This is it. We’re slowly being released back into the real world. It’s exciting to meet back up with friends and loved ones after such limited social time. If you want to look your best for the occasion, here’s our post-lockdown grooming guide to prep your face for a great outing.
Get a haircut
Unless you live with a professional hairdresser, book in to get a haircut. Not only will you be supporting local businesses which have been closed for months, but you’ll look more refined and groomed afterwards.
Groom your facial hair
When we were living our best at-home caveman life, our facial hair may have gone awry. If you look after your facial hair rather than get it tamed at the barbers, you can take steps to make sure your beard and brows are looking on point.
Prepare your skin
If you look after your skin, you will notice a difference. You’ll help to prevent signs of skin ageing, and any makeup you apply afterwards will go on much smoother, and last longer. Skincare doesn’t need to be complicated. There are two main products you can use at a starting point:
- Use a gentle cleanser morning and night. A cleanser designed for your skin type will be best (e.g. blemish-prone, oily, dry, normal).
- Moisturise with SPF in the morning. Protecting our skin from the sun is the best way to look 40 when you’re 50. Even if it’s cloudy outside or you’re not leaving the house - if you can read without a lamp on, you need to wear SPF as the sun’s rays will find you.
Add the finishing touches
You can add makeup into your routine to help you look fresher, more awake and cover any blemishes or scars. The best order to use products is listed below, but you don’t have to follow all the steps if you prefer to keep your grooming regime simple.
- Prepare your skin with primer. Apply a small amount all over your face to help the makeup applied afterwards to be smoother and last longer.
- Conceal blemishes and dark circles. Using a concealer or liquid concealer pen, you can help cover any uneven marks on the skin. Tap the product onto the skin using your finger or a sponge.
- Even out skin tone with foundation or tinted moisturiser. You can apply this all over your face using your fingers, a sponge, or a brush. Take care to make it look natural by checking it hasn’t sunk into fine lines around your eyes or nose and checking along your jawline that it blends into your neck seamlessly.
- You can add a subtle warmth to your skin with a bronzer (to make it look like we haven’t spent most of the past year inside). Apply it with a powder brush to areas where the sun would naturally hit your face, usually around the top of the forehead and cheekbones. To keep it looking natural, don’t go too heavy on the bronzer.
- If you get oily or shiny skin, apply a small amount of anti-shine powder to the desired areas (usually the nose, forehead and chin) using a powder brush.