There is no denying that the key to nailing a gorgeous makeup look is excellent skin prep. Especially if you are going for low-to-medium coverage and want that lit-from-within glow. A dewy makeup look is more than just about liquid foundations and glow-for-the-Gods highlighters, your skin underneath should be glowing as well.

This Valentine’s Day, we want you to razzle and dazzle your bae with a glowy face, and here is how to do the pre-makeup prep for that...

 

01. Cleanse

01. Cleanse

V-day in 2021 is going to be intimate, maybe even virtual. And since you have been home all day anyway, you can skip the harsh cleansers. Instead, start with a mild cleanser that gently removes dirt and oil build-up of the day, without drying out your face. Opt for a cream cleanser or micellar water to keep your skin hydrated post-cleansing.

BB picks: Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

 

02. Tone

02. Tone

A routine that Korean women follow is to spritz their face with a hydrating toner immediately after cleansing. This helps lock the moisture into your skin and keep it dewy and plump. A hydrating toner will also balance your skin’s pH levels, inhibit excess oil production, and make your pores appear smaller.

BB picks: Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist Toner

 

03. Mask it

03. Mask it

Since it is a special occasion, we suggest you bust out your sheet mask collection post toning. A 15-minute masking sesh will help you relax before the big date and make your skin soft and supple. You can also go in with a jade roller to get rid of the puffiness you developed from your afternoon nap!

BB picks: Pond’s Skin Firming Serum Mask

 

04. Face oil

04. Face oil

Once all the nourishing serum from your sheet mask is absorbed, go in with face oil. Face oils are occlusive in nature, meaning they seal in moisture in your skin, keeping it plump and dewy. These nutrient-rich skincare staples make your skin feel super soft and supple, which is something you will absolutely love while feeling totally cute before a V-day date!

BB picks: Dermalogica Phyto Replenishing Oil

 

05. Moisturise

05. Moisturise

Since you already have a face oil on, go in with a lightweight moisturiser instead of a thick cream. A gel-based moisturiser will absorb better to give you a smooth and non-greasy base to build your makeup on.

BB picks: Lakmé Peach Milk Ultra Light Gel