The beauty industry has certainly come a long way from cakey foundation and glitter eye shadows. Now, we’re seeing soft eye makeup and foundation that gives you a natural finish. Gone are the days when makeup disguises your features. Instead it enhances your natural beauty.
Formulas have been improved over the years and there are still a few techniques to help you enhance your natural glow. There’s nothing wrong with an over-the-top look every now and then, but on the days when you just want to look like you, Jerome recommends these simple techniques.
Prep Your Skin
Exfoliate. Cleanse. Moisturize. Never skip a step. Your skincare is most important, and will definitely impact how your makeup turns out. Exfoliating once a year or when a pimple pops up won’t cut it. Jerome recommends exfoliating once a week to get rid of dead skin cells and dirt that’s clogging your pores.
Cleansing and moisturizing should happen twice a day: once in the morning before you apply your makeup and once at night, when you remove your makeup.
Prime, Prime, Prime
Don’t forget the primer, it’s more important that many people realize. Using a primer can keep your foundation from streaking, caking or discoloring, which helps you achieve a silky-smooth finish. Priming also helps your makeup stay put throughout the day, which means fewer trips to the powder room for touchups.
Wet Your Sponge
It works! Wetting a sponge prevents it from picking up excess foundation, so you get a natural sheer finish. Lightly dampen the sponge, squeeze out the excess water, dip it in your foundation and you’re ready to blend. If you have a blemish you’d like to cover up, use a bit more makeup on a dry sponge directly on that spot, after layering on your foundation with a wet sponge.