Here's the Secret to Great Makeup...

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The secret to good makeup application always starts with your palette… Your skin! Having a great skincare routine can make all the difference for not only your makeup application but also for your emotional and physical well-being as well!

 

1. Water

Water, believe it or not, will do wonders for the health of your skin, especially if you’re having dry, flaky, or dehydrated skin lately. Water is an essential component for our bodies and can rehydrate the skin and give a youthful glow. The recommended serving for water should be about 8-10 glasses a day. So go ahead and skip drinking that cola with your lunch and replace it with a glass of water or, even better, fruit-infused or flavored water to help satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

2. Diet

Not only should water be incorporated to complement a healthly diet, but also power foods and vegetables such as kale, fruits, avocado, and carrots just to name a handful will help achieve glowing skin. Supermarkets are filled with aisles and aisles of processed foods nowadays, all which have several preservatives and processed chemicals (even brands that portray themselves as “healthy” such as Clif or Luna bars, granola bars, rice cakes, etc. Healthy skin starts from the inside out so stock up on those greens and healthy proteins!

 

3. Toner, deep cleansers and the works

Besides water and adopting a healthy diet, you can better your skincare routine by using toners, astringents, deep cleansers, masks, pore strips, and much more. As a person with oily skin, toners are definitely my BFF. I would suggest toners for all skin types. Astringents tend to be a little harsher on the skin so if you have sensitive skin, a toner would be perfect for you.

You can also minimize how much oil your skin produces (as this is the leading factor of breakouts and acne - besides makeup) by using a moisturizer that contains salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient in most acne preventing products. This will help cut down healing time for acned also prevents future breakouts.

There are tons of different masks for different skin types as well and for the current condition of your skin. If your skin has been feeling quite dry, you can use a mask that has cucumber, aloe, or avocado. For oily skin, clay masks tend to work the best as it purifies and unclogs pores and can also minimize the size of them as well, resulting in less oily skin. 

 

4. Switch things up

Consistency is key in a skin care routine, and it can take months for your skin to adjust to a certain product so patience is key. However, for some people, changing your skincare routine once every few months or so can be good for your skin as your skin can adapt to certain products making them less effective. I personally like to switch between my Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Scrub, and my Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub. If my face is feeling strangely dry, I skip the scrubs and exfoliators and go straight to a normal gel or cream cleanser. Skin conditions vary from person to person so you just have to find routines and products that work for you!

 

5. Use makeup to accentuate, not hide

Makeup should always be used to accentuate your features and not to hide behind a mask full of beauty products. I’m not saying that people with bad skin can’t use makeup or aren’t entitled to but use it for the right reasons! You should always feel comfortable in your skin whether it’s with or without makeup. When you look good, you feel good too! So power to the women who can embrace both their natural and dolled-up skin!

No outfit is complete without confidence and a smile so exude it. :)