With the holidays on the horizon, we’re all gearing up for the season of get-togethers. From office holiday parties to New Year’s Eve bashes, there’s plenty of events to get glammed up for. As you shop for that perfect party dress and don your best jewelry pieces, consider your beauty routine. Holiday parties call for a little extra attention to our makeup; unfortunately, with more makeup comes the risk of looking cakey and overdone. Keep these tips in mind as you prep for your holiday parties and you’re guaranteed to be the belle of the ball.
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If the surface of your skin is overladen with dead skin cells, your foundation won’t absorb properly, and you may find your face takes on a sallow look. Uncover fresh skin with regular exfoliation. Depending on your skin, you may find that exfoliating once a month is enough, while others need to exfoliate weekly. You can create a DIY exfoliating scrub with common ingredients in your cabinet, including things like coffee beans, salt, lemons, and more. A simple search on Pinterest will reveal a variety of different exfoliators. If you’re looking to pamper yourself (and give yourself a Christmas gift) consider heading to a local spa to get a facial. Companies like MassageEnvy offer excellent deals on facials, and you’ll leave with fresh skin ready to make its debut at your next holiday party.
Moisturize Your Skin
If your skin is overly dry, your makeup will become blotchy. Not even the best makeup brands can minimize the appearance of flaking and dry patches. Even if you have oily skin, it’s important to moisturize daily, and especially before applying your makeup. Those with dry skin should use a creamy, oil-based moisturizer, while those with oily or combination skin should use a lighter, water-based moisturizer to avoid clogged pores.
Never Skip the Primer
It can be easy to convince yourself that primer is unnecessary—after all, you’ve already moisturized, so what’s the point? Primer is actually vital to avoiding that cakey look; it helps lock in foundation and keeps your makeup looking freshly applied all day long. Primers help fill in pores and lines, creating a smooth surface on which to spread your foundation. Your makeup then “clings” to the primer, meaning your look will stay in place throughout the day. You can find excellent primers at a variety of price points and a little bit goes a long way, making it a worthy investment.
Choose Your Foundation Wisely
When it comes to avoiding that cakey look, it’s vital that you pick your products wisely—high-quality products mean a high-quality look. Consider using a mattifying foundation instead of a cream-based foundation. Creamy foundations are prone to caking, while a mattifying foundation helps cut down on shine and also helps avoid the overdone, packed on look. Note: Always use makeup products with SPF in them, even if the winter weather means it’s overcast outside.
Use Thin Layers of Makeup
Instead of globbing on huge dollops of foundation at a time, focus on building your coverage. The more foundation you use, the more likely your skin is to look cakey. It can be difficult to stick to thin layers when using makeup to cover up blemishes; when struggling with acne, many of us tend to pile on the makeup. This can lead to excess layers of foundation and powder, which contributes to that cakey look. Achieving a natural appearance with your makeup means caring for your skin long before you reach for that compact. It’s essential to use gentle treatments that effectively combat acne bacteria, but don’t dry out your skin and lead to dry, scaly patches. Check out a skin care regimen like BioClarity that fights pimples but soothes the skin with naturally derived ingredients. The better your skin looks, the less foundation you’ll need to wear and the less risk you’ll run of looking cakey.
With these makeup and skin care tips, you can dance until dawn without worrying your foundation is going to look cakey and overdone. Revamp your beauty routine this holiday season and make this year’s celebration one to remember.