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Makeup Basics Pt. 2: The Easiest, Most Effective Ways To Get Perfect Skin

Makeup Basics Pt. 2: The Easiest, Most Effective Ways To Get Perfect Skin

| On 23, Sep 2013

In my previous column, I shared my opinions on the importance and methodology of brow grooming. As far as makeup goes, everything you put on your face will look sloppy if the brows or skin are sloppy. Thus, with brows covered, we come to part two: how to manage your skin!

What I like about skin and foundation is that it’s so versatile—consumers today have more choices than they have ever had with regard to powder, foundation and concealer. Applying skin makeup can be as low-maintenance as applying a mineral powder over your moisturizer, or as complex as a daily routine involving moisturizer, primer, liquid foundation, concealer and a setting powder. Most of us fall somewhere in the middle, and most of us adjust our foundation routine for different occasions.

However, the purpose of foundation is to minimize blemishes and discoloration. If you plan on getting more into wearing foundation regularly, you must also ensure that you’re maintaining your skin, or things won’t end well. So today I’m going to focus on tips for clear, glowing skin!

Here’s the rundown:

1.  If you are going to be wearing makeup, you must remove it every night before going to sleep! If you are like me, you’re lazy. You don’t really have the willpower to do the right thing and exfoliate properly at the sink at the end of the night. So, it’s ideal to keep a packet of wipes on your bed stand or pillow to make things easier for yourself. Also, always keep your packet of wipes upside down, as this will guarantee a saturated, effective wipe every time. If you’d like to spend some money on your wipes, get the bulk ones from MAC. If not, I like Yes to Blueberries or the Simple Cleansing Wipes. If you’re really hard-up, FiVe Below sells packets of wipes for a dollar (which is sketchy, but not as sketchy as leaving foundation on your skin overnight)

2.  Now that you’ve committed yourself to doing the right thing and removing your makeup religiously every night, it’s time to talk about your pillowcases. They should be washed every week. I’ve had clients that had odd breakouts for years until they started changing pillowcases a bit more often—it’s something seldom of us think of that makes a massive difference. The oils from your skin accumulate on the pillowcase and think of what that does over time…ew. However, I have another lazy lady solution. If it’s been a while since you’ve washed your sheets and you just know it’s not gonna happen in the near future, just put a clean towel over your pillow. BAM. Instant freshness.

3.  Drink lots of water. My number one tip for my bridal clients is to drink so much water the week before their wedding that they feel weird for going to the bathroom so much. It really makes a difference in your skin—even if you’re tired, you’re much less likely to have dark circles and sallow skin if you’re hydrated. If you drink alchohol, try to drink a glass of water for every adult beverage. Nothing makes me regret the night before more than wrinkled, porous skin that I wake up with because I didn’t stay on top of my water intake

4.  Here’s my favorite tip: Sweat every single day!!! And preferably, have nothing on your skin when you do it. This tip is crucial in the winter and can prevent dry skin. Go for a run, a brisk walk, a hot yoga class, Zumba, whatever, just let your skin sweat. If I have an event that I want to look really good for, I’ll do vigorous exercise in the morning and that glow will carry through the rest of the day. Nothing replaces the beautiful effect that working out will give your face.

5.  Exfoliate. I am still surprised how many folks neglect this. Get a gritty, gritty exfoliating wash that kind of hurts when you use it and it will do wonders for your skin. My personal favorites are Ocean Salt by Lush (tastes like a margarita—winning!), Volcanic Ash Exfoliator by MAC and if you’re really hard up and don’t have sensitive skin, the Apricot Scrub by St. Ives (I actually love this one, but my esthetician freaked out when I said I used it). My skin rolls with the punches pretty well so I exfoliate every day, but you may only benefit from once or twice a week. Experiment. I even got my boyfriend on this bandwagon, he exfoliates often and even likes doing masks and pore strips now. You will love how your face feels after a good scrub!

I’m not always perfect, of course. I have weeks where I neglect water intake and nights where I’m just over taking off my makeup, even with a wipe. But if you start thinking more along these lines when it comes to skin and overall health, you’ll be more likely to make good choices. What I like about skincare is that most ways to aim for gorgeous skin are just ways to live a healthier life in general. So try these out and enjoy! We’ll delve deeper with skincare products and foundation products and routines later, but basics come first.

What are your tips for getting healthy, glowing skin? Share with me in the comments below!

Written by Jennifer Tanko

  • Anubii

    Um.. exfoliation isn’t supposed to hurt. This list is pretty solid, but the exfoliation part should definitely be taken with a grain of salt especially since you advocated painful exfoliation. Also you’re not supposed to exfoliate every day. You may think your skin is tough, but repeatedly thinning your skin through excessive exfoliation will reap consequences- more obviously as you age.

    Ladies, exfoliation isn’t bad. But it is not supposed to hurt and I strongly recommend doing it at most once a week for the sake of giving your chance the time it needs to recuperate.

    • Jennifer Tanko

      Thanks for your input, Anubii! I personally exfoliate everyday because it works for me, but as I mentioned, most people are better off with one or two times a week. It’s all about finding what works for each individual.
      Your point about the fact that exfoliation shouldn’t hurt is spot on–I REALLY like to exaggerate and when I wrote this, I meant that more in a scrape-y sort of way, not in an abrasive, drawing blood kind of way. I should mind my language in the future for clarity’s sake.
      Thanks for your feedback!

  • burrowedburied

    If you’re acne prone or oily at all, exfoliating with anything that harsh (especially products like those–I love Ocean Salt but that is extremely coarse) is going to break you out in a big way. Exfoliating that frequently (acne prone or not) is going to ruin your skin and show as you age for most people.

    Exfoliating once or twice a week at most with a gentle to moderate product and maybe a wash cloth is smart. Exfoliating daily with rocks is not. That said, it’s cool that it works for your skin–we all do stuff that goes against conventional advice that we know works for us! It’s just not for most skin types.

    Also, I really like the rest of this list! Especially the part about switching out the pillowcase frequently. My skin has gotten so much better since I started doing that, especially since I can’t wash my hair more than once a week because of my hair type and texture.

    My favorite skin product is the Avene Cleanser! I got a sample in a Birchbox a long time ago and it’s amazing. I have wacky, oily, breakout prone skin and this is definitely the best thing I’ve ever put on my face. It also lasts forever because a little goes a long way.

    • lianeandthemusic

      Seconded on that cleanser! I’ve been using it for years and I swear by it.

  • Ahad Ammar

    use cleanser method as facial massage, is very helpful method to get perfect and skin whitening skin.