A Celebrity Makeup Artist Shares Her Skin Care Routine
We all want photo-ready complexions, but knowing where to start can be difficult. That’s where taking inspiration from experts can help. We asked Celebrity MUA and Kiehl’s Consulting Makeup Artist Nina Park to share some of her top skin care tips and tricks—plus, the daily skin care routine she swears by.
Nina Park’s Best Skincare Tips
“For me, skin is the most important part of any makeup application I do,” she says. “I always set aside 10-15 minutes for skin prep. I begin with cleansing the skin, and while still damp, I apply an eye mask with a face mask on top for five minutes. Then, I tone my skin, apply serum, press in oil, and massage with moisturizer.”
When it comes to her skin care, Park says she follows this major golden rule: Apply with purpose. “Massage in serums and moisturizers, press facial oils in with your palms gently, and tap eye cream in circular movements around the eye area,” Park says. “Give a little love to your skin and it will love you back.”
Another skin care commandment Park abides by is moisturizing. “No matter how oily, dry, sensitive, a well-moisturized face is key for a complexion,” she says.
Nina Park’s Skin Care Routine
Nina follows a very strict skincare routine to keep her skin looking and feeling its best. We broke it down for you, below.
Step #1: Cleansing Water
In the morning, Park starts off by cleansing her skin with the Kiehl’s Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water. This cleansing water is formulated with lemon balm floral water and thyme essential oil, and can effectively cleanse skin without rinsing, rubbing, or scrubbing. The powerful-yet-gentle formula uses micellar technology to instantly trap and lift away dirt, impurities, and makeup with a cotton pad. This product will leave your skin feeling soft, refreshed, and renewed.
Step #2: Cleanser
After using micellar water, Park washes her face with the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser. This mild cleanser removes impurities without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils, making it a great fit for those of you with dry skin.
Step #3: Toner
Next, Park tones her skin with the Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner. This toner is made with whole flowers and pure extracts, and works to gently cleanse and soothe normal to oily skin types without the use of harsh synthetic drying agents or alcohol.
Step #4: Dark Spot Corrector
We’ve all had pesky dark spots before, and there’s no denying how difficult it can be to reduce their appearance. But, Park has one trick up her sleeve: the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. This product helps minimize the look of any dark spots and discolorations for visible correction and clarity.
Step #5: Serum
After applying her dark spot corrector, Park uses the Kiehl’s Hydro Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate to help moisturize, plump and smooth her skin.
Step #6: Moisturizer
To give her skin a boost of moisture, Park applies the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. This face cream can give your dry skin continuous moisture replenishment throughout the day with adventure-tested protection from severe weather.
Step #7: Eye Cream
For extra hydration on her delicate under eye skin, Park uses the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado.
Step #8: Sunscreen
Daily sun protection is important for your skin, which is why Park uses a daily sunscreen. To keep her skin protected from any damage from harsh sun rays, she applies the Kiehl’s Super Fluid Daily UV Defense. It contains a broad spectrum SPF 50+ and advanced UVA/UVB technology to help prevent early skin aging caused by the sun.
Step #9: Primer
To top off her daytime skin care ritual, Park applies the Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator as a dewy primer for makeup.
While taking care of your skin in the day is important, you also need to prep it right before you go to bed. That’s why Park switches up her daily routine at night with these skin-pampering steps.
Step #1: Treatment Water
When she’s wrapping up her day, Nina repeats her morning micellar water and cleanser steps and swaps her morning toner for the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Brightening and Soothing Treatment Water, which improves skin’s luminosity for visibly improved clarity.
Step #2: Concentrate
After applying treatment water, Park applies the Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate. This concentrate can assist in visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while boosting skin radiance and texture. She then follows the same moisturizing routine from her morning regimen.
Step #3: Spot Treatment
Next, Nina spot treats blemishes with the Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment. This spot treatment targets blemishes to rapidly reduce the appearance and redness of your breakouts.
Step #4: Face Mask
To finish off her nighttime skin care routine, Park pampers herself with an invigorating face mask. Her top picks are the Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask and the Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, and she applies them before going to bed to give her skin some TLC while she sleeps.
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