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How to Prep Your Skin for Holiday Makeup

Skin Care Essentials

How to Prep Your Skin for Holiday Makeup How to Prep Your Skin for Holiday Makeup How to Prep Your Skin for Holiday Makeup

Ah, it’s the holidays: the most wonderful time of year! Does it really get any better than this? While the cool temperatures might be bitter with high winds, all of the twinkly lights, wreaths, and holiday music make it well worth it. There really is something so special about this time of year—and with special occasions comes the opportunity for a special makeup routine. While you may be used to rocking a no makeup, makeup look, the holidays call for a little extra glam to look merry and bright. While you could very well just layer on gilded eyeshadow and a glitzy highlighter, we’re firm believers that your holiday makeup will look its very best when paired with perfectly prepped skin. We’ve told you before and we’ll tell you again, makeup only looks as good as the skin beneath it, so before layering on your much-anticipated holiday makeup, take our word and commit to the following skin care routine below.

Holiday Makeup Skin Prep Step 1: Use a Clay Facial Cleanser

Holidays or not, an effective skin care routine (and makeup prep routine, for that matter) starts with a facial cleanser. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refiner Cleanser. Each of these three facial cleansers is formulated to transform from clay to mousse. To use, squeeze your facial cleanser of choice into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage the facial cleanser onto your face to remove impurities from the surface of your skin, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

Holiday Makeup Skin Prep Step 2: Exfoliate with a Face Scrub

Along with dry skin in winter, you may notice that your complexion also appears dull this season. If that’s the case, add a face scrub to your holiday season skin care routine three times a week. Choose from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub. Simply massage your face scrub into your skin, then rinse off thoroughly to reveal softer-feeling and smoother-looking skin.

Holiday Makeup Skin Prep Step 3: Break Out a Face Mask

While exfoliating can help create the appearance of smoother skin, we’re all about pampering ourselves a little extra during the holiday season. Just think of it as the gift of skin care! Need a face mask recommendation? We’ve got plenty for you. Check out the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask. Our face mask collection is formulated to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oil from the surface of your skin. Apply an even layer of your face mask of choice to clean, dry skin, leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly and pat dry. Use three times a week for best results.

Holiday Makeup Skin Prep Step 4: Apply a Moisturizer

Once you’re done cleansing, exfoliating, and masking, you must, must, must apply a moisturizer. Keep in mind that It’s best to layer on a moisturizer while your skin is still damp to help lock in hydration. Look for a water-based moisturized that’s formulated for your skin type for long-lasting hydration. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin, all of which are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water.

Holiday Makeup Skin Prep Step 5: Create a Smooth Base with Primer

Now that your skincare routine is complete, there’s one last step you can take before applying foundation, concealer, and all your other makeup. Whether you want to create a glowing or matte holiday makeup look, the first makeup product you should apply to your skin is a primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Lock Makeup Primer or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer. Smooth a small amount all over your face, then you’re ready to paint on a holiday makeup look!

Now that you know how to prep your skin for holiday makeup, check out our article, A Classic Holiday Makeup Look for Every Occasion, for easy (and totally pretty!) holiday makeup ideas.