We can’t tell you enough on how important prepping your skin is before you actually get applying makeup. Well-prepped skin not only makes it a smoother canvas for foundation application but it also helps your makeup stay longer. You might think like you’re adding so many other products before your makeup routine even kicks off but you should know that this will only ensure that your skin looks glowy and plump before you slather on foundation or concealer. So if you wish to get a stepwise breakdown on how to prep your skin before applying makeup, here’s how it’s done…
Use a complexion correcting face wash
 

Use a complexion correcting face wash

We get it—your complexion isn’t going to change by using a fairness face wash one time. But certain face washes surely add an instant glow to your skin while ensuring your skin is clear of dead cells and dirt. We suggest using the Fair & Lovely Fairness Clean-up Face Wash that will remove dirt and pollution from deep within, give you a fairer look while exfoliating your skin at the same time. Do this as a regular prep step before you apply makeup.

Rub ice
 

Rub ice

Rubbing ice on your skin has several benefits, especially when used as a prep step to applying makeup. Once you’re done washing your face, make sure you gently rub ice cubes on your face. This will improve blood circulation and add a glow to your skin. Moreover, it will also soothe tired eyes and help shrink your pores.

Use an intensely hydrating cream
 

Use an intensely hydrating cream

If your skin is dry, know that it’s already in real need of an intensely hydrating moisturiser. But for most of you who feel like your skin is flaking or itching even a wee bit, make sure you rely on a cream that makes your skin supple before applying makeup. Do so by including the Lakmé Peach Milk Soft Crème Moisturiser that’s easily absorbed into the skin and locks in moisture for as long as 12 hours. Like that’s not enough, you should also know that it’s a rich source of Vitamin C that comes from its peaches. That and the milk in it—both these ingredients help in keeping the skin intensely hydrated before you apply makeup.

Make sure you use a primer
 

Make sure you use a primer

One of the most important prep steps when applying makeup is using a primer. If you’re still unaware of why you need a primer in your vanity kit, this guide should help you. But more than anything else you should know that your primer is like a shine-killing product—one that will suck out all the extra oil from your skin and allow your makeup to stay put. Our makeup tip would be to use the Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer. Along with ensuring that the skin doesn’t look greasy, this one also covers enlarged pores and preps your skin for foundation.

Don’t forget a lip balm
 

Don’t forget a lip balm

Before you apply makeup or lipstick, make sure you hydrate your lips. When you have dry, chapped lips, your lipstick will invariably transfer or shift. But to ensure that your lips stay hydrated all through, make sure you apply a lip balm and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. We suggest using the Vaseline Lip Care Total Moisture that instantly softens and soothes dry lips, thanks to its ingredient Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.