Another post on beauty from firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a process in makeup application we refer to as skin prepping. This basically means that any makeup artists (MUA) worth their salt would in addition to asking you what your skincare regime, check your skin as well to determine its state and see what skin issues they can immediately address to ensure a seamless makeup application. This would entail cleansing the skin, applying a toner, moisturing the skin & then the lips.
However, this isn’t a job that should wait for your MUA or facialist (if you are in the habit of getting facials); these basic steps must be part of your daily routine and should be done twice a day.
- Cleanse to remove the dirt from your skin
- Tone to ensure all excess residue are definitely removed. A toner will also restore your skin’s PH level and minimize your pores
- Moisturise to hydrate your skin (yes, even when you have oily skin) and do not forget your lips, which produce no oil of its own
Additional steps would include
- Removing all eye makeup with an eye makeup remover (if you wear makeup)
- Exfoliate to remove all dead skin and in turn promote cell re-generation which makes your skin glow
- Applying an eye cream to the delicate under-eye area
All products to be used must suit your skin type which will fall majorly under four broad types:
Normal: If you have this kind of skin, you are lucky. It means your skin is in good condition (sufficient supply of hydration) and has no blemishes
Oily: The dermis (what I’ll loosely referred to as the second layer of the skin) produces a lot of oil. Prior to makeup application (after prepping the skin; moisturising remains key), a mattifying lotion can be used to prevent oily patches from breaking through.
Combination: Most skin types fall here; the T-zone (area covering the forehead and the nose) is oilier than the rest of the face
Dry: The term “dry” says it all.
After this process we can proceed to actual make-up application.