Prep & Prime

How to prep the skin for flawless makeup application 

As a professional makeup artist and licensed esthetician, the number one rule for the most beautiful makeup application will all take place in the prepping of the skin. Yes, that’s right. Quoted by many, including myself, “your makeup is only as good as your skin,” so that is where the glam starts. Let me walk you through some Skin Prepping techniques to achieve that natural dewy glow before makeup application! 

 Depending on the occasion and how much time you have, prepping the skin can be as quick as three minutes or up to 30 minutes. From cleansing and depuffing the eyes with an eye mask and from hydrating serums to nourishing moisturizers, there are several options to achieve well-prepped skin. 

 When preparing the face for makeup, the first and most crucial step is to have clean skin. If you’re working on a client and uncertain that your client’s skin is its cleanest, have micellar water cleanser handy. Micellar water will not only cleanse the skin by removing excess dirt, debris, or makeup they may have left on the skin, but it will also tone and hydrate the skin.   

Otherwise, double cleanse the skin using an oil base pre-cleanse and your second cleanser of choice to cleanse the skin thoroughly. Please refrain from using alcohol-based products, as alcohol strips the skin and drys it out. The goal is for the skin to be well hydrated. 

“Depending on the occasion and how much time you have, prepping the skin can be as quick as three minutes or up to 30 minutes.”


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Kiyana Riley

Kiyana Riley is an East Coast native who has also lived abroad in Tokyo, Japan in her beauty journey, and now resides in the city of Los Angeles, CA, where she continues to pursue her career as a Professional Skin Therapist and Makeup Artist! Her love for Makeup and Skin Care started at a very early age and has since afforded her many opportunities all over the world. Kiyana is dedicated to the healthy skin journey, as she believes “your makeup is only as good as your skin”. To hear more from Kiyana, you can check her out on Instagram at @kiyanak_ or