Today, almost every single person has an opinion about makeup. Some are obsessed with it, some simply adore it, and then there are those who can’t really be bothered with it. If you prefer doing your makeup, you should know there are certain rules of makeup application that you absolutely cannot overlook. If and when these rules are broken, there is a high chance that the makeup application turns out nothing short of a disaster – something that none of us want.
For those who don’t know or might have forgotten those rules, here’s a quick refresher course on the must-follow makeup rules:
Cleanse, Cleanse, and Cleanse!
Cleansing your skin before applying any product is absolutely crucial. When we cleanse our skin with a gentle cleaner, we are essentially removing the residual makeup, dirt, and oils which combine to form a thick layer on our face. It provides a clean slate for you to work with when applying your makeup.
Gentle exfoliation is highly recommended for all skin types, at least once a week. Exfoliation by using a gentle facial scrub allows you to remove the layer of dead cells, makeup, oils, and debris that clogs the pores, making for a smooth and seamless makeup application.
Moisturize and Prime
If you don’t moisturize your skin before you apply your makeup and follow that with a proper primer, you risk having your makeup look dry and patchy.
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Wear Sun Screen
Sun screen is essential for smooth makeup application. That’s because most of the time, foundations don’t carry SPF, and direct and consistent exposure to the sun can cause significant damage to your skin over time. If your skin becomes skin damaged with aging spots, discoloration, and hyper pigmentation, your makeup application will be far more difficult.
Red spots or generalized redness, hyper pigmentation, acne, acne scars, pits, and more, are imperfections that can prevent your makeup application from looking absolutely flawless. Luckily for us, there are a number of different concealers for different purposes which can help us mask the blemishes from our skin.
Match Your Foundation
Makeup application becomes disastrous when the foundation applied doesn’t match your skin or skin tone 100%. For proper makeup application you have to make sure that your foundation is the same shade as your actual skin and suits the undertones, or you risk looking white-washed, ashy, or darker than you are. If you can’t find your exact skin tone, mix two foundations to create your color.
Blend the Foundation/ Contour
Unblended anything looks pretty terrible – the stark lines of makeup across your face can look very harsh and can instantly age you a few good years. Be sure to thoroughly blend your makeup as you apply it, especially your foundation all the way down to your neck, your contour, and even your blush, highlight, and eye-shadow.
Take Care of Your Eyebrows
You may not realize it, but eyebrows are actually a very strong, defining feature on our face. Unkempt, unruly, thin, streaked, or unmatched eyebrows draw attention away from the rest of your face, making your otherwise flawless makeup look less than appealing.
Use a Disposable Makeup Applicator (Sponge)
Makeup sponges are the breeding and festering ground for all kinds of bacteria. They can cause a number of issues to your makeup, if used unclean. For proper makeup application every time and to prevent any and all skin irritation or infections from occurring, we’d recommend using a disposable makeup applicator. If not, then be sure to thoroughly wash and clean yours before each use.
Remove the Makeup Before Bed
Residual makeup that’s left on your face for the entire night has a significantly detrimental effect on your skin. The pores open at night allowing the sebum and natural oils to seep out. The layer of makeup, combined with dust and debris sitting atop the pores, mixes with the oils and goes into the pores clogging them right up.
Be sure to keep all these rules in mind to ensure healthy skin and flawless makeup, every time.