Skincare 101 | Basics/Tips/Product List/Recommendations

Hey guys! I am starting a little “Beginner’s series” on my blog where I go over the very basics of different makeup applications, tips and techniques! I was requested to do more makeup tutorials/tricks so I really hope you all enjoy, and let me know what you think 🙂

Since it’s Monday and we are starting new, we will begin with the very basics of makeup application. No matter how much makeup you pile on, it will never cover an unhealthy face. It is the biggest organ in your body and as you constantly need water to survive, your skin gets thirsty as well. It is very important especially in these cold winter months to keep your skin moisturized and refreshed. I will go over some general basics of skincare that may help.

I also added links for your convenience to help you navigate to the proper sites. Everything I recommend is something I’ve tried out and has worked well for me, and I enjoy and personally would purchase again.

*P.S.: Above any skincare or makeup product, the most important thing is to take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Drink a lot of water, eat healthy, get a good night’s rest, live a positive lifestyle and cut people out who are bringing you down. Those aspects are also important your skin and body as well. How you feel on the inside will reflect how you are seen on the outside, so love yourself and care for yourself always.

1.) Finding your skin type. It is important to know what your skin type is. There are several skin types, the general categories are normal, dry, oily and combination (dry and oily). They also get divided into subcategories like dry/combo, oily/combo, and so on. Here is a good chart for reference:


Once you’ve discovered your skin type, you can search for lines or brands that cater specifically to that type. For example, if you have dry skin, you will want very moisturized, luminous skin. Oils such as the Josie Maran Argan Oil or the Tarte Maracuja Oil will help hydrate and replenish your skin’s natural moisture. Oily skin types may want something more mattifying, and nourishing. Something like the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion will help your skin looking fresh and young. Moisturizing your skin is normally the last step in your skincare regimen, but if you don’t do anything else with your skin, do this. It’s possibly the most important.

2.) Next, you want to find out exactly what you want to combat when it comes to your skin. Is it wrinkles, and fine lines? Redness? Pores? Blemishes? There are so many lines of skincare out there, sometimes several from one brand, that target specific skincare concerns. You may want to keep your skin looking young, and find an anti-aging skincare line. You may want to replenish moisture in your skin, or battle acne or rosacea. Whatever it may be, there are products that can help. I found that Sephora’s Skincare IQ helps you discover exactly what you need and even recommends products to try based on your skincare needs.

3.) Now that I’ve gone over the basics of what you need to know before searching for your products, there are steps to take in your skincare to prolong the lifelong healthiness of your skin. Let’s begin with:

  • Cleanser, which wipes away dirt and oils from your face, some products taking of makeup as well. This will clear your skin and get it nice and fresh. Just think of it as hand soap, but for your face. (Applied by: applying cleansing liquid to face and washing it off, or using a cleansing wipe) Recommendation: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser
  • Toner, this is an optional step. Toner helps balance out your skin and reduce redness, as well as bringing hydration. (Applied: with fingers, spray or cotton round.) Recommendation: Loreal Hydrafresh Toner
  • Serum, used to brighten and nourish the skin. (Applied: cotton round, or with fingers) Recommendations: Estee Lauder Enlighten Cream <– I’m sorry, I know it’s really expensive but I got a sample and it worked so well! I added a good alternative that is more inexpensive: First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness SerumI have not tried it, but I read through the reviews and it looks like it’s a good product! 
  • Moisturizer is the last step and sort of seals everything together, locking in moisture. There are Day creams and Night creams which can do different things, but all fall into the moisturizing category. Recommendation: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

4.) Use as needed:

  • Facial Exfoliants: Facial exfoliators are similar to cleansers but normally have little buffing beads inside the product to get into your skin and scrub away dirt and other bacteria, leaving your skin soft and clean. Recommendation: Loreal Go 360 Exfoliating Scrub
  • Masks: Depending on the intensity, most masks are used 2-3 a week and can be applied to your whole face or specific areas, and washed or peeled off. Recommendation: Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment
  • Spot Treatments: This pertains mainly to acne spots or rosacea and depending on the product, normally treatments are applied in a thin layer over affected area. *Make sure to read directions before applying to skin! Recommendation: Clean and Clear Spot Treatment
  • Eye Cream: Eye creams are creams used on the under-eye area to firm the skin and reduce wrinkles or puffiness. This is normally used for anti-aging purposes. I don’t find it 100% necessary to use an eye cream, I typically use my moisturizer and dab an extra bit under my eyes with my fourth finger. *P.S.: Use only your fourth fingers around your eye area as it is a very delicate area of the face and your fourth finger applies the least amount of pressure. Recommendation: Tarte Maracuja Eye Brightening Cream

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post, I really did put my time and thought into this and I wouldn’t recommend anything that I wouldn’t stand by or that has not worked for me, so I hope this helped some of you out! I am continuing this series tomorrow with a whole post on foundations, picking the right shade, and tips and tricks!

Feel free to leave any questions or comments below, I love to hear back from you and I reply back to everybody!

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And as always, have an amazing day and stay beautiful! 🙂

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and there are no affiliate links in this post. All products mentioned were tried and tested by me and bought with my own money. I am simply mentioning them because they’ve given me a positive experience. 🙂


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