Makeup 101: Skin Care and Priming

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Today is the first post in a series I have wanted to start because I feel it will be helpful to my readers. I want to start doing Makeup 101 posts which are basically educational style posts meant to share my tips for anyone just starting out in makeup. I have received messages from people telling me they just have no idea where to start when it comes to makeup.

Each week I will be posting a new Makeup 101 post focusing on a different topic. I really hope it can be helpful, and feel free to ask me anything!! Honestly, no judgement will be made. If you don’t want to post your question publicly you can visit me on Facebook, and send me a private message.

This weeks topic is skin care and priming. If you want to know more just keep scrolling!

Skin Care

First things first, I cannot stress enough how important skin care is to your makeup routine. If you don’t already have a morning and night-time skin care routine then you need to start one right now! Check out my My Night Time Skin Care Routine. for an example of what I use.

A skin care routine is important because it takes care of your skin which will ultimately make your makeup apply better. If you have a good skin care routine you will notice your skin will have less break outs, less signs of aging, and overall will be healthier. If you want to have flawless looking makeup the first step is prepping the canvas aka your face! lol

To Splurge or Not to Splurge

One question I often get is if you have to spend a lot of money to get good skin care products. The answer to that is no. Now, I will say that if you are going to splurge on anything I recommend it to be skin care before makeup. The higher the price tag on skin care typically means the better quality ingredients involved in the product. However, you by no means have to spend a lot to get quality skin care.

If splurging isn’t in your budget then no worries! You can still find everything you need at an affordable price. Any skin care is better than no skin care.

What to Include in Your Routine

Another major question is what all should be in someone’s skin care routine. The main things I recommend everyone to have is a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and at least one face mask.

Cleanser is important because it is what cleanses your skin. Throughout the day makeup, sweat, etc. will clog up your pores. This is what causes break outs and black heads. When bacteria builds and clogs pores it allows break outs to occur. Cleansing your skin morning and night helps to clean out your pores reducing your chance of having bacteria build up which can cause your pores to appear larger.

Toner is important to balance your skins PH levels. For me personally, a toner really helps to balance my skin to reduce the amount of oil I produce throughout the day. Toner will also remove any traces of makeup that may be left behind that your cleanser missed.

Moisturizer is very important even for my oily skin beauties. Moisturizer helps keep your skin hydrated which will give it a healthy, radiant, and plump look. Oily skin people will occasionally think it is best to skip adding moisturizer to their already oily skin. However, skipping moisturizer can actually make your skin produce excess oil in an attempt to stay hydrated. Always apply a moisturizer regardless of your skin type.

Lastly, I recommend a face mask because it helps to deep clean your skin. Throughout the week your skin goes through hell especially if you frequently wear foundation. Applying a face mask is not only relaxing, but it will help to deep clean your pores which will give you healthier skin.

How to Choose Your Products

When it comes to picking skin care items you really have to experiment to find what works best for your skin. It can be a frustrating process, but don’t give up on it!

The first step is to identify your skin type. You can have normal, combination, dry, oily, etc. skin types. I personally have combination oily skin.

Once you know your skin type you can look for products that are geared towards your skin type. For example, an oily skin person wouldn’t want a moisturizer geared towards dry skin because it would be too intense. Therefore, you want to find products that are specifically made for your skin type. Most skin care brands will list on their products what skin types their product is best for.

Keep in mind that even if you have the same skin type as someone else the same products may not work for you. Everyone’s skin is unique, and a product that works great for me may not work for you at all, and vice versa.

Find products geared for your skin, and don’t give up if a lot of them don’t work. It takes time to perfect your skin care routine. Just keep trying until you find products you love, and that make you see a difference in your skin!


Some makeup artists believe you don’t need a primer while others stress the importance of them. I personally feel that a primer is very important. It makes your makeup apply better, and it will improve the length of time your makeup lasts.

High End vs. Low End

When it comes to primers I do personally prefer high-end brands. There are a few drug store affordable options that I like, but for the most part I prefer the pricey ones.

Don’t take this as you have to spend a lot on a primer! If you’re on a budget you can find an option that will work for you from your local drugstore, Walmart, etc. It is really just personal preference.

What Primer to Use

Once again, finding a primer for your skin depends on your skin type. Just like with skin care you want a primer best for your skin type, and don’t expect every single one that is made for your skin type to work for you.

I have combination oily skin with large pores. Therefore, I go for primers that will mattify my skin and blur my pores. Sometimes this means being a little extra by using more than one primer.

Someone with dry skin may still need a pore filler, but they won’t want anything that will mattify their skin because it will dry them out more. Someone with dryer skin will likely want a hydrating primer or a luminizing primer.

The primer you choose greatly depends on your skin type and the issues you have with your skin.

I hope these tips are helpful! Having a skin care routine both morning and night, and priming your skin before makeup application is very important. It will help your makeup apply better, look more flawless, and will increase how long your makeup lasts throughout the day.

Thank you so much for taking time to read my post, and I hope these educational style posts will be helpful to people. Don’t forget to ask questions if you have any, and let me know any specific areas you’d like me to cover.


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