As a Makeup Artist, There Are 4 Things I Always Tell My Clients About Skin Care

POPSUGAR Photography | Kathryna Hancock
POPSUGAR Photography | Kathryna Hancock

One of the main questions that clients — and EVERYONE, once they find out I'm a makeup artist — ask me is: what are the best makeup brands for covering skin imperfections?

Unfortunately, there's no makeup in the world that will totally cover all blemishes, but there's makeup that will correct and conceal imperfections in a way that makes your skin look more flawless. Makeup is meant to enhance your beauty, not create a New You. My motto is, less is more. You are already beautiful! And if you're looking to makeup to cover imperfections, you may just need guidance on how to learn more about your skin.

Skin care is extremely, if not the most, important part of your makeup routine. If you have a good canvas, then your painting will look amazing — even if it is the most simple one.

Here are the tips I always recommend to clients.

1. Moisturize at all times.

Your skin is an organ, and like any other organ, it requires care. Make sure you hydrate your skin at all times, from head to toe. Since we are talking about your face, make sure you use moisturizer before and after makeup. Also, choose a good SPF; if you think you will be spending long hours under the sun you might have to choose a high SPF, like 50 or even 100, but if you work in an office or interior settings, you can choose one from 15 to 30. Drinking lots of water is another great (and necessary) way to hydrate your skin too!

2. Have a skincare routine based on your specific needs.

There are a few products you need to always have in your routine, specially if you are an everyday makeup wearer: makeup remover, facial cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Choose each one of them depending on your skin type. I always recommend to consult with a specialist if you suffer from sensitive skin, rosacea, acne, or any skin problems, so you invest in the right product that will help your skin get better.

3. Always remove your makeup.

No matter what happens, if you get home late, if you had the worst day of your life, if you feel sick, or if you are so tired that you don't even know who you are, PLEASE remove your makeup. Your pores open up to release toxins when you're asleep, so if you're sleeping with makeup on, your pores will get clogged. That's when the blackheads or pimples appear! You may notice the appearance of wrinkles, spots, or discoloration. The skin can also start to feel very dry or extremely oily.

4. Let your skin breathe for a day.

I know, I know, I'm asking you to choose a day to not to wear makeup, but it's for the sake of looking good in the long run! At least once every two weeks, take a full day to pamper your skin. Maybe try that mask you always wanted to try, or get a facial. The skin needs a break once in a while to restore and heal from all the products and chemicals we put on it, so make sure you give the skin that well-deserved break!