December 26, 2015 Angela Melero Looks

How to Prep Your Skin for Flawless NYE Makeup

The countdown to 2016 is a mere days away and chances are, you are ready to throw on that glitzy, sequin dress and get your face all prepped for that final 3-2-1. As impatient and excited as you may be to get into your NYE look, we urge you to pause for a minute. Before you reach for your makeup kit make sure you go through the steps below. Trust us, your face will thank you. Get ready 2016, we’re coming for you — with flawless skin!

New Year's Eve Makeup Tips

Clean It Up

Now you might assume we’re referring to giving your face a good wash. And, while it’s important to start with a pristine palette, it’s also vital to tidy up your mug in other ways. A perfectly dolled-up face involves more than just your skin. Your brows and lips should also be taken into consideration. Clean up those brows and get rid of any stray hairs that can get in the way of your perfect arches. While you’re at it, make sure the upper lip is hair-free (or appears to be), too — especially if you’re going with a bold lipstick option. Nothing can get in the way of your party makeup!


Make sure you have the sleekest, smoothest complexion by giving it a good scrub before applying moisturizer. Grab an exfoliator designed to slough away any dryness or those pesky dead skin cells that can get in the way of perfect makeup application. Just don’t scrub too hard — red, raw skin isn’t a good look, especially when you’re trying to get a New Year’s smooch!

Product Recommendations: Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening Exfoliator, The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator, Decléor Phytopeel Natural Exfoliating Cream


Some cleansing products and scrubs tend to dry out skin, which can be no bueno when it comes to blending in that foundation. Dried-out complexions are a common cause of patchy, uneven makeup. Avoid catastrophe by throwing on a moisturizer that will get your skin supple and makeup-ready. And, don’t forget to let it settle for a minute or two. The formula should fully absorb into the skin prior to foundation and other makeup products.

Product Recommendations: Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer, SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream


It’s almost go time! Before reaching for that foundation, you want to ensure your complexion is as even and flawless as possible. Nothing accomplishes this quite like a good primer! Primer is especially beneficial to those with oily skin types as it is perfect for keeping shine under control and keeping makeup in place all day and night.  

Product Recommendations: NYX Angel Veil - Skin Perfecting Primer, Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion, Lancôme La Base Pro

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