We tend to think of makeup and skin care as two totally different sides of the beauty spectrum, when they actually go hand in hand. In fact, if you want your makeup to look flawless, you need to enlist in a solid skin care routine. Likewise, if you don’t want your skin to be totally thrown off balance, and result in breakouts and blemishes, it’s important that you pay as much attention to what ingredients are in your makeup as you do your skin care.
Makeup Ingredients to Look for
There are plenty of ingredients found in makeup products that provide benefits to the skin.
Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid holds moisture in the skin and prevents it from evaporating off the skin’s surface.
Antioxidants: Important for our skin to neutralize the damaging effects of the environment on our skin, particularly vitamin C, which also helps prevent discoloration from occurring on the skin.
Botanical oils: Plenty of your makeup and skin care products are packed with botanical oils such as argan oil, marula oil, sunflower oil and rosehip oil. They strong anti-inflammatory properties that make it likely to improve the appearance of the skin and help with hydration.
SPF: Physical UV blockers like zinc and titanium dioxide are also incredibly essential, as they are the only sun-protective agents which fully block the entire range of UVB and UVA rays.
Makeup Products for Each Skin Type
Oil/ Acne Prone and Combination Skin-
Before choosing makeup for acne-prone or oily skin, you might want to read the label first. It's best that you find makeup products that have “oil-free,” and “non-comedogenic” on their packaging to avoid clogged pores and skin irritation. If you usually find yourself having to wipe your face with an oil blotter throughout your day it's best you use a powder foundation. Powder foundations are good at absorbing oil and still have good coverage to hide any blemishes.
Dry / Sensitive Skin
When your skin is so dry applying makeup to mask it can actually draw more attention to the flakes and scaly patches. Before you know it, that radiant glow you were striving for ends up resembling fine grit sandpaper. That's why it is so important to be choosing the right makeup to put on your skin. While moisturizers and serums work to quench and repair skin, sometimes you just need that extra coverage provided by hydrating foundations.
Setting Spray & Powders:
My Favorite Makeup Products:
On the day to day I generally don't wear a lot of makeup. Usually I'll put on a lip balm, a tinted moisturizer, some mascara, and call it a day. On nights and weekends I tend to have more fun with my makeup, doing some cool eyeshadow looks, heavier foundations, and a pop of a lip color. Here are all of my makeup must haves!
Other Makeup Tips:
Wearing the wrong makeup can cause your skin to react so it's important to choose the right makeup for your skin type. There are a few other reasons makeup might cause you to breakout. Here are some helpful tips when applying makeup to keep your skin clear.
Using dirty brushes: To reduce the amount of acne-causing bacteria on your face, be sure to regularly clean all of your brushes and applicators. I use this brush cleaner at least once a week and throw away all non reusable makeup sponges.
Storing brushes improperly: Makeup bags are grimy places, and storing your brushes in there can lead to some serious contamination. Separate your tools and store them in a clean place.
Applying makeup with dirty hands: Some people prefer to skip the blotters and blenders that breed bacteria by instead applying makeup with their hands. Be sure to wash your hands every time to prevent spreading dirt and oils from your hands onto your face.
Ignoring allergic reactions: The acne you experienced after using a certain product could actually be an allergic reaction to a specific ingredient. Be sure to read your labels and keep track of your flare-ups to identify any possible allergens. It's best to always introduce a new product one at a time so you know if it makes your skin react.
Going to bed with makeup on: Never, ever fall asleep wearing makeup! Sleeping in your makeup increases the chance of the product settling into your skin, causing breakouts and enlarged pores.