Getting Ready to Beauty

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Wash your face. Wash your face to remove any unwanted oils or old makeup. Use a cleanser that is marketed as gentle or pH-balanced. These cleansers won’t dry out or irritate your skin. You can also choose cleansers that match your skin type. For example:

  • If you have dry skin, use moisturizing cream cleansers.
  • For normal skin, use a gentle cleanser without any microbeads or exfoliants.
  • If you have oily skin, use an oil based cleanser. These cleansers will reduce your skin’s oil production.

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Moisturize your skin. You should always moisturize after washing your face. There are many different kinds of moisturizers to choose from. For example, if you spend a lot of time outside, choose a moisturizer with sunscreen in it to protect your skin. Other considerations:

  • If you have oily skin, choose an oil free gel moisturizer. This moisturizer will soften your skin without stimulating oil production.
  • If you have dry skin, choose a lightweight cream moisturizer.
  • If you struggle with acne, choose a moisture with salicylic acid in it.

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Spread primer onto your skin. Primer is a makeup product that fills your pores and smooths your skin in preparation for foundation. To apply primer, dab a small amount onto your cheeks, forehead, and chin. Blend the primer into your skin using your fingertips or a foundation brush. Tinted primers can be used to correct color problems on any skin tone. For example:

  • If you have dull skin, use a light pink primer to give your skin a healthy glow.
  • If your face looks sallow, use a lilac tinted primer to neutralize any unhealthy tones.
  • Green tinted primer neutralizes uneven redness or acne spots.

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Apply a layer of foundation. Foundation evens out your skin tone and gives you a beautiful glow. To apply foundation, dab a small amount on your cheeks, forehead, chin, and the bridge of your nose. For light coverage, use your fingertips to blend the foundation towards the edges of your face. For a heavier coverage, use a damp beauty sponge to blend the foundation into your skin.

  • Make sure you use the right color of foundation. The right shade should be invisible on your chin and neck in full daylight.
  • If your neck and face are different shades, match your foundation to your neck. Otherwise, you will look like you’re wearing a mask.

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 Use concealer to erase any blemishes. Concealer can be used to cover up acne, red spots, or dark circles under your eyes. For heavy coverage, use a liquid foundation and apply it with a small makeup brush. For lighter coverage, use a concealer stick. Blend the edges of the concealer into your foundation to give yourself flawless coverage.

  • You can use your fingertips, a q-tip, or a makeup brush to blend the concealer.
  • Buy a concealer that matches your foundation exactly. If possible, buy within the same brand to be sure that the colors will match.
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