How Makeup & Skincare Collide

Esthetician applying skincare and makeup products on client

Makeup and skincare have more in common than you may think. Even though these products may seem to have different purposes, there is a lot of crossover in these two fields. Let’s take a closer look at this important connection and break down some of the many ways that makeup and skincare are related.

Skincare Helps Create a Better Base for Your Cosmetics

First of all, your skin’s condition influences the final application of your makeup. For this reason, you need to take this into consideration when you imagine your intended look.

Because of this, your skincare habits can be the difference between beautiful success and trouble. Here are some of the important ways skincare and makeup are connected.

Start with a Clean Base

First of all, it is important that you begin with a clean canvas before applying makeup. Your face comes in contact with all kinds of things throughout the day. Paying special attention to cleansing your face will help you clear away dirt, contaminants, and any built-up cosmetics. Even more, the double cleansing method can help to remove additional debris that your cleanser may have missed. This way you can truly start with a clean slate and avoid breakouts.

Proper Exfoliation

Dry skin makes cosmetics look clumpy or flaky. Even more, dry skin is uncomfortable. By exfoliating you’ll have a smoother surface for your makeup, as well as a glowing complexion.

How Do I Exfoliate?

No matter your goal, there are many ways of exfoliating that can help you get smoother skin. Whether you choose chemical or physical exfoliation methods, be careful not to over-do it. Over-exfoliating results in micro-tears and leads to minor skin irritations and infections.

Maintaining Proper Moisture Balance

Maintaining proper moisture balance is important because everyone begins with a different moisture balance that is unique to them. Moisture levels may be connected to oil production and contributes to your cosmetic appearance. Additionally, your climate influences your moisture balance and impacts your skin’s appearance.

Balancing your facial moisture is important for beauty and for health. As a result, it’s important that you pick both skincare and makeup products that support your skin goals.

Hair Removal

Regardless of your facial hair preferences, there are challenges that your skin and cosmetics are impacted by. If you do choose to incorporate hair removal, there are challenges that influence your cosmetic applications. Hair removal leaves skin tender for some time after services. As a result, immediate makeup application is not recommended, as it further irritates skin.

Restoration and Repair Time

Eyebrow waxing isn’t the only skincare procedure that we indulge in. You might do the occasional chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment to keep your skin glowing. These skincare treatments can help give you firm and smooth skin that can support whatever cosmetic look you feel like choosing. Just be sure you have plenty of time to let your face properly rest and recover before you cover it with beauty products. This will help you avoid contaminant build up deep within your skin.

Choosing the Right Makeup and Skincare Products Makes a Huge Difference

Applying your makeup is the point when your cosmetics and skincare have a direct physical effect on one another. Taking care of your skin even as you wear your makeup is important to your long-term skin health as well as to your future beauty goals. It is vital that you understand and respect the direct relationship between cosmetics and skincare if you aspire for healthy skin.

Know Your Skin

Becoming familiar with the specifics of your skin is important for both beauty and health reasons. When you decide on makeup, you need to know the colors and shades that will look best with your features and complexion.

Your skin’s texture needs to be taken into consideration, as well. You also need to understand the balance of your skin when looking for makeup and skincare solutions. Know your skin type before buying cleansers, moisturizers and serums that may be counterproductive. Make sure that the makeup you like doesn’t counteract the skincare routine you have and try to balance your skincare routine to facilitate your beauty goals. It can be a complicated balance to strike, so don’t be afraid to ask for professional input.

Do Some Brand Research

Before you decide to try a new makeup or skincare product, you should take a look at who makes it. No one is suggesting that you do deep-dive research on every single makeup and skincare product line you own or decide to try. However, look at the company who makes your makeup or skincare products can give you a sense of whether or not there have been consumer protection issues in the past. Everything you put on your skin can be absorbed and have an effect on your body, so it is important that you take the time to educate yourself about the brands you wear and support. This philosophy may put a damper on impulse beauty shopping, but it can help protect you from being harmed by irresponsible cosmetic and skincare companies.

Look at the Label

The ingredients in your makeup and skincare products can give you a good idea about how your skin will react to them. Likewise, it will help you keep track of common ingredients in the products you like as well as the ones you don’t. Keep in mind any substances you are allergic or sensitive to when shopping for new products and supplies. You may not recognize everything on the labels of all your beauty and skin products, but the more you recognize the better. If you want to give something a try but you are skeptical about an unknown ingredient, it is worth taking the time to look up and learn about. You can also ask your esthetician or makeup artist for trustworthy advice and recommendations.

Consider Short Term vs. Long Term Wear

Most of us suffer breakouts and blemishes at some point in our lives. It is also common to go through natural phases of oily and dry skin at different points throughout life. Taking care of your skin and dealing with skincare challenges doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your beauty routine. You can change the cosmetic products you are using, or even take a break from your beauty routine altogether. However, your social and professional calendar isn’t dictated by what kind of skincare issues you might be having. For those times that you want to wear makeup, but your skin needs to repair or recover you may want to consider shorter wear periods as a skin-conscious compromise.

Know the Limits of Your Products

Makeup can be a fantastic tool of expression and help you look how you want to. However, even the best makeup or skincare products have their limitations. There is no line of beauty products that can do it all. You need to know how to properly utilize and apply them if you have a hope of a achieving the look you’re going for. You will also need some basic skincare knowledge in order to make effective decisions about your routine and the wellness products you choose. You will need more than just carefully formulated products to accomplish your cosmetic and skincare goals. You will also need to know how and when to use them.

Skincare Conscious Makeup Removal

Taking your makeup off is another important process that links cosmetics and skincare. The products you choose and the routines you decide on to clear your cosmetic canvas can make an enormous difference on the health and condition of your skin.

Use Solutions and Tools That Aren’t Overly Abrasive

Just as with balancing the moisture levels of your skin, makeup removal is also a skincare balancing act of sorts. The goal is to remove all the cosmetics you’ve applied while doing as little damage to your skin as possible. This means picking cleansing products that aren’t too chemically harsh and using tools (rags, wipes, sponges, etc.) that aren’t overly rough to avoid making skincare mistakes during makeup removal that could require treatment. You will also want to accompany your makeup removal routine with a restorative, moisturizing follow-up product that is right for your skin type. If you have questions you can feel free to ask your makeup artist or your esthetician for supportive suggestions.

Be Realistic With Your Routines

Applying makeup is a process that can have a lot of steps. There are also skincare product lines that market variations of multi-step processes that include cleansing, moisturizing and anti-aging treatments. The purported benefits of an elaborate skincare process can be appealing, but it is a waste if you aren’t able to stick to it. Much in the same way that a makeup tutorial might get you excited about trying a new look, mastering these techniques can take time and practice you might not be willing or able to dedicate. It is okay to call in the support of a trained professional every now and then to help you fill in the gaps of your beauty and skincare routine. Just be sure to stick to daily routines you can adequately manage in order to avoid emergency appointments.

Want to Learn More?

Did learning about how makeup and skincare collide interest you? If you have a passion for skincare, you could begin your career as an esthetician at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC).  Our Esthiology Diploma Program is designed to be completed in under 5 months (600 clock hours) with full-time enrollment.  Our esthiology diploma program has been developed by talented, caring, real-world professionals, many of whom still work in the field.  We give our esthiology students experience in skincare, waxing, makeup, application of facials, and more.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming an esthetician and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

*Completion time for this program is defined by 35 hours per week.

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