Do you ever get frustrated after doing your makeup because you’re still noticing fine lines, dryness and discoloration? If you’re not doing the right steps before applying your foundation and concealer, you may not end up with the perfect-looking complexion you crave. Here are three steps to help you out.

1. Exfoliate in the shower. According to Allure magazine, exfoliating your face in the shower will help get rid of dead skin cells that could dull your complexion and will also slough off any flakes that could show up later underneath your makeup. Try a facial scrub like Exuviance – Rejuvenating Bionic Scrub.

2. Moisturize. Moisturizing your skin not only prevents dryness, but helps plump up the surface of your complexion, which helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Massage a generous amount of a moisturizer like Dermalogica – Intensive Moisture Balance right after getting out of the shower.

3. Prime. Lastly, the finishing touch of your perfecting routine should be using a makeup primer. These products help fill in fine lines and wrinkles and smooth over pores, making the surface of your skin look smoother and more uniform. As an added bonus, primer also helps your makeup last longer!

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About Lia Marchand

Shayna Murphy is a beauty blogger from Amherst, Massachusetts, who can trace her love of beauty products back to the one afternoon when she convinced her grandmother to buy her lime green nail polish. She enjoys cooking (Indian-style dishes are a specialty!), is a bit of a history buff and collects antique milk vases. Shayna reports on the latest makeup, skincare and fashion trends and will try to convince you on a regular basis that yes, you really should wear sunscreen daily. My favorite beauty product is... - Anything containing sea salt. It's probably the most amazing exfoliant I've ever used and it leaves my skin feeling fresh and smoother than ever. Can't leave the house without my... - Lip gloss. The rest of the day can be a total bust, but if I have a great gloss on I feel like at least I've done one thing right! I would describe my style as... - Definitely au naturale. While I love exploring new shades of eyeshadow and liner on special occasions, for me the most important part of any beauty regimen is keeping my skin clear and blemish-free.


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