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5 Makeup & Skincare Tips While Staying at Home

We’re all learning to love being at home...reluctantly. And though it’s tempting with nowhere to go to do away with your makeup routine entirely, this is actually the perfect time to up your makeup game. It’s important to stay motivated while at home, especially if your work life has been confined to the not exactly ideal atmosphere of your living room. If you still want to feel professional from home, looking your best is key to feeling your best.

Thus, makeup.

So, read on for five ways to streamline, update, and master your makeup routine—that way, you can feel like your best self now as well as when you finally re-enter the public work environment.

1. Remove all of your makeup before going to bed.

You’ve probably heard it a thousand times—don’t go to bed with makeup on, it’s terrible for your skin! And while that is very true, it’s difficult to maintain a proper skincare routine when all you really want to do at the end of a long day at work is pass out on your pillow. Well, if your work life has been confined to your home, you now have the perfect opportunity to give your skin the attention it needs. If you choose to wear makeup while at home, be sure to take a few minutes in the evening to properly cleanse your skin before going to bed. The recommended regimen is removing the makeup with an oil or micellar water, cleansing your face with a gentle soap of your choice, and finishing off with a night oil or serum to do some good while you sleep. Your skin (and your pillowcase) will thank you, believe me!

2. Healthy diet, healthy skin.

If you had perfect skin, you wouldn’t want to cover it up with makeup. And a healthy diet is essential in order to achieve healthier, brighter skin. I think we’re all guilty of ignoring the number one rule of the healthy skin diet: DRINK MORE WATER. I know, I know. I get tired of hearing it because I know it’s true. I’m just too busy with the general chaos of life to remember, and my skin suffers as a result. Now, we’re all stuck at home with nowhere to go...and all this water to drink. There has never been a better time to get back on track and start eating for your skin—drink more water, eat cleaner foods, give your skin the nutrients it’s been missing. Then, you’ll be glowing and makeup will be a distant memory you laugh at as you chop up another avocado.

3. Take a minimalistic approach to makeup.

The French have a very relaxed, natural approach to makeup. It’s a less-is-more philosophy that embraces flaws, highlights uniqueness, and looks effortless. Sometimes, it’s not about covering up what you don’t like about yourself (which is silly, since you’re perfect anyway). It’s about drawing attention to your favorite features. If you hate the shape of your nose, don’t go reconstructing it every day using makeup. Instead, draw more attention to your beautiful blue eyes with some pretty, shimmery shadow. If you think your lips are too thin, there’s no need to go Kylie Jenner with the overlining. Instead, play up your gorgeous Brooke Shields eyebrows with some brow gel. If you’re stuck at home, it would be smart to let your skin breathe, taking a break from the full face and going for a more natural look that highlights what makes you beautiful. And you never know, you might like it!

4. Clean out your makeup.

It could be the frosty silver eyeshadow you used in high school, or it could be the bright pink lipstick you bought for the cute packaging. We all have makeup we don’t use, and it’s time to clean out! If you haven’t used the eyeshadow since high school, toss it. I’m guilty of this but using expired makeup can be extremely damaging to your skin. If you thought the lipstick would look good when you bought it but only wore it once, toss it. You’d be surprised how your makeup routine might change once you can see everything you have, stripping your collection down to the essentials. There are only really three questions to ask yourself when cleaning out makeup. Do I use it more than three times a year? Does it suit my age, style, and skin tone? Is it so old that the brand literally doesn’t exist anymore? Simple questions, decisive answers, and you’re on your way to a mature and organized makeup collection.

5. Experiment and have fun!

I think we all know by now that there’s basically a whole universe of makeup tips out there on the Internet—the good, the bad...and the really, really bad. And maybe you’ve been wanting to shake things up and try something new. Well, it’s now or never! If you’re stuck at home, now is the perfect time to experiment with new styles, trends, and techniques. Want to try the fancy, glittery cut crease look? Do it. Want to try contouring your face until you look like any celebrity you want? Do it. Or maybe you simply want to master the winged liner look? Hey, you have time and there are over a hundred videos for that. I checked. This is the time to experiment, practice, and hone your skills so that when you finally emerge from your living room and into the world you are looking and feeling better than ever.