How to Prep for Makeup

Marley detoxes her face with a mask.

Marley Brettschneider

Marley detoxes her face with a mask.

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The most important aspect of makeup is preparing your skin. Surprisingly, the step that is most commonly overlooked is the most important! Not prepping your skin first will result in the same outcome as icing a cake before you bake it…A DISASTER! Preparing your skin for makeup is accomplished in 3 simple steps: wash, moisturize, and prime.

Washing your face is vital because of the oils from the night before. This should make you feel more awake and refreshed, especially after staying up until 1 am studying for a test.  A good morning cleanser would qualify if it is gentle, works well with all skin types, and gets the dirt out. Here are some example products that qualify:

All skin types – E.l.f. Cosmetics Daily Face Cleanser ($7.00), Simple Cleansing Micellar Water ($7.99), Clean And Clear Morning Burst Face Wash ($6.99)

Oily/Acne Prone skin – Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Acne Cleanser ($8.49), Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($14), Olay Foaming Face Wash Combination/Oily ($4.99)

Dry Skin – Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser ($7.99), Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser ($9.99)

After cleansing, the second step is moisturizing. A commonly spread myth is that if you have oily skin then you shouldn’t moisturize because it would make your face oilier. However, by washing your face, you’re stripping away the oils, even the good ones that your skin needs. A moisturizer is needed to replenish the oils we strip away. If not moisturized afterwards, our skin will work over time to try to produce enough and your skin will actually overproduce! Moisturizing is important for all skin types to keep your skin hydrated and fresh.

All Skin Types – Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day Moisturizer ($6.99)

Oily/Acne prone Skin – Clean & Clear Advantage Oil Free Acne Moisturizer ($7.99), Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin Swirled Mattifier ($9.99)

Dry Skin – Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion ($10.99), Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream for Dry Skin ($8.99)

The final step in preparing your skin is a good primer. Primer goes under your makeup in order to protect your skin and to help your makeup stick to your skin. If you choose to not use a primer, it will not be the end of the world. However, if you are spending your money on makeup, you want it to work to its full potential.

All Skin Types – Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm ($6.49)

Oily/Acne prone Skin – Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime Blur + Redness Control Primer ($9.99), Neutrogena Shine Control Primer ($13.99) Rimmel Stay Matte Primer ($6.99)

Dry Skin – Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer ($32.00), NYX Cosmetics Honey Dew Me Up Skin Serum & Primer ($16.99)

Following these steps will leave your face prepped and ready for makeup. If you don’t wear makeup, washing and moisturizing your face will leave it cleansed and purified.

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