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7 Makeup Tips for Sensitive Skin

Date:23-06-2013 07:40:07 read:4
Category:Women-->Beauty

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If you have sensitive skin, then you may have problems while picking the right makeup. In many ways, makeup damages sensitive skin leading to long-term harm in some cases. Here are some makeup tips for those with a sensitive skin.

1. Always test your makeup products

If you have sensitive skin, you have to assume that skin care products and makeup will cause trouble by default. Only then will you end up exercising more caution. It is a sane method to apply the makeup or the product on a small skin patch to see how it takes it. Only when you are absolutely sure that no harm has been done by the cream or skin care product over a period of 24 hours, should you actually proceed to use it on your face. Besides, it is important to check what your makeup is made of. There are some products which are tagged hypoallergenic, which means that they don’t usually cause irritation. Such products should be preferred over others.

2. Avoid products with added fragrances

These mostly contain carcinogenic substances. Even otherwise, products with added fragrances or preservatives usually worsen the skin situation. Therefore, be very careful when using such products anywhere on your body. Cosmetic colorants such as bismuth oxychloride are sometimes present in the makeup product to add a glowing effect. These don’t turn out well for the skin in the long term especially if the skin is sensitive.

