Highlighting, Strobing, & Shading? How About Healthy Skin Instead.
If makeup isn’t your forte, or if you’re looking to up your glow game, good daily skincare regimens are what you’re looking for.
While everyone’s skin has specific needs, there are general guidelines to every regimen:
Absolute MUST! Never skip this step, no matter how late/long your day was. Some masters of clear skin have several different cleansers on hand just in case they need to address different issues (breakouts, dryness, dullness).
Toners may seem unnecessary, but balancing the pH of your skin helps other products work to their potential, plus some come in spray bottles. Let’s be honest, it looks pretty glamorous to spritz your face anywhere and anytime. Toners also relieve the tightness your skin sometimes has after you cleansed (but good cleansers shouldn’t do that)!
Spot correctors, eye products, and any products meant to treat a specific area. These are not necessary for everyone, but anti-aging/brightening eye products will give your glow an extra boost when used daily. It’ll also allow less dependency on concealers/foundations, that means hit the snooze button one more time!
& COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch (not pictured)
Whether it may be a BB/CC cream, tinted moisturizer/cushion, or sometimes your primer/foundation, try to find a product that works for your skin. The elasticity and suppleness of your skin comes from having healthy hydrated skin (this includes drinking around 8-10 cups of water daily, the more you sweat, the more you need)!
If your moisturizer doesn’t already have, SPF is crucial in preventing signs of aging and sun damage. Don’t let cloudy days deceive you! UV rays can still penetrate clouds, or be trapped beneath them. World Health Organization warns that sand can reflect 15% of UV rays, and even 25% from sea foam*! (What Is UV?). Products that target wrinkles and/or complement makeup (primers/oils) are like icing on the cake.
& Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit (not pictured)
Sleep & Hydration -
These play a large part in the day-to-day state of your skin. I’m sure some of you can relate to the morning after face when you’ve eaten too much salt, imbibed a little too much, or didn’t sleep well. Whatever goes into your body will either help or harm, so let’s give ourselves a solid foundation before the wrinkles and gravity set in, not to mention, MUAs love when their products go on smoothly!
Once you’ve booked your shoot, try to plan out your week’s activities, so that on the day of the shoot, you’ve maximized your glow-potential!
1 Week Pre-Shoot It’s important you feel comfortable with the regimen you’re using at least 7 days prior to your shoot.
It’s not advised to try new products days before, just in case your skin reacts, and needs to recover. Spot testing new products is always a good idea, try the skin on the inside of your wrist or elbow. Limiting direct sun exposure over the week will also help healing, depending on the attire for the shoot, be mindful of tan-lines.
Day 7 Intense Renewal Mask/Exfoliating Treatment
Some examples may include: microdermabrasion, micro-blading/needling. Anything that may leave marks/need a few days to heal needs to be done at least 7 days prior to allow your skin's’ cells to regenerate.
Day 6-2 Light care & Correction
Using gentle soap after a harsh treatment, and minimal products is ideal. Your esthetician should provide specific instructions after service, but if you’re a DIY wiz, avoid heavy creams or products that oxidize/predispose your skin to sunburns (always check product label). If you’re battling a breakout, spot treating with whitening toothpaste (usually containing hydrogen peroxide) helps speed the drying process, but be wary of how long you leave it on!
Day before Shoot Pamper yourself!
The day before your shoot, treat yo’self to your favorite moisturising/brightening face mask. Touch up your nails, lashes, whiten your teeth, maybe enjoy a massage. You deserve to feel as good as you look!
Day of the Shoot It’s Glow Time!
If a MUA will be doing your makeup, go clean, bare faced. Don’t use a product with sunscreen if you’re not shooting outside, any flash/lighting may be too reflective. If you’re preparing yourself, verify beforehand what your look should be, and bring what you used to the set for touchups.
Every MODL needs their touch up kit, here’s what I keep in mine:
I also recommend a highlighter/contour duo of your choice which can also be used as eyeshadows, and a natural stain that doubles as lip/eye/cheek color.
Go bare-faced (sans makeup) as much as possible. Good skin doesn’t need to be covered; focus on enhancing your favorite features!
Try the multi-step cleansing system: oil-based cleanser to remove makeup, gentle cleanse, followed by an exfoliate (gentle, if daily use).
Or try adding tech! TAO Clean Aura Clean comes with a sanitizing/drying system.
Trying a new product? Give it at least 2-3 weeks. Skin cells’ average turnover rate is 7 days, so every 7 days, you have some new skin cells replacing the old ones. Products have to penetrate the skin deep enough to reach the new skin cells that have yet to emerge in order for the results to be lasting.