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Preparing The Face Before Applying Makeup

Updated on June 27, 2011
This is the cleanser I use, morning and night! I am so in love with this product because it doubles as a makeup remover and cleanser.
This is the cleanser I use, morning and night! I am so in love with this product because it doubles as a makeup remover and cleanser. | Source
I use this every morning. It is moisturizing and alcohol free.
I use this every morning. It is moisturizing and alcohol free. | Source
This is a good moisturizer. It's not greasy and it is SPF 15.
This is a good moisturizer. It's not greasy and it is SPF 15. | Source

It is important to prepare the face before applying layer(s) of makeup. Whether it is a light layer or a heavy layer, your face must be prepared in order to avoid greasiness or dryness.

In 3 easy steps, you can have that healthy glow and prevent breakouts and other unsightly blemishes that can come from unclean face.

Make sure your hands are clean!

1. Wash Thy Face. This should be the first thing you do in the morning. Choosing the right cleanser is important.

a. Normal Skin: If you have a normal skin that is neither too greasy nor too dry, then you’re in luck! Pick any alcohol free face wash and lather it up!

b. Dry Skin: If you have dry skin all year long, then a moisturizing face wash is the best way to go. Remember to be sure that it is alcohol free as alcohol has a tendency to dry up the skin.

c. Oily Skin: If you have skin that is too oily, or gets too oily around midday, then pick a light and oil-free face wash. Oils tend to clog the pores of people with oily skin.

d. Acne Prone: Pick a cleanser that contains either Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide. A cleanser prescribed by your doctor or dermatologist counts as well.

2. Tone! Toning can remove any excess oils or dirt that your cleanser has left behind and shrink large pores. It is that extra oomph of cleanliness that your face needs before applying makeup.

3. Moisturize! Moisturizing is very important to your skin. Whether you have normal, dry, oily, or acne prone skin, it is important to moisturize before applying make-up. Picking the right moisturizer according to your skin condition can help revitalize your skin and give it a healthy glow. Make sure to pick one with SPF protection! Those UVB rays are harmful to the skin! Protect your skin.

a. Normal Skin: Have your pick! Choose any moisturizer that you feel gives you that healthy glow. Your choices are unlimited! Go fragrance free or jump on that lavender scented aromatherapy moisturizing bandwagon. But be careful! Take note if your face starts showing signs of blemishes in case you may be allergic.

b. Dry Skin: Pick a heavy-duty moisturizer. Test products! Pick one that doesn’t get your face too oily. You want the right amount of oomph that will moisturize your face underneath all that make up and give you that gorgeous glow.

c. Oily Skin: Choose an oil-free non-comedogenic moisturizer. Since people with oily skin tends to get even oilier around midday, it is important to pick a moisturizer that will keep your skin looking healthy and shrink those pores.

d. Acne Prone: People with acne prone skin tend to be sensitive to products that have too much oil or alcohol in it. It is important to choose a moisturizer that is oil free, non-comedogenic, and contains either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to fight the bacteria that causes acne. Anything prescribed by your dermatologist or doctor is good too!

My Notes:

I have oily, sensitive skin. Because of that, I have to be careful with what I put on my face. My products are all oil-free and non-comedogenic. I always, always, read reviews and test products before settling. This method has protected my skin from unsightly blemishes and gave my face the right amount of moisture that doesn’t get too oily.

After I moisturize, I leave my face alone for a good 10 minutes to make sure that my skin has absorbed all the moisturizing goodness.

Wash, Tone, and Moisturize! And be sure to protect your skin by using moisturizers with SPF to protect your skin form UVB rays!


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