Preparing your skin for the use of foundation should already be a part of your daily makeup routine. Without knowing it, if you are doing things like using a facial cleanser in the morning, toner, moisturizer, and any facial sunscreens (if not included in your moisturizer), you are already doing exactly what you need to prepare your skin to become the perfect foundation zone.
Taking your skin care routine a few steps further on a weekly basis will ensure you don’t wind up with clogged pores, dried out skin, breakouts, and the lifeless dull look that comes with overworking your face.
Tip #1: Weekly Facial Mask
Using a facial mask of your choosing once per week is a great way to keep your pores clear, free of debris and dirt, and rejuvenated. There are many different facial masks and brands on the market. From things such as clay, mud, chocolate based masks, caffeine based masks and more, there are literally tons to choose from. Some masks peel, some need to be washed off. Each of them serve their own purpose which is stated on the front of the mask. Some rejuvenate tired skin, while others remove deep down dirt and debris. Some masks are meant to wake you up, while others state they will moisturize your skin while removing toxins. Ultimately, you can use just about any type of mask and end up with better looking and feeling skin than before you used the product. Many spas and salons offer this service, or you can purchase the products yourself to do a home facial.
Tip #2: Exfoliation
As with the weekly facial mask, you should be using a method of facial exfoliation to keep your skin in tip top shape for the use of makeup. Your skin will always appear fresh, clean, and renewed once dead skin is scrubbed away. At least once per week you should use either a store bought exfoliation kit, or one you craft yourself at home. A simple DIY exfoliation trick is to take some brown sugar, olive oil, and sea salt, (1 tsp of each of the dry ingredients, and two tsp of the olive oil) and rub together to make a sort of paste, and apply to your face. Rub the paste in a circular motion gently across the entirety of your facial skin and neck with your fingertips, and then rinse. You can follow up with your facial wash if you like, or you can leave the olive oil to infuse into your pores as it gives your skin a healthy glow.
Tip #3: Start With Clean, Moisturized Skin
As stated at the beginning of this article, ensuring your face has been properly washed, toned, and moisturized, you will provide your skin with a perfect and smooth canvas in which to work with when it comes time to apply your foundation.
The same thing goes for when the end of the day rolls around – be sure you always remove your makeup at the end of the day to avoid breakouts and infections, and so you can sleep with a fresh, clean face for the morning.