How to prepare the skin for flawless makeup (like a known MUA)

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Our favorite pastime is browsing Instagram for makeup inspo. Seriously, raise your hand if you've ever stayed far too late in a deep Insta spiral that reviews every major makeup artist's feed for trends, how-tos, product records and celebrities. However, what is often overlooked is the skin care preparations involved in the beauty process before the makeup continues. Picasso didn't use any basic AF paper as a tablecloth, now was he? HELL no. So treat your canvas (your face) with the same respect.

The right serum, moisturizer, primer and exfoliating products, not to mention the right tools can make a world of difference when it comes to your makeup looking good – and staying put. We examined five professionals on their proven skincare preparations to ensure that your long hours devoted to glam art don't go to waste.

1. Use a mask for bright, beautiful eyes

Celebrity makeup artist Georgie Eisdell is no stranger to red carpets and awards season, but before a big event, even professionals like Eisdell need to call in the big skincare guns. Enter the cloud ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, $ 32, to push under the eye area of ​​her A-list stars, like Going Queen Gwyneth Paltrow and GOT star Sophie Turner. "I apply eye makeup while these patches are on – because they act as a good catch for any eyeshadow fallout – then I remove the tele after ten minutes and apply the rest of the makeup," she explains. Red carpet or not, we submit this brilliant tip below: Why haven't we done this all our lives?

2. Always remember: Exfoliation is your friend

"I always exfoliate the skin well before applying makeup to make sure it stays together," says celebrity makeup artist Jasen Kaplan. "The $ 35 Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator is a go-to, which also works well on the lip." Double bonus. According to Kaplan, it is free of sulphates and parabens and removes dry skin which can make make-up look stained and not last as long. No thanks. Read more if you want to know more about how exfoliation will improve your makeup game.

3. Don't be afraid of toner

Don't use a toner? Jasen Kaplan thinks you should reconsider. "As everyone knows, moisturizer is always a must, but it is so important to use toner before moisturizing and after cleansing the skin," he explains. "Toner prepares the skin to accept moisturizer so it's not just on the skin's surface, which ensures that the makeup lasts longer. I like to use Endure Beauty Rose Water Facial Toner, $ 35, for this process as it is extremely gentle on sensitive skin. ”Check out more of our fave toners here.

4. Hydration is the key

Mélanie Inglessis is a MUA legend who has worked with everyone from Hailey Bieber, Julianne Hough and Lea Michele, to Shailene Woodley, Amber Heard and Olivia Wilde, but when GOT goddess Cersei Lannister (ahem, Lena Heady) calls, has you to kill. “When I was preparing Lena's skin for Emmys recently, I used Croon [aka a Face Halo] To banish any contamination from the day, I then used Epicuren Protein Mist Enzyme Toner, $ 19, to balance and hydrate, before ending with Epicuren Colostrum Luminous Glow Cream, $ 84, for the perfect base to apply makeup, she says. While we may be devout make-up, not everyone is. Words to the wise: Get on board. You will be dewy, grounded and well equipped to meet the day if you do.

5. Always use an eye cream

"One eye cream that I love – which falls under the pure skincare category – is the Clean Keep Young and Beautiful Firm and Lift Eye Cream, $ 42," says Marc Reagan, head of global art for hourglass. "It's gentle, but effective, for sensitive skin and absorbed quickly while adding a touch of brightness," Reagan suggests applying this hydration under the eye for 20 and immediately following the rest of your skin care routine, basics and makeup. "It is made without parabens, phthalates or parabens and has a fairly short list of ingredients that is filled with beneficial activities," he adds. For more of our eye creams for dark circles and puffiness, check out this post.

6. Never skip Primer

According to Reagan, primer is necessary for anyone looking for maximum durability and longevity in makeup, from morning to night. "The key to avoiding degradation of makeup is to use a primer that responds to your skin problems and skin type needs," he says. “Hourglass produces two innovative basics that have become staples in the beauty industry: The best-selling Veil Mineral Primer, $ 54, is weightless and breathable, but also attaches makeup to the skin like no other. "Not only does it smooth out the appearance of the skin and help the foundation slip on easily, but it also rejects water so that all the makeup stored on top looks perfect all day, through rain or hot temperatures," Reagan adds.

For drier skin, Reagan recommends Nº 28 Primer Serum, $ 65. "As the name suggests, it is a primer that helps bind makeup to the skin, but it is also a blend of 28 ingredients including essential oils, lipid-rich plant oils and four vitamins to nourish the skin, "he says. "This does not dry out the skin and you can use in areas that you know are a bit more dehydrated, almost like a stain treatment." Reagan likes to use Veil Mineral Primer in the T-zone and Nº 28 Primer Serum on the cheeks for an extra glow.

7. The Ultimate Pre-Makeup Skin Care Routine

It's no secret that makeup is just as good as the skin on, so skin preparation is key, says global makeup artist and Temptu educator Tanya Deemer. Look, her 4-step skincare program:

1. Exfoliate: Starting with clean skin, the next step would be to exfoliate for a smooth finish. This can be done chemically, with different shells, or mechanically, with scrubs or tools like the StackedSkincare Dermaplaning Facial Exfoliation Tool, $ 75.

2. Hydrate: After this step, the serum to rehydrate and plump the skin is very helpful. If the skin is on the dry side, moisturizer is also needed.

3. Prime: Once these products have been processed correctly in the skin, a primer is a must to make sure that the makeup remains intact on the skin. Primers can be hydrating, gloss-free and even pore-reducing. The Temptu Base Primer, $ 25, also works as a light moisturizer and a primer in one and it is oil-free.

4. Massage: No matter how many steps are involved in the skin's preparation routine, the key is how well they are processed in the skin. It's totally okay to make it a spa experience with a nice massage! And the most important tip is to refrain from applying makeup on top of products that are not completely absorbed into the skin. Be patient – flawless skin and makeup will take time.

For more makeup tips, check out five makeup rules you need to know.