I must admit that I didn't always bother to prepare my skin prior to applying my make-up; I would simply slap my foundation on to my skin, no matter what state it was in. Preparing the skin prior to applying your make-up ensures you have the best base possible to achieve the most flawless finish. 

As someone who likes to keep her routine simple and fuss free, my skin preparation is equally as simple. All you need is a facial oil, and warm water!

Starting with clean skin, press a warm/hot wash cloth to your skin - focus on each area for a few seconds before moving to the next. I start with my forehead, then cheeks and temples, and then nose and chin. You want your skin to feel damp - the way it does fresh out of a shower. Damp skin absorbs oil more quickly and it sinks deeper into the skin, hydrating it more effectively. 

Then, lightly pat skin dry (it doesn't have to be completely dry - remember we want it damp).
Apply 3-5 drops of your favourite facial oil; I use pure organic rosehip oil, as it hydrates skin, leaving it soft and plump. It is also high in Vitamin C and antioxidants - which helps combat blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles!

I also love the RMS Beauty Beauty Oil - a beautiful blend of skin-loving oils such a Jojoba, Rosehip, Buriti and many more. You only need 3-4 drops and it will give you a gorgeous glow. This bottle will last you months!

Massage into your skin (adjust amount for your skin type) remembering to take it down the décolletage. If you have any particularly dry patches, concentrate on those. 
Allow to sink in for a few minutes.

Your skin should feel soft and plump - if it still feels dry add another drop of oil, and if it feels at all oily you may be using too much. 

You could also use another pure oil blend, such as this one by Antipodes, which includes Avocado, Jojoba and again, Rosehip oils to really help boost your skin. Pure Argan Oil also does wonders for the skin and makes for a beautiful canvas (plus you can use it on your hair!) I like to alternate between this and the rosehip oil. 

My favourite part about pure oils is that they are beneficial for all skin types - yes, even oily or blemish-prone. Oily or blemish-prone types want to reach for oils high in Linoleic acid - think rosehip seed oil, hempseed oil (more than 55%) & argan oil (Argan Oil is high in both Linoleic and Oleic acid, making it a fairly balanced oil). 

Remember when choosing an oil quality matters. Choose an oil that is pure, certified organic, or cold-pressed (cold extracted or raw).

There! Your skin is now prepared and ready for the make-up application. 
This routine takes under 2mins and it makes the world of difference to your foundation finish. 

If you have any questions about facial oils, which types to choose or any tips about skin prep you'd like to share, please leave a comment below! 

Kelsey xx