When it comes to a night out, everyone wants to look their best. Makeup is all well and good but if you haven’t given your skin the right prep first, you’re going to end up disappointed with the end result. Whether you’re doing your makeup yourself or you’re having a professional do it for you, prepping your skin first and giving it some extra TLC will help you achieve that perfect night out look. Here’s how I go about it…
1. Exfoliate the week away
It can be difficult to maintain your skincare routine, especially as the week goes on. A week of working, gymming, sleeping in your makeup etc will make your skin tired, dull and flaky, so I like to scrub it all away using an exfoliator. My exfoliator of choice is the MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator (£22). It feels like you’re rubbing grit on your face but it’s so good! Yes it’s pricey, but I’ve had mine for well over a year and a half and I use it twice a week so there’s definitely value for money there. Be sure to wash it off properly so that you’re not left with bits of black in your pores!
2. Apply a face mask
Lots of people think they don’t have time for a face mask, but most of them only need to go on for 5-10 minutes, which is something you can do whilst you’re painting your nails or shaving your legs – it’s not hard to fit it in really. Depending on how my skin is behaving, I’ll use either a detox face mask or a moisturising one. Yesterday I used the L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Max (£7.99 but usually on offer somewhere), left for 10 minutes and then washed away. My skin felt really clean afterwards and had a bit more life than when I started!
3. Use a gentle cleanser
Yes I’ve just scrubbed my skin clean and used a cleansing face mask, but I still like to use a cleanser as well. When you’re using dark-coloured products, it’s important to make sure you get them all off your skin – nobody wants to go out with black patches under their chin! Choose a gentle, nourishing cleanser just to get rid of any extra product. I LOVE Elemis Pro Radiance Cream Cleanser (£30) – another pricey product (some might say) but I’ve had this TWO YEARS and still have loads left. They also do travel sizes in different sets so you can see if you like it in that first.
A lot of people forget about toner but it’s definitely important for that squeaky clean feeling before you apply your makeup. Avoid anything too harsh – you don’t want to be red before a night out! Pixi Glow Tonic (£10/£18) is an amazing toner which doesn’t make you feel like your skin is burning and doesn’t leave it feeling tight either – just clean and soft. It helps provide that extra bit of exfoliation to leave your skin super smooth.
5. Hydration Boost
Here’s my extra step for making sure my skin is fully prepped before I apply makeup. I use Bobbi Brown Skin Nourish Mask (£33) which is ideal for hydrating your skin and having it at its softest. It’s fabulous. I got a small sample from the Mask Trio Set (£10 if you can get your hands on it) and I’m probably on my sixth use by now and still have some left. You apply it quite liberally, tissue off any excess after 5 minutes and then rub the rest into your skin. You won’t regret it.
The final step is to apply your moisturiser. I like quite a thick, creamy one as it helps me apply my base makeup better. Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm (£37) is wonderful, and again, lasts ages (I go through one every 10 months with daily use). Apply all over your skin and give it 10-15 minutes to absorb and you’ll be ready to apply your makeup – easy!
By the time I finish I’ve got supersoft, clean, flake-free skin that will help for flawless makeup application. It might not work for everyone, but it’s certainly worth a try! I can’t recommend using a mask enough if you do nothing else – it’s a good way to target problem skin as well as giving you a nice pampering treat before your night out. Some of the products listed may seem expensive, but I promise they last ages and you can find ways around paying full-price for them. A discount code or student discount can be used on ASOS or House of Fraser where you’ll find a lot of these products, whilst AllBeauty is great for getting Elemis products cheaper.
I hope you’ll give my pre-night out routine a try – I’m sure it won’t disappoint! Enjoy glowing, soft night out skin that will leave your makeup looking fresh and flawless!