In order for make up to properly set and stay on the face, one must always prepare the skin before applying make up. To prepare the skin, Archie Tolentino emphasized the three steps every person must never forget…
CLEANSE. By properly cleansing the face before applying make, one is sure that dirt and oil are not stuck in between the skin surface and the make up. Archie suggests that one must know his or her skin type before investing in quality skin cleansing products. For normal skin, he suggests soaps, washes, and foams.
Those with oily skin, however, should use products with extra-cleansing properties. He suggests cleansing products with salicylic acid to neutralize the oiliness. I use the Neutrogena Deep Clean Energizing Foaming Cleanser which does not have salicylic acid but has been successful in keeping my skin’s oiliness to a minimum.
Meanwhile, people with dry skin, should use very gentle cleansers with moisturizers.
And those combination skin (oily T zone but dry on other parts of the face) must use products specifically for combination skin.
TONE. While the purpose of cleansing is to rid the skin of impurities, toning removes residual dirt and residual cleansing products, and closes the pores. It ensures that no remaining impurities are left on the skin and enter the pores. Impurities that enter the pore are the cause of irritation, allergies, and pimples.
MOISTURIZE. Moisturizing the skin makes sure it doesn’t dry out after cleansing and toning. It also helps smoothen and even out the skin so that make up application is easier.
Corrective tints such as the MD Dermatics Color Corrective Tinted Complex moisturize the skin, while correcting and evening out skin color, and protecting it from the sun.
Primers, such as BB Creams which are the rage in Korea nowadays, may also be used to moisturize the skin and brighten it at the same time.
For more mature ladies, Archie suggests using eye creams to moisturize and protect the sensitive under eye area which is the most sensitive part of the face.
So before you put on that make up, be sure your skin is clean, protected, and prepared to handle the gorgeousness that you are about to have.
For a better understanding of make up and skin care, join the FiDA Advanced Makeup Workshop from April 28 – 30, 2010, 9 am – 4 pm. It is very much worth your time.
To know more about their programs and workshops, visit the Fashion Institute of Design and Arts at Ricardo corner Manga Streets, Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City. You may also reach them at +6382-3043007, +63923-7039696. Online, they may be reached at http://www.facebook.com/fidarts or through FiDAdavao@gmail.com.