6 Ways to Prep Your Skin for A Makeup Appointment

Healthy skin is essential for a great makeup application if your skin is dry, flaky, congested, oily or feeling dull, it’s time to implement these steps.

1. Water

Staying hydrated is important for many reasons. Drinking more water helps with elimination, keeps your skin hydrated and helps boost your energy levels. Pop a fresh lemon or mixed citrus in your water bottle for natural flavour.

2. Avoid sugar and processed foods

Eating foods packed with processed sugar can lead to inflammation and breakouts. Need a low sugar snack? Check out this easy recipe.

3. Exercise

Stress about a photoshoot has been known to cause breakouts aka “stress pimples”, hit up a few extra yoga classes, practice deep breathing every day, get a good sweat going. Regular exercise will help balance stress.

4. Avoid alcohol

Drinking alcohol can dehydrate you and will show in your skin.

5. Exfoliate

Exfoliating with a gentle, non-abrasive mask like Viva Amaze Gel, once or twice a week leading up to the shoot will help to get rid of dead skin cells and bring new ones to the surface. I suggest exfoliating in te evening after you have washed your face with a gentle cleanser.

6. Eat colourful veggies

Eat rainbows! Eating plenty nutrient dense foods will fuel your body and cells. Roast, steam, raw, sauteed, get creative in the kitchen. Bright, colourful veggies contain antioxidants which help fight free radicals, one of the best ways to keep your skin looking its best.

These tips are ideal for a photoshoot or pre-makeup appointment but can easily apply to a daily and weekly routine. All of these points are essential for good health and getting your best glow on! The earlier you get started with these tips before your appointment, the better.

As a makeup artist, we have the skills to cover, highlight and contour the skin. We cannot, however, change the texture of the skin. The only way texture (dryness, breakouts, scars, wrinkles) can be modified with lighting and photo retouching.

There are products available that can smooth the surface of the skin and “blur” out imperfections, these products contain silicone. While this is effective for occasional use, I don’t recommend it for every day.

Breakouts, wrinkles, fine lines and scars happen, and that’s ok. If you are genuinely concerned about a physical feature, talk to your makeup artist and photographer about it. A photo shoot should be a fun experience, enjoy it!

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