If you’ve been following awards season this year, you can’t have missed seeing the flawlessly dewy skin of Hollywood’s A-list stars (special mention to Margot Robbie and Jennifer Lawrence who absolutely nailed this look at The Oscars). Glowing, luminous, skin has been on trend for the past few seasons and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
So what’s their secret (apart from the skills of a talented makeup artist)? Well, if you want to replicate the results it’s all about ‘acing your base’! Think of your skin as a ‘canvas’ for your makeup. The perfect picture always starts with the perfect prime, the better the canvas preparation the better the end result. Here are 6 simple steps to ‘acing your base’!
Perform a thorough cleanse
This may sound like an obvious step, but you’d be surprised how many people get it wrong. One of the most common mistakes is spending sufficient time and using incorrect products, both of which can pay a heavy toll on the skin. It’s important to always double cleanse, the first time with a deep cleansing oil to remove all traces of surface dirt and congestion, and the second with your preferred cleanser. Concentrate on areas that feel congested or have bumpiness. Ensure to remove your cleanser thoroughly.
The smoother and softer the skin, the more perfect the finish. After thoroughly cleansing, it’s time to apply a Rice Bran based microfoliation powder. This gentle product will brighten the skin and ‘polish’ the surface leaving a super smooth, luminous finish. Using a gentle product such as this means that you won’t have to worry about over-exfoliation, which can result in redness and sensitivity showing through your makeup.
To treat any dehydration lines and dry patches, apply a fine layer of a hydrating serum. Look for one that contains Hyaluronic Acid (an incredible ingredient that has the power to hold 1,000 times its own weight in moisture within the skin). This extra boost of hydration will add volume and plumpness to the skin, leaving a dewy finish.
If you’re prone to an oily shine, apply a ‘treatment’ moisturizer. These mattifying moisturizers are super lightweight, oil-free and contain clever ingredients to control shine such as Niacinamide(reduces excess skin oils) and Enantia Chlorantha Bark (reduces pore size, oil flow and creates less shine). If your skin is dry, try to avoid heavy, oily moisturizers, as these tend to encourage your makeup to slide off. Instead, use a lightweight moisturizer that contains a complex of vitamins A, C, E, Panthenol (B5), as well as nourishing essential fatty acids such as Shea Butter, Evening Primrose, Borage Seed or Jojoba oils.
The piece de resistance of your flawless finish. Look for primers that contain velvety silicones as they help even the skin texture, creating an instantly smooth surface for your foundation to on. Primers that contains natural earth minerals such as Pearl Powder will provide a perfect natural tint, balancing the skin tone, diminishing blemishes but not adding too much colour. A good primer will enhance the skin’s luminosity and radiance, hold your makeup in place and increases the lasting power of makeup on the skin. These days, you can buy treatment primers that go beyond the function of a makeup base and will work to treat your skin condition whether it is oily, pigmented or dry. Some also contain SPF to protect against UV.
Don’t feel overwhelmed with these product steps – in addition to your usual cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise, there are only two very simple, quick extras: Hydrate, and Prime. All well worth the extra bit of effort when you see the amazing results you can achieve.
By Emma Hobson
Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica