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How to Prep Your Skin for Flawless Makeup

How to Prep Your Skin for Flawless Makeup
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Ever wondered just how celebrities and models get their makeup to look so perfect? There is more to it than just great makeup and a makeup artist; it is all about the preparation. We're letting you in on how to prep your skin for flawless makeup.

5 Steps for Prepping your Skin

  • 1.Start with a clean base.

    Start with a clean base.
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    It sounds simple, but it is surprising how many of us forget this step. It gets rid of any excess oils or dirt, getting your skin ready for products. If you have the time, wash your face with a rich cleanser first of all. We like the Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser as it helps soothe the skin at the same time as keeping it squeaky clean. If you're in a rush, then use a micellar water like the La Roche-Posay Micellar Solution. Just soak a cotton pad and sweep all over the face.
  • 2.Hydrate Deeply

    Hydrate Deeply
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    Lots of makeup artists swear by using a really rich moisturiser before doing their client's makeup. It helps to plump up the skin, smooth fine lines and add a little bit of natural glow. A couple of pro favouirites are the Darphin Hydraskin Rich and the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. They both leave the skin feeling satin soft. If you tend to use serums before moisturisers and have a few layers of skincare, it can all start pilling. Avoid that by letting each layer of skincare sink in for 5 minutes or so and by making sure to pat in skincare rather than rubbing it in
  • 3.SPF is an Essential

    SPF is an Essential
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    This can be skipped if you're going to be indoors, but any outdoor time should always call for an SPF as part of your prep. It helps protect your skin longterm and the right one will help boost the effects of your moisturiser, keeping skin smooth and hydrated. We really love the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield (at least half our office swears by it) and the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid is ideal for sensitive skins.
  • 4.Don't forget the Lips and Eyes

    Don't forget the Lips and Eyes
    With eyeshadow, liner and lipsticks all just as important as your foundation, don't forget to help prep your lips and eyes. An eye mask like the Gatineau Collagene Expert Eye Pads will hydrate and soothe the eyes, calming any puffiness or fine lines. For the lips, we love to use a lip scrub like the Laura Geller Lip Strip to get rid of any flakes and then apply a lip balm to absorb whilst we do the rest of our preparation. Our favourite right now is the REN Vita Mineral Lip Balm.
  • 5.Try a Primer

    Try a Primer
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    The finishing touch for the perfect base before your makeup is to use a primer. They help smooth the skin and help makeup stay on for longer. We've already shared our advice for choosing the right primer; find the one that supports your skin's needs. Some classic primers that we adore are the Stila One Step Correct, which helps to even out the skin tone, and the Illamasqua Hydra Veil, which self-levels on the skin to give a beautifully smooth base. Let that sink in and you're ready to start applying your makeup like a pro.
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Major fan of scented candles, Make Up brushes and Highlighter. I’m always on the hunt for those Holy Grail products and my dressing table is covered in more beauty products than I like to admit. As an adopted Northerner originally from Brighton, I spend most my days wondering what all this rain is about. My hair isn’t grateful for the move. Currently loving: NIOD Photography Fluid