4 not-to-be-skipped skin care steps before applying makeup

Pre-Makeup Prep Skin Care Essentials

Don’t even think about reaching for your foundation yet

marie claire Contributor / April 26 2017

You can have all the mad makeup skills in the world, and all the right formulas to suit your skin type, but without great skin as your base, it’s near impossible to look your best. So before you 
go anywhere near your makeup, follow these four skin care steps.



Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin cells for instant radiance. Try Estelle & Thild Bioclense Radiance Micro Polish.

Estelle & Thild Bioclense Radiance Micro Polish


Perk up skin

Splash your face with cool water to get blood pumping.



Smooth on a hyaluronic acid-packed serum and moisturiser, like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, to counteract dehydration.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel


Pamper eyes

An eye gel de-puffs (bonus points if you placed it in the fridge last night – it will be extra soothing this morning). Try First Aid Beauty Eye Duty.

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty
BONUS STEP: A quick squeeze of eyedrops takes care of bloodshot eyes.

Now for your makeup - follow these steps that make you look younger.

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A beauty editor and vitamin C fanatic who has worked across a range of print and digital publications, including Stellar, marie claire, Gritty Pretty and Badlands Journal.