My first post – this is so weird. I’m just going to get right into it. The very beginning of any beauty routine isn’t a foundation, or even a primer (although I’ll get to that eventually). It’s a word some of you might be shocked to see on a beauty blog: skincare. Skincare. Skincare. S k i n c a r e. I’ll say it louder for the people in the back: SKINCARE!!! 
 By now you’ve probably guessed that we’ll be talking about skincare for the first few posts. And if you didn’t guess that by now, well, I’m not sure what to tell you. Anyway, yes, taking care of your skin will be the first step in any beauty regimen. Now, as a disclaimer I am not a skincare professional or dermatologist by any means, but I have had my fair share of skincare experiences. Healthy skin = an easier and more flawless makeup application. It makes sense right? But you’d be surprised how many clients I have worked with that will gladly spend hundreds of dollars on makeup to cover their skincare concerns, but refuse to spend equal amounts of money on skincare to get rid of the concerns in the first place. Think about it this way; you can repeatedly spend $65 on a high-end foundation to continually cover your breakouts, or you can spend $65 one time on an acne treatment or cleanser to get rid of the breakouts. The first question I ask my clients in a skincare consultation is “what is your skin type?” You would be both shocked and appalled at how many people don’t know their skin type. So if you do know your skin type, good on you – and if you don’t know your skin type, that’s okay, you’re not alone and its not something you can learn overnight. There are four main skin types: dry, oily, normal, and combination. They speak for themselves, but here is what to look for when determining your skin type:

Dry: flakes on the surface of the skin, a feeling of tightness after washing the face, dry lips, dullness, redness
Oily: a shiny face overall (usually appearing around noon), acne-prone skin, large pores, blackheads, oily hair
Combination: a combination of dry and oily symptoms, usually an oily T-zone (forehead and nose) and a drier cheek area
Normal: non-problematic skin, neither oily or dry, generally not acne-prone

So, take some time and a good mirror and figure out your skin type. This will be critical for the next steps in your skincare routine. More to come on that in the next skincare post.