Quit yer frolicking for a minute, Lambs - Mother is about to preach!
About That Skincare...
The condition of your skin is the single most important factor in how good your base makeup looks. You can beat an eye and overdraw a lip until the streetwalkers come home, but if your foundation is busted and crusted, you will not turn the party, Cyst! In this series of articles, Mother will share advice, tips, techniques and products to help you improve and maintain the look and health of your skin.
If you have not been taking excellent care of your skin up until now, today is the day you start! It may seem complicated, but trust and believe it is much easier to take a little extra time with skincare and prep than it is to master corrective makeup camouflage on top of problem skin. If you have been looking after your skin, good for you, girl! But keep on reading - Mother has a nugget or two to drop on ya.
Most people with genetically male skin naturally have more surface texture than people with genetically female skin - no shade, it's just hormones. In addition, there's that pesky shaving area always popping out to say hello when she should sit her ass down and leave you be! Both overall texture and beard area coarseness tend to worsen as the years roll by. But, don't you worry - Mother is going to serve you all the tea on how to get your skin looking smooth and healthy, so your beat goes on lovely now, and for years to come.
Treatments and Serums
You've cleansed and toned (if you haven't, go back and read Mother Says: Wash Your Damn Face!) - now what? Here's where it's important to know your own skin and understand its specific needs.
But of course there is a process to skincare application that will help organize your choices and give best results. Apply treatments that must be rinsed with water, such as clay masks first. Then apply serums, treatments, and moisturizers, from lightest to heaviest weight formulations, and from water based to oil based. Obviously you don't want to wash away the benefit of any treatment with rinsing, and water-based products will not penetrate the skin effectively if it is already sealed with oil.
If you struggle with excess oil, enlarged pores, and rough texture, try a refining clay mask once a week or more. SKIN&LAB Glacial Clay Facial Mask with purifying, soothing, brightening and pore tightening effects, is especially suited for acne prone skin to remove impurities and nourish skin. This mask absorbs sebum from pores and removes waste and oil, leaving your skin refreshed and hydrated.
Sheet masks, form-fitting fiber or colloid masks infused with treatment serums, have become very popular treatments for many skin issues. TonyMoly Pureness 100 Sheet Masks feature a 100% unbleached cotton face sheet saturated with serums that moisturize, soothe, and nourish the skin. Cotton sheet masks absorb more product than cheap paper masks and deliver a luxury spa like experience. Using these masks before makeup application imparts deep penetrating hydration and plumps the skin for a smooth appearance and soft texture. Each variety (Collagen, Green Tea, Hyaluronic Acid, Plant Placenta, Pearl, Snail, and Shea Butter) targets a different skin concern with beneficial nutrients and skin-loving ingredients that improve the look and feel of skin immediately and with repeated use. Apply these masks before other serums or in place of other water-based serums - they do not require rinsing and the slightly grippy finish they leave behind is great for makeup application.
Serums deliver moisture and nutrients in a water or gel-based formula. They can contain vitamins, minerals, botanical extracts, peptides, exfoliating and hydrating active ingredients. All of the serums at DragQueenMakeup.com provide a good balance of nutrition, treatment, and texture improving effect for all skin types.
Pyunkang Yul Moisture Serum is an emollient formula that helps optimize hydration balance for softer, smoother and healthier skin texture. This nourishing serum is perfect for moisturizing all skin types, even oily, sensitive or dehydrated skin and it absorbs easily on freshly cleansed skin. Olive oil and glycerin help retain moisture, while active botanical antioxidants protect against environmental damage. As it contains a bit of oil, this is the one to choose to restore plumpness to seriously thirsty skin.
SKIN&LAB Red Serum is a fast absorbing, moisturizing formula that improves blood circulation and protects skin from external irritation. The unique red active formula, with red fruit extracts including pomegranate, raspberry, cloudberry, blueberry, acai berry and lycium, plus wild yam, sweet almond seed, witch hazel, allantoin and licorice extract, helps to firm, soften, smooth and hydrate the skin for healthy moisture balance and improved skin texture. Red Serum provides instant rejuvenation for dehydrated skin along with brightening and fine line improvement.
