After having a TON of problems figuring out how to cover my under eye bags, I realized that the problem was that while my skin didn't dry, I wasn't moisturizing my eye area enough! After making sure to take better care of the area, I've found that my makeup is easier to apply!
Which just reminded me of something I already knew: good makeup starts with healthy skin!
Of course, we can't control some features of our skin like acne or hereditary conditions, but you can do your best to keep your skin as healthy as it will let you!
Here's some tips on how to do so :)
1. Hydrate yourself!
Healthy skin is hydrated, so make sure you drink enough water every single day! Just improving this can help your skin get better right away :)
2. Make sure you cleanse your skin.
Your skincare routine should include, at the bare minimum, a cleanser to remove dirt & oil buildup. Taking those things off is key before applying makeup even if you use a primer.
The absolute best thing you could do is a double cleanse. First, an oil cleanser to life up the oil that's trapped on the skin. Second, a cleanser that matches with your skin type.
3. Use sunscreen!
This might not change your day to day makeup, but in ten or twenty years, you'll regret not wearing it if you're affected by sunspots, or something worse!
This is key!! Your makeup will always end up being flakey & cakey if your skin isn't properly hydrated. Even if you're oily, there is a moisturizer out there for you that won't make you more oily.
Use a moisturized with hydrating properties to plump up skin with water and remove any peeling off skin cells!!
5. Take Care of Problem Areas/Features
What part of your skin causes you problems? What's hard to deal with when doing makeup? Figure out what it is (for me, it was flaky skin under my eyes) and then get a product to focus on that one feature.
Serums are one of the best ways to address really specific issues. Get one with a smoothing effect if you're hoping for smoother skin :)
If you have redness or blotchiness caused by rosacea or sensitive skin, consider using a moisturizer that contains niacinamide or licorice to calm inflammation!!
6. Exfoliate occasionally!
Some exfoliants are made for daily use, but I think it's better to use one that's meant for use 1 or 2 times a week. You can use these to remove dead skin cell build-up and other pore blockers!! This will help the texture of your skin, which will then help you be more smooth & bump-free while applying your makeup :)
There's tons of different natural recipes or store bought exfoliants out there, so find one that you love. It's also a great way to destress :)