By: Melissa Brennan
Skip the makeup wipes.
Although these convenient wipes quickly remove makeup from you gorgeous face, they also have the ability to strip your skin of its natural moisture. The high-alcohol content in many wipes lead to dry and irritated skin. Instead, use a cleanser with a cash cloth to help get rid of any product. (Try: Nude Skincare Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly, 3.4 oz $38 Sephora)
Beautifully radiant skin demands proper hydration – inside and out. Drink as much water as possible and don’t forget to keep up with your skincare regime. For dry to normal skin types, use a hydrating serum along with a moisturizer (Try: Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment, 1 oz $56 Sephora). Remember, moisturizers do not directly hydrate the skin – they prevent the environment from stripping away your natural oils. Combination and oily skin types should use a facial oil (Try: Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, 0.5 oz $18.50 Sephora), with moisturizer being optional. Facial oils are helpful to those with oily skin because it slows down natural oil production and keeps the skin from drying out. Be careful not to layer too many serums and oils as it could clog pores.
Now a days, there is a primer for everything – from eyes to lips. A primer helps makeup last longer and prevents creasing and settling into fine lines and pores; all while allowing product to show up better and blend easier. Incorporating primers into your makeup routine will ensure a better and more flawless look. Companies are even coming out with setting sprays that lock makeup into place for hours (Try: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, 4 oz $30 Sephora). Now, there is no reason for your red lipstick to feather or your concealer to settle.
Your skincare routine should be keeping your skin nourished and healthy, protecting it from harsh environments and chemicals. Help your skin out by using products with fewer ingredients. To avoid coming into contact with extra chemicals, try at-home recipes for face masks, moisturizers, and lotions. For example, coconut oil can be used as a hair mask and a mixture of avocado and honey can be used as a face mask. Not only will these at-home recipes omit unnecessary chemicals from your routine, it will also cut down on product costs.
Cleaning your makeup and brushes is absolutely necessary in stopping the spread of germs and avoiding skin irritation. There are products on the market out there that you can use to mist over your makeup to kill germs, but you most likely already have the ingredients at home. All you need is: alcohol, a spray bottle, and a towel. To clean powder makeup, mist the alcohol over the top and allow to dry. Dip the towel in alcohol and use that to wipe down the packaging or makeup brush handles. You can also use this method for any makeup that’s not a liquid.
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