Whether we’re out for a shopping session, having a meal with friends or going to work, it’s almost common for us to apply some makeup before heading out the door.
Makeup application can surely be fun but prepping your skin before applying any cosmetics on is vitally important, especially if you’re wearing it for a long period of time.
Many professional makeup artists always advice to never start with makeup straightaway, but prepping your skin is more than just moisturizing and priming it. As a model who often wears heavy makeup for work, Karlie Kloss shares her 9-steps skin prep routine taught by makeup artist Yuka Washizu that you can follow easily.
Step 1: Lip scrub
There’s nothing worse than having lipstick on flaky lips! By using natural ingredients of honey and sugar, stir up a simple grainy paste that works wonders to exfoliate the lips. The sugar helps to remove dead skin cells while the honey moisturizes the lips to prevent chapping.
Step 2: Moisturize the lips
Next, apply a generous amount of lip balm right after exfoliation to allow the product to sink in and deeply moisturize the lips.
Step 3: Clean your hands
If your skin is very prone to acne, it’s very important to clean your hands before touching your face. Use an antibacterial soap or fragrance-free soap to clean your hands thoroughly before applying any products to your skin.
Step 4: Toner
By soaking a cotton pad with toner, gently slide the cotton across your face, neck and behind the ears instead of rubbing it to avoid abrasions.
Step 5 and 6: Serum and lymphatic drainage massage
There are different parts of your body that have lymph nodes that act like gateways to eliminate toxins in your body. By massaging the lymph nodes, you can stimulate the flow of lymph that transports white blood cells, oxygen and nutrients to tissues throughout the body which will give the face a natural glow. By using your fingers and side of your palm, massage the area below your jawline in a downwards direction and your T-zone in an upward and outward direction.
Step 7: Moisturize the face
Instead of slathering on a generous amount of moisturizer on your face, start the application on areas you want to moisturize the most and lightly spread it across the face in an upward motion.
Step 8: Eye drops
If you’re expecting a long day out, it’s best to moisturize everything including your eyes!
Step 9: Hydrate
Last but not least, drink enough water throughout the day as your skin will not only show what’s being applied externally but the food you consume as well.
Watch the full action in the video below.