Taking care of your skin will not only help you feel young and vibrant, it will also help your makeup go on smoothly for a natural and flawless look. Fortunately, the key to achieving a smooth and seamless look is no mystery. All you have to do is ensure you take care of your skin so it is always hydrated and nourished, which will help enhance your makeup. Here are our 10 best skin care tips to help achieve a flawless complexion so your face is ready for makeup application.


1. Exfoliate Daily

Great skin begins in the shower. Be sure to exfoliate your skin each morning to get rid of dry flaky skin and create a clean pallet with a perfect base.


2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Healthy, glowing skin requires moisture. Apply a moisturizer right after you get out of the shower to lock in water and help create a solid foundation. Moisturized skin not only looks better, it also creates the ideal surface so that all of your makeup products, from blush to eye shadow, will glide on smoothly and evenly.


3. Apply SPF

If your daily moisturizer doesn't already contain at least a 30 SPF, you will want to apply sunscreen before you begin your makeup routine. Sunscreen is an essential item on our best skin care tips list because it allows you to prevent sun damage, which can increase wrinkles and cause skin discolouration. We suggest our EltaMD® Sun Care product because it provides safe, broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.


4. Use a Primer

Using a primer is another great tip for keeping makeup in place throughout the day so that your look is just as fresh by the evening. 


5. Choose Your Foundation Wisely

During the summer months, you will want to go with a lightweight foundation. This will help create a fresh and natural look and avoid a "cakey" final product that can add years to your face. It is also a good idea to look for cream foundation and blush products. Oil free and powder-based alternatives tend to have a drying effect, especially on more mature skin. Cream products easily blend into the skin and add another layer of moisture for a more youthful look.


6. Opt for an Eye Pencil

Liquid liners have become increasingly popular, but they tend to create a bolder look that can appear too harsh on aging skin. An eye pencil offers more control and can be used to achieve a softer look that compliments and subtly enhances your eyes for a nuanced highlight.


7. Don't Forget Lip Gloss

As we age, we tend to lose some fullness in our lips. The right lipstick can add some depth, but if you really want to add some plumpness back to your lips, add some lip liner and a layer of gloss. The extra shine adds fullness and completes the look.


8. Go Neutral

When it comes to eyeshadow, lots of bold colors can be too much on older skin. Stick to two neutral colors that will add definition without being overbearing. A light shade should be applied to the lid and a darker shade should be swept across the crease for contrast. This combination creates the perfect evening look.


9. Grow Thicker Lashes

Eyelashes are a great natural highlight, but they tend to become sparse as we age. Fortunately, eyelash serums, like Latisse®, can be used to boost growth and create thicker, fuller lashes. Add a little curl and some mascara and you experience bigger bolder lashes than ever before.


10. Wash Before Bed

The last best skin care tip would be to always thoroughly remove your makeup before bed. Use a gentle face wash and finish up with a retinol-based skin cream and moisturizer – this will help prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and keep your skin young and glowing.

Those are our 10 best skin care tips for preparing your skin for makeup application. Let us know if you found these tips helpful, or if you’ve got a tip or trick we didn’t mention that really works for you!

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