No matter what your makeup routine looks like, preparing your skin is critical. Professional makeup artists already know that to get a flawless look you need careful preparation beforehand, by cleansing, nourishing and moisturizing your skin. Lucky for you, there are countless options out there to prepare the perfect canvas for your makeup, from modern chemical-based options, to traditional remedies that have been used for millenia.
In fact, the oldest cosmetic in the world is used exactly for that. The core goals of Ayurveda skincare are the same as those for preparing your skin for makeup: cleanse, nourish and moisturize. Whichever products you use, the foundation of any professional-looking makeup application is your skin, so don’t ignore this critical step!
Skin Cleansing by Skin Type
It’s best to apply your makeup to fresh, recently cleaned and prepared skin. To clean your skin, you need to select a cleanser that is suitable for your skin type. Different skin types have different requirements, and different products available for their needs.
People with dry skin often look for cream-based cleansers, which help to moisturize the skin after cleaning and prevent it from drying out. Ayurveda teaches that those with dry skin are dominated by the Vata Dosha, which is associated with wind. Ground almonds mixed with milk and a pinch of sugar is a natural way to cleanse dry skin. If you have very dry skin, try creating a mask from natural yogurt and a couple drops of lemon juice.
Those with oily skin, on the other hand, will look for gel or foam cleansers. These help you get rid of dirt and oil without causing too much irritation to your skin. The Kapha Dosha, represented by earth and water, is responsible for oily skin in Ayurveda. Those with oily skin need to clean regularly, and using foam or gel cleansers with alcohol can strip the skin’s natural lipid barrier. A mask of ground oatmeal, powdered orange peel and milk is a delicate and effective natural remedy.
If you have combination skin, then you know the frustration of trying to find the right products to meet your often complex and frustrating needs. There are of course products out there that cater to combination skin, claiming to work for both dry and oily skin. For the best results, you should consider multi-masking, whereby you use different products for different problem areas. With 5,000 years of history, Ayurveda-inspired facemasks offer countless combinations to help you find the perfect mix of natural remedies to make your combination skin look perfect.
Nourish and Moisturize Your Skin Prior to Applying Makeup
Now that your face is clean, you need to nourish and moisturize it to get the perfect makeup complexion. Healthy, hydrated skin helps prevent your makeup from flaking or forming uneven patches.
Natural moisturizers are available, based on aloe vera, rose water and chamomile. Hyaluronic acid is also an effective moisturizer, which helps keep your skin moist all day long. Mixing cocoa or shea butter with avocado and rose oil is an excellent DIY option for people with dry skin. Those with oily skin can consider adding almond, saffron, bergamot or camhor oil to their cocoa or shea butter.
As with cleansing, we can also use multi-masking to ensure that all parts of our skin get the nourishment they need. Simply apply the appropriate products to the relevant areas, and you’ll have a clean, beautiful and radiant canvas for your makeup art!
Natural Products for Beautiful Skin
We are lucky to live in a world where we have access to beauty and skincare knowledge from around the world. The Now Age and Slow Beauty movements have brought natural remedies from exotic places into the mainstream, and we are all able to enjoy the fruits of thousands of years of cosmetics history.
Ayurveda in particular offers a wealth of knowledge that is uniquely suited to preparing our skin for makeup application. The ideal makeup canvas is a clean, nourished and moisturized face. These are also the underlying core requirements of cosmetics in Ayurveda. Whether you opt for luxurious, ready-made options or want to try DIY options, we’re sure your skin will thank you!
Have you tried natural options to prepare your skin? What’s your makeup routine look like?