Makeup is something that we’ve been using almost since the dawn of civilization. Cleopatra used it to enhance her eyes and decorate her body. Queens of England used it to make themselves look young and fresh. Actresses and actors used it today to enhance their natural beauty, and many fashion models dare not step onto the runway without a good layer of foundation. But you don’t have to take it to an extreme if you don’t want to. No matter what style of makeup you’d like to apply, you’ll find some great tips inside this book. I remember as a teenager scouring the internet and magazines trying to find tips on how to apply concealer and foundation because my mother had never taught me how. Now I’m going to share all of those great tips with you so that you don’t have to spend hours trying to find them anywhere else! I’m going to teach you how to fix those clumpy lashes, get rid of those unsightly dead skin patches on your lips, and apply foundation so that you don’t look like a doll, but rather the beautiful woman that you are. I hope you’re ready with your makeup and a mirror. Let’s get started with your awesome makeover!
Without a good foundation, your makeup is never going to look like a professional did it. And without healthy skin underneath that foundation, you’re going to have some complications. So this chapter is all about how you can prepare your skin for makeup.
Cleaning Your Skin
The first thing you want to do is make sure that your skin is clean and free of any particles in the pores. Therefore, you’re going to need a facial cleaner that is excellent for your skin type. Always use an alcohol-free and gentle product on your skin. Though many will claim some miraculous results, they’re just a bunch of hyped up advertisement. Look for cleansers that have simple ingredients. In fact, if you can read everything on the label and know what it is, then it’ll be good for your skin. Be sure that the product has a pH of between four or five if you have dry skin. If you have oily skin that has acne, you want a pH that is between six or seven. This helps your skin fight off bacteria. Next, you want to wash your face with the cleanser. Be sure to use a circular motion as this will get down into the pores the best. Begin with your neck and work your way toward your nose. Don’t forget to do the spots in front of your ears and on your forehead! When you’re finished, be sure to rinse thoroughly because any soap left over is going to have dirty residue in it, and you don’t want that getting back into your pores.
You want to find an exfoliate that has small pieces like sand or sugar in them as that’s the best for your delicate facial skin. The ingredients should be something all natural. You want to place a small amount on your palms and rub them together. Then use a small, circular motion like you did when you were washing your face. This is going to remove any dead skin cells so that your face is smooth for the makeup. When you’re finished, rinse your face with some warm water and pat your face dry. You do not want to rub your face because this can cause damage to delicate, fresh skin that’s been exposed!
You’ll want to find a facial serum that has a good amount of vitamin C and sodium hyaluronate. This is going to add moisture to your skin for all day relief, and it’s going to give you a beautiful glow. Apply the serum after you’ve exfoliated by using small dots and dabbing it on your face with the tip of your finger. Blot it onto your face and neck skin. Don’t use more than one finger because you can apply too much pressure and cause a rash.
Moisturize Once you’re finished with the serum, allow it to sit for a few minutes before you moisturize. You want to find an all-day lotion that is going to have an SPF of fifteen in order to block the sun’s rays. Be sure it lasts for eight hours in order to give your skin the best protection. You want to press the moisturizer into your face rather than rubbing it around. This gives your skin that boost and makes it look soft!
is different than foundation. You’re going to want a silicone based primer for your facial skin. It’s the key to prepping before you put on makeup because it fills in the fine lines and the wrinkles and smooth your face overall. Dab it on your face and neck using a cross pattern from forehead to chin, and then ear to ear. You want to use small dabs of the primer as you go along and press it into your skin.
After you’ve completed the preparation chapter, be sure to wait around fifteen minutes before you apply your makeup. This going to let all that product seep into your skin and give you really amazing results. You also want to be sure that you are avoiding drinking, smoking, and sleep deprivation because these are all going to affect the overall health of your skin. Be sure to get eight hours of good sleep the night before you apply makeup. If you find that your skin is extra dry during the cold months, apply a little extra moisturizer toward the middle of the morning and afternoon on the days that you have off. The more moisturizer you place on your skin, the healthier and softer it will be.
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