The single most important facet of any makeup application, professional or at home in a bathroom, is skin.
No matter how skilled an artist is, if the individual being made up does not have good skin, it will show to some degree in the application. Sure, we can camouflage, and hide, and shade, and highlight, but it all comes back to:
good skin = good makeup.
I have my favorite lines for skin management, and I won’t go into too much detail because they aren’t paying me, but I am an Aveda convert. I loved them before I went to school there, and I’ll love them, when they lay my corpse out for the vultures; ultimately, however, skin care is like religion, you gotta find what works for you. When you do, stick with it! Don’t go switching it up, unless you notice your skin is changing. As long as your skin is clear and bright, you can use the same product line forever. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you HAVE to change products. That’s rubbish.
The one constant that I tell every one of my clients is the necessity for good exfoliation. Skin needs a little help now and again. My all time, favorite exfoliant, hands down is simple organic table sugar. I have used the best exfoliants out there, and I always go back to sugar. We keep a small jar of it in the bathroom to be used whenever.
One of the best things about it is sugar works twice as exfoliant. First, it is an acid, so it helps to loosen the dead cells; second, it works scrubbing mechanically to further removes those pore clogging bits. And best of all, it is very gentle. You can use it as often as you like without fear of coming off looking like you just had acid thrown in your face.
Here is how I use it. I generally do so in the shower, because it can be quite sticky. I wash my face with my cleanser (I love Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Purifying Gel), then I pump a bit more cleanser into my palm and I add about a teaspoon of sugar and mix into a paste. Gently scrub your face, allowing the sugar to dissolve more than scrub this round. Don’t rinse! Another pump of cleanser and sprinkle of sugar and this time gently scrub with the sugar/cleanser paste, adding more sugar as you need to. Really focus on problem areas, chin, forehead, jawline, flares of nostrils, anywhere you notice you have problems with congestion. Then rinse and voila! You will be amazed. Follow-up with some sort of toner (me: Aveda Enbrightenment—Brightening Treatment Toner) to help close the pores, and whatever treatment product you might use (Aveda: Enbrightenment –Brightening Correcting Serum) and moisturize (day: Aveda Botanical Kinetics Moisturizer; night: Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal3 Dazzling Crème).
Make sugar a regular part of your regime and you will notice a big difference in the tone, and refinement of your skin in a very short time.