The Basic Skincare Products that Prep Your Face

by Sarah Taylor

With thousands of skincare products to choose from, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the different choices on offer. The latest beauty innovation brings new products every year that we think we had to incorporate into our routines. Sometimes, it’s best to keep things simple. While face primers are becoming increasingly popular as the first step of your makeup routine, they play a similar role to the skincare products in your daily routine. We’re sharing with you the two skincare products that you’re probably already using that help prepare your face for a day of wearing makeup.

Your Everyday Cleanser

We’ve all been there. You’ve applied a coat of your favourite full coverage foundation, only for it to stick to dry patches on your skin. This uneven texture can often give your makeup a cakey and artificial appearance. Your skin absorbs everything you put on it – including makeup. Cleansing gives your makeup a clean base to work with and helps with the application process. Whether you’re applying your makeup with a beauty sponge, brushes, or your fingertips, you want to be able to work with clear skin.
Prepping your skin for wearing makeup also involves removing your makeup correctly. You want to be using a gentle face wash to remove impurities and dead skin cells from your face. Depending on your skin type, you might prefer to use a cleansing balm or a traditional foam cleanser. Removing your makeup prevents it from settling into your pores and creating an uneven texture that makes makeup application a nightmare.
If you’re someone who wears a full face of makeup regularly, you might find that you need to double cleanse. The trick behind this method is to make sure you’re using two gentle cleansers, with at least one of them being a face wash. Your first cleanser works to melt and remove your makeup from the first layer of your skin. The second product is where the cleansing happens. Your face wash can work directly into your skin instead of your makeup interfering with the cleansing process. This second cleanser allows you to remove impurities and dirt from your skin, as well as dead skin cells. 
By cleansing regularly, you’re creating a smooth and even texture for your makeup to sit on top of. Without a cleanser in your routine, you wouldn’t have a proactive way to reduce breakouts. Diminishing the appearance of enlarged pores and creating a smoother texture will help your makeup set against your skin and for your foundation to look like a second skin.

Your Trusty Moisturiser

If you only have time for one skincare product before your makeup routine, it should always be your moisturizer (if you remembered to take your makeup off the night before!). A moisturizer acts in the same way as a face primer by hydrating your skin and providing a barrier between your skin and the first layer of makeup. It provides a smooth layer for your makeup to sit on top of, preventing it from lingering on areas of imperfections like acne scarring and dry patches. 
Using a moisturiser hydrates your skin and leaves it feeling plump and firm. If you’re older, using a moisturiser will prep your skin by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to prevent your foundation and cream product from seeping into your imperfections. Keeping your skin hydrated with a moisturiser will help improve the lifespan of your makeup and make sure you’re getting the most out of your makeup products.
The next time you’re applying a full face of makeup, try doing your skincare routine just before to see if it makes a difference for you. Your moisturiser will bridge the gap between your skincare and makeup routine by helping your foundation and other products glide onto your skin. If you suffer from dry skin, using your moisturiser before applying your makeup can be a game-changer. You can also use your moisturiser over your makeup to help soothe irritated skin, particularly for those with sensitive skin. This trick can help improve the appearance of your makeup by evening the pigment across your skin and stopping it from drying to your face.
Do you need to invest in separate skin prepping products for doing your makeup? If you have a consistent skincare routine, the answer is usually no. While products like face primers can have their benefits, your existing skincare routine will usually have the same effect on your makeup application. To help create a natural-looking makeup look, you want to try to do your skincare routine a few minutes before you go in with your makeup products. While this might mean setting your alarm fifteen minutes earlier, it’ll make all the difference to your makeup application.