How To Prep Your Skin for Makeup

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Firstly I should say that I think we should view our skincare and the prepping of skin as an ever changing marathon and not a sprint. You can use quick-fix products as a means to an end but if you eat well, drink plenty of water, sleep well and have a good skincare routine, your skin will never glow from the inside. I know I know, easier said than done with the hectic lives we lead. Our skin may one minute be oily and glowing in the summer and dry and tight in the winter months. We need to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise according to what our skin tells us we need. I use a moisturiser for sensitive skin in the winter and a much more mattifying one in the summer.

Exfoliating is really important too. Once a week scrub (gently) away the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, to stop your skin looking dull. The gentle rubbing, circular motion of the face also helps to stimulate the blood circulation helping the skin to look vibrant. Exfoliating also helps to keep your foundation looking even. Getting rid of the dead skin cells, especially around the nose will help to stop the foundation ‘catching’ on the build up of dead skin.

The biggest leap forward in the prepping of skin recently has been the increase in the number of Primers on sale. These fantastic little bottles/tubes of joy, help finally get the flawless skin we all want. Primers are used after your moisturiser but before your foundation. They minimise pores, blur your wrinkles and create a really smooth base for you to apply your foundation making it much easier to apply and longer lasting. My personal favourites are Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing and Skin Refinisher. The original (for me) and which I judge other ones by.

The Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer is great for mature and dull skin. Clinique Superprimer, is an oil-free primer making it very lightweight; great for oily skins types and brilliant in the summer. Studio 10 Youth-Lift Glow-Plexion; this one is for when you want a proper glow. It’s pale gold cream really illuminates the skin, even under foundation.

The great thing about Primers is you can use them as your final skincare product. Forget the foundation - in the summer when you want your skin to look as natural as possible or on holiday when you want to go makeup free. Primers will give you that flawless finish. It’s my personal go to look for a summer's evening.