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How to Prep Your Skin For Makeup

Prepping your skin for makeup is vital for a natural-looking makeup application. I’ve run into many women that skip out on preparing their skin to be left with a look their not thrilled with.

If this is you, I hope you find this post informative!

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Why Prepping Your Skin Is Crucial

Have you ever applied your makeup and look in the mirror and not happy with what the outcome is? I have many times and I can tell you expensive beauty tools aren’t the solution.

Prepping your skin is laying the foundation and if you skip out on your foundation your end product is bound to have some flaws.


Cleansing and exfoliating your skin before makeup is probably the number one thing that is going to really impact your skin and how your makeup applies.

I know sometimes we may have to rush and were not able to fully wash our faces beforehand. If you run into a situation like this use a product like cleansing water. You want to remove all the oil from your skin leaving you with a clean canvas.

Exfoliating can be done in many ways and by all means, exfoliate the way that feels best for your skin’s needs. I like to use my Dermaflash every Sunday to help prep my skin. The Dermaflash is a dermaplaning tool that I have more recently added to my skincare collection.

Dermaplaning helps in two ways

1. Removes peach fuzz

2. Removes dead skin cells

On the day of makeup, I like to do a light exfoliate with my glam glow and FOREO Luna and I can tell the difference.

*If you really want to prep your skin try rubbing an ice cube all over your face after you wash. Not only does this feel amazing, it also helps shrink your pores and helps with oil production throughout the day. If rubbing an ice cube across your face is out of the question, try this!


Toner can be tricky because some toners can leave your skin feeling oily or dry out your skin. I have used so many different toners and my favorite two are Sunday Riley mattifying melting water-gel toner and contact solution.

That’s right I said contact solution. When I apply contact solution to my skin the contact solution leaves my skin soft, doesn’t strip the oil from my skin.

Test different toners and see which one works best for your skin.


This is the second most important step to prepping your skin for makeup. Have you ever tried to apply makeup to your skin when it’s dry? Your foundation sticks to the dry skin leaving you with a patchy look.

You can easily avoid this by moisturizing your skin. With so many moisturizers on the market, I suggest making a trip to Sephora and getting some samples.

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find a moisturizer right away for your skin type this step takes time.


For the love of makeup gods, please use a primer for your makeup. This is going to be the cherry on top you’ll notice the difference right away!

Primer is especially for those that have large pores like myself. I like to think of primer as something that sinks into my pores leveling out the texture of my skin by filling in all the potholes.

Like the moisturizer, I recommend going to Sephora to get some samples of primers. I cannot tell you how many times I have been unimpressed by some of the high-end primers I have purchased.

Not to knock on the product, it just didn’t work for my skin type.

let your products sink into your skin

Do you allow your products to actually sink into your skin before you apply your next layer? I know this was a mistake I was making and let me tell you it has made a difference in my skin. I space out applying my skincare products and I’m able to blot away any leftover product on my skin.

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Last thoughts

I hope thes tips help your makeup application. These are all things I’ve learned along the way while living in the humidity!

Please comment and let me know what your common skincare struggles are, I’d love to hear from you!

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