When it comes to achieving flawless makeup, the key - and too often overlooked component - is your skincare routine. While makeup can help cover up issues like uneven skin tone, dark circles, or redness, when it comes to the texture of your skin, diet, drinking lots of water, and good skincare habits are imperative. It's important to start with a good canvas so you can rock the no-makeup makeup and avoid packing on the foundation and concealer. Here are 5 skincare secrets that will give you a red carpet ready complexion!
THE DOUBLE CLEANSE
Most people make the mistake of washing their face once after a long day, applying moisturizer, and going to sleep thinking they did their skin good. Contrary to popular belief, if you are wearing makeup you should be washing your face twice. The first cleanse is to remove makeup and the second time is to actually cleanse the skin of impurities. While makeup wipes or micellar water can be substituted for the first cleanse, nothing is as purifying as good old fashioned soap and water!
The damaging qualities of the sun on your skin are extremely well-known. Still, most people neglect to apply an SPF on a day to day basis. Sunscreen is not just for the summer months or lazy beach days - it should be worn daily to protect your skin from hyper-pigmentation and premature wrinkles. Think of all the time you spend driving in the car, with the hot sun beaming on your cheek through the window!
EYE MAKEUP REMOVER
If you wash your makeup off in a hurry then you're probably guilty of this bad, wrinkle-causing habit. Avoid harshly tugging at the delicate eye area to remove mascara and eyeliner with a cotton pad. Instead, use a gentle oil-based eye makeup remover. Hold it in place over your lid for a few seconds before wiping away gently.
Laziness often gets in the way of this step, but for many people it can greatly improve your skin's appearance. Contrary to popular belief, the purpose of toner is not to remove the leftover traces of your foundation. Rather, it should prep the skin for moisturizer and/or restore the pH balance of your skin. Be sure to pick a toner that suits your concerns. For instance, if you have oily skin and are susceptible to breakouts as a result, use a clarifying toner but if you have dry skin use a hydrating toner.
Incorporating these tips into your skincare routine can make the world of a difference. Makeup trends come and go, but good skin is always in!