Skincare is SO important to flawless looking makeup. When applying makeup to dry skin for example it's really difficult to make it look fresh. Makeup can emphasise the dryness and end up doing the opposite of what you want it to. This is one of the reasons a trial is so important. I've had several brides who have bought one or two skincare items after their trial and on their wedding day their skin was glowing and the makeup looked so lovely!
It can seem daunting if you've never used anything but just keep it simple and start with the basics. Go and see someone who's working on a skincare/makeup counter, it doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune but you'll get good advice and can try products before purchasing. It costs you nothing to ask some questions and people are really friendly - you don't have to be a skincare or makeup guru to approach these counters!
I've put together some of my favourite products and tips on how to get glowing skin for your wedding day... or just every day!
1. CLEANSE - Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is my absolute favourite. It's a cleanser and makeup remover, so use it exactly the same way morning and evening. It's great for all skin types and really does nourish, balance oil, and clean.
2. TONE - Use a gentle toner after cleansing, this will close up all your pores and soothe your skin.
3. EYE CREAM - The skin around your eyes is much thinner than on the rest of your face, it's very delicate so use something designed for that area. Tap the cream in rather than rub it so you're not dragging and pulling the skin. Applying makeup onto dry skin can make the dead skin look more obvious and I've seen this often around peoples eyes so keep hydrating!
4. SERUM - Serums are wonderful things! They're more intense than a moisturiser and work from the deeper layers of your skin. I LOVE the Liz Earle Superskin Serum, its gives you the most beautiful glow whilst hydrating, firming and plumping.
5. MOISTURISER - If you have oily skin don't think you don't need to moisturise, keep your skin hydrated and use one suited to you.
6. EXFOLIATE - I love the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator, it's a liquid and doesn't have beads in but takes off dead skin like a dream! I often use this on peoples lips before applying lipstick as the lips look much fresher and smoother. Exfoliate your face once or twice a week to remove all the dead skin cells.
So often people with oily skin avoid all oil based products and try to strip all the oil away. Our skin does need oil so by removing it all your skin will keep producing more and more to compensate. Try using a night oil in the evenings, this will trick your skin into thinking it has enough oil so it won't produce as much. It sounds a bit crazy to put oil onto oily skin but it works! The Cleanse and polish is also great for oily skin - give it a try!
Of course make sure you're giving your skin the hydration it needs through a serum/moisturiser, but these products won't work half as well if you don't exfoliate. Exfoliating removes all the dead skin cells and stimulates new healthy ones, your skin will then be able to properly absorb your other products.