Improving your makeup game doesn’t have to be complicated and you don’t have to be an artist. A lot of the time the troubles our clients describe to us can be corrected by prepping the skin properly and using the proper tools. Here are our aestheticians’ top six ways to improve your makeup routine:
Imagine you’re painting a wall, but the surface is bumpy or flaking. No matter how good of a painter you are, the paint will inevitably look uneven. The same is true for your skin. Exfoliating once a week can rid your skin of dead cell build-up and create a smooth canvas for your makeup. An exfoliant we recommend (which can even be used in the shower) is the Guarana Scrub by Yonka.
(I swear this is the last painting metaphor!) Just like when you paint a wall, makeup primer helps bond the makeup to your face so that pigments stay in place and hold their color. Face primers also help to fill in pores and can be targeted towards creating a matte or shiny finish. We use Jane Iredale primers because they are customized for dry or oily skin types, and because their special formulations help soothe blemishes and minimize the appearance of fine lines.
This tip won’t necessarily make your makeup look more fabulous day-to-day but stay with us! Ensuring you use SPF every day (even in the winter) helps to drastically reduce the signs of aging. Even if you have a darker skin tone, you’re not immune to UVA damage (the type of rays that accelerate aging). Keeping your skin young and fresh can only help your makeup game in the long run! We recommend using a cream SPF before your makeup, or using makeup with SPF built in. Most of our staff use Jane Iredale SPF powders because they leave a nice, pigmented finish and are easy to reapply throughout the day.
We know you’ve heard it before! Washing your brushes helps to eliminate bacteria and therefore reduce blemishes. However, washing your brushes also helps to cleanse them of leftover pigments and ensure your applications are polished—especially if you use one brush for multiple pigment colors. At our spa, we use anti-bacterial, all-natural baby shampoo from local health food stores. These tend not to be too stripping and are often very inexpensive.
Makeup expires! Not only can old makeup hold onto bacteria or spoil, but they will also degrade in quality. Especially with eye products such as mascara, an old product will deliver less satisfactory results than a new product. If you’re product doesn’t have an expiry date on it, replacing your makeup at least every six months is a good rule of thumb.
Bathrooms often offer the worst lighting in the house and yet most of us do our makeup in there! Finding a spot in your room or by a window can ensure you see you makeup as it will look throughout the day. This eliminates non-matching foundation applications or harsh lines left behind after incomplete blending.