8th June 2023

How to prep your skin for makeup

great works of art start with a great canvas

We’ve all had bad hair days – but have you ever had a “bad makeup day”?

For those of us who wear makeup regularly, this is probably a familiar concept. You apply everything with the same techniques and tools you always use, in the same exact order, but something just feels… off. Your foundation isn’t sitting right, your blusher just won’t blend the same way.

It’s probably because you haven’t prepped your skin properly.

Why is it important to prep your skin for makeup?

Just like a painting, the finish of your work of art all comes down to the canvas you’re working with. A smooth surface will produce a seamless finish, while any roughness, dullness or dryness might result in something more akin to a retro artex ceiling.

So, how do we make sure that all of our makeup days are good ones? It’s all about prepping and priming your skin to create the best possible canvas. Read on for our step-by-step guide…

How to use skincare to prep your skin


We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – cleansing is the first and most important step in your routine. Even if you’ve cleansed before bed the night before, cleansing when you wake up in the morning is essential.

Why? Because while we sleep, what Trinny likes to call a “witches’ brew” is released onto your skin – namely sweat, bacteria and the toxins your skin releases overnight to regenerate itself.

You wouldn’t apply paint to a dirty wall, so why would you apply makeup to dirty skin?

Be Your Best
Enzyme Balm Cleanser

Be Your Best

Oil-based transforming cleanser with T-Towel

Better Off
AHA/PHA Gel Cleanser

Better Off

Exfoliating gel cleanser for clear, glowing skin

Double Cleanse
Worth 73 €

Double Cleanse

The ultimate deep clean for all skin types. Enzyme balm cleanser & AHA/PHA gel cleanser

Pack of three muslin cloths


Pure cotton muslin cloths for a really deep clean


A liquid exfoliant is the ultimate step for an instantly smoother complexion, because it works to buff away the dead skin cells that sit on the surface of your skin and cause it to look dull.

Liquid exfoliants come in a variety of strengths, but if you want to incorporate one into your morning routine, we recommend a gentle PHA formulation like Tiptoe In.

Tiptoe In
PHA Exfoliant

Tiptoe In

Kind-to-skin complex for gentle exfoliation

Find Your Balance
BHA Exfoliant

Find Your Balance

Clarifying complex to tackle blemishes

Reveal Yourself
AHA Exfoliant

Reveal Yourself

Highly active complex for glowing skin


We all know that a moisturiser is great for keeping your skin hydrated, but it also serves another purpose – it seals in all of the skin-loving ingredients you’ve just applied and acts as a barrier against pollutants throughout the day. This final step (aside from SPF, naturally) leaves your skin fully prepped and ready for makeup.

Energise Me
Niacinamide Moisturiser

Energise Me

Niacinamide moisturiser for clear, energised skin

Bounce Back
Intense Peptide Moisturiser

Bounce Back

Intense peptide moisturiser for plump, bouncy skin

The extra step for a super-smooth finish

Miracle Blur

Even the best skincare routine can’t change your skin texture instantly – that’s why we love Miracle Blur. Our cult lip + line filler provides a quick makeup fix wherever you want it most, smoothing fine lines, pores and acne scars to create the illusion of a completely smooth canvas.

You can even use it to prep your lips and stop your lipstick from bleeding – simply apply to the outer edges of your lips for a lip look that won’t budge all day long.

Miracle Blur
Miracle Blur
Lip + Line Filler

Miracle Blur

Skin-smoothing, pore-blurring lip and line filler

How you can look after your skin on a daily basis

Skincare is an important part of self-care, but there’s much more to it than that…

Drink plenty of water

Glowing skin starts from within – drinking around two litres of water a day is good for your whole body, including your complexion. Hydrated skin maintains its elasticity and results in fewer fine lines and wrinkles over time. All the more reason to keep your water bottle close at hand…

Try a facial massage

Do you ever wake up in the morning and find that your complexion looks as tired as you feel? A quick facial massage gets the blood pumping and wakes up your face in an instant, helping to get rid of dullness and puffiness. Plus, it makes your morning routine much more interesting…


Out of everything on this list, sun protection is the one step you truly cannot skip. An SPF won’t affect the texture of your skin in the short-term (unless you use a moisturiser that contains SPF), but it will limit long-term sun damage, meaning fewer fine lines and wrinkles as you go down the path of life. Trust us – your skin will thank you.

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