1. Use a foundation primer. A foundation primer acts as a barrier between your skin and your makeup so your pores don’t get clogged easily. If you have acne-prone skin or oily skin, you should be using foundation primer every day. It creates a very thin ‘wall’ so that you can achieve a flawless look with ease.
2. Mix your foundation with moisturizer. Instead of applying a layer of moisturizer to your skin and then your foundation, mix the two products together before application for a flawless look and a dewy finish. Makeup artists around the country use this trick for runway shows and other special events that demand a camera-ready look.
3. Don’t shave or wax before applying makeup. Shaving or waxing your upper lip or cheeks will leave your pores open and can increase the chance of breakouts if you apply makeup immediately after hair removal. Complete your shaving or waxing routine before bed time and apply a high-quality moisturizer immediately afterwards so that your skin can heal overnight before the makeup application.
4. Keep skin clear with a cooling gel. A calming or cooling serum made with lavender, cucumber, aloe and other soothing ingredients will help to keep your skin clear and glowing all season long. If you have redness or regular breakouts, you will need to reduce inflammation of the skin. Do this by applying a cooling gel to your face before bed time so that your skin can heal overnight with ease.
5. Mattify your look with mineral makeup. If you don’t want to make the switch to mineral makeup, you can use a mineral makeup powder to create a smooth, flawless finish on top of your liquid foundation. After your foundation has dried, apply a light dusting of mineral makeup that’s a shade darker than your natural skin tone for a ‘tanned’ look, or the exact same shade for a more natural look.
And, don’t forget that one of the most important steps towards maintaining healthy, glowing skin is to remove all of your makeup at the end of the day. Use a light cleanser to remove the first layer of makeup, follow this with a makeup remover pad or washcloth, and then treat your skin to a deeper cleanse using a high-quality foaming or cream cleanser that will purge any remaining makeup embedded in your pores. Your skin needs to be free of any traces of makeup at night or the dirt and oils will interfere with the skin cell renewal process.
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