Believe it or not, the key to flawless makeup has nothing to do with the brand of makeup you wear or your makeup artistry skills. Nope. The key to flawless makeup lies in great habits. Your skin is the foundation for your makeup. If your foundation is neglected and in disarray, your makeup won’t shine its brightest.
Sure, makeup is meant to enhance your beauty and hide your minor imperfections, however, makeup can’t hide years of neglecting your face. Makeup can’t hide those bags under your eyes, or those pimples on your forehead. It can conceal them, yes, but if anyone comes close enough, all will be revealed. You can’t make up for neglecting your skin with an overabundance of makeup.
The purpose is to look gorgeous and to enhance. And yes, some women, like me, choose to wear makeup on a daily basis. However, I have always been more into my skin care regimen, as I know that my face without makeup is my true face. Some things we cannot help no matter how hard we try, such as skin conditions, acne scars, etc. However, there are some amazing things that we can do for our skin on a daily basis that will improve its look, feel and texture. These things will help make us look gorgeous with or without a beat face.
- Sleep. Sleep is the number 1 killer of a gorgeous glow. When you don’t get enough sleep, you wake up with red eyes, under eye circles, bags under your eyes, and an overall ashen and sullen look. “You look tired,” is how many people describe it. No one wants to “look tired,” especially when they’re not tired, so, put down your iPhone and get between 7-9 hours of sleep every single night! Your skin will thank you for it.
- Water. Hydration is key! Your skin is your largest organ and organs thrive when given proper nutrients. An ample supply of H20 helps to plump up your skin and give it that glow you’ve always wanted. When your dehydrated, your body begins to pull water from other sources, such as your skin. Dry skin, ashen skin, dark blotches, these are all signs of a lack of hydration. While moisturizers help, don’t forget to moisturize from the inside out with between 8-10 glasses of pure, fresh water a day.
- Vitamins & Minerals. While taking a multi-vitamin is great (as well as those skin, hair & nail supplements), there is no substitution for including vitamins and minerals in your everyday diet through fruits and vegetables. Be sure to eat at least five servings each day of bright organic fruits and green vegetables. If you’re having trouble incorporating this into your life, try drinking a green smoothie.
- Skin Care. You must have a skin care routine. This is essential. And no, a skin care routine is not washing your face with WATER (unless of course that works for you). I believe that every woman beyond her teenage years should have some sort of skincare routine. It’s up to you how detailed it is, however, most routines include makeup removal, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing both day and night. Makeup removal in the morning? Yes! I know it sounds crazy, but I have found that despite my best efforts, I still wake up and have residual makeup on my face. I don’t know if it’s the sweating or the release of toxins through my pores when I’m sleeping, but, when I use a makeup remover in the morning, it still shows tiny traces of makeup. I want to make sure that I have all of the old makeup completely gone before applying anything new. Some women also include eye masks, face masks, etc. on a weekly basis. How basic or detailed your routine is will be completely up to you, but be sure to incorporate at least cleansing and moisturizing into your daily routine.
- Do not sleep in your makeup. Sleeping in your makeup is awful (and very 1980s btw). While it seems that it won’t hurt, your skin does a lot of breathing, renewing and repairing at night while you sleep. When your face is covered in makeup, it’s unable to do all of that amazing work. What’s worse is that your pores become clogged and your face can end up breaking out (yikes). So, no matter how tired you are, take a minute to take off your makeup before you go to sleep. And if you fall asleep with your makeup still on and happen to wake up, go ahead and get up and take it off. Even if you skip your skin care routine for the night, at least grab a makeup removing towelette and wipe off your makeup.
- Use sunscreen. Protecting your skin is just as important as moisturizing it. While a little Vitamin D is good, a lot of Vitamin D can cause wrinkles and advance aging. It can also cause acne scars. I think a lot of my acne scars came from not using sunscreen. So, do yourself a favor and apply sunscreen to your face every single day in an SPF15 or SPF30 (for added protection). You could also do double-duty by using a moisturizer that contains a sunscreen.
Besides this tips, having clean sheets and a clean pillowcase, clean brushes and makeup sponges, not touching your face with your fingers during the day, not popping pimples, using gentle products formulated for your skin, and so many other things, can help to ensure flawless skin and thereby flawless makeup.