Best Face Forward

Ever since I started wearing makeup, I’ve learned so many tips and tricks that I wish I would have known sooner. So I’m spreading the love. This post will probably reappear with different tips later on, but I’ll start with the most important part: keeping your skin healthy.

If you wear concealer, foundation and power (like I do), that’s a lot to be putting on your lovely, flawless face. And that’s before you even get to blush and bronzer.

So the solution: prepping your face properly. It’s simple, and only requires three products. But they are essential!

1) Moisturizer with SPF

If you are using nothing else, you should at least be using moisturizer (with SPF!) on your face every day. It keeps your skin hydrated and protected from the sun, which is important even if you’re hardly outside during the day. Your face is the LAST place you want skin damage or wrinkles from the sun, so protect it! Use every morning – no need to wear SPF at night, so either use an oil-free moisturizer without SPF or no moisturizer at all! (Remember, if you’re using the oil-cleansing method, you don’t need to moisturize at night).

2) Eye Cream

I don’t care how old you are. Use eye cream! It will prevent circles and wrinkles down the line, and it gives your eye-areas the special moisture they need. You’re technically supposed to apply morning and night, but I only use it in the morning. Starting young = less wrinkles when you’re old. Yes please.

3) Primer

Primer does a LOT for your skin if you wear makeup every day. It will perform different duties based on the type you buy, but most offer to smooth (even out your skin tone),  brighten (give your skin the glow it deserves!), mattify (keep your foundation from making you shiny), and protect your skin from your makeup. I know it may seem unnecessary, but primer acts as the guard between your skin and all the makeup products you pile on. If you want to keep your skin clear and happy (and especially if it is sensitive or acne-prone) then primer is your friend.

Pictured above is the primer I use because it helps prevent acne on top of doing all the other wonderful things I mentioned. But you can certainly buy a cheap drugstore brand–as long as you’re using it!

A makeup artist once told me, “Please, don’t ever ever NOT use moisturizer, eye cream and primer every day.”  I know it may seem pricey to be using these products every morning, but they last a long time. You use so little with each application that the bottles/tubes last several months. So no excuses! Keep your face happy, healthy and beautiful. 🙂

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