13 Steps to Flawless Skin, Part 1 – Skincare Secrets

This week, I decided I wanted to change things up a bit. First off, I’m posting on a Saturday! I figured people might be too busy to inflate my ego by boosting my views tomorrow. Hey, even I’ll be out this Christmas eve!

Secondly, so far I’ve posted a lot of reviews on here, so I wanted to do something a little different. So, as I figured we’d all be out tomorrow, I also decided to put together the steps I take to achieve a flawless base for my makeup. I go through these when I have an event or for cosplaying, and my foundation stays in place for hours!

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This is going to be a long one so I’ve cut it into two parts, starting off with skincare! I have dry skin, so while these products may not work on you, I hope they’ll give you an idea of the steps you can take to ensure your makeup stays on all day (and all night!).

1 Exfoliate

Exfoliating helps get rid of dead skin cells and leaves your face feeling smooth and ready to be gorged with moisture. I get dry flakes of skin around spots, so I can’t go without this one before an event!

I exfoliate on the morning of an event, at most twice a week. I use the Bioderma Exfoliating Cream, and massage it all over my face for a couple of minutes before rinsing it off. It leaves my skin feeling super soft afterwards.

As an extra treat, use a lip scrub too! I love the Bubblegum one by Lush, it smells so good I have to stop myself from eating it. This will also get rid of any dry flakes on your lips, ensuring a smooth lipstick application (a must if you prefer a liquid lipstick like me!)

2 Face mask

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Now that winter has hit us, I’ve added a face mask into my routine to give my skin an extra boost after exfoliating. I’m really enjoying this Vitamin E Skin Care Leave-On Moisture Mask from Superdrug. I apply a thick layer to my face, leave it on for ten minutes, then wipe away the excess with a cotton pad.

3 Serum

On to the daily tasks! I introduced serum into my routine about a year ago, because it felt like moisturiser wasn’t quite doing the job by itself. The Bioderma Hydrabio Serum helps give my skin that feeling of being hydrated for longer.

4 Moisturiser

My next step is the Bioderma Hydrabio Creme. And no, before anyone says it, I’m not being sponsored by Bioderma to say this. My blog is far too small right now for any type of sponsorship! (But if anyone from Bioderma is reading this, hello, I love your products, feel free to throw some my way if you fancy!)

I love the consistency of this cream. It almost feels more like a gel, so it gets absorbed into my skin really fast, and a little goes a long way! I think I’ve been using it for about a year now, and whenever I don’t have it with me, my skin definitely misses it. I’ve tried cheaper alternatives before and they haven’t done the trick for me. At £15 a pot, this lasts me for ages so it’s worth the splurge!

5 Eye cream

Ever find that your eyes sting when you apply eyeliner or remove your makeup? If the answer is yes and you haven’t tried an eye cream yet, that may be where you’re going wrong! A couple of years ago my trusty liquid liner started irritating my eyes, so I invested in one, and I’ve barely had any issues since.

I’ve started using the Garner Ultra Lift Eye Cream since my Dermacol review made me rethink my life, and the area around my eyes feels hydrated all day. Simple’s Kind to Eyes Soothing Balm is a great alternative if you’re on a budget (and it’s actually the only product I’ve ever enjoyed from them!).

6 Lip Balm

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Once again, don’t forget your lips! I apply the Blistex Intensive Moisturiser several times during the day before applying makeup to make sure that scrub didn’t go to waste.

Before moving on, make sure that you’ve let your products sink into your skin. Otherwise you might find that things slide around when you apply them over the top.

7 Primer

Back in September, I wanted to try a hydrating primer under my makeup, but didn’t want to spend too much as the rest of the routine was expensive enough, so I went with the MUA Pro-Base Moisturising Primer for only £3.

Now, after using this for a few months I can say it does nothing for the longevity of my makeup. What it does do is provide an extra layer of moisture and protection on my face. It’s full of vitamin E and tea-tree oil, which is often used in spot treatments, so it’s a great addition if any little zits try to come in and ruin the party.

8 Primer… again?

This is the last step before makeup, I promise. This one is my holy grail for long lasting foundation, and it became an overnight sensation last year when Youtubers got their hands on it. That’s right, it’s the Nivea Post Shave Balm in Sensitive.

Now this one is not part of my everyday makeup. People got excited about it because it contains glycerin, which helps prolong the life of your makeup. People stopped using it when they realised it was giving them breakouts, because it was not meant to be used under makeup every day of your life. So keep this one for special occasions, because it’s much cheaper than most primers (£3 from Boots, and it’s often on offer!) and your foundation will not go anywhere if used over this.

That’s it for the skincare portion of my flawless base routine! I actually normally go through steps 3 to 8 in the morning after my shower and again before doing my makeup. If I’m cosplaying I’ll do them every time I do my makeup, and my skin never looks as good as it does when I’m at a con! Remember, these steps won’t work on everyone, but I hope you will find it helpful in figuring out your perfect routine to make your makeup last all day. Part 2 is now up so don’t forget to check it out!

What are your favourite skincare products? Let me know in the comments below!