It’s true, skincare and makeup shouldn’t be treated as two completely seperate entities because when used together, that’s when your bangin’ base dreams come true. And knowing how to prepare skin before makeup is one of the best things you can do to first repair it and then let it shine.

Below, a detailed skin prep guide on how to get the skin ready just before applying any makeup.

1. Opt for a Chemical Exfoliant

It’s not always about moisture. Deep cleansing and exfoliation is key, because if there are dead skin cells sitting on the surface, it acts as a roadblock and the hydration can’t be delivered as effectively. So sweep over you skin with a chemical exfoliant, as it will dissolve away dirt and oil, and dead skin cells too. 

Chemical exfoliants are broken down into two categories: AHAs and BHAs. AHAs, like lactic or glycolic acid, exfoliate the skin’s surface, beneficial if you have dry skin, sensitive or sun-damaged skin. Meanwhile, BHAs like salicylic acid have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so if you’re prone to breakouts and blackheads, these are great for you.

2. Apply a Clay Mask to Encourage Smooth Skin

No matter what your skin type is, there is a clay mask formulated for you. Clay masks really help shrink pores and calm acne and redness. Skin is left soft and matte, but still hydrated. Just make sure to rinse off your mask when it’s just beginning to show signs of drying but is still slightly damp/sticky. Fully dried, a clay mask actually starts to pull moisture out of your skin! 

3. Moisturize with a Super Hydrating Formula

Having a vitamin C treatment in your beauty lineup is great for creating an evener skin tone and better texture over time. Apply a moisturizer/serum formulated with Vitamin C and/or Hyaluronic acid to prevent your skin from developing any pigments, to instantly plump the skin, and to enhance its moisture and hydration.

Note: Don’t forget to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen after applying any Vitamin C creams/serums.

Use your skincare to better your makeup and that’s when you’ll truly see a difference.

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