Start using primer
Whatever skin type you have, primer is essential. Not only does it help your make-up last longer, it also serves as a barrier between your skin and your make-up. This means your skin is protected from the chemicals in many products and serves to stop pores from getting clogged, skin getting sallow and spots forming. if you have oily or combination skin, Infallible Primer by L’Oreal is very good for the money, although, with primer, looking round the market is best to see which is best for your skin. Colour correcting primers are a life saver, available from Smashbox and NYX amongst some of the brands.
20 minutes to do winged eyeliner? No thank you. Tape from the outer corner of your eye to the end of your eyebrow makes the perfect wing and straight line. Be sure to do your eye make-up before your foundation, as it provides a better base for blending eyeshadow and clearly use an eye primer by preventing creasing.
No matter your skin type, be sure to moisturise, but also be sure to buy the right kind of moisturiser. I use a night moisturiser every now and again to fully nourish my skin while I sleep, no extra effort needed! When you put your makeup on, moisturise first and, if you’re not wearing makeup, be sure to apply in the morning. If you shave make sure you use an after shave balm or else your skin will dry out because shaving can be very irritable for your skin. Those of us who struggle with oil can get moisturiser with lemongrass and vitamin C that don’t have oil in them to balance the skins oil levels, whereas, when you don’t moisturise, the skin will overcompensate and create more oil and worsen the problem.
Leaving your make-up on
Although on a night out the last thing you want to do is take all your make-up off, it’s very important. Leaving mascara on stunts growth of your lashes and if you curl them when they’re not clean you run a higher risk of them falling out. These mistakes may not seem so obvious, but so many people make them on a daily basis – really not a good move for your skin!
If it’s not meant for your face, don’t put it there
This seems so obvious, but really don’t do it. Do not use hairspray on your face to set make-up, not only does it look shiny and feel sticky, it has alcohols and dangerous chemicals that damage and dry out your skin, irritating it and making it red and bumpy, definitely to be avoided! Foot and body creams do not belong on your face; they contain ingredients like irritating fragrances and thickening products that the sensitive skin can’t handle. If using paint on your face, be sure that it is suitable and not meant purely for body use or it will dry out your skin and may be difficult to get off too!
Don’t forget basic skincare
Try your best to maintain a routine with your skin. Changing products often is bad for your skin as it takes time to get used to products, and it’s therefore important to find one that works for you by identifying your skin type and the right product for you! Make sure not to over-exfoliate, keep it to about once a week or else your skin gets red and raw and will be more sensitive and likely to break out. Also be sure to use sun cream or a foundation with SPF because, whether sunny or dreary, the UV rays still affect your skin and age it, meaning over time your skin will look sallow and tired.
Good luck, beauty lovers!