We are taking our beauty routines seriously this year. You’ve already got your list of goodies to buy from Part 1 of our 2012 Beauty Plan Series, where I covered all the bases from one of my favorite foundations for women of color to bronzers, blushes and mascara. But before we go any further, we need to make sure we are primed for a flawless finish and if it?s a flawless makeup application you want, then it?s a flawless application you will get!
Have you ever noticed that your morning foundation application can go from pristine to pitiful before you?ve even finished your coffee? It is important to moisturize all skin types because human skin is like a sponge and will absorb the moisture that it comes in contact with. A clean and hydrated complexion will result in a flawless and long-wearing look.
When skin comes in contact with foundation prior to a moisturizer, skin absorbs the moisture properties in your foundation, leaving you with a blotchy, greasy residue throughout your face. If your skin condition is dry, apply a thin layer of water-based moisturizer prior to your liquid foundation. Your skin will consume the layer of moisturizer and your makeup application is sure have a longer life! If oily or combination is your skin?s current status, add a skin balancing step to your morning makeup equation. Toning will help to resolve the overproduction of sebum. Hydrating oily skin with an oil free moisturizer will also aid in balancing your skin?s overall condition and reducing excessive oil production.
Did you know that the right moisturizer can act as a makeup primer? The trick to using moisturizer as a primer is don?t over do it! Use a sponge to add a pearl sized amount of primer to your “problem” areas. If you?ve got a shiny forehead, then apply the primer to the forehead.
MOISTURIZER FOR OILY AND ACNE PRONE SKIN
Clinique’s Acne Solutions Clearing Moisturizer is a lightweight, medicated moisturizer that helps treat existing acne and prevent future breakouts. Creates a barrier against acne-causing agents. Helps control excess oil. Calms soothes visibly reduces redness. The Acne Solutions Clearing Moisturizer lightly hydrates to minimize dryness and peeling but is medicated to help reduce further skin issues and, it’s oil free. Ambi’s Even & Clear Daily Moisturizer is also an effective and affordable moisturizer that is also designed to clear skin at the same time.
MOISTURIZER FOR DRY SKIN
Eucerine Everyday SPF 30 Face Lotion Protects facial skin from daily sun exposure with a gentle lotion specifically formulated to moisturize and protect sensitive facial skin. Eucerine is a light weight moisturizer that does a heavy duty job, protects the skin from external elements and is ideal for sensitive dry skin types.
MOISTURIZER FOR COMBINATION SKIN
Yes to Carrots: Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 soothes and hydrates your combination skin. Carrots are full of vitamins A and E which provide nourishing properties that will aid in attracting moisture to dry skin and leveling oil excretion. The Yes to Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer is over flowing with vitamins and is beta-carotene soothes brightens and softens skin. Infused with organic carrot, pumpkin seed oil and zinc oxide and being 97.3% natural, it improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture and it’s free of Paribins.
MOISTURIZER FOR DRY & FATIGUED SKIN
Origins Vitazing Moisturizer is going to provides tired skin a blast of hydration. Mangosteen, a nutrient rich tropical fruit gives the skin and instant jolt of energy, leaving your skin looking and feeling radiant and refreshed. After trying, 95% said skin looked energized and 92% instantly saw more radiant skin. This multi-tasking moisturizer handles the vital jobs of hydrating, energizing and protecting to maintain skin’s momentum all day and adds a healthy hit of radiance that mimics the glow you get from a weeks vacation all in 10 seconds max. Slip it on first thing tomorrow and you’ll look like you eat right, sleep tight & don’t have a worry in sight. I like anything that makes skin glow like I’ve spent a weekend in Jamaica!
After a great moisturizer, you’ll need a great primer to finish off your priming routine before you apply your foundation. Laneige Make Up Primer Sebum Control is a come one, come all product. This long lasting miracle product’s ingredients include seaweed extracts that control sebum secretion offering a matte and fresh finish to skin all day long. Perfect for the days when you want to boost your makeup application’s staying power. Laneige’s makeup works on every skin type. It’s not the least expensive primer on the market but it will save you cash on the back end- you will use less foundation and powder managing your makeup!
Makeup was created to enhance your natural beauty. Wear it well!
— Lauren Napier