Prime, Prep, Perfection: Mastering Your Makeup Base With Skin Prep Tips

Calling all Makeup Lovers! 

Get excited, because we are about to spill all the tea on the ultimate secret for flawless makeup: skin prep!

Picture this… your favourite music, and a line up of skincare goodies – all set to unleash your inner glam. Grab your glitter and let’s prep our way to makeup perfection.

Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate

First things first, let’s wash away the day and get that skin sparkling clean! Reach for your go to cleanser and give your face a refreshing scrub-a-dub-dub to cleanse away any dirt, oil and impurities that may have accumulated throughout the day or overnight. Opt for a gentle cleanser suited to your skin type to ensure a clean canvas for makeup application. Cleansing not only removes surface level debris, but also helps to unclog pores, allowing your skin to absorb products more effectivity.

“Exfoliation is essential for achieving smooth and even-toned skin. Regular exfoliation helps to slough off dead skin cells, revealing fresh, radiant skin underneath,” says our expert Head of Beauty, Heidi Walker. Choose a gentle exfoliator with ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) to promote cell turnover and improve skin texture. Be sure not to over-exfoliate, as this can cause irritation and sensitivity.

Step 2: Hydrate with moisturiser

Next on the list? Time to treat your skin to a little hydration sensation! Whip out your favourite moisturizer and slather on that silky goodness. Apply a lightweight moisturizer to hydrate and nourish your skin, focusing on areas prone to dryness such as cheeks and forehead. Look for moisturizers containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerine to lock in moisture and create a smooth base for makeup. Hello hydrated skin – goodbye dullness!

Step 3: Prime for perfection

Now, let’s lay down the perfect base for our makeup. Grab your trusty primer and get ready to prime, prime prime! “A primer enhances the longevity of your makeup by creating a barrier between your skin and the makeup products. This helps prevent oils from breaking down the makeup throughout the day, leading to longer lasting makeup.” says Merina Shrestha, Resident Makeup Artist. With a flick of the wrist, you’re setting the stage for a flawless finish that’ll have you glowing from within.

Step 4: Targeted treatments

Time to tackle those pesky problem areas like a boss. Whether its dark circles, blemishes, or redness, we’ve got the tips to handle it all. Reach for your favourite concealer, colour corrector or serum and let’s work some magic. When you incorporate targeted treatments into your skincare routine, you can directly focus on addressing specific skin issues such as acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, or dryness. These treatments are formulated with potent ingredients that target the underlying causes of your skin concerns, maximizing their effectiveness. At Urban Retreat, our number one facial, The Ultra Facial, is guaranteed to revitalise and rejuvenate your skin. Heidi says, “By combining a variety of targeted treatments, such as steam, extractions, galvanic therapy and high frequency, we customise The Ultra Facial to address your specific skin concerns making the facial as bespoke as you are.”

Step 5: Protect with SPF

In the world of skincare, one essential step often overlooked, is applying SPF. We often devote considerable time and effort to cleanse, moisturize and treat our skin. Yet, amidst the array of serums, creams and primers, this vital step is sometimes missed. SPF is not merely reserved for beach excursions and outdoor adventures – it is a daily necessity, even when spending time indoors. And yes, this includes wearing it beneath makeup. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, compromised of UVA and UVB rays, which can penetrate the skin’s layers and wreak havoc at cellular level. SPF serves as a shield, deflecting these detrimental rays and mitigating their deleterious effects on the skin. Contrary to common misconception, wearing SPF under makeup need not be burdensome or greasy. With advancements in suncream formulations, there exists a plethora of lightweight, non-comedogenic options suitable for all skin types. By selecting a SPF specifically tailored to harmonize with makeup application, you can create a smooth, seamless canvas for your cosmetics, ensuring effortless blending and sustained sun protection throughout the day.

 

And there you have it: the ultimate guide to prepping your skin for makeup. By incorporating these skincare tips into your routine, you’re not just enhancing the longevity of your makeup; you’re also giving it the VIP treatment it deserves. Once you’ve got your skin prep routine on point, why not book The UR Signature Hair and Makeup Package to seal the deal on that gorgeous look.  Picture your skin as the red carpet, and each product you apply as the stars of the show – together, they’ll create a glamourous, head-turning look that’s ready for its close up.

 

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