Stacey Banfield

Christchurch Based Makeup Artist & Blogger

A Makeup Artist’s Guide To Blemish Free Skin

Having worked as a makeup artist for nearly the last seven years, I have definitely come across all kinds of skin types and conditions along my way. Generally when I have a booking it’s for a special event such as a school ball or wedding, and of course the person sitting in the chair in front of me wants me to make them look their absolute best.

What a lot of people don’t realise is that looking your best is so much more than just makeup. Using clean tools and good skincare is definitely key. If the skin is taken care of well, it honestly makes a world of difference to how your look will turn out.

So with this in mind, I thought I would provide you with a few tips and products that I personally think play an important role in having smooth, blemish free skin.


First up is water – It really is true that your skin is a reflection of what you put into the body. Water costs nothing, is super accessible, plus it has a huge impact on how we look and feel. Hydration is key to a brighter more energetic complexion!

Then we get into the skincare products themselves – and you don’t have to have a really complex regime or spends hundreds of dollars just for your complexion to look good. Get yourself into using an exfoliator. I suggest using this every second day and to really focus on the nose and chin area. I have been using a new one from Indeed Laboratories which has worked really well at clearing up any congestion that my skin was suffering from.

Cleansing – I make a point to cleanse everyday as because I have oily skin and wear a lot of makeup, I like to make sure I get everything off my skin at the end of the day. I use Dermalogica PreCleanse as it also helps to also stop any breakouts in their tracks.

After exfoliating and cleansing, your skin can sometimes feel a little tight or too clean. This is when your moisturiser comes in. I recommend Clinique Turn Around Day Cream or MAC Mineralize Gel – both are great for most skin types and hydrate your face enough without leaving an oily residue on the skin. Another bonus: this makes a great base for your foundation to sit flawlessly on.

Eye cream for me is an essential, but if you’re just starting out with skincare it can be added in once you get yourself into the routine using the main staple products as above. Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream is what I like to use as it gives a really fresh plump look to the eye area.

Spot treatments – I carry two products in my kit and in my personal makeup bag that are a must-have when it comes to needing a quick fix. More often than not, it’s when you’re really looking forward to an event that a spot or two decides to inconveniently take up residence on your face. The Witch Skincare Blemish Gel and Blemish Stick are my secret weapons for fighting these bad boys. (You can read more on these products in my review, plus go in to win the chance to try them for yourself here).

I find these particular Witch Skincare products mentioned above work really well due to having Witch Hazel Extract as a key ingredient. This helps to dry out any blemishes fast leaving you with clear smooth skin.


So you have a basic skincare routine set in place, but what else can you do to fight blemishes? A big one for me is definitely ensuring that you use clean makeup brushes. I suggest you deep clean your brushes once a week, as otherwise they can become a breeding ground for bacteria to build up within, which then means you are spreading all over your skin.

I deep cleanse mine with Bossy Cosmetics Antibacterial Brush Shampoo and I also like to spray over them once they are dry with the Bossy Cosmetics Fast Dry Brush Cleaner, which is also anti-bacterial. These leave your brushes not only squeaky clean but smelling amazing and left in pristine condition.

With a good skincare regime in place, and practising good hygiene you really will notice a huge difference in the way your makeup products not only apply, but how well they wear. I’d love to hear your feedback if you try out any of my tips, so make sure you let me know in the comments below.

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