Try primers like
- Benefit Porefessional $31
- Hourglass Mineral Viel $72 (ouch, I know but it’s an amazing primer!)
- Rimmel Stay Matte Primer $6
- NYX Angel Viel $16
All these products are mattifying and prolong the wear of makeup but are more on the silky side to glide over the skin and smooth out the surface to look more flawless and poreless! :)
Thanks boo! :)
Check out the question I answered recently on good, basic eye creams here.
Oh no this might be a long post because i’m very passionate about skin care LOL
Being the skin care addict I am I like to use quite a few products for my night time routine. In the day time I keep it simple with a light cleanser and moisturizer but at night I want to thoroughly clean my skin removing makeup and treat my skin. You don’t have to use all the products i’m going to mention but choosing one or a few to incorporate into your skin care routine is ideal.
Taking Off the Makeup
For a night time routine you want to give your skin a good cleanse if you’ve been wearing makeup wearing makeup all day! Washing your skin once for a minute or so won’t remove all the makeup and properly cleanse your skin resulting in break outs, clogged pores, etc. Try using a cleansing oil, makeup wipes, using a cream cleanser first, or just double cleansing (washing your skin twice) with the cleanser you already use. Cleansing oils are fabulous at breaking down your makeup and can be used for eye makeup and face makeup. They are moisturizing and gentle so you won’t dry out your skin like some double cleansing or makeup wipes can do.
Cleansing the Skin
Choosing a cleanser really all depends on your skin type and skin needs but a gentle, milky cleanser is always a safe bet! It will cleanse the skin without stripping, drying out or irritating the skin. I know us oily skin and acne prone gals think we should use a stripping, acne medicated cleanser but sometimes giving your skin a break to let heal is what it needs so it’s always good to have a great, basic cleanser. Try products like
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser $10
- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser $12
- Philosophy Purity Cleanser $23
- Fresh Soy Cleanser $15 - $38
- First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser $20
Exfoliating the Skin
Exfoliating can completely change your skin. I exfoliate once a week sometimes more depending on the method of exfoliation used. Exfoliating with a face scrub, cleansing brush (like the clarisonic), chemical peels, chemical exfoliants, etc remove the dead, dull layers of the skin so your skin will be more radiant, smooth and beautiful! Exfoliating helps keep your pores tight and small by keeping them clean so no dirt and dead skin cloggs them up. Exfoliating also helps all your skin care sink in and be more effective since no dead skin is in the way! Your skin’s texture and tone will become more smooth and even over time. I can’t emphasize enough the important of exfoliating! lol
Treating the Skin
Personally, I find using some sort of concentrated serum or oil essential to skin health. Serums and oils have high concentrations of ingredients to help with acne, aging, dark spots, dry skin, oily skin, skin’s radiance, skin’s texture, etc. There are so many serums and oils for different skin issues. I love oils and serums aimed to be brightening and resurfacing so I can have smooth, radiant skin. However you might want to do some research on serums and oils for specific skin problems you have to get one more targeted for your skin. You don’t use oils and serums together, you normally use one or the other under your moisturizer so you don’t need both! I have two I use on and off.
Some serums and oils I love are
- Kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil/Concentrate $46
- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum $62
- Pai Rose Hip Oil $36
- The Body Shop Vitamin E Over Night Serum $26
Moisturizing the Skin
I have a more in-depth post on moisturizers for different skin types, day and night, etc which you can find here. But basically, moisturizing is very important! It will keep your skin healthy and firm as you age and keep your skin balanced so it won’t be overly dry or overly oily. A thicker, rich night cream or thick moisturizer is always good!
Personally, I love layering mascaras for the most dramatic look!
I like to use lengthening mascara first to get my lashes long, then go in with a more volumizing mascara to add thickness and drama.
Some of my favorite, holy grail mascaras are
- Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara $3 at Walgreens, K Mart and online (volumizing, super black)
- Maybelline Falses Mascara $6 (lengthening and volumizing)
- Loreal Telescopic $9 (super lengthening)
- Maybelline Illegal Lengths $7 (lengthening and volumizing, has lash fibers for added length)
- Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara $26 (lengthening and volumizing)
You might also want to try lash primers! Lash primers go on white and coat the lashes so once you apply mascara over them your lashes look thicker and longer. Something like Loreal Double Extend Mascara (has primer on one side and mascara on the other) or Makeup Forever Lash Fibers :)
A good translucent powder shouldn’t look ashy or white on more tanned to deeper skin tones, just make sure to apply a thin layer.
However they do make tinted translucent powders that still go on colorless but won’t look as stark white.
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (they also make a white/translucent one)
Covergirl Translucent Powder
Ben Nye Luxury Setting Powders. These come in quite a few shades, they go on almost colorless and give the skin a more silky, airbrushed appearance like translucent powders.
The new Milani Bella Gel to Powder single shadows $3.99 each, keep an eye out at your local drugstores!
Hi i just started following your blog which is really superb & was wondering if u had any advice for people with acne. I use MAC but i still find that my skin looks cakey where my acne is most prominent (my cheeks). I have combination skin, plz help
Well first I wouldn’t really recommend MAC foundations and powders if you have acne because MAC is known for not being the best for acne prone skin. Personally, MAC foundations and powders break me out however the blushes, bronzers, etc work perfectly fine so you might want to switch foundations for a while and see if your skin is any different :)
As for helping with acne, I have a whole post on that here.
As for covering acne and not looking cakey, check out my post on that here.
Some other tips I don’t mention in those posts are
- Wash your face twice, once to remove makeup and once to cleanse the skin. Most people do a quick wash and for people like us, who wear more heavy foundation really need to deep clean the skin or else makeup will clog the pores even when you think your face is clean. You can use a makeup remover wipe first to take off the majority of your makeup and then cleanse, or double cleanse!
- Wash your makeup brushes, pillows, hair, etc frequently. Things that touch your face can spread bacteria so wash your pillows and makeup brushes once a week and keep your hair clean so it doesn’t spread bacteria to your face.
I have! If you have super oily skin I would say it’s worth it because it totally sucks up and de clogs oil filled pores. My best friend who has super oily skin and large pores had better results than I did because my skin isnt as oily.
However they make a few different ones and i’ve heard the moisturizing one is fabulous for dry skin. You can always get a free mini sample at Sephora to try it out!
Personally, I love my Mint Julep Mask I get for a few dollars at Ulta, Walgreens & online better :)