Blending skin care with your makeup routine is beneficial for your skin, and your beauty look. Putting your best face forward takes a combination of nourishing skincare and high quality makeup that enhances your natural beauty. Without smart skincare and the right ingredients, your makeup will be unable to work its hardest and look its best. Sometimes the best way to elevate your natural beauty look is to incorporate your skin care products into your beauty routine. Use these smart hacks!
Natural Beauty Makeup Prep
It all begins with a smart pre-makeup routine. One that leaves your skin fully prepped for any sort of foundation or powder application to follow. Your pores need to be adequately prepared to allow makeup to sit on the top epidermal layer. They should look as natural and as breathable as possible.
After fully cleansing your face of any prior makeup or residual impurities, choose an organic cold pressed facial oil. Coconut for antimicrobial properties, jojoba for essential fatty acids, or argan for a wide range of antioxidant benefits. Use gentle pressing and light massaging motions, work around your lymphatic area, near your ears and down your jaw line. This will increase circulation, promoting blood flow and a healthy glow that will allow you to use slightly less makeup, because you’ll already have a natural flush of color. We recommend double cleansing with both Lumière de Vie Facial Cleanser to moisturize while cleansing, refreshing and invigorating the skin and Lumière de Vie Micellar Cleanser to gently remove makeup and purify skin with no need to rinse or scrub.
Prime with a serum
Use a hydrating serum to lightly prime your skin before foundation. This will allow the active ingredients to form a protective barrier between your pores and your cosmetic formula. It will provide you with much needed moisture and lubrication to allow any products you apply to slide on smoothly and flawlessly. Plus, priming your skin with a serum can allow your foundation to last longer. This means fewer re-applications later in the day. We love Lumière de Vie Needle-Free Serum for this. It’s a gentle, lightweight, concentrated serum that gives a tightening effect, while hydrating and soothing sensitive complexions. But there’s more! Needle-Free Serum also improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revealing softer, firmer-looking, supple skin. Give your beauty routine a boost.
Ultimately, it’s important to focus on areas where your makeup typically has issues like creasing, flaking, or appearing oily throughout the day.
Moisturize your eye area
The eye area is particularly tricky. Creasing lines of concealer in crows feet and smile lines can have the effect of making you look way older than you actually are. To get around this, try dabbing your eye cream onto your crows feet and under-eye area just prior to applying your concealer. This will allow it to apply smoother and last longer, and will keep it in place, avoiding the migration of product into any small wrinkles you might have. Opt for an eye cream like Lumière de Vie Eye Balm. It helps to soothe and reduce the appearance of puffiness, while deeply conditioning and hydrating the delicate eye area. The appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores is dramatically improved while helping to firm the skin in the most delicate places.
Regularly exfoliate and moisturize
Flaking is an issue for those of us suffering from dryness. It can completely ruin a foundation look, leaving you with patchiness and uneven color. The trick is to make sure you’ve lightly exfoliated before starting to apply makeup. Our favorite exfoliator is Lumière de Vie Volcanic Exfoliating Masque. It’s formulated to detoxify, enhance skin’s glow, and dramatically improve tone and radiance.
Strategic use of moisturizer can also help. If you experience flaking around your mouth and nose, apply Lumière de Vie Super Crème prior to any makeup, effectively sealing a layer over your dermis and keeping things smooth and even-toned.
Mix foundation with facial oil
When you’re applying foundation, try mixing it on the back of your hand with a few drops of Lumière de Vie Renewal Elixir for a super dewy glow. Remember that the less foundation you use, the more your natural skin tone can show through, for a low-maintenance look that’s great for daytime events. Try experimenting with different ratios of foundation to facial oil. It could be that you find your best look using just a drop of foundation, mixed into your facial oil for a super sheer coverage with minimal pigment.
Try a Rose Spritz!
If other parts of your face typically become oily later in the day (namely, your T-zone), try setting your makeup with Lumière de Vie Rosé Refresher, which will keep inflammation down and balance oil and sweat production. Aloe and Botanimoist effectively soothe and moisturize for skin that feels soft and smooth to the touch, while Phytic Acid brightens for a more refined, radiant complexion. This versatile mist is a pick-me-up for your skin that instantly refreshes makeup and provides long-lasting hydration. Revitalize, renew and reset skin with this calming rosewater toner.
Last step: prime your lips with a plant-based lip moisturizer before going in with any lip color, for an ultra moisturized pout sans cracking or creasing.
These basic hacks might seem simple, but they’ll allow your natural makeup look to stay super natural and dewy. With the added bonus of making your products last longer.