There are almost too many make-up colours, textures and brands to choose from, and all of them promise a perfect skin tone. But what has to be done first and last? How do we even prepare our skin to create a flawless foundation and how do we properly remove make-up? Knowing the answers to these questions is essential for healthy and beautiful skin, so we asked experienced make-up artist Jennifer Choi for her ultimate tips and tricks.
Cleanse and balance your skin
The first step for perfect skin and make-up preparation is choosing the right cleanser. If you have normal or combination skin, you have a far greater range of options to choose from. If you have sensitive and dry skin, our expert’s advice is to look for a gentle foam cleanser that contains gentle ingredients:
“You shouldn’t buy a cleanser that includes glycolic acids since it would be too aggressive for your skin. Instead, choose a product that includes soothing and organic ingredients like camomile or aloe vera.”
Exfoliate for a healthy glow
Every two to three weeks, you should give your skin a little extra treat. But according to our expert, you should take care of a few important steps while exfoliating:
“A gentle exfoliation scrub can work miracles and provide your skin with a healthy and bright glow. But ensure the small granules are all natural – like sugar or salt. Anything else could damage your skin. Always massage your exfoliation scrub without any pressure into your skin and neck. Rinse off with warm water.”
Tone your skin
This step is underestimated by most of us. A good toner or serum infuses minerals and necessary vitamins into your skin. Jennifer has some thoughts on how to apply it correctly:
“My tip: always apply your toner with a soft cotton pad and put a little pressure on it. Your skin will then perfectly absorb the ingredients and will be ready for a moisturiser.”
Food for your skin
Hydrating your skin is one of the most important things you can do before applying a foundation. Be sure to get a moisturiser with a sun protection factor (SPF). Our question for Jennifer was: when it comes to an SPF, how high should you go?
“Usually, most women use SPF 20 to 30 but I always go for SPF 50. This will protect your skin from the ageing effects of the sun all day long, no matter what age you are.”
Only in the past decade have women all over the world discovered the face primer as their daily beauty secret – but what does it really do? Our expert tells us:
“A primer goes one step further than a moisturiser, helping your make-up stay on longer and evening out your skin tone. It is the final step for perfect make-up preparation.“
After all these fantastic tips for perfect skin preparation, we are left wondering: what else might there be that we can do at home to treat our skin well?
Besides using classic make-up removers or cleansers, a fairly new method of getting rid of even long-worn mascara or eyeliner is fast steam. A steamer like the Panasonic Facial Ionic Steamer EH-SA 31 opens up pores and loosens make-up and oil from your skin to provide deep cleansing. Our make-up expert is herself a frequent user of the EH-SA 31 Facial Ionic Steamer and even calls it her little “home spa”.
“Steaming is not only a practical method for removing make-up; it also works as an entire “spa treatment” for your face. It gives your skin a refreshing feeling any time of the day to get richer and more deeply moisturised skin.”