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If you want to avoid those skin moments where your foundation or concealer has faded or melted away to the point that looking in the mirror has become frustrating on an evening out or your just tired of keep touching up throughout the day then it’s worth thinking again about your skin prep and taking that additional effort with your skin routine.
Knowing your skin type is super important to your skin care routine so make sure you use the correct products to get the best results.
I find using an exfoliant once a week helps with removing dead skin and the appearance of pores and also brightening my skin thus helps your moisturisers to penetrate deeper, creating smoother hydrated skin. This one change alone in your skin care routine will help your makeup game.
There are many types of exfoliators on the market for example I love a more physical gritty scrub however this can be quite abrasive so you may want to opt for a chemical based formulas which break down dead skin cells and help them fall away. Sensitive skin types should be a little more careful when using chemical exfoliators.
Cleanse and tone and moisturise daily am and pm especially before your makeup routine. Toning will close pores and trap moisture for a smoother complexion.
Hydrating your skin will help foundation glide on effortlessly, buffs evenly and not sit on top of the skin looking flakey, giving your overall look staying power and a flawless effect.

My top picks for the best exfoliators:

Sensitive skin: https://www.paulaschoice.com/

Dry skin: https://www.murad.co.uk/product/aha-bha-exfoliating-cleanser/  

All skin types: https://zoskinhealth.com/products/exfoliating-polish?variant=31618259779699

Oily skin: https://www.katesomerville.co.uk/exfolikate-intensive-exfoliating-treatment/10095-ExfoliKate.html

Best overall on a budget: https://en.drsturm.com/facial-scrub/?setCurrencyId=1&sku=50-100-04&redirect=disabled&gclid=Cj0KCQjw94WZBhDtARIsAKxWG-8_cSppDTRJmcUHBZ4lyxRt6YdBSTRM18il7y3vxyUC3H5WlMjr634aAncAEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Best splurge-worthy: https://www.lamaisonvalmont.com/us/en/face-exfoliant.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjw94WZBhDtARIsAKxWG–zYPN6gPVYCweAFQIXWcSgV_zp-esyey4ahLL45kjc1yuFuLRHza0aAvn3EALw_wcB

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