Skin experts keep stressing over one thing, “If you don’t have great skin, make-up doesn’t fix that.” Meaning skincare should be your first line of defense. That being said, we have break down smart ways to navigate your beauty bag for a clear and calmed complexion.
Prepping the skin pre-makeup is the most important step.
If you have very sensitive skin, you have to moisturise very well. And, it goes beyond slapping on some hydrator. Spray thermal water, which soothes and heals irritated skin, directly where you plan to apply make-up. You can also spray it onto tissues and do a compress, of sorts, on your face (leaving it on for 15 minutes). You can stop the evaporation of the water and increase hydration of the skin in a natural way. Remember, circular movements are ideal. Then, follow with a gentle moisturiser.
Solid makeup is generally safer.
Stick or compact formulas are easier to create without too many preservatives because they don’t contain water which harbours bacteria.
Mineral and organic makeup aren’t always better.
While you might assume make-up labeled “all natural” would automatically soothe sensitive skin, you still need to take a close look at the ingredients. If there’s a lot of perfume and five, or more preservatives, it’s not so safe anymore.
Pay attention to the expiration dates.
An often-overlooked element of a beauty product’s packaging is the tiny symbol that tells you “6M” (six months) “12M” (one year), etc.—that’s how long after it’s opened it will last. Pay attention and make sure to replace your make-up when it expires. It’s quite simple, but it’s important. Time to purge that liner you’ve been loyal to for five years!
Sponges are the best makeup applicator—but beware of latex!
We love sponges because if skin is textured, the sponge can leave a very smooth finish, noting that dabbing is especially effective for covering wrinkles. That being said, you have to be conscious of your sponge’s composition. It’s important to avoid the common allergen latex, which can trigger atopic dermatitis.
Try a BB cream instead of heavier foundation.
We know that pigments increase the dryness of the skin. Because BB cream contains fewer pigments, it can be more effective. Another big tip? Use powder sparingly, as it also sucks skin dry, which can exacerbate sensitivity. If you do rely on powder, tap off any excess before applying to be sure you’re using the bare minimum.
Highly-pigmented makeup is more likely to cause a reaction.
Eyeshadows have a lot of pigments, and if you have more colours, you can have more allergies. More neutral tones like beige and bronze rarely elicit bad reactions, but blues, greens, purples, and other more saturated hues are not so safe. Same goes for lipsticks that are bright red and deep purple: There’s a lot of pigment, which dries the lips.