Dear me, a beauty post! I haven't done one of those in ages and I don't even have a category for it anymore... Oh, well, let's put it under lifestyle, because these little rules actually have changed my life and morning routine for the better. Perhaps they'll do the same for you, so go ahead and have at them!
1. Don't skip steps.
I cannot stress how important a good base is, and by base, I don't mean foundation (I barely apply that anymore and I couldn't be happier about it. Hello, natural, better skin!). I do mean cleansing your skin - thoroughly at least once a week, plus washing it whenever you're about to put on makeup - to really get that perfect, smooth palette for your makeup. Got that covered? On to a nice moisturiser and/or primer to really let whatever you apply next (in my case that's solely concealer for the occasional redness my skin has -ahem- blessed me with AND the mosquito bites in Summer. What's with always going for the face, b***es?) stick throughout the whole day. yes, If you're also a fan of the more natural, no-makeup look, that's actually all you need. It's the I woke up like this look, but just that tiny bit more polished. ;-) And if you're not, carry on with the foundation after all this. Just remember: bases first!
2. Get educated.
Learn how to apply makeup perfectly and you'll be all the better for it. Youtube is full of handy videos, so is Google, and if you're as lucky as me, you'll even have a pro friend who's willing to throw a fun workshop! Now, in my opinion, learning to apply it is not where your makeup education stops. The next step is finding your products, and it did not take me long to decide I was sticking with Hema. Yes, it is quite cheap and I bet a lot of professionals would point a mocking finger and question its quality but, look... I don't use a lot of makeup anymore, am really not that big on it all the time and those things do expire, so I think it's quite understandable I would never spend a lot of money on it. Furthermore, Hema does not test on animals. I really, really try to keep an eye on that, so: winner. In fact, let's take a minute to remind ourselves that, while none of the products we find here are animal-tested because the law forbids it, a lot of those companies sell in China and therefore actually still DO test on animals. After all this time. Boycot the place already MAC, Nivea, etc. You're big boys & gals, you can do it.
3. Know your features.
And, you know, try to love them. ;) Know what works and what doesn't, what you're comfortable with and what your type of skin is so you can find the perfect product to spoil it with once in a while. Have a certain insecurity? Find out how best to get rid of that. Personal examples being 1) I love the eyeliner look, I really do, but I can't pull it off thanks to the hooded-eyelid-gene my parents so kindly passed on. I tried every single tip and I'd still have black smudges on my eyelids. So I got over it. No hard feelings, Mum & Dad! And 2) despite having dark hair, my eyebrows are light as F and so I appear to almost have none when I don't touch them up. Needless to say, I was a bit insecure the minute that brow trend really started, and so I figured finding out the best way to make them a bit darker WHILE sticking to a natural look would really help me get rid of that insecurity. And so I did. The answer is powder people, nothing else.
4. Wash your face.
Never ever EVER go to sleep without getting all that stuff off first. Use the appropriate means for it, as well, because believe me; it doesn't have to be as complicated as many companies and professionals selling those cleansers might suggest. For example, I quit all those chemical cleansers and micellar water and whatnots, and opted for the all-natural Dark Angels by Lush instead, finishing my evening routine with just washing with water and sometimes a mild soap. My skin has never felt better, go figure.
And so we've made it to the last, and actually most important paragraph: give your face a break from all the makeup. At least once a week, more often if you can. I for one, am a firm believer in the natural look for daily life ever since trying it anyway, but I do understand some people need a bit of paint to feel confident, as well (everyone does at least a couple of times, so do I!). If that is the case, however, just do it for your skin. And when you don't have anywhere to be and are reaching for that brush, think about how clean and smooth your skin will be for your next going-out-adventure, instead of rugged and tired from all the products it usually has to endure.
Q: which makeup rituals do you swear by?