A flawless complexion starts with properly prepping the skin before foundation. Regardless of your skin type, moisturizing is one step that you never should ignore. The reason it is critical for a perfect complexion is because a moisturizer provides the first layer of protection between your skin and chemicals in the products. Moisturizers also help properly balance porosity for more smoothness to the skin as well as and suppleness. However, not all forms of moisture will do like using a face oil for dry skin like mine.
Complexion Prep Starts With the Right Moisturizer
Unlike a serum, a face oil is occlusive and usually a heavier formulation to keep the moisture on top of the skin’s surface to keep the water from evaporating. Thick moisturizing ingredients like Shea butter, nuts, seeds, mineral oil, and petroleum are typically what you might expect. The problem with using a face oil is, in time, this heavy lubricant can compromise the integrity of the foundation.
On the other hand, face serums are lighter and for the most part water-based formulations that absorb more quickly in the skin. Thus, serums like a cream, lotion or a gel moisturizers are what you want to turn to before using a primer. The important thing to remember is waiting a few minutes for whatever form of the moisturizer to completely sink into your skin first before moving forward. Instead of dabbing the moisturizer on, try warming a small amount into the palm of your hand and gently patting into the skin.
As the moisturizer dries, it’s good to concentrate on the eyes with an eye cream. After all, the skin in the eye area is thin and hard pressed for moisture. Therefore, an eye cream that can help increase that skin’s water content as well as provide anti-aging ingredients for its look is beneficial for complexion perfection.
You want smooth lips once you apply lip color. Therefore, exfoliating them every few days or once a week after cleansing is helpful to minimize any dry, flaky skin that could ruin the smoothness. You can swipe on some lip balm first before gently exfoliating with a wash cloth, a soft-bristled toothbrush or a lip exfoliator to accomplish this task.
You can skip using a primer, but not if you have any ongoing skin issues or problems to hide. Primer is that second layer that masks imperfections for ultimate smoothness so that foundation doesn’t end up in lines and wrinkles. It also helps provide a barrier to preserve how well the foundation holds up.
Once your face is thoroughly prepped, you should think about your foundation. The right one is the final key to a flawless finish. Does the color match the undertone of your skin? Check the veins in your wrist to see the color showing through.
Also, complexion perfection depends on knowing the depth of that undertone. For example, you can have a warm undertone but also be extremely pale. Perhaps, a light beige or buff is closer to your foundation color than a slightly darker soft beige or true beige.
Using a foundation that works with your skin type also should be considered to keep the complexion from appearing too oily or too dry.
The amount of coverage and finish from the foundation is another thing to think about when striving for a flawless finish. The better condition of the skin, the lighter the foundation coverage can be to keep it naturally beautiful.
If you keep these few things in mind, the finish of your foundation will be improved by leaps and bounds for true complexion perfection.