I always get asked about the best makeup, and usually I will give some bullshit answer about how *insert mid to high-end product here* is amazing but *insert drugstore brand here* is also great for what you pay for. The truth is…
the current landscape of makeup is a fucking scam. Buying expensive makeup, specifically face products, will not a porcelain skin make. It’s so hard to tell people to their face that the reason their makeup doesn’t sit or look right is because they don’t take care of their skin. Think about it this way, brush strokes on velvet look different from the same on silk.
Anybody who knows anything about makeup will tell you that the correct routine should start with skin care — and that is what you need to invest in. The more you invest in your actual skin the less you will have to invest in what you put on top of it. Figure out what’s wrong, maybe you have acne, hyper-pigmentation, rosacea (like me), or issues with pores and texture — there are products to fix those issues instead of covering them up.
So, speaking from experience my cabinet consists of sensitive skin products to help keep my red skin at bay. Regardless of your skin type, you should probably keep any type of soap away from your face — I used to use Cetaphil but it didn’t really improve or soften my skin so I made the switch to the La Roche Posay Gentle Cleanser. I’ve seen my skin softer and cleaner than when I used Cetaphil, and the consistency is more rich almost like a combo between a cold cream and a cleanser (it also removes makeup.)
I also have issues with texture and blackheads — so to not irritate my skin I will only exfoliate 2-3 times a week. It’s best to use something like a sugar scrub (or just literal sugar) because usually drugstore face washes that claim to exfoliate use plastic beads which end up in the ocean, and that’s a pretty dick move (if you ask me.) Back at home I will also work in a mask once a week (Sunday) to refresh my skin and clean the shit out from the week before. Big fan of the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack from Glossier — I leave it on until it’s basically disappeared (dried) then use water to moisten and scrub into my skin.
Now, moisturizing is the best (and most important) part. I literally cannot even fathom people who don’t moisturize, you’re so dry and dusty please just do yourself a favor. I am constantly changing moisturizers out and trying new things (only because I love spending money and buying products.) But, there’s a trick to moisturizing and it lies in one product. Bioderma Sensibio H20. It’s the Windex of skin care — part makeup remover, part cleanser, part toner. After washing, I will swipe some of this stuff all over my face and just let it sink in.
After that, I will go in with my moisturizer of the moment; currently I’m using the Cicaplast Baume but I also love the Garnier Moisture Rescue (recommended to me by my aunt.) You can read Brittany’s review of that product here. I then follow-up with a prescription cream for my rosacea and let that sink in. If I could tell you that you need a product that product would be the Mario Badescu Facial Spray. Its $7, don’t be fucking cheap just go buy it and see for yourself.
All of this, just for my face but listen the minute I decided to invest in my skin rather than makeup I became more confident in not wearing makeup on a day-to-day basis. I honestly don’t even spend money on makeup anymore because its pointless — my skin is doing fine without it.