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10 skin care routine tips that will make your makeup look better

Great skin care is the foundation of a beautiful complexion. It can also be the perfect canvas on which to apply makeup such as foundation, blush, bronzer, eye shadow or lipstick. With the right skin care techniques and products you can allow your skin and makeup to look its best. Read our ten skin care tips that will improve the appearance of your makeup.

1. Cleanse Your Skin Twice Daily

Cleansing is essential for skin to have an even, glowing complexion to work with when you apply makeup. Cleanse your skin according to your skin type once in the morning and once in the evening. Dry and sensitive skin are best suited to gentle cleansers that won’t dehydrate your skin but will still remove makeup, sweat and dirt from your face. We recommend a soothing cleanser like The Gentle Sulfate-Free Cleanser.  Micellar water is also a great product to use for this skin type (find out why here.) For oily and combination skin, look for a cleanser that helps with oil production like Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Mattifying. By using the right cleanser your skin will be primed for makeup application.

2. Use Moisturizer Formulated With Vitamin C To Lighten Dark Spots

Dark spots can affect all skin types and can happen at any age. Once your skin becomes hyperpigmented due to excessive sun exposure, it can take a lot of time and dedication to reduce the appearance of dark spots in those areas. It’s also time-consuming to continuously cover dark spots with makeup such as foundation and concealer. An easy way to improve the appearance of your complexion is to use a moisturizer formulated with Vitamin C to help fade the appearance of dark spots. Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 is formulated with an antioxidant complex meant to help brighten skin over time. It contains Vitamin C and E, Pine Bark Essence, and gentle exfoliating Lipo-Hydroxyl Acid (LHA). It has a fast absorbing, non-greasy formula that turns dull, rough skin into smoother -looking skin with a more radiant, even tone.

3. Use Micellar Water For Makeup Mishaps

Makeup application doesn’t always go smoothly, and in those instances it’s great to have a product on hand that can clean up a small mess. Say you don’t achieve the perfect cat-eye flick with your eyeliner, a little Micellar Water on your Q-Tip can help you accomplish the perfect shape. Just swipe over bumps in your liner for a flick that looks makeup artist-perfect. You can also use micellar water to remove excess lipstick or lift any extra eyeshadow that’s fallen off your eyes and onto your cheeks during application.

4. Reduce Puffy Eyes

Some mornings, we can’t help wake up with puffy eyes. Use a refreshing and tightening eye roller before you apply makeup to ensure that you reduce puffiness and under-eye bags. Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller is a micro-stimulating roll-on applicator infused with Vitamin C, mint, and caffeine. Use it to roll your way to a refreshed, bright eye area. For an even more soothing feel, store your roller in the fridge so the coolness can help reduce swelling.

5. Plump Fine Lines

Makeup such as foundation or eyeshadow has a tendency to accumulate in fine lines and wrinkles, which has the opposite effect of making them even more apparent. Avoid highlighting signs of aging by plumping your skin before you apply makeup. Garnier SkinActive’s Miracle Anti-Fatigue Wake-Up Hydra-Gel Moisturizer helps fine lines become less visible by hydrating and plumping your skin. Use before foundation to create a smooth surface and less apparent fine lines.

6. Create A Long-Lasting Base With BB Cream

Does your makeup have the tendency to “slip” off? The right BB cream can help it stay on longer. Garnier SkinActive’s 5-in1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free formulated with mineral perline, antioxidant wild berry and tinted mineral pigments helps control shine, minimize the appearance of pores, even skin tone, hydrate and prevent sunburn. Get a shine-free, even-toned complexion that’s the perfect base for foundation and concealer.

7. Refresh Your Skin With Cleansing Wipes

During the day our makeup can start looking less even or appear patchy. Use a cleansing towelette at the end of the day before you head out of the office to re-apply make up and start fresh for your evening plans. Keep Garnier SkinActive’s Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towellettes on hand for those instances. The formula infused with grape water extract instantly revitalizes skin for a healthy look. Your makeup will go on fresh and even after using these.

8. Hydrate Your Skin

Before you cover up flaky skin with makeup, it’s important to have a smooth, hydrated base. Use a hydrating lotion such as Garnier SkinActive’s Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion SPF 15 to restore moisture to your skin. Formulated with glycerin, a natural humectant, it can take your complexion from parched to perfect and will make your skin look flawless under makeup.

9. Get Rid Of Blackheads

Blackheads make for an uneven, blemished complexion which you’ve probably been hiding under concealer and foundation. If you want to achieve a dewy, light makeup look, particularly in the summer when you want your skin to breathe, cleanse with a blackhead-removing cleanser such as Garnier SkinActive’s Clean + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. Formulated with salicylic acid and charcoal, it helps draw out blackhead-causing dirt, oil and impurities like a magnet. This cleanser deeply cleanses, tightens pores and smooths skin.

10. Prime Your Eyes

Apply makeup to refreshed and awake eyes by using an eye roller to remove any dark circles. Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller both conceals and energizes your skin. It awakens the eye area and any makeup applied after will truly shine on your radiant skin.