A. How To Moisturize Before Makeup
The moisturizer will keep your foundation from looking crunchy and keep your skin healthy under makeup. Choosing the right moisturizer depends on your skin type as well as the other products you use.
1. Choosing a moisturizer
a. Choose a moisturizer that suits your skin type
You can get an oil-free, extra heavy moisturizer or anywhere in between. Light or oil-free moisturizers are best for people with oily, combination, or normal skin. Heavier moisturizers are usually needed for dry skin, but can be a slippery foundation for makeup.
- Strong moisturizers will give your appearance a dewy effect. Also, avoid using dew base, which can overdo it.
- You don’t need to use the same moisturizer all over your face. If you have dry spots in certain areas, use a strong moisturizer in those areas.
b. Check your foundation’s label
A foundation for dry skin usually already contains a moisturizer. If you plan on using this type of foundation, use a lighter-than-normal moisturizer.
c. Try a moisturizing foundation
If you’re having trouble applying makeup after using a moisturizer, try this 2-in-1 option. This product hydrates your skin while providing a foundation that will help your makeup stay in place longer.
d. Consider using a separate under-eye primer
The thin skin around the eyes tends to dry out easily. If eye makeup is often cracking, also look for a moisturizing foundation for the eye area. While some facial primers are safe for the eye area (see label), an under-eye primer is less likely to irritate this sensitive area.
e. Remember to use sunscreen
Whenever you expect exposure to the sun (even on a cloudy day) one of the face products must have sunscreen. This can be your moisturizer or foundation.
Look for a sun protection factor of at least 15.
a. Wash your hands and face
Rub your hands together to prevent anything from being transferred to your face. Wash your face with water or your favorite facial cleanser.
- Don’t rub your skin; just wipe gently.
b. Apply moisturizer
Apply a small amount of moisturizer with your fingers. Spread out and apply moisturizer with your fingers. Repeat until your face is covered, without applying excess moisturizer to the skin.
c. Wait at least five minutes
The moisturizer takes some time to form a smooth, even surface on your skin. Wait five to thirty minutes before applying makeup or you may be struggling with spotty application or even acne.
d. Apply primer
If you haven’t applied a moisturizing foundation yet, you’ll need a foundation coat to keep your makeup on.
e. Do your makeup
Now you can apply makeup normally. If you are still having problems, here is some troubleshooting advice:
- If your makeup is struggling to stay in place, you may not be using enough moisturizer (or you may need to use foundation).
- If your makeup mixes with the moisturizer when you apply it, reduce the amount of moisturizer or wait longer between the moisturizer and makeup.
B. What Moisturizer Should I Use Before Applying Makeup?
We’ve all had problems with moisturizers and makeup. A very thick or creamy moisturizer may not make the foundation stick. Instead, it is compressed or peeled. Or maybe makeup is easy to apply, but later it will peel off or fill in the cracks as the skin begins to dry underneath. A combination of incompatible products can be the bane of your beauty routine. It’s important to identify which ingredients complement each other and also the skin type to help you get the perfect look you want.
Ideally, you should have a regular routine that moisturizes in the mornings and evenings, rather than just applying a little before putting on makeup. That way, your skin will already be supple and you won’t just be applying layers of product in a last-ditch effort to do something before running out the door. Somewhere in your beauty routine, you should definitely include the often overlooked but still necessary step of peeling.
There are two ways to exfoliate and many reasons why you should. You can exfoliate mechanically or chemically. The former is when you use a facial scrub or material to physically remove dead skin cells from the surface, and the latter includes certain types of acids that help dissolve these dead cells and debris. The purpose of exfoliation is to help the cycle our skin goes through naturally to reduce the accumulation of skin cells that can clog pores and make the skin appear opaque. Another benefit of exfoliation is that now you’re not just putting moisturizer and makeup on a pile of dead skin cells. Okay, maybe not “a lot”, but whatever words are needed to inspire you to exfoliate!
