Whether you’re stepping out for the night or you’re staying in for a specially cooked dinner, you’ll want to look your best on Valentine’s Day. Chances are, you don’t fully apply all of your makeup during the work week. You may just put on what is necessary and get a move on your day. However, with time to do skin prep for flawless makeup especially for your Valentine’s Day occasion, you will want to do what you can to have flawless looking skin.
There are plenty of YouTube videos and channels online featuring talented makeup artists, but even the best instructions can be hard to follow, and they often skip the very important steps of prepping your skin for makeup application. That is why we’ve put together an easy checklist for how to prep your skin for flawless makeup. Whatever makeup you’re going to use and regardless of the application method, here is the skin prep for flawless makeup instructions you need.
How To Prep Your Skin For Flawless Makeup:
#1: Clean Your Skin!
You will want to start with clean skin. Never apply makeup to skin you haven’t washed beforehand! This is a very crucial step in applying flawless makeup because it helps create an even look and it increases the chance of you suffering breakouts. For the best results, we recommend cleaning your skin with a cleanser containing glycolic acid. This will clear away oil and dirt. It will also help with opening up your pores. This way, you’ll have clean skin that is read to absorb your makeup.
Likewise, you will want to use an exfoliant. This is going to help smooth out your skin by lifting dead skin cells and revealing brighter skin underneath. We don’t recommend using an exfoliant every day, but for an occasion like Valentine’s Day makeup it is a good step in skin prep for flawless makeup. You also may want to consider something such as a peel pad. The peel pad allows you to smooth out the skin without leaving anything on your skin. If you have sensitive skin, you won’t want to leave exfoliant or acidic peels on your skin as you may end up with a splotchy appearance and irritants.
As a helpful tip, never try a brand-new product right before a big event (such as Valentine’s Day). This way, if you do break out from the new product, it won’t be on your special occasion).
#2: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
It’s easy for your skin to dry out. Few of us remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day, which can lead to dried out skin. Add in harsh chemicals you might be exposed to and constant sun exposure and you may suffer from especially dry skin. To help prevent this you’ll want to use a daily SPF sunscreen moisturizer in the morning and a heavier moisturizing cream in the evening.
Dry skin does not accept makeup well. So, when thinking about how to prep your skin for flawless makeup, applying a good moisturizer after cleansing your skin is critical. Otherwise, your makeup will go on splotchy and it may not look even during your Valentine’s Day date night.
#3: Schedule An Appointment At The Skin Center
Of course, the best way to have exceptional skin is to start out with a perfect base. Sometimes to achieve this perfect base you will need to schedule an appointment at The Skin Center by CPS. We have the necessary treatments and procedures that can improve the appearance of your skin on a deeper level. Below are just a few treatments and procedures we recommend getting on a somewhat regular basis.
One procedure you might already be familiar with when it comes to dermal fillers is lip filler. With a lip filler you’ll have larger, fuller lips. And who doesn’t want that? It can be so much more fun to apply lipstick and gloss to plump lips. Generally, you’ll want to do this three or four times a year, although it will depend on the injection level you’re going for.
You may also want to consider a dermaplaning facial. Over time, you will have small, fine hairs that grow on your face. You will also have dead skin that clings to your face that even the best exfoliant is unable to address. With dermaplaning you’ll have one of our skincare experts remove the top layer of dead skin from your face. This allows your skin to breathe and helps smooth out the appearance of your skin. It also helps improve skin cell development. When the top layer of skin is removed your body will attempt to repair your skin, which will spur on collagen development. You will be amazed at just how smooth your makeup will go on after a dermaplaning facial!
Diamond Glow (Formerly, Dermalinfusion)
Diamond Glow is an excellent treatment to consider for your face, neck and décolleté. This treatment requires little-to-no downtime and the appearance of dull, damaged skin and fine lines are improved with just one treatment! Diamond Glow removes dirt, grim and exfoliates with a small, vacuum-like tool while injecting the skin with nutrient-rich serums for vibrant, clean and polished skin. If you love the dewy and youthful look, then consider a Diamond Glow treatment as your skin prep for flawless skin this Valentine’s Day.
#4 Everyday Skincare Products You Need!
There are thousands of skincare products out there, so it can be difficult to know which ones are the most effective or just downright confusing to know which products you should pick up to look your best. To help, we’ve created a shopping list of some of the best product types we recommend. If you want exact brand recommendations, we can help you with this as well, although some experimenting may be required as you’ll need to test out which products work best for your skin.
First, you’ll want to consider a lip plumper like the SkinMedica Lip Plumper to help give you that perfect pout. This will extend the appearance of any lip injection you have.
You’ll want to consider some medical grade cleansers and exfoliants like the SkinMedica AHA/BHA cleaners or Revision Black Mask, especially if you struggle with breakouts or have large pores. This will help close out the pores and improve the appearance of your skin.
For the undereye, we highly recommend the SkinMedica Instant Bright Eye Cream and Instant Bright Eye Mask. This is a newer product that our patients are raving about! We all want to look less tired, and these products are a great place to start and should be included in your everyday skin care products lineup.
And last but not least, the oh so important moisturizer! We recommend the SkinMedica HA5 moisturizer.
Investing in hydrated your skin will change everything when it comes to applying flawless makeup.
Looking For Further Skincare Help?
The skin care products’ and treatments’ effectiveness recommended here do depend on your skin type and the current condition of your skin. There are other services you may want to consider. Our skin experts at The Skin Center by CPS will help you select the right services for your exact skincare needs.
If you’re looking for makeup and skincare help beyond how to prep your skin for flawless makeup all you need to do is come see us at The Skin Center by CPS. From lip fillers to assistance with wrinkles and skin rejuvenation, we have you covered. Give us a call and set up your next appointment. Let us help you achieve the flawless skin you’ve always wanted!