Ultimate Guide to Skin Care & Makeup 2021 (Beauty Simplified)

What do you think about when you hear the words ‘self-care’?


Social media detox?

Warm bubble bath?

But what about skin care and makeup?

A woman demonstrating that skin care and makeup are the best forms of self-care .....   
The skin is the largest organ in the body and our first line of defense against external factors, such as pollution, the sun, and cold, dry weather. It seems only right that we return the favor by nourishing our skin and using it to express ourselves.

Moreover, there is an impressive body of research demonstrating the benefits of skin care and makeup routines on overall wellbeing. For many of us, skin care and makeup provides the perfect respite from our daily lives and our daily routines offer a form of meditative practice.
Welcome to our guide to skin care and makeup!

Here you'll find everything you need to implement the perfect skin care routine based on your skin type, how to apply flawless makeup looks, and top tips and tricks to using the best tools and products.

Here’s why taking the time to self-care with skin care and makeup is  really important:

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❤️ 74% of global consumers are concerned about stress and anxiety,  GlobalData 2020

❤️  65% of women in the United States use skin care products every day,  Statista 2017

❤️  72% of women said that they use skin care products to ‘take care of themselves’,  Statista 2017

❤️  87% of women are confused about skin care products and how to use them, Forbes 2020

❤️  41% of Americans between the ages of 30 and 59 years wear makeup on a daily basis, Statista 2017

❤️  Thanks to the release of dopamine, the creative aspect of makeup is proven to be a natural mood-booster, Insider 2017

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It’s clear from these statistics that plenty of women would benefit from a simple guide to skin care and makeup and tips on how to use it to promote self-care.

It’s time to take back control of our skin  and  our wellbeing.

Whether you regularly practice a skin care routine and apply makeup or you’re a complete newbie, there’s always plenty more to learn. We know this can be overwhelming,  which is why we’ve created this guide.



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A woman practicing self care by reading a book in the bath

Practicing a consistent skin care and makeup routine is one of the best ways to have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. Never question your ability to make a difference simply by taking the time to look after yourself!

This section of our makeup and skin care guide provides a selection of our favorite articles to support you in your pursuit of self-care.

We’ll share our experiences, latest advice from health and dermatology professionals, give our top tips on how to implement an effective self-care routine, and guide you through the steps you can take to naturally incorporate skin care and makeup into your lifestyle.

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💕  Black History: Black History is Built on Self-Care 

💕  Morning Self-Care: 5 Ways to Practice Self-Care During a Busy Morning Routine

💕  Alternative Routines: Alternative Morning Routines to Practice Self-Care

💕   Skin Care: Designing Your Skin Care Routine for Self-Care

💕  Travelling: How to Practice Self-Care While Traveling

💕  Organize: How to Organize Your Vanity 

💕  Treat Yourself: How to Be Your Own Valentine

💕  Choose to Challenge: Challenge the Perception of Beauty

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Skin Care FAQs

A woman touching her skin while looking in the mirror

 We know you've got lots of questions about skin care so we've done our best to answer your FAQs. Please leave us a comment below if you've got any more inquiries and we'll add it to this section!

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How do I determine my skin type?

Have you got a bathroom mirror and some overhead lighting ready?

Great! Position yourself in front of the mirror and underneath the lighting. Now, observe your skin and check for any shiny, matte, or flaking areas on your face. Once you've identified these areas, you should be able to fit into one of the following categories:

1. Dry Skin: Minimal shine, perhaps with some flaky or peeling skin
2. Combination Skin: A mix of dry patches and shiny areas, particularly your T-zone
3. Oily Skin: Mostly shiny skin, sometimes all over

You may also be able to tell by how your skin feels after cleansing; if it's tight and itchy, then your skin type is likely to be dry.

Click here for more information on determining your skin type

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What is the best skin care routine for my face?

If you're a beginner, we recommend keeping things simple. Consistency rather than complexity is key here. Start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser. Then follow up with moisturizer and SPF protection.


The above 3 step skin care routine is simple but effective. Keep reading to find out more about which tools and products are best for your skin type and for more information about adapting your routine for different conditions.

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What order do I put on skin care products?

