I hate to be the one to break it to you, but someone has to do it: Your makeup is going to only look as good as your skin does. There, I said it. Sorry folks, there are no shortcuts here. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of makeup formulas that will give you shimmer, glow and claim to smooth every nook and cranny BUT but they are only going to take you so far. You have to take care of your skin! Keep it clean, hydrated, moisturized and protected. So yes, that 8 glasses of water a day, it’s a real necessity. Taking your makeup off before bed? A MUST. Thinking about skipping the SPF because you don’t stay out in the sun “that much”? Think again. This one is really important because it only takes a matter of minutes for your skin to be damaged by the sun. Not hours, MINUTES! Take care of your skin and it will reward you by giving you the glow that you may be trying to buy in a $40 bottle. Trust me, your skin will be happy, you’ll have saved $40 and your makeup will look better than it did before.