Today I will talk about what products you probably should use or need: Moisturizer and Primer (if you are going to use concealer and/or foundation)
Moisturizer is a must, especially with those who have dry skin.
It rehydrates the skin skin, infusing it with rich and healthy vitamins and oils that the skins needs to stay healthy. Also, it is a good barrier between makeup and skin, preventing clogging of pores by makeup products.
Depending on your skin type and the weather, different moisturizers work for different people.
For example: if you have oily skin, you should use an oil-free moisturizer or if you tend to get acne, a non-comedogenic moisturizer, and so on.
After you apply moisturizer, you should let it be absorbed into your skin for at least 15 minutes before applying on makeup primer and makeup.
If you have sensitive skin, then you should proceed with caution. Always make sure that the moisturizer can be applied onto the face. And first try it on your hands. Then try it on your neck. If there is still no problem, you can apply it to part of your face for 3-7 days and if there are no negative affects then it should be okay to use it on the face. Though it really depends on the skin.
If you decide to use concealer and/or foundation, or decide to put on eyeshadow. I highly highly recommend facial primer and/or eyeshadow primer for the eyelids.
First, as I have said before, it creates a barrier between the makeup and your skin.
Second, it makes the makeup last longer without smearing, sliding, smudging, or creasing.
This is very good for people with oily skin because then your makeup won't slide off.
I have oily eyelids and my Too Faced eye primer works wonderfully. The eyeshadow stays on all day and barely creases.
The Smashbox series of facial primers are superb, they have a variety of primers for different skin types. Urban decay eye primers and Too Faced eye primers are the most popular brands I know. NYX eye primers are also pretty good. Prime Time facial primers are excellent as well, and their Prime Time for oily skin works very well.
If you are going to spend the most money on makeup (besides makeup tools), you should really spend it on your moisturizers and primers. Why? Because these are the products that make first contact with your skin. You really don't want some cheap product with cheap or nasty chemicals irritating or causing skin problems. This doesn't mean that expensive and brand name products are good for you or will do the job. Like I said, it depends on your skin. BUT, if you do find a moisturizer and/or primer that works very well with your skin and has no side effects and even helps improves your skin but it's on the pricy side, you should stick with it. Trust me, your skin will thank you later.
And now you're thinking, okay, you've basically repeated your main points. Is there anything else I need?
Answer: no, not really!
I'm serious, less is more. The less you have on your face the healthier and happier your skin is.
It's only during special occasions that I personally feel you need to put on makeup.
Small touch ups for scars and blemishes are fine, as long as you properly take the makeup off and clean your skin afterwards.
If you are not comfortable without having makeup on or you just really like putting makeup on, I will give tutorials for more natural and everyday looks in future posts!