Skin Care 101

Let's be honest, we all want our makeup to looks flawless and last us all day right? The key to flawless makeup application begins with skin prep. If you want your makeup to look radiant you have to exercise a good moisturizing routine, even if you have oily skin. Yes that's true, your skin still needs hydration even if you are oily.  Your skin will PRODUCE more oil if it is not being properly hydrated. Having a skin care routine will keep your face and lips moisturized and will ensure a smooth and even application of makeup, which means less creasing and a more polished finish. 

First step to a good skin care routine is knowing your skin type. Are you oily, combo or dry? Don't know, here's quick guide to help you figure out your skin type. 

  • Dry Skin- Flaky patches 
  • Oily Skin- Shiny/Greasy and you may have visible pores
  • Combination Skin-  Dry in some spots (cheeks) and oily in others (forehead, nose, and chin)
  • Sensitive Skin- May feel irritated after using certain makeup products (sting, burn or itch)

Now let's get started!

Step 1: Wash your Face, ALWAYS

  • If you have Dry Skin look for a cleanser that will keep your skin balanced, look for cleansers that are hydrating and have a creamy consistency
  • For Combination skin look for cleansers with natural astringents, like salicylic acid or peppermint, these will keep your oily parts in check and won't dry out the rest of your skin 
  • If you have sensitive skin look for cleansers that are free of sulfates, artificial perfumes and harsh irritants
  • For Oily Skin look for oil-free cleansers, these contain ingredients that will absorb oil long after you have cleansed your skin.  

Step 2: Apply a toner

The purpose of a toner is to complete the cleansing of your skin. A toner removes impurities that could still be lingering after washing your face.

Step 3: Moisturize 

After the toner use a moisturizer suitable for your skin type.

  • Normal/Combination skin type look for a gel cream or lotion moisturizer, these tend to have high water content to replenish dehydrated areas of the skin
  • Oily skin type look for a gel moisturizer ( I love the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Refreshing-Gel). Gel moisturizers have the lowest concentration of emulsifiers, waxes and oils-as a result they don't sit heavily on the skin
  • Sensitive skin type look for fragrance-free moisturizers so you wont irritate the skin, a gentle creamy moisturizer will help lock in moisture 
  • Dry Skin type lean towards rich creams rather than light gels or lotions


Now that you know the basics to a good skin care routine, try it out and stick to it! I have definitely seen improvements in my skin since I stuck to a regimen. Below are some of the products I love using for my oily-skin type.



Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

Purity One Step Gentle Cleanser


Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion


Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion 

Tarte Frixxtion Stick


Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer 

Mario Badescu Aloe Moisturizer 


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