Moisturizer: Your Beauty Bag’s New Secret Weapon

Everyone who knows anything about skincare will tell you the importance of using a good moisturizer, but these restorative creams and lotions do more than just keep your skin healthy. Throwing a couple of moisturizers into your daily make-up routine can help you get flawless, runway-ready coverage with any foundation.

The first step is to make sure your face is well-cleansed. Putting make up on a dirty face is a great way to end up looking like an oily mess as the day wears on. More importantly, starting your make-up routine with a clean face will prevent clogged pores and break-outs! Always make sure you take that extra minute to cleanse before you start applying.

Next, take a light and refreshing moisturizer like Active Moist, one of Dermalogica’s many fantastic products. Active Moist is oil-free, so it won’t clog your pores or weigh your skin down. It’s important to pick the right moisturizer for this, because anything oily or thick will affect the way your foundation lays on your skin.

While your face is clean but still a bit damp, gently apply a dime-sized amount of the product to your skin, blending it until you can’t tell it’s there.

Follow up with your normal make-up routine. Yes, you can still use a primer if you wish! In fact, I recommend it. Just let the moisturizer dry, apply the primer as usual, and then go one to foundation.

If you’re looking for light coverage, which will even skin-tone without giving you a “made-up” look, you should use Sheer Tint. If you want to cover up a bit more, Cover Tint allows you to build up coverage as you need it. Using a good, oil-free foundation like these will allow you to really take advantage of the natural glow you’ll get from using moisturizer as a base.

Now, here’s the big moisturizer secret: Put it in your purse and take it with you.

Why, you ask? Well, it’s common knowledge that a lady should keep some powder handy to combat any shininess caused by excess oil. What do you do when you look in the mirror and see that your skin is dry, flaky, or just flat and way too matte?

Taking a pea-sized amount of moisturizer and gently dabbing it on your skin, focusing on your cheekbones, will refresh your make-up and have you looking like a dew-kissed starlet on the red carpet. It takes two seconds, and you don’t even need to be near a mirror.

Luckily, Active Moist comes in a convenient travel size, so you can add it to your daily routine without sacrificing too much space in that cute little clutch of yours. Professionals use expensive refresher sprays to keep their celebrity clients looking fresh, but you can get the same results for a fraction of the price. Give it a try!

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