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You have a long day ahead and know that you need your makeup to be on point, what steps would you take to achieve that? Let’s just say, you can be an expert with makeup and applying your products, however, none of those skills matter if you’re not taking care of the foundation of your makeup look—no I’m not talking about the product, I’m talking about your skin!
If your skin isn’t taken care of, you can’t expect to achieve a flawless makeup application. It’s important to have a skincare routine in place that’ll ensure your makeup will not only apply smoothly but also be long-lasting.
If you don’t have a skincare routine, make sure you check out the following blog posts so you can find tips on how to create one:
- Five Tips to Follow When Creating a Skincare Routine
- The Guide to Finding Out Your Skin Type
- Top Reasons Why Your Skin Isn’t Clear and Healthy
In this post, I’m going to be sharing tips to follow in your routine so you can achieve flawless makeup. These steps have worked for me when I decide to wear makeup and I’ll continue to follow this routine consistently.
Steps to Follow Before Applying Makeup
Wash Your Face!
Before you do anything to your face in the morning, you want to make sure you use a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt and/or excess oil that may have accumulated on your skin throughout the night. Even though you may have done a deep cleanse the night before, it’s still important to wash your face in the morning.
You want to choose a cleanser based on your skin type. For me, since I have dry, sensitive skin, I look for cleansers that are non-stripping with soothing ingredients. I have two cleansers I alternate with in the morning:
Both of these leave my skin moisturized and fresh! You don’t want to apply your makeup on dirty skin—always start off with a clean slate.
Related Post: How to Care for Dry, Sensitive Skin
Use a Toner
Every time I talk about toners, many people don’t know the purpose of them or feel like they’re an unnecessary step to do. Well, I’m about to prove you wrong, so get your coins ready to purchase a new toner.
Using the right toner can help balance the pH of your skin, provide moisture, and remove any dirt that your cleanser may have missed. Sometimes your cleanser won’t remove everything and you may have residue left behind, however, using your toner will ensure your skin is free from dirt/oil.
There are many different toners to choose from. I’d recommend purchasing one that is alcohol-free since that can be drying to the skin. Here are a few of my favorite toners:
- Rosewater & Glycerin Toner
- Lavender Water & Glycerin Toner
- George’s Aloe Vera Mist
- Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic
Just think about it, if you leave behind dirt on your skin, you can’t expect to achieve flawless makeup. This is why a toner is important for your skincare routine!
You can either spray it on your face or use it my way, spray your toner on a cotton round and wipe your face. I love using the ones below! You don’t have to worry about them ripping apart, they’re affordable, and gentle for sensitive skin.
Moisturize Your Face
I’ve always struggled with finding a good moisturizer that’ll provide long-lasting hydration without leaving my face looking or feeling greasy. Depending on your skin type, there are a variety of moisturizers to choose from.
In my morning routine, I usually don’t apply a thick moisturizer, I save those for nighttime. Using Argan Oil has worked perfectly for my skin. I love that it’s lightweight and I never have to reapply it throughout the day. Following up with a moisturizer after finishing your routine will ensure the products you applied beforehand are locked in.
If you feel that your skin needs an extra boost of moisture, you can also use serums before applying your moisturizer. Serums are concentrated treatments that target specific skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation and anti-aging. For your morning routine, I’d recommend using a serum that is formulated with antioxidants and nourishing ingredients.
It’s important to apply sunscreen as your final step. To be honest, I went years without wearing sunscreen because I thought black people didn’t need it. Yep, I was that person!
However, once I decided to start taking better care of my skin and did research, I realized how important wearing sunscreen is. You want to protect your skin from the sun so that your skin concerns don’t become worse due to sun exposure.
One of my favorite sunscreens is Black Girl Sunscreen. A little goes a long way and I love that it’s moisturizing and all-natural. I was excited to find a sunscreen that was created with my skin tone in mind!
With this sunscreen, you don’t have to worry about looking like a ghost after applying it (you know what I’m talking about). It applies and absorbs quickly without leaving your skin greasy. If you haven’t tried this yet, make sure you check out their website or local Target!
Apply Your Primer
The last step you want to do in order to achieve flawless makeup is
Thanks to my monthly subscription box that I receive from BoxyCharm, I received the No Poreblem Prime Essence from Touch in Sol. It goes on smooth and absorbs easily. Since my skin is dry, I’d rather stick to creamy or liquid primers like this one so I can have extra moisture.
You should apply your primer to your entire face using your fingers. Once you do that, you’re all set!
After following these tips in your morning routine, you’ll be able to achieve flawless makeup quick and easy. You can have confidence that your makeup will be long-lasting and continue to remain smooth throughout your day.
Having a skincare routine in place is important and can either make or break your makeup routine. If you want your makeup to look good, you have to make sure you take care of your skin first.