Another way to ensure your skin moves through this skin renewal cycle is to keep it hydrated. This brings us back to the original question. What type of moisturizer to use? Let’s talk about the type of skin you’re working with and take a look at the different options that will perfectly prepare your skin for the first foundation step. We’ll also share some ideas on how to keep your makeup looking fresh while protecting your skin in the process. So let’s get to that with all these considerations.
1. Is this normal?
Not sure what skin type you have? Unless you’re dealing with excessive dryness or feel that you always glow with oily skin, you’re probably somewhere in between what we call normal skin. However, this does not mean that you are finished or left out of the discussion! You still need to take care of your face before you go. As with any skin type, regular exfoliation, cleansing, toning and moisturizing are mandatory.
If you have normal skin and haven’t yet reached the point where wrinkles are particularly important to you (aka you’re still relatively young), there’s a perfect potion for you (I mean lotion, but in every way). The potion looks pretty apt).
Viviane Woodard Clean Finish Moisturizer was specially developed to improve skin cell renewal and at the same time provide deep hydration. If certain creams make your face sticky, you’ll love this light blend that will smooth your skin without weight. If you’re an active person, you’ll love the way it lets your skin breathe and works perfectly under a light coat of makeup. It also works well with all beauty products so you really can’t go wrong.
2. For the perfect balance act
If your skin is quite oily, you may think you don’t need to worry about moisture, as your skin seems to be working nonstop to produce it. However, oily skin is not necessarily an indication of moisture. In fact, it can often be the opposite. You can have any type of skin – oily, normal, mixed or dry – and you can even be temporarily dehydrated. Some symptoms may be skin tenderness or a feeling of tightness, but texture is also an issue. If you pinch a piece of your skin and find it wrinkled and shiny, you may be silently clamoring for some moisture.
Oily skin is the result of excess sebum produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Although sebum protects the skin with its waxy and oily texture, if too much sebum can clog pores and cause irritation and acne. Often those of us with oily skin go overboard trying to treat these symptoms and dry us out. The most important thing in oily skin is balance. You don’t want to remove natural oils, but you do want to fight runaway breakouts and oiliness.
There are a few ways to reduce skin oils while maintaining healthy levels of moisture. Some options have to do with what you put on your body, not just your skin. Changing your genes to give you a perfect complexion is impossible (well, at least as far as I know, it still is, but scientific advance seems to be advancing fast these days). In the meantime, try to improve your body’s natural process of removing toxins from your system. Remember to drink plenty of water, avoiding exorbitant amounts of trans fats and fatty foods. Eating a healthy diet can help your skin to some extent, as can the use of oatmeal or clay facial masks, tissue paper, and water-based makeup.
Finding the right moisturizer for oily skin is important. You want to balance and beautify your skin while controlling excess oils. Viviane Woodard’s balancing moisturizer combines all the necessary elements in a wonderful blend. It contains vitamins, antioxidants and plant extracts that are especially useful for controlling the overproduction of oily pores. The formula hydrates and heals while providing moisture deep into the epidermis so you can successfully remove dead oil cells from your skin. After smoothing it for several weeks, you will surely see and feel the difference in the smoothness and evenness of your skin. You’ll feel like you have a new base to work your makeup magic on.
3. Don’t make your skin high and dry
Now that we’ve covered the normals and the oily ones, it’s time to give dry skin a little love. Sometimes our skin changes throughout our lives. Even though we didn’t start out with dry skin, it may have infiltrated us at an older age. Or maybe your skin has always been dry and you still need to find your right moisturizer.
While it may sound like the name of a Greek goddess, xerosis is the medical term for dry skin and occurs when you naturally fail to produce enough sebum to keep your face moisturized to a minimum. If the skin’s outer layer of moisture is missing, it may be due to or aggravated by certain factors, such as cold, dry air, excessive washing, or conditions such as psoriasis or dermatitis. Habits like smoking or not drinking enough water can also make the situation worse. Dry skin becomes more common with age, so don’t despair, you’re not the only one!
