How to Prep Your Skin Like a Makeup ArtistApril 16, 2021
Prepping your skin before you apply makeup is vitally important. A professional makeup job often only looks so flawless because of the preparation that goes into skin before application. We spoke to pro makeup artists Gabriel Almodovar and Sir John to get to the bottom of how exactly to achieve this at home in just a few steps. Read on to find out what we learned.
CleanseFirst, make sure your skin is thoroughly cleansed. The CeraVe Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser provides enough lather to wash off any leftover makeup and oil, but the cream formula feels comfortable even on dry and combination skin.
“Exfoliating your skin is one of the most important things you should do in general and especially before applying makeup,” notes Almodovar. “Exfoliation should only be done about twice per week. You need to let your dead skin cells build up before you can exfoliate them.” Follow up your cleanse with a great exfoliator to really get rid of excess buildup and gunk, leaving your complexion silky and refreshed.
You do want to be careful to not over-exfoliate, however. “You still want to keep your skin healthy and smooth, but when you over-exfoliate you can actually strip away too many layers and cause oiliness,” Sir John says. The Lancôme Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Milk Peel is a gentle, bi-phase peel that uses lip-hydroxy acid (LHA) to exfoliate and vitamin E to add moisture back to the skin.