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 your 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.

Products to try:

• Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. Buy It: $29,
• Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic. Buy It: $15,
• Vichy Deep Cleansing Gel with Salicylic Acid. Buy It: $18,

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. It makes the skin feel all 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! 

Products to try:

• Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. Buy It: $35,
• Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask. Buy It: $40,
• L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Face Mask with Charcoal. Buy It: $9,

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. Always apply a broad spectrum (SPF 30+) sunscreen after using any Vitamin C infused product.

Products to try:

• The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer. Buy It: $23,
• Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum. Buy It: $35, 
• Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid. Buy It: $28.50,
• SkinCeuticals Vitamin C + E Serum with Ferulic Acid. Buy It: $166,

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

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