 There are many different types of skin care products and not everyone will need to use all of them, but this will serve as a simple guide to the order in which to use them:

1. Cleanser
2. Toner
3. Serum
4. Eye cream
5. Pimple treatment
6. Moisturizer
7. SPF protection

Click here to learn how to design the perfect skin care routine.

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Skin Care Tools

A woman using a jade roller skin care tool on her face

In 2021, there's a skin care tool for everything you can possibly think of: laser hair removal; acne-clearing LED treatment; microcurrent facial toning; and uplifting beauty rollers...you name it, the skin care industry has created it.

But do they work, are they worth the money, how sustainable are they really, and can't we just use our fingers to apply skin care products?

We've rounded up some of the best reliable resources and advice from professionals to answer all of these questions and more, so you'll know everything you need to know about skin care tools. 

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💕  Sustainable: Sustainable Skin Care Tools 

💕  Fingers Vs. Skin Care Tools: Why You Should Stop Touching Your Face

💕  Repurpose: How to Repurpose Old Skin Care & Makeup Sponges

💕  Vegan & Cruelty-Free: Vegan & Cruelty-Free Skin Care & Makeup Brushes

💕  Budget-Friendly: Beauty on a Budget Skin Care (All-in-One Tools & DIY Products)

💕  High-Tech: Are These Top Budget Skin Care Devices Worth the Money?

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Skin Care Products

A woman's hands applying skin care products in front of the vanity mirror

 This section of our Ultimate Guide will decode the wonderful world of skin care products to help you understand how to navigate beauty aisles and online stores.

Our articles and resources delve into the main ingredients used in modern beauty products and how they improve the skin, as well as the go-to products for different skin care types.

What’s more, we’ll demonstrate how you can ensure your skin care routine is sustainable, cruelty-free and vegan because it's 2021 babe; no one needs to put toxic and unethical products on their face and body anymore!

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💕  Sustainable: Sustainable Skin Care Products 

💕  Vitamin C Benefits7 Incredible Benefits of Vitamin C in Face Wash

💕  Face Wash for All Skin Types: Why Vitamin C Face Wash is the Best Cleanser for All Skin Types

💕  RepurposeHow to Repurpose Your Unwanted Skin Care Products

💕  Budget-Friendly: Beauty on a Budget Skin Care (DIY & All-in-One Products) 

💕  Dry Skin: 5 Simple Solutions for Dry Winter Skin 

💕  Top 30 Products:The Best Skin Care Products According to Professionals 

💕  Understand Ingredients: How to Decode Skin Care Ingredients

💕  Reef-Safe Sunscreen: The Ultimate Guide to Reef-Safe Sunscreens and Ingredients to Avoid

💕  Acne: The Best Skin Care Treatments for Under-the-Skin Acne 

💕  Oily Skin: The Best Skin Care Products for Oily Skin

💕  Black Skin Care: 25 Black-Owned Skin Care Brands

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Skin Care Routine

A woman with a towel over her hair practicing her skin care routine

No matter how good your skin care products are, they won’t work effectively unless they are incorporated into a proper routine.

Bear in mind that yours may differ from others people’s routines depending on factors such as skin type, product ingredients, formulas, and time of day. Nevertheless, the basic rule is to apply skin care products in order of thickness, starting with the thinnest solution. This is because the thicker products will block the lighter formulas from reaching your skin.

Skin care routines generally start with a cleanse to clean the skin and pores, before progressing to the more active ingredients, and then conclude by sealing in moisture. And remember, consistency is key; good skin health isn’t built in a day!

 Here's a list of our latest blogs and interviews with skin care experts to help you design the best routine for your skin type:

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💕  Design: 7 Top Tips to Help You Design the Perfect Skin Care Routine 

💕  WinterChanging Your Routine for the Winter Season

💕  Skin HygieneLearn Habits to Stop Touching Your Face to Prevent Breakouts

💕  CleanDiscover How to Clean Your Skin Care Tools

💕  Replace: Learn When You Should Replace Your Skin Care Tools to Maintain Hygiene

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Makeup FAQs

 A woman having bronzer applied to her face by a professional makeup artist

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What products do you need for a full face of makeup?