SOME BY MI 30 Day Miracle Serum brightens and hydrates with natural botanical extracts that help reduce pore size, control excess sebum, and improve surface texture for those with these issues. AHA, BHA and PHA in the formula provide gentle chemical exfoliation while Gotu Kola extracts and Tea Tree extract soothe troubled skin and ward off blemishes.
Properly hydrated skin appears smoother and less textured which always makes makeup application look better. Even those with oily skin need to moisturize so that the skin can find a balance, rather than overproducing natural emollients. Effective moisturizers contain both water (for hydration) and oils (for retaining moisture), as well as nutrients and other active ingredients, and should be applied after water-based serums and treatments.
SKIN&LAB Red Cream is a light moisturizing formula that restores hydration, minimizes the appearance of fine lines, and promotes smoothness and radiance. Red Cream is a luxurious gel formula enhanced with antioxidant pomegranate, blueberry, acai, raspberry, cloudberry, and wolfberry extracts, plus rose stem cells to firm and brighten skin.
SOME BY MI 30 Day Miracle Cream is a multi-purpose moisturizing skincare treatment that nourishes with natural botanical extracts, brightens with AHA, BHA, and PHA, and protects with with 4-Cica Care (Asiatic acid, Madecassic acid, Asiaticocaid, Madecassoside). This rich gentle formula provides chemical exfoliation for fresh skin turnover while Gotu Kola extracts and Tea Tree leaf extract soothe troubled skin and ward off blemishes. SOME By MI Miracle Cream contains brightening and anti-aging niacinamide, plus ingredients to help minimize scars, pores, and excess sebum.
Biotherm Aquasource Hydration Cream uses Mannose, a patented skin hydrator nutrient that delivers intense and continuous hydration for up to 48 hours. The ultra creamy formula includes, 36 nutrients, thermal plankton cellular water, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. This paraben free and mineral oil free formula is ideal for normal to combination skin.
Pyunkang Yul Moisture Cream is a light moisturizing formula for all skin types, especially effective for balancing sensitive, oily or acne prone skin. Pyunkang Yul Daily Moisturizing Cream applies smoothly and absorbs easily, leaving a non-sticky finish that is cooling and soothing on the skin. Botanical extracts and skin-loving emollients in the formula provide a balance between controlling oil and retaining hydration. Provides excellent skin hydration in preparation for applying makeup.
Special Needs Treatments
Almost all skin can benefit from finishing the skincare routine with a small amount of beauty oil (Mother recommends rosehip seed oil) patted into the skin as a final step, but it's especially important for those whose skin loses moisture quickly and when weather conditions are likely to strip the skin.
For heavy duty barrier function, in extreme cold conditions or for extremely dry skin, an extra emollient moisturizer like legendary beauty grail, Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Intensive Daily Moisturizer is just the thing. This rich cream shields skin from the effects of harsh weather, provides sun protection with SPF 15, and keeps even chronically dry skin moist and soft for up to 8 hours. Suits all skin types and provides ultimate moisture balance under makeup and after makeup removal. Be careful using this moisturizer under makeup as it can cause water-based products to slide and can lift cream products when heated with exertion.
Got spots? Try SOME BY MI 30 Day Miracle Clear Spot Patches. These handy treatment patches with natural healing essential oils and salicylic acid help skin clear active acne blemishes quickly. The breathable, waterproof patches have antibiotic properties delivered through a hydrocolloid film that shrinks blemishes while keeping the area hydrated, free from infection, and protected from harmful picking. Miracle Clear Spot Patches speed the draining of acne cysts, eliminating the need for popping and providing a transparent covering for troubled spots, over which makeup can be applied without irritation or contamination. Got a gig? Pop on a spot patch and apply makeup on top - the smooth thin patches seal, heal, and camouflage at the same time!
That's treatments and moisturizer done! Look at you, all dewy and glowing! In the next post, Mother will get into prepping and priming skin for professional stage makeup application. All the work you put in snatching that mug is worth nothing if it slides or fades off before you're done being a lady!
Please feel free to drop your questions and comments in the box below. Talk amongst yourselves as much as you like. Each one teach one. Or email Mother@DragQueenMakeup.com if you would like a personalised response.
photo: FKA Twink