How to Prep Your Face for a Great Makeup Application

Can you imagine an artist painting a masterpiece on a dirty canvas??  If you want to have a great makeup application, then you need to take some time to prepare your canvas, your face! Get a fuzz-free and smooth face with these tips on how to prep your face for great makeup application. You deserve to look and feel confident in your skin!

Steps to Prep Your Face for Makeup

Before you apply your makeup, it’s important to follow a few steps:

  • Have a good skincare routine
  • Shave your face
  • Exfoliate
  • Protect, moisturize, prime

Have a Good Skincare Routine

The most important thing you can do to prep your face for makeup is have a good skincare routine! Every woman wants that perfect glass skin, right?! When you commit to a good nightly skincare routine, your skin can renew itself while you sleep!

For your morning routine, keep it simple. Cleanse, tone, moisturize. See below for how to combine 3 in 1 on the last step. My very favorite skincare products are simple and all natural. The oil cleanser is gentle on your skin and the toner is soothing and healing (save 10% with this discount code: TDEJOELLEN). My favorite moisturizer is Elta MD or Dime Wonderscreen.

Shave Your Face

As your friend, I feel it’s my duty to let you know that you have a furry face. Yup. You do. But, I still love you! Everyone has some fuzz on their face, whether it’s fine, thick, light, or dark. It’s there. Throw out the notion that shaving your face is only for men. Because it’s not. Contrary to popular belief, shaving your face does not mean that your hair will grow back thicker and darker. That’s a myth. Now, I’m not telling you to go invest in a men’s electric razor or to buy some shaving cream and a good razor to shave your beard. I’m not. But I am suggesting that you make a small investment, and I mean small because they’re only a few dollars, in facial razors. These will change your life!

You simply take your facial razor at a 45 degree angle and shave off that peach fuzz. It’s so easy! So simple! And it gives your face a nice smooth surface. Who wants to look at their face and glance an eyeful of fuzz?? I sure don’t! I want to look feminine. And by simply razor-ing off your peach fuzz, you can!

Shaving your face will not only get rid of the appearance of fuzz but it will help your makeup apply and blend better and it will help your skincare absorb better into your skin. It’s a win win!

If you feel like the facial razor route is just too tedious because you have too much fur, then you can always wax. You can wax your face yourself if you’re brave and confident or you can pay someone to do it for you. You just want to focus your upper lip and jawline/cheek area.



A crucial step to make your face nice and smooth is exfoliation! I can’t preach the power of exfoliation enough. It is oh so necessary for a smooth and texture free face. You can buy a great exfoliator or you can make a simple homemade recipe. The key is to make sure that you use an exfoliator that has fine granules so you don’t scratch your skin. Exfoliating should be helpful, not harmful. We want to slough off the dead skin cells, the product buildup, the dirt and grim. And a nice fine product will do just that. Simply apply the solution to your face and rub in nice circular motions to clean the area well. Only do this once to twice a week so you don’t overstimulate or hurt your sensitive skin. You will feel like a new woman!

There are a ton of exfoliators on the market. Some are great and some aren’t so great. Here are my top 4 tried and true exfoliators that I use and love:

  • Daily Essential Co Exfoliant– This one is by far my very favorite!! It’s a plant based exfoliant. It has salicylic acid and jojoba oil beads that leave your skin so soft! It’s so gentle that it can be used daily. Since I’ve been using this in my skin care routine, my skin has never been so smooth and healthy! I also LOVE their oil cleanser, hyaluronic acid, and oil serum! (for 10% off, use this discount code at checkout: TDEJOELLEN)
  • Salis Salt Scrub– I love that this is all natural. It contains Redmond Real salt, Redmond clay, essential oil, and jojoba oil. It’s very healing! My personal fave is the Sandalwood Salt Scrub.
  • Rodan + Field Microdermabrasion Paste– This is a great face and body exfoliant. It leaves your skin feeling nice and smooth!
  • Seint Masque– This is used as a masque to exfoliate your skin. It removes the dead surface cells of your skin by leaving it on for several minutes.  

Protect, Moisturize, Prime

Once you have cleansed your face and have made it nice and smooth, it’s important to protect it. You may have been told that you need to apply sunscreen, moisturizer, and primer every day. But applying that many products on your face before you apply your makeup will just add to the oils and cakey-ness of your face. My motto is less is more! I prefer to use one product that does all three things. My favorite sunscreen/moisturizer/primers are Elta MD or Dime Wonderscreen (save 20% with this Dime discount code: JOELLEN). They both work great!

Cream Makeup

If you’ve been looking for a makeup that makes your skin feel & look smooth, then Seint makeup is for you, girl! Cream foundation is meant to make your face look smooth and flawless. The cream makeup clings to your beautiful face and looks like a second skin, not a mask. But it won’t work well with a textured, rough, and fuzzy face. Your makeup will go on so much nicer when you have a good foundation to apply it on. So let’s get you looking pretty and smooth so you can use those products with confidence! Read these Seint makeup reviews to see what other women think!

Color Match Me!

With these simple steps, you are bound to have a fuzz-free and smooth face for your makeup in no time! Embrace your femininity. Strap on some confidence. And look and feel your best!

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About the Author

JoEllen is a licensed aesthetician, certified makeup artist, and certified John Maxwell coach, speaker, and trainer. She has been working with women for 18 years helping them look and feel confident. She loves teaching women simple beauty techniques so they can feel empowered to try it at home. She believes that when you look and feel good, you do good!

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