Maybe you like a glam look that requires hours of makeup application. Maybe you prefer a more toned-down look that shows your natural beauty.
Either way, we all have our own beauty routines. And achieving the perfect look, whatever that may be for you, takes practice and dedication. It’s also really helpful to know a few tricks.
But beauty isn’t just about applying makeup; it’s about taking care of your skin from head to toe. And that’s what we’re talking about today.
Here are seven beauty tricks that everyone needs to know!
1. Wash Your Face Every Day
Every single person, regardless of age, gender, or skin type, should wash their face on a daily basis. And most of us do exactly that. But did that you know that you can actually wash your face too much?
Washing your face too frequently can make your skin dry, so limit your face washings to two times per day (once in the morning and once at night).
It’s also important to find a skin cleanser that’s right for your skin type. Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, it’s best to use a mild cleanser. Look for something natural that isn’t too harsh on the skin.
2. Moisturize Daily
If you have dry skin, you probably already know that moisturizing will make it feel softer and smoother. But people with oily skin often think that they shouldn’t use moisturizer.
That is a myth.
Even oily skin needs to stay hydrated, and that’s exactly what moisturizer is for.
Properly moisturizing your skin promotes healthy cell growth. Healthy cell growth prevents breakouts and prevents your skin from being irritated, regardless of whether it’s dry or oily to begin with. If your skin is oily, just look for a moisturizer made for oily skin.
Your beauty routine should include using moisturizer at least once a day. Use it on your face and on your neck, and don’t forget about overlooked areas like your ankles, elbows, and feet!
3. Always Wear Sunscreen
Sun exposure doesn’t just cause skin cancer. It can also age you and create more wrinkles and fine lines, especially on your face.
If you want to maintain a youthful glow and have healthy skin for life, you’ll need to protect your skin with sunscreen.
Sunscreen shouldn’t be reserved for summer beach days when you’re lounging in the sand. You should use it every single day, even when it’s not sunny outside. Just because it’s a cloudy day doesn’t mean you’re shielded from UV rays.
And there’s no excuse not to use it because a lot of moisturizers and liquid foundations have sunscreen built in.
Don’t like to use sunblock because you prefer a tanned look? Instead of spending hours baking in the sun, use a liquid bronzer instead!
4. Start With the Right Base
Some people roll out of bed, slap on a little moisturizer and lip gloss, and go. If you’re one of those people, more power to you!
But a lot of us have daily makeup routines that involve using a variety of different cosmetics.
And the trick to getting the best look with cosmetics is to start with the right base.
Before you apply your makeup, use a primer to even your skin tone or fill in fine lines. This will instantly make your makeup look smoother and cleaner. Foundation (despite its name) should not be the primary foundation for makeup.
It’s a good idea to apply a base to your eyelids as well. An eye primer (or even a bit of concealer swiped over your lids) will help your eyeshadow last longer and look smoother.
5. Take Care of Your Tootsies
Beauty is not just from the neck up. If you really want to look and feel beautiful, you’ll need to take care of your body from top to bottom.
So don’t neglect your feet!
Between walking and standing, our feet take a beating, no matter how comfortable our shoes may be. Use a pumice stone in the shower to slough off dead skin. When you get out of the shower, moisturize your feet with foot lotion.
When your feet are damp with moisturizer, put on a pair of knit socks to hold the moisture in.
6. Apply Your Makeup Near a Window
Have you ever done your makeup indoors, walked outside, and gotten a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, only to realize you had a completely different skin tone than you thought?
We’ve all been there.
It’s really important to be aware of lighting when applying your makeup. If possible, do your makeup near a window so that you can see what it looks like in natural light.
If your daily routine requires you to do your makeup early in the morning or late at night, invest in a makeup mirror with different light settings for different environments.
7. Clean Your Brushes
Makeup brushes are magnets for bacteria. If you want a solid beauty routine, make cleaning your brushes a part of that routine.
Dirty brushes can actually lead to breakouts. To prevent that from happening, clean your brushes on a regular basis with a mild cleaner. That way, you won’t spread germs between makeup products or between products and your face.
Ready to become your most beautiful self? Here’s what to do:
- Wash your face every day.
- Moisturize your skin daily.
- Always wear sunscreen.
- Use a primer as a base before applying makeup.
- Take care of your feet by removing dead skin and applying moisturizer.
- Apply your makeup in natural lighting.
- Clean your makeup brushes to avoid spreading bacteria.
With these tricks in your beauty arsenal, your skin will look better from your head to your toes. So get in the habit of following these routines now.
Following these tips will improve your overall look and make your skin look more youthful and healthy as you age. The sooner you start, the better.
Aaron Hunt is the property manager for Prime Place KSU.