When it comes to makeup, the first and most important step is always prepping the skin. This is true for both everyday makeup looks and more dramatic, evening makeup. But how do professional makeup artists achieve this? Makeup artists should know all the tips and tricks to get the skin ready for makeup. 


A good makeup artist should have a repertoire of tried-and-true methods for prepping the skin before applying makeup. The goal is to create a smooth, hydrated canvas that will help the makeup look its best and last longer. There are a few key things that all good makeup artists do to prep the skin for makeup, and today we’re going to share those tips with you!

Why Prepping Skin is Important

Prepping skin for makeup is one of the most important steps in achieving a flawless complexion in makeup application. Whether you have dry or oily skin, prepping skin creates a smooth canvas for foundation and powder. This ensures that your foundation will go on evenly and your concealer will blend in seamlessly. Without prepping skin, you’re more likely to have patchy coverage and uneven lines or makeup can look cakey and settle into fine lines.

By properly prepping skin, you create an even canvas that allows makeup to go on smoothly and last throughout the day. Additionally, prepping skin helps to ensure that your makeup looks natural and enhances your features rather than covering them up. 


Prepping skin correctly is the key to a successful makeup application. Here are four reasons why prepping skin is so important:

  1. It creates a smooth canvas.
  2. It helps makeup last longer.
  3. It helps your makeup go on evenly.
  4. It can help prevent breakouts.
  5. It prevents your makeup from looking cakey.
  6. It makes blending easier.

Without proper prep, your makeup won’t last. If you have dry skin, your foundation will sit on top of the flakes and accentuate them. If you have oily skin, your makeup will slide right off.

• Cleansing: The First Step To Prepping Skin

Cleansing is the most important step when it comes to prepping your skin for makeup.  A good cleansing routine will remove dirt, oil, and other impurities from the surface of your skin, leaving you with a clean canvas to work with. Cleansing not only removes dirt, oil, and impurities from the skin, but it also helps to prep the skin for makeup application. A good cleanser will leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed, without stripping away natural oils.


By cleansing the skin before applying makeup to your client, you create a clean canvas that allows your makeup to look its best. Additionally, cleansing helps to prevent breakouts by keeping pores clean and clear. This will help to slough off dead skin cells and give your makeup a smooth, even finish.

There are a few things to keep in mind when cleansing the skin for makeup:

  • Use a gentle cleanser that is suitable for every skin type.
  • Gently massage it into the skin using circular motions for around a minute.
  • Be sure to thoroughly rinse all of the cleanser off your client’s face.
  • Be sure to pat the skin dry after cleansing, as rubbing can damage delicate skin tissue.
  • Apply a hydrating moisturizer to help prep the skin for makeup.

Following these simple tips will help you achieve clean, healthy and beautiful skin!


• Exfoliating: Key For Smooth, Even Skin

A good makeup artist knows that exfoliating is key for smooth, even skin. It is important to exfoliate your client’s skin before applying makeup. When you exfoliate the skin of your client, you can remove the dead skin cells that can make her complexion look dull and prevent the foundation from going on smoothly. By sloughing off dead skin cells, you allow the makeup to go on evenly and give your client’s skin a nice glow, which will help her makeup look more natural. Exfoliating also helps to  prevent clogged pores and breakouts.


Exfoliating also helps to stimulate blood circulation and promote cell turnover, which can give the skin a healthy glow. It is important to use gentle circular motions when exfoliating the face, and to avoid scrubbing too hard, as this can irritate the skin.


After exfoliating, it is important to apply a moisturizer to the skin to help hydrate and protect it. Make sure your client’s skin is completely dry before starting the makeup application process.


REMINDER: Be sure to use a gentle Exfoliator, as you don’t want to irritate the skin of your client especially when they have sensitive skin.


• Moisturizing: Lock In Hydration For A Healthy Complexion

One of the most important steps in prepping the skin before applying makeup is to moisturize the skin of your client first. A good moisturizer will not only hydrate the skin, but also help create a smooth canvas for makeup application. In addition, moisturizing the skin before makeup helps to prevent the makeup from clogging pores and causing breakouts. It can also help to keep the skin hydrated and prevent it from looking dry and cakey.


Makeup can be drying, so if we don’t moisturize our skin first, it can accentuate any dryness or fine lines on our face. While it is important to use a good moisturizer, it is also important to choose one that is appropriate for your client’s skin type.

If you have a client with oily skin, you will want to use a moisturizer that is light and non-greasy. Look for one that contains glycerin or hyaluronic acid.

For dry skin, you will want to use a heavier cream or ointment. Look for one that contains shea butter, jojoba oil, or beeswax.

If you have a client with sensitive skin, you will want to use a hypoallergenic moisturizer. Look for one that is fragrance-free and does not contain any artificial colors or preservatives.

So if you want to satisfy your client’s makeup to look its best, make sure to take the time to properly moisturize their skin first.

• Priming: Create The Perfect Canvas For Makeup

Before applying makeup, it is important to prime the skin. Not only does priming create the perfect canvas for your foundation and concealer, but it also helps your makeup last longer. In addition, a good primer will also help to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, help to smooth out your skin, cover up any blemishes, and give your makeup something to cling to so that it lasts all day long. 


There are a variety of different primers on the market nowadays. Always remember that not all primers are created equal. When choosing a good primer, be sure to pick one that is right for every skin type. The best primers will have a balance of oil and water, which will help to create a smooth canvas for your foundation. Look for primers that contain silicone, which will help to fill in any fine lines or wrinkles. Be sure to test the primer on a small area of your skin before applying it to your client’s entire face.


To prime your client’s skin, simply apply a small amount of primer to her face using a makeup brush or your fingers. You can start with a small amount and build up as needed. Once you have applied the primer, it’s important to let it set for a few minutes before moving on to the next step in your makeup routine.


Taking the time to properly prime your client’s skin will make all the difference in the final result of her makeup look!

Achieve Flawless Makeup With Proper Skin Prep


No matter how skilled you are with a makeup brush, the finished product will always look better when your skin is properly skin prep beforehand. In conclusion, if you want to achieve flawless makeup, start with proper skin prep of your client’s face and follow all the tips stated above. This means cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and priming your skin before you even think about applying any makeup products to your clients face. By taking the time to properly prep your client’s skin, you’ll create the perfect canvas for a beautiful makeup look.

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