1. Prepare your skin for makeup
Many people don’t think about the most basic steps that should be taken to prepare the skin for makeup. Before even applying any makeup, preparing your skin for makeup will ensure that it goes on evenly and stays put. The better and clean your skin looks to begin with, the better the makeup will look. Therefore, take steps to cleanse your skin, apply moisturizer, and prime the skin before applying any makeup.
Bonus tip: Instead of totally drying your face with a towel after you wash your face, try applying moisturizer while your skin is still damp. Applying moisturizer to damp skin will help lock in hydration and keep you looking fresh all day!
2. Apply your foundation before concealer
The foundation of your makeup look deserves extra attention. To level up your makeup routine try to apply your foundation before concealer. Just think about it, the idea is simple. Starting with a layer of foundation will help create an even surface, minimize any redness, and blemishes. You can then afterward, if needed, go in with your concealer to conceal any remaining redness or pimples. And most compelling, you’ll also end up using way less product in the process and avoid your foundation from cracking and looking cakey.
Bonus tip: While applying your foundation, you can actually control the coverage by your application technique. If you want sheer, thin coverage, use your fingers. But, if you want a full coverage, use a foundation brush.
3. Try using matte products with textured skin
Most shimmery powder products such as blushes will draw attention to any textured skin, whether it’s pimples, pores, or wrinkles. A great tip to keep in mind if you got textured skin is to use a creamy or a matte blush to give you a softer glow without all the fuss of textured skin.
So remember that a dewy finish gives a glowing appearance to the skin, and a matte one provides a porcelain look with fine textures.
Try to look fresh in the morning even though you only slept for 5 hours? Blush is a key product that can make you look fresh and rejuvenated immediately. Blush is definitely the most underrated product ever. A couple sweeps of cream or powder blush along the high points of your cheeks will give your entire makeup look a brighter, warmer finish with pure ease! Try it out!
4. Exfoliate your lips before lipstick
You know the annoying feeling when you apply lipstick and it doesn't go on smooth? Try prepping your lips with a gentle lip scrub. Using a scrub before lipstick will help buff away any dry skin sitting on top of your lips, leaving you with a smoother, softer canvas for your lip products. Depending on the dryness of your lips, you can also try to apply lip balm instead of lip scrub.
One thing to keep in mind: You should only use lip scrubs once a week max. Anything more, and you’ll achieve the opposite of what you’re going for, as you'll risk irritation and cracking lips.
5. Touch-ups: Get rid of excess oil on your face
As anyone with an oily T-zone can attest, shine can happen at many an inopportune moment. There are some convenient things you can do that can save you in a pinch and keep you looking matte throughout the day! This next tip will probably sound gross or weird but hear us out! Many of us are struggling with a bit of oily skin after hours of wearing makeup – and that’s totally normal.
However, the saving tip is simple. Blot your oil with a clean paper napkin or even wrapping tissues. Both blotting papers, napkins, and tissues are made from similar materials and will help soak up the excess oil on your skin. So, if you’re in a pinch and headed to the bathroom to freshen up anyway, grab one of these two products and pat it over your T-zone to absorb any excess oil on your face.
If you want to try this tip out, just don’t throw your napkins or tissues into your bag without any protection, or they’re going to pick up all the dirt and bacteria that are inside your bag – they should be as hygienic as possible!