Depending on your mood, your skin condition, or the look you want to go for, you can use a variety of different products to do your makeup. For a full face of makeup, you may want to use these products in the following order:

1. Primer
2. Foundation
3. Concealer
4. Powder
5. Bronzer/blush
6. Eyeshadow
7. Eyeliner
8. Mascara
9. Eyebrow pencil
10. Lipstick/gloss/tint

Click Here for Step-by-Step Makeup Tutorials

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Where do I start with makeup?

If you're new to wearing makeup, applying your first look can seem a bit daunting. But makeup doesn't have to be complicated! Before you start, we recommend thinking about what you'd like to achieve:

Are you hoping to cover up some blemishes? Hide the appearance of dark eye circles? Brighten up those cheeks? Make your eyes pop?

Once you've figured that out, scroll down to check out our top tips and tutorials to help you accomplish your makeup objectives!


Click Here to Discover the 12 Must-Have Makeup Essentials

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Makeup Tools

 An array of makeup tools including different sized brushes, an eyelash curler, and a mascara wand

Leonardo Da'Vinci didn't paint with his fingers!

Having the right makeup tools for the job is incredibly important, not only to maintain good skin health, but because they make it sooo much easier to achieve flawless coverage!

This part of our Skin Care & Makeup Guide aims to equip you with the skills and tools you'll need to look fabulous. From mascara wands to foundation brushes, blend sponges, and blush applicators, you'll find all you need to know about the best tool for the job in the resources listed below:

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💕  #1 Makeup Brush & Sponge Set The Best All-in-One Makeup Brush & Sponge Set for Flawless Coverage

💕  Sustainable ToolsMakeup & Beauty Tools for a More Sustainable Routine

💕  Repurpose Sponges: How to Repurpose Your Old Makeup Sponge

💕  Vegan BrushThese Vegan Makeup Brushes Won’t Harm a Hair on an Animal’s Head 

💕  Zero Waste Wand: The Best Zero Waste Mascara Wands

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Makeup Products

 A variety of makeup products including loose powder, nail polish, foundation,waterproof eyeliner pencil, and blush

You've got the tools, now it's time for the makeup products!

In this section of our makeup guide, you'll discover how to choose a suitable foundation for your skin type, the best eco-friendly and vegan brands, superior products for flawless coverage, makeup essentials required for a full face of makeup, and much much more.

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💕  Budget-Friendly Beauty on a Budget (DIY & Budget-Friendly Makeup)

💕  Makeup EssentialsThe Top 12 Makeup Essentials That Every Girl Needs

💕  Vegan: The Ultimate Vegan Lifestyle Guide: Vegan Beauty & Makeup

💕  Foundation by Skin TypeHow to Find the Perfect Foundation for Your Skin Type

💕  Easy to Use: Easy Makeup for a Summer Glow Up 2021

💕  Eco-FriendlySustainable Beauty Swaps (Refillable, Zero Waste, Plastic-Free, Cruelty-Free)

💕  Skin Tone: What Is Your Skin Tone? Find Your Match and Pick the Best Makeup Products 

💕  Skin Type: The Best Makeup for Every Skin Type

💕  Artists' FavoritesMakeup Artists' Favorite Products

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Makeup Tips + Tutorials

A woman with curly hair looking at her reflection while she puts on red lipstick


You didn't think we would leave you without telling you how to apply your makeup, did you?

Whether you're struggling to do the perfect winged eyeliner or you want to know how to apply foundation without it looking blotchy, we've got your back! Here at Yubi, we've worked with some incredible makeup artists and professionals to gather all of their top tips, beauty hacks, and step-by-step tutorials to help you look flawlessly gorgeous!

Simply click on a link below to discover the makeup tips & tutorials of your choice:

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💕  Full-Face Tutorials How to Flawlessly Apply Makeup (With Step-by-Step Tutorials)

💕  Foundation Tips6 Tips to Absolutely Melt That Foundation Into Your Skin

💕  5 Minute Mom Makeup: Our Top Tips for Busy Moms: 5 Minute Makeup Hacks

💕  Easy:Easy Makeup Looks for a Summer Glow Up 2021

💕  Flawless FoundationPump up the Base: Steps to Flawless Foundation


💕  Face Mask Makeup:How to Wear a Mask Over Your Makeup

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