With the winter in full swing there’s even more reason to take the best care of your skin. I truly believe a great face of makeup begins with beautifully fresh skin.

Over the years I’ve met many people who believe makeup will cover absolutely everything - even makeup from the previous day! Not nice! Think of your skin as the foundation to your foundation. You can’t build a sturdy house if the surface hasn’t been prepped and taken care of and the same rule applies to makeup.

For those of you who will admit that taking care of your skin doesn’t even make it on to your to do list...shame on you! To help you out, I’ve compiled a small list of home truths people are often confused by, why it is important to take care of your skin and how I believe you should. These tips are how I take care of my skin and how you can too.

Truth Number 1: Makeup will NOT last you through the night if you haven’t correctly prepped your skin.

Dry skin is so common in the winter. Our skin becomes dehydrated because of heat pumps trying to keep us warm and our lips get chapped in the cold winter air. Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, you must treat it accordingly and please, for the love of makeup, moisturise! Your makeup will slide off your face into a puddle on the floor like a scene from Poltergeist if you do not moisturise.

Is dry skin your problem? Your skin may feel tight at times and you can see dry patches on the surface of your skin. Makeup will sit in these patches because your skin will soak up any moisture it can.

Solution: Exfoliate two or three times a week depending on how dry your skin is. We need to exfoliate our skin to remove excess build up that just sits on the surface. Use a brand that you’ve tested and you like. Using your fingers and small circular motions the exfoliator will lift the dead skin off the surface. Pay attention to those extra dry areas. Add a luscious nourishing moisturiser and your skin will love you for it.

Is oily skin your problem? Excess shine over the day may mean you have slightly oily skin. You may find your makeup lasts no longer than a few hours. Often people with this skin type don’t wear moisturiser because they feel they have enough moisture on the skin but as said previously, this is a HUGE no no and can accentuate the problem.

Solution: Oily skin should still be exfoliated the same way you would exfoliate dry skin. You need to remove the excess build up and daily toxins that sit on the skin at the end of the day. Using a cleanser that you think will dry out your skin is not a good idea. They can strip the skin of the necessary oils and as a result your skin builds up more oil to compensate. Choose a cleanser that will help balance the natural oils in your skin. Oil cleansers are great for oily skin because they cleanse but don’t strip the skin. If you don’t believe me, ask for samples and put the theory to the test. Use a moisturiser afterwards that is not rich in texture but light and moisturising.

My skin is goes between dry and oily depending on the season. This can be the case for a lot of people, so you may find you have to switch up your products and routine from time to time.

Photo by Erica Chan Coffman via  honestlywtf.com

Photo by Erica Chan Coffman via honestlywtf.com

Don’t forget your lips. Lather your lips in lip balm before you go to sleep and when you wake up use a lip scrub to remove the excess skin. Your lips will have softened over night allowing you to easily massage and remove the dead skin. You’ll have plump and undoubtedly kissable lips by the end of the week.

If you target the problems you have with your skin and learn how to treat them, your makeup will sit beautifully on the surface of your skin for longer.

Truth Number 2: Makeup does not cover wrinkles

Are wrinkles your worry? Often the first thing I’ll get asked when a client sits in the chair is, “Can you please cover my wrinkles?” I’ll laugh along with them about it but the short answer is ‘no’. Honestly if I was to say to you 'no problem, let me work my magic', I would be lying to you a little bit. I don’t know any makeup artist that can ‘cover’ wrinkles. Don’t worry though it’s not the end of the world. Actually it gets better.

I’ll enhance your natural, beautiful features so that your ‘wrinkles’ are not the first thing you see and won’t be what other people see either. Most women that ask me to cover their wrinkles, yet don’t even notice they have beautiful bone structure, amazing eyes or full lips. This is what I want to enhance to show them off, so don’t worry about your wrinkles. We’re all so self critical and one thing I love about being a makeup artist is showing you something incredible about yourself that you may have never otherwise noticed.

Photo by Maranda Mitchell  www.whitelawmitchell.com

Photo by Maranda Mitchell www.whitelawmitchell.com

We associate wrinkles with age and if there’s one thing that will age you, it’s the sun. Ladies, I can’t express this enough - wear sunscreen! This will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and it doesn’t matter how old you are as everyone needs to do this. We live in New Zealand and the sun is harsh. We all need to wear sunscreen, drink water and wear hats. You cannot reverse the effects so there’s never a better time to start than now. Being from the North East of England I never needed to go above an SPF 8. I’d be ash on the ground if I still thought like that. Stick to SPF 30 or above. Remember, Winter sun can be harsh too so pop some on your face if your out with the dog or taking the kids for a walk.

Truth number 3: You can’t cover broken skin so don’t squeeze your spots.

This one’s harder than you think especially if it’s painful. If it’s your big day, or you’re attending an event and you feel a pimple coming on, my advice is leave it until the next day. Makeup can cover pimples if they are smooth and you’ve not tried to attack them but once the skin is broken it’s so hard to make it look like you don’t have a spot anymore. The makeup sits in the pore and if anything it highlights your pimple.

Photo by  Lee Scullion  

Photo by Lee Scullion 

The best makeup artist will struggle to cover broken skin. We get spots for many reasons. I never got a single blemish during puberty but as soon as I hit my twenties all hell broke loose, WTF!

See a dermatologist if you feel your skin isn’t getting any better. On top of this, drinking as much water as possible will flush out the toxins in your skin. Plenty of sleep helps. Try to get at least 8 hours per night and eat as clean as you can for the majority of the week leading up to your wedding or event.

Truth number 4: Don’t tell me your face is clean when I can see yesterday's mascara and foundation.

Ladies! Listen carefully. There’s this thing called double cleansing - do it. Remove your makeup the way you normally would the night before: Take time to massage the cleanser into your skin working in gentle circular motions around your face and finally, if the cleanser is appropriate for the eye area, over the eyes. Alternatively, you can invest in an eye makeup remover and you’ll look less like a panda when you take your makeup off. When you’ve finished massaging and your face is looking a little cloudy from all the blended makeup, rinse thoroughly.

Once you’ve finished, do it again. Using the cleanser, massage for a second time into the skin and rinse. Check your eye makeup is off completely, check your brows and check there’s nothing clinging on to that hairline.

These home truths are simple things to remember before you begin to put your makeup on. It's not hard once you are in a routine and it makes the world of difference. If you can take care of your skin your makeup artist will love you for it and so will your skin. It all starts with you.

I’d love to hear your thoughts or if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

Happy cleansing everyone.