You adore trying out the latest makeup trend, and you always feel most like yourself and ready to take on the world when your makeup is on point. In fact, you rarely go a day without a full face of makeup. If that sounds familiar, this blog is for you.
Makeup is a fabulous tool for artistry and personal style. When it’s done right, it doesn’t have to have any negative side for your skin either…emphasis on “when it’s done right.” If you’re a makeup buff, follow these skin care tips to make sure your skin will still glow with makeup and without.
1. Shop Based on Your Skin Type
You probably already know that when you’re shopping for skin care products, you should be looking for products that aligned with your skin type – oily, dry, combination, or balanced/normal. You could have sensitive skin along with any of those core skin types, so if you do, you need to find sensitive skin-friendly products too. As important as that is with skin care products, did you know that it matters for makeup too?
Specifically, when you’re shopping for makeup that’s used on a large area of skin like foundation and concealer (as opposed to smaller-use products like eyeliner and eyeshadow), look for products that suit your skin type. Not all products will have this on the packaging, but it’s worth your time to go online for more information about the product and the manufacturer’s recommendation.
2. Keep Your Makeup Brushes Clean
Makeup brushes are vital tools of the trade but they can also be breeding grounds for bacteria and other microbes. Not only is it just gross to imagine all those little organisms, but this can contribute to acne, a variety of skin conditions, and general irritation. To keep this problem away, you need to wash your makeup brushes regularly – ideally once every 1-2 weeks.
3. Don’t Trade Sunscreen for Foundation
There’s a common misconception that makeup will protect your skin from sun damage. Yes, some foundations and other makeup products have some degree of SPF, but the fact is that they don’t provide the level of coverage you need – especially over the course of the day.
Instead, you need to use a sunscreen to finish off your morning skin care routine. After applying your sunscreen, give it a few minutes to settle into your skin (brush your teeth, pick out your outfit, or get the coffee maker brewing) and then proceed with putting on your makeup.
4. Watch for Patterns
Anything you put on your skin could spark a reaction. That includes makeup. If you’re someone who enjoys playing with a range of different makeup products, be observant of your skin. Look for patterns – whether your skin is a bit more red or irritated when you use a particular product, for example. Inflammation isn’t good for your skin, so if a product isn’t getting along with your skin, it’s best to look for alternatives.
5. Be Mindful of Your Makeup Remover
You probably already know that it’s important to remove your makeup every night, but there is such a thing as removing makeup the wrong way. There are countless makeup remover products on the market, each one with different ingredients and formulations. Many contain oil so they aren’t best for oily skin, and others can be too drying for dry skin.
As with other skin care products, make sure you look for a makeup remover that’s designed for your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, pay careful attention to whether your makeup remover is specifically noted to be sensitive skin-friendly.
6. Always Follow Makeup Remover with Cleanser
There are some nights when you’re exhausted and just want to plop down in bed. I know that on those nights, convincing yourself to remove your makeup feels like climbing a mountain. As important as it is to climb that mountain, unfortunately, your climb shouldn’t stop there. In the case of most makeup removers, it’s not great to leave the residual product on your skin. You need to use a cleanser after removing your makeup.
Here's a convenience hack: keep a set of cleansing pads by your bed. When you’re really dragging, it’s much easier to use one of these pads than to drag yourself to the skin for cleansing.
Pairing Beautiful Skin with Beautiful Makeup
Makeup can do wonders, but the best way to make your makeup look better right off the bat is to give it a smooth foundation (AKA healthy skin). The tips above can help you keep your skin healthy without having to sacrifice the beautiful makeup you love.