The past few decades have seen the makeup industry take a big shift in terms of specialization of skincare according to skin type. For example, experts now recognise that dry or mature skin can benefit from an extra boost of ingredients such as retinol, antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids; whereas oily and combination skins are well suited to products with ingredients such as pomegranate or rosehip oil (which are helpful in preventing breakouts)

Luckily, there are many value-for-money products that work well with all skin types. In this post, we discuss how to prep and prime skin for foundation, suggesting products that can be part of your daily routine, regardless of your skin type.

What Ingredients Can All Complexions Benefit From?

There are so many naturally obtained ingredients that enable our skin to function at an optimal level, including:

* Green tea extracts: (which fight the free radicals that cause our skin to develop lines and to lose elasticity)

* Pomegranate oil: (which staves off skin cancer, increases circulation and promotes cell regeneration, to name just a few functions)

* Vitamins A, C & E: These vitamins are the ‘holy grail’ of most top skincare products. Collectively, they battle free radicals and stimulate cell regeneration.

* Aloe: This ingredient perfectly captures the right moisture balance, hydrating skin without producing an unattractive oily sheen.

Can Foundation Suit All Skin Types?

When it comes to makeup, you may be used to purchasing specific matte foundations (if you have oily skin ) or anti-ageing foundations (for dry or mature skin). Experts advising us on the right foundation for each skin type normally recommend foregoing stick foundations if one’s skin is oily, and powdery foundations if skin is dry, but liquid foundations can work perfectly well on all skin types, and mineral foundations can, even though they’re in powder form, provide hydration to drier skins without settling into fine lines.

The key to success and long-lasting perfection, is the type of oil used. Foundations in liquid form that contain elements such as jojoba, rosehip or pomegranate oil – which is similar to the natural oil our skin produces, will allow even, moisturising coverage and additionally, will not clog pores.

What Steps are Involved in Prepping Skin for Makeup that Lasts All Day?

All skin types need to ensure they cleanse, tone, and moisturize skin before applying their primer and foundation. When it comes to your cleanser, you may have been told that oily skins should stick to foaming products and dry skins to cream cleansers. In fact, it’s generally a bit of a misnomer. Finding the right cleanser can often be a matter of what suits your skin, rather than what is recommended. Oily and combinations skins can often still benefit from using an oil, cream or balm cleanser, just as drier skins can tolerate cream based face washes.

Opting for gentle cleansers with glycolic and mixed fruit acids can also help to gently slough off dead skin cells while leaving skin nice and soft, so your choice should ultimately depend on the type of product you prefer working with.

After cleansing, pat your face with a clean towel and apply a toner. Toners have come on in leaps and bounds since their original introduction onto the skincare market many years ago. Look for alcohol free formulations than contain moisturising elements to remove any last traces of cleanser and soften the skin prior to moisturiser being applied.

The last step involves moisturizing your face. This will enable your primer, and later your foundation, to glide on effortlessly. Many skincare companies will suggest separate products for day and night time. Day creams will provide hydration, but also allow for make up application afterwards, whilst night time creams will contain greater levels of hydration while you sleep.

If you live in a hot or sunny climate, don’t forget that an SPF is essential – many day creams have these built in, but it’s important to know that the effects of the SPF in these creams can often wear off only an hour after they’ve been applied. Therefore a separate SPF may be essential, either applied over your moisturiser, or alone in Summer.

Finding a primer

The last step before you apply your make up is to prime the skin. A primer for the face works in exactly the same way a primer would work when you’re painting a wall. It acts as a barrier between your moisturiser and the make up you’ll apply, keeping your skin supple and making sure the foundation and powder does not slip off or sink into your pores. Choosing a primer is always a matter of personal preference and it might be worth trying a few brands before you settle to one.

It is amazing to think how easy it can be to achieve a perfect look when it comes to makeup. Far from worrying about whether a particular foundation will be too drying or will lead to unwanted shine, it is best to opt for a liquid foundation made with oils that match those of your complexion. Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing is now also a lot less mysterious than it used to be. Gentle yet effective products are the way to go for flawless, toned, and beautifully luminous skin.