softens the skin and provides a barrier between your make up and your pores.

Last but not least, wash your hands well before applying your make up. Use either soap or your facial cleanser to wash your hands before putting on your make up. This will reduce the likelihood of bacteria, dirt or other contaminants adhering to your skin with your cosmetics.

Just like an artist preparing to paint a portrait, a good, clean base is the starting point to great make up. Not only will cleansing, toning and moisturizing improve the natural tone and texture of your skin, it also helps your make up go on smoothly. This will leave your make up looking fresh, with less streaking or discolouration, and an overall better looking you.