My Love Letter to the Makeup Before the Makeup

I will remember 2017 as the year I developed a newfound passion for beauty products. I'll be the first to admit that I am very lazy when it comes to my makeup regimen and always had the impression that putting on a perfect face of makeup requires far too much work than I had any interest in dedicating to the cause. Well, I was wrong - so, so wrong. That's because last year, I discovered what I like to call "the makeup before the makeup." Turns out, you can cut down a lot of actual makeup if you just prep your face accordingly. Who knew?! (Probably a lot of people, but I wasn't one of them.)

I very recently went to a wedding at which I was #blessed to be a bridesmaid. I also did my own makeup, and not to toot my own horn (100 percent to toot my own horn), but for the first time I felt like I did a great job applying it.

Above is a picture of me and the beautiful bride. (Gina, I'm sorry I used this picture without asking you, but also, you're so pretty.) She naturally had her makeup done professionally and it's flawless, but I think my makeup fares pretty well next to hers! I credit it all to my favorite face prep products. I like to think of this process as the pep rally for your face before the big game.

First things first: I discovered Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil by Korres ($54) during the Summer, and not to be dramatic or anything, but it changed my life. It helps to control my oil while brightening my face. I use this before applying anything. It's a game changer for me personally. Also, the bottle will last you forever because you really only need a few dime-size drops per use.

Second, I apply some of Caudalíe's Vinoperfect Radiance Serum ($79). This serum really helped me get rid of all the dark spots and acne scars I had on my face. Next I move on to my moisturizer.

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