No one ever wants to look like a hot mess, especially if you spend so much of your time in the morning trying to perfect your beauty routine. Thankfully, looking and staying fresh for hours doesn’t have to be complicated—you just have to follow a few simple rules.
Here are eight easy steps for prepping your skin to make sure you look fresh AF all day long:
1. Cleanse properly
Before you start your makeup routine, make sure your skin is free of excess oil, dirt, and leftover products. Start and end your day with a cleanser that will purify, refine, and retexturize your skin, just like the Clinique Fresh Pressed™ Renewing Powder Cleanser with Pure Vitamin C. Unlike traditional facial washes, this comes in a super fun powder formula. Its special packaging ensures that the Vitamin C component stays fresh, making it more effective in brightening and de-aging the skin. Just wet your palms, pour out the product, and work it into a lather before massaging it onto your skin. Leave it for one minute before washing it off.
2. Moisturize, of course!
When you think of fresh makeup, you instantly imagine dewy and radiant skin. The easiest way to achieve this is by locking in as much hydration and moisture as possible. For a non-greasy but potent moisturizer, try the Clinique Moisture Surge™ Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate, which has Liquid-Sphere™ Technology that keeps your skin hydrated all day long. Remember, having dry skin can instantly make you look tired and old, so moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
3. Step up your skincare.
A concentrated serum can do wonders in helping you achieve naturally bright and visibly healthy skin. Look for a product with vitamin C, a super ingredient that helps slow down the skin's aging process. Try adding two drops of Clinique Fresh Pressed™ Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% to your daily moisturizer to smoothen and illuminate the face. The perfect time to introduce anti-aging products to your skin is in your 20s, so the earlier you start using serums, the better!
4. Ace your base
Aside from relying on any regular foundation, you also have the option to customize your base—with a little help from your skincare products. For daily use, we recommend using a lightweight base that will even out your skin tone and conceal blemishes while still leaving your skin dewy and radiant. Get the most out of your favorite moisturizer by adding two to three drops of Clinique BIY™ Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops—you can add a bit more if you want higher coverage. It comes in 13 shades, so you’re bound to find one that matches your skin perfectly.
5. Add a pop of color to your cheeks
Score the most natural flush by patting a cream blush onto your cheeks. Choose soft pink or peach shades—those look good on all skin tones. If you don’t have a cream blush, you can use your fave lipstick for an instant glow!
6. Mind your lippie
Your lipstick choice plays a big role in your overall appearance. For a fresh look, opt for sheer nudes or pink glosses for your puckers. The Clinique Chubby™ Plump & Shine Liquid Lip Plumping Gloss enhances your pout while keeping it moisturized for hours. You can either wear it alone for a quick beauty fix, or layer it on top of your favorite nude lippie for extra glamour.
7. Curl your eyelashes
Look wide awake and fresh by curling your lashes and adding a few coats of mascara—this step makes a huge difference in your beauty routine!
8. Frame your face with neat arches
With a light hand, fill in the sparse areas of your brows to make them look more defined. If you’re pressed for time, you can just brush your brow hairs upwards with a clear brow gel.
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