Skincare Basics

For makeup to look it’s best, preparation is key.

Whether you like a full glam makeup or a more subtle natural makeup, making sure your skin is in the best condition will make a huge difference to how your makeup looks for your wedding, in photos or just day to day.

For my personal skin care routine, I usually follow six simple steps. Step 1 Cleanse, Step 2 Tone, Step 3 Serums, Step 4 Moisturise, Step 5 Face Oil, Step 6 Lip Balm.

Following this routine will help your skin re-energise. Let’s look at the first step in a good skincare routine.


Cleansing your face is often a step that gets overlooked, some think hot soapy water will do the trick. But this is not always the best idea as it can dry out the skin and strip the skin of its natural oils. So what options are out there?

Everyone has different skin types, and there are various products to think about that suit each one. In my case, I have more oily skin, and so I use Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil, which is an oil-based cleanser and when mixed with water turns into milk. This oil is great because it removes face and eye makeup all in one step.

If you tend to have more dry skin, cream or balm based cleansers are best. For example, Clinique Take The Day Off is a great choice because it is a lightweight cleanser. It isn’t greasy, won’t dry out your skin and quickly dissolves makeup from the face and eyes.

Finally, some people have what is called combination skin, which is where you have a mixture of dry and oily areas on your skin. For this, I would recommend Liz Earle Cleanse And Polish, as this is a cream cleanser which you massage into your skin and remove with a warm cloth that will leave your skin feeling soft and bright without leftover residue.

Depending on how much makeup you wear on a daily basis, it’s important to also consider the option of double cleansing. For example, if you wear a full face of makeup, especially with heavier foundations, using two cleansers will help cleanse the skin more deeply. On the first cleanse you want something that will remove the makeup and dirt from your skin, a good product for this would be Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water followed by a more natural based cleanser which will suit your skin type, such as what we have discussed already.

Cleansing your skin is definitely something that shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s an important step in taking care of your skin and preventing the build-up of dirt and dead skin cells which can lead to breakouts. It also provides a solid base for Step 2 in my skincare routine, Toning.