Dry skin can cause flaking, itching, and surface irritation, making makeup application much more difficult. Applying foundation in these situations tends to accentuate the negative, almost like running an illuminator over every crease and crack to get attention. As with all skin types, you can’t completely change what nature gives you, but you can take care of it to be as smooth, supple, and soft as possible. That way your makeup can slip and stay.
Whether you’re looking for a solution for dry or aging skin, Viviane Woodard’s Enriched Moisturizer is the Holy Grail of hydration. It penetrates deep into the skin to provide antioxidants and nutrients that can help fight dryness and damage caused by environmental factors. You’ll enjoy the water-based yet creamy feel of this moisturizer as it quenches your thirst and makes you look bright again. In other words, dry goodbye!
4. Awaken your skin and yourself
We often think of moisturizers in the form of creams and lotions, but remember another wonderful type of moisturizer… the spray, the splash, the mist! Water is life and nothing like a spray to brighten your day.
A moisturizing spray is another application system to bring your dull skin to life. And when it comes to makeup, you can use it before and after you apply it.
If you incorporate the spray into your skin cleansing, toning and moisturizing trio, you can use it before the last step of the moisturizing lotion. After spraying, wait a few moments for everything to be absorbed. Then you can apply your moisturizer and wait a few moments again before starting your makeup routine. You just want to allow a minute or so for the moisturizer to really penetrate before breaking the foundation. Some makeup artists suggest starting your eyes during this period so the eyeshadow and mascara don’t mess up the foundation, but no matter how you work, just make sure you start with a slightly sticky surface that isn’t sticky or that sticky is slippery.
In my opinion, the good thing about a moisturizer is that it is light enough to dampen the makeup already applied and not dirty it. Sometimes, after the afternoon is gone, you and your face get a little tired. Your skin may look opaque or perhaps some of what you applied has fallen through the cracks (literally). This is a great time for a quick blast of this spray to lighten your skin and recharge your day. Some pumps can prepare your skin to smooth areas where makeup may have failed. It breathes new life into the foundation you have on your face and allows you to add a little more if needed at the time.
However, not all facial sprays are created equal. You should look for ingredients that really hydrate your skin, rather than just fillings and fruity smells. While they can be pleasant and aromatic and wake you up a little by spraying your face with water, they don’t necessarily hydrate your skin. Vivianne Woodard’s Intensive Hydration Mist is a great blend that contains rock star moisturizer hyaluronic acid. The body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, a clear substance that acts as a cushion and lubricant on connective tissues and joints, retaining water and retaining moisture. If you give the skin an extra portion, you will help it in this important work of regeneration. As a bonus, this special spray also contains antimicrobial and antioxidant elements. Basically a must on your beauty bag.
5. It’s prime time and you’re the star
The skin needs hydration, protection and, if you wear makeup, a little preparation. Preparation in this case means preparing the skin for the next step.
For best results, apply makeup over a foundation that minimizes the appearance of pores and provides a smooth surface to spread the foundation on. This is a step that a lot of people skip, but if you want to wear your look all day, it helps a lot to minimize shine and keep your makeup in place.
If you love trying out DIY skin care recipes, there are plenty of options when it comes to primers. Here is a simple solution that all you need is aloe vera gel and almond oil:
However, this DIY primer is missing at least one thing and that’s something that will keep you protected from the sun. If your makeup doesn’t include sunscreen, making sure your foundation does is a smart move. Fortunately, Viviane Woodard’s Retexturizing Face Primer fits all the must-have beauty boxes. Fills in expression lines, protects the face with SPF 20 and leaves a silky and smooth finish on the skin, which is the perfect canvas for makeup. Furthermore, it is formulated without parabens, gluten, oils or fragrances. It’s a great final step in your skin care routine before proceeding with your makeup.
As you can see, which moisturizer to use before applying makeup depends on your preferences and skin type, and there are great options, such as moisturizers, that you can add to the mix. Remember to give your skin extra protection with SPF and you’ll be on your way to enjoying another great day and looking beautiful as always.