For the vast majority of us, foundation is the starting point of our make-up routine. Whether you choose a light, medium or full coverage formula, we all rely on our foundation of choice (or tinted moisturiser, BB cream or CC cream) to help us create a flawless and even base ready to face the world.
However, if the recent runway shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) are anything to go by, full coverage primers are out of fashion and clean, fresh, make-up free skin is the norm. But how do you achieve flawless skin without make-up? After all, we can’t all have model-quality skin! To help you in your quest in this area, we have some suggestions.
To help you in your quest, we’ve gathered six simple tips to get flawless skin without make-up.
Change your eating habits
While a balanced diet can work wonders for keeping your body healthy, eating nutrient-rich foods such as vegetables, nuts and fish can also greatly affect the quality of your skin. For example, the antioxidants found in watercress and even dark chocolate help protect your skin from free radical damage; the vitamin C found in sweet potatoes boosts collagen production and brightens the overall tone of your skin; and the healthy fats present in oily fish such as salmon and mackerel can tackle the skin inflammation associated with acne, eczema and psoriasis.
So, if your skin isn’t listening, take a look at what you’re eating. You may need to cut back on processed and sugary foods and include more of the above skin-loving ingredients in your diet.
Drink more water
According to Laura Berger, a beauty therapist and skin specialist at Mecca Beauty Salon, “almost every Australian’s skin is dehydrated, simply because of the climate and the prevalence of air conditioning and heating”. One of the easiest ways to hydrate your skin is to do it from the inside out. Not only does drinking the recommended two litres of water a day go a long way towards keeping skin cells hydrated and flushing any impurities and toxins out of the system, drinking water replenishes skin tissue and increases its elasticity, making it look younger and plumper.
Getting enough sleep
Not getting enough sleep can lead to many problems, not just dark circles under the eyes and a bad mood. In fact, a lack of quality sleep can lead to an increase in stress hormones in the body, which can affect the severity of skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. In addition, poor sleep increases the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, which makes the skin look dull and lifeless.
Enhance your skin care routine
You can’t expect to have good skin if you don’t take care of it. That’s why it’s essential to find quality products that work for your specific problem. Do your research (or even better, get your skin diagnosed by a dermatologist) and determine your skin type – whether it’s sensitive, dry, dehydrated, combination or oily – and choose the ingredients and products that work best for you.
In addition, make sure you exfoliate your skin regularly (two to three times a week) to remove dead cells that have built up on the surface of your skin. Regular exfoliation will also remove excess oil from the skin and unclog pores. If you are looking for a quality exfoliating product, we recommend Elizabeth Arden’s Brightening Complexion Pad.
Use primers strategically
Once you have amended your diet, slept better and perfected your skin care routine, you can also seek out a hybrid of skin care and make-up, such as a primer, to achieve a flawless complexion.
These days, primers do much more than prepare you for make-up. For example, if you are concerned about large pores, redness or a dull complexion, you are sure to find a primer to address these concerns.
“I recommend using a calming primer like Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer, which will plump up the skin and create an ethereal glow,” revealed Rajja Richani, Global Makeup Artist at Napoleon Perdis, backstage at the Leo & Lin MBFWA show.” Then, apply a dab of illuminating primer to the high points of the face to really brighten the skin.”
Embrace the facial mist
By 3pm, your skin may start to look a little lacklustre and may need a pick-me-up. To immediately refresh and hydrate your complexion, use a facial mist. Facial sprays are good for the skin in many ways: they restore the skin’s pH balance and soothe irritated skin, they help to boost the skin’s moisture levels and make it look radiant. If you are looking for a new facial mist, we suggest you check out Caudalie Beauty Elixir.