1. Prep Your Skin
The first step to great makeup is great skin! No matter what time of year it is, sun protection in the form of SPF is a must. You don’t usually see sun damage until years later, and by then, it’s too late. To avoid this problem, make sure sunscreen is the first layer that goes down on your face. Dermacol offers a Collagen and Intensive Rejuvenating Day Cream which contains SPF 10. This is a great option! Liberally apply this cream all over your face, down your neck, and around your ears to ward off sun damage.
Keeping your skin hydrated is important, but especially before heavy makeup application. Use a high-quality moisturizer like the Aqua Beauty Moisturizing Cream from Dermacol. This moisturizing cream will keep your skin hydrated for 24 hours. And it’s great no matter what type of skin you have: dry, oily, or combination. For some extra hydration and freshness under your eyes, tap on an eye cream. Dermacol offers a 2-in-1 Collagen and Intensive Rejuvenating Eye and Lip Cream. This is an especially important step for mature skin.
2. Prime Your Skin
Now it’s time to start the makeup. Preparing your makeup application with a primer is key to having long-lasting, flawless-looking face makeup. Use a primer that targets your specific skin concerns such as oil control, dull texture, or wrinkles. Primers usually also help minimize the looks of pores. Dermacol offers each of these and more! The Matte Control Base Primer will even protect your makeup for up to 18 hours! That’s a generous full day of wear time. Apply your primer all over your face using clean fingers. Be careful to just apply a light layer. Allow your skin to absorb the product before moving on to the next step.
3. Cover and Conceal
Make your skin look blemish-free with your foundation. Our favorite is Dermacol’s Makeup Cover. You won’t find a more pigmented, full-coverage foundation. It’s number one in the world for so many amazing reasons! You can apply your foundation using a Dermacol Foundation Brush or Make Up Sponge. Blend the product down your neck so the color of your face and neck match.
Your foundation may not cover all of your blemishes. If you still have visible acne scars, pimples, or discoloration, you should spot conceal. Use a shade of concealer that’s close to your skin tone to cover up those spots. Going back over those spots with concealer using a brush. If you don’t have any concealer, you can also use a dab of Dermacol Makeup Cover over your dark spots or blemishes. Just make sure you isolate the additional coverage to the areas of your face where you actually need it. You don’t want your makeup to look cakey.
You should also use concealer to cover up dark undereye circles. Unlike the concealer over your blemishes, you don’t want your undereye concealer to be an exact skin tone match. Instead, it should be a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. This will illuminate the area under your eyes, making you look more awake and refreshed, regardless of how much sleep you got last night.
4. Set the Base
Set your makeup using a translucent setting powder like Dermacol’s Invisible Fixing Powder. This will set your makeup in place and prevent oil from eating away at your makeup during the day. This is good if you have oily skin, or if it’s summertime and you’re trying to prevent sweat from destroying your makeup’s wear time. Brush on the powder using a fluffy powder brush, focusing on your T-zone, which is where you get the oiliest.
5. Apply Blush
Give your cheeks a flattering flushed look using blush. You should focus the color on the apples of your cheeks, but blend it around your cheeks. Be careful not to overdo it or you’ll end up with clown cheeks. Just a nice wash of color on the apples of your cheeks will make you look more welcoming.
6. Bronze the Skin
Add some warmth back to your skin by framing your face structure with bronzer. Use a powder brush to apply a bronzer such as Dermacol’s Bronzing Palette or Bronzing Beauty Powder Pearls to the top of your forehead, the sides of your face, and down your neck for a natural-looking tan. If you have dryer skin, a liquid bronzer might be better suited to your skin type. You can apply Dermacol’s Sheer Face Illuminator in Sun Bronze as a bronzer if you have a lighter skin tone. Use a makeup sponge to blend this product in the same spots you would add powdered bronzer. Be sure to blend all the way to your hairline. Otherwise, you’ll end up with an awkward space between your face and your hair. Even if you’re extremely pale, bronzer can help you look perfectly sun-kissed!
7. Highlight Your High Points
Glow from within by adding highlighter to the high points of your face. Add highlighter to the high points of your face, which are the places where light naturally hits you. These include:
- Your brow bone
- The center of your forehead
- The high points of your cheeks
- Above your brows
- The center of your chin
- Tip of your nose
- Your cupid’s bow
You can highlight as many or as few of these areas as you want, depending on how much glow you want. Dermacol’s Illuminating Palette and Illuminating Beauty Powder Pearls are both gorgeous highlighters that will make your skin shine—in a good way!
8. Add Liner and Lashes
If you want to add some more drama to your eyes, add eyeliner. Dermacol has gel, liquid, and crayons formulas of various thicknesses. Draw on as thick or thin of a line as you want. Although sometimes adding liner under your eyes looks good, it will almost always make your eyes look smaller. For an everyday look, limit your liner to your upper lashes. Try to get your line as close to your lashes as possible to create the look of thick black lashes. If you’re feeling extra dramatic, wing out the edge of the liner.
Mascara is an absolute essential for everyday makeup. If you like your lashes extra curled, begin this portion of your routine by curling your eyelashes to prep them for mascara. Dermacol offers several options of this product including waterproof, volumizing, and lengthening mascaras. Focus most of the wand’s product on the root of your lashes then wiggle up and out. Concentrate more on the outer corners of your eyes to make your eyes look bigger. Allow the first coat to dry and apply a second or third if need be.
Some makeup styles look better with just coating the upper lashes, but at other times you may want to add mascara to your lower lashes as well. Do the same thing as you did with your upper lashes: focus on the outer corners and apply a lighter amount of mascara to your inner corners.
9. Shape Your Brows
Doing your eyebrows well is so important. Good brows will frame your face and help you look more put together. Keep your brows in place all day long using an eyebrow gel such as the Transparent Eyebrow Mascara from Dermacol. This will help your brows look sleeker and just a little more bold to match the rest of your makeup routine. Your brows will stay on fleek all day long!
10. Add the Finishing Touches
No makeup look is complete without a lip product! Dermacol’s 2-in-1 Lip Colour and Gloss gives you a long-lasting highly-pigmented lip color and gloss in one convenient product. You can choose to wear the creamy lip color, high-shine gloss, or both. Unlike some lip products that dry out your lips and damage the skin, this lip product contains Vitamin E, good-for-you oils, and beeswax. This formula nourishes and softens your lips. Plus, this product comes in 9 fun shades! There’s something for every style and color preference. In the end, your lips will look more pigmented, fuller, and juicy.
At first, all these steps may sound daunting to you. But with practice, you’ll get faster and be able to complete all of them with ease. You can also customize this morning makeup routine for work to fit your personal preferences and lifestyle. You can add to subtract steps as you see fit. With time, you’ll develop the perfect morning makeup routine that customized your style and schedule!