Hi! I'm Fabiana and I'm here once again to declare my love for all things beauty by sharing one of the best tips I've recently learned: the importance of skin prep.
While the term might sound basic or obvious, there's a lot more to it. Skin prep — or the routine of properly preparing your skin prior to putting on makeup — can make a ton of difference in your final application. Nothing is worse than spending money on an expensive makeup product only for it to look mediocre once it's applied on your face because you didn't ready your skin beforehand.
A few months back, I fell deep into the skin prep rabbit hole after stumbling upon makeup artist Kelli Anne on Instagram. What Kelli Anne taught me (and her many followers) is that if we're not properly prepping our skin for all the makeup we slather on our faces, our makeup products will not be able to reach their full potential — nor will they wear very long.
One big takeaway for me is that skin prep goes beyond just applying moisturizer all over.
It's more so about addressing any skin concerns you have by using skincare products in very specific areas of your face so that makeup goes on a nice, smooth canvas — and stays put.
As Kelli Anne sums up on her IG: "To get that glowy skin look, the key is to make your skin so glowy with skin prep before foundation so by the time you slap foundation on top, your skin is radiating through," she said.
To further explain why skin prep is so crucial prior to makeup application, I spoke to a few makeup professionals. They were:
• Ada Hsieh, founder of Ada Lip Beauty and special effects makeup artist
• Eri Vincent, celebrity makeup artist
• Keri Blair, senior national makeup artist at MAC Cosmetics
Something I learned from Kelli Anne is that if you have dry patches on your skin and you notice that your expensive "hydrating" foundation is still allowing your dry skin to peek through, your skin needs extra hydration in those areas. No foundation — no matter how hydrating it's deemed to be — is going to mask that.
Keri Blair further backed up this point. "Prepping and priming your own canvas (aka your skin) ensures that your skin is all one texture – therefore your makeup will apply smoothly and evenly — and last all day long," she said.
Blair compared applying makeup to the face to being similar to how a painter would applying paint to a canvas. As most painters will tell you, prepping the canvas is super important to ensure that you yield even, consistent, and blend-able results, she said.
There's even a scientific reason to why skin prep is so crucial before applying makeup, explained Ada Hsieh.
You want to give your skin and your makeup the best chance for 'survival', she said.
"Think of it as two different layers, because it is. Your skin — depending on if it's dry, oily, or combination is going to inevitably mix with the chemistry of the makeup — and vice versa," Hsieh explained. "By prepping the skin, you can help your skin's pH level stay more balanced and the actual layer of makeup stay fresh longer throughout the day," she said.