You have entered that pageant to win your dream title. You have all your outfits and shoes ready, jewellery is on point and you are currently coaching getting ready to smash that interview. You might have even booked your makeup, hair and tan, but have you been taking care of your skin to ensure makeup and tan are applied flawlessly?
I have been working as a makeup artist for more than 9 years and believe me when I say I have seen absolutely everything! I have worked in many different skin types and the most beautiful looks are in those skins that are very well taken care of.
In this blog you are going to learn all steps you need to follow to have the perfect canvas for makeup and tan application, as well as some makeup tips and tricks.
If you want more in depth information about makeup and skin care you can go to my website https://www.rayrayhudson.com/fundraising and you can buy the complete beauty guide (some info and graphics in this blog already), or buy some makeup tutorials. Alternatively you can follow me on Instagram to know when my next Makeup Master class will be happening (@misscambridge2021). It’s just £5 and all profits go to Cancer Research!
Skin care Routine
A good Skin Care routine will make a huge difference in the way your makeup applies, and in the overall final look. Make sure to test and try different product combinations to see what works best for your skin.
First you need to make sure you know your skin type in order to see the best products to use. To know your skin type do the following 3 steps:
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and wait 15-30 minutes.
Don't apply any products during this time.
Determine your skin type based on your skin’s natural characteristics.
What to do every day?
I want you to start doing the following skin care routine every morning and every night at least 3 months before your pageant. If you can start even earlier, that would be amazing.
Step 1 - Cleanse your face. It’s very important that you clean your face, specially at night. If you have been wearing makeup, make sure you use an oil based cleanser as oil help removes the toughest makeup products. In the morning. If you feel you skin gets too dry after cleansing it in the morning, just wash it with cold or warm water but NEVER hot.
Step 2 - Exfoliate. Use a gentle exfoliator after you have washed your face. This will remove dead skin and allow for your skin to breathe better.
Step 3 – Tone it up. Use a toner after you have exfoliated the skin. If you are a bit lazy like me you can use the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant that acts as an exfoliant and a toner at the same time. Toners will help remove dead skin as well, at the same time that they even out your skin tone.
Step 4 – Serums. Now it’s time to use any serum you fancy using (vitamin C, Hyaluronic acid, Niacinamide…). This step is optional, as it will depend on your skin type and you might not benefit from it. Usually at this point, if I am using any face oil, I start doing my massages with the gua sha stone. Top tip, put it in the fridge before you start your routine, the cold feeling is going to make your skin feel amazing, and will debloat it.
Step 5 – Eye cream. Do not forget the eye area! The skin around the eyes is very sensitive, please make sure that when applying your eye cream you use your ring finger so the pressure is minimal.
Step 6 - Moisturize. Use any moisturizer you love and that is right for your skin type. When applying it, do not be too harsh, apply it with love in circular motions doing a massage on your face. Once you have finished, tap the skin with your fingers to help the product penetrate into your skin.
Step 7- Sun Screen. This one is indeed the most important steps of all. Even if it’s cloudy outside, the sunrays are still there. Make sure you protect your skin from UV rays at all times!
Once a week
Pamper your self and use a sheet face mask while having a relaxing bath. Note that the face mask should be applied after you have cleanse, exfoliated and toned your skin
Once a month or every two month
Have a dermaplaning treatment if you can. Dermaplaning is a cosmetic procedure that removes the top layers of your skin. The procedure aims to remove fine wrinkles and deep acne scarring, as well as make the skin’s surface look smooth. You can either go to a beautician to get it done, or you can do it at home (careful with this one though)
Tan Skin prep
Now it’s time to prep your skin to get that cute summer glow in the most safer way. If you don’t know already I am against tanning bed because of the super harmful effects, and consider that fake tan is the way to go. If you want to get involved in my campaign #swapyourtan make sure you DM me so I can send you the details.
I have come to learn all the tricks I am sharing with you today, by competing in bodybuilding and after a few in depth conversations with Sarah Riley, the owner of Magic Tan.
Exfoliate! I recommend doing this once every two day using an exfoliating mitt, and definitely the day before your tan but NEVER the day of your tan.
Shave the day before, NEVER the day of your tan. This will allow your pores to close and they won’t look too dark (you know this has happened to you before hahahaha).
Use a gentle shower gel. Not having perfume, oils and other ingredients is key. Sanex 0% is my go to shower gel for the day I am applying my self tan.
Deodorant. Now this is more for bodybuilding tans but I still do it with my regular tan. I always apply tan a day that I know I am mostly going to be home, because I won’t wear any deodorant during the day. This is done in bodybuilding as the chemicals from the deodorant can react with the tan and turn it green. Who want green armpit? Not me! So I still follow this tip when doing regular self-tan just in case.
Moisturise the skin. You should moisturise every time you shower, however it’s even more important to do so before your tan. WARNING! Use a moisturize with no oil or shea butter as part of the ingredients and this will break up your tan. Magic tan has an excellent one that is water based. You can use your regular moisturizer on a daily basis, and the water based one the day before your tan.
Wear loose clothing to bed. A big black long sleeve t shirt and loose black bottoms will do the trick, or if you tan often you can invest in a Bronzie is the best jumpsuit for tans (has ventilation on the armpit area yay!
Now this has nothing to do with Skin prep for tanning but it’s an excellent tip I must share with you, specially if you are getting tan done and sleeping in a hotel. You want to make sure you don’t mess up the bed sheets! Buy a single duvet set and use the cover as a sleeping bag to protect he bed sheets, and the pillow cover to protect them as well from any tan in your neck/face area.
Now I am going to tell you a few tips that are a game changer when applying your makeup. Remember that I host regular makeup master classes to raise money for Cancer Research
Warm up your foundation. Do not apply the foundation directly on your skin as it will be more difficult to work with. If you apply foundation to a metal or plastic palette and warm it up with your fingers, it’s going to be easier to work with and is going to blend nicer on your skin.
Apply contour before your foundation. If you are not an expert, or not great at blending, applying contour before your foundation will help you not to have harsh lines in your contour.
Never forget to use blush. It will give you a warmer look, and if you apply what’s left on your brush on your nose, you will look like you have been in the sun, making you look a bit fresher and healthier looking.
Blend! This is the key to gorgeous flawless makeup. Take your time in blending foundation, concealer, bronzer, and specially eyeshadows.
I hope this blog was quite entertaining, that you have learn a lot of tips and that you will start applying them moving forward.
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Written by guest expert - Soraya Barrera