A great person once said, “Behind every great makeup routine is an equally amazing skincare routine.”

OK, no one said that, but it should def be a thing.

When you are aiming for a flawless, long-lasting makeup look, a solid skincare prep can help a great deal. Ask any makeup expert and they’ll agree with the fact that skin prep can take your makeup game several notches higher.

Thoroughly moisturised, smooth and supple skin serves as a great canvas for makeup to glide on effortlessly. Below, we’ve listed a skin prep guide for you to follow to get flawless-looking makeup, every single day.

 

Cleanse

Cleanse

This might seem like an obvious step, but most people underestimate the power of a good cleanse. It is important to thoroughly cleanse your skin before applying any makeup product. Why? This ensures that your face is free of any product residue, dirt and grime. So whether you are at home or on the go, using a makeup wipe such as the Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes is a good way to ensure your skin is clean at the deepest level.

 

Exfoliate

Exfoliate

Getting rid of dead skin cells twice a week is essential to keep your skin healthy and your makeup looking flawless. Look for dry patches and flaky areas on your skin and exfoliate these areas well, be gentle. Don’t use a scrub that’s very abrasive, the St. Ives Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Scrub & Mask is suitable for all skin types and has a gentle touch.

 

Moisturise

Moisturise

Lightly massaging your skin with a moisturiser will hydrate your skin, improve blood circulation and brighten it instantly. Choose a moisturiser that works well for your skin type, anything that does not absorb well or isn’t too hydrating for your skin is of no use. Opt for oil-free moisturisers such as the Ponds Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser for oily skin. Dry skin should be moisturised with cream or oil-based moisturisers such as the Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser.

 

Eye cream

Eye cream

No matter what your skin type, an eye cream is a must for prepping the under-eye area. If your concealer creases or settles into the fine lines in your under-eye area, it is because the delicate skin around your eyes is dehydrated. Apply the Dermalogica Total Eye Care to hydrate it.

 

Prime

Prime

This is the last and most important step in every skin prep routine. If you are going for a day look, do not forget to apply a sunscreen before layering on your primer. Again, primers should be picked based on your skin type. Those with dry skin should look for a creamier and moisturising formula, whereas those with oily skin should opt for a mattifying or silicone-based primer. The Lakme Absolute Under Cover Gel Face Primer works for all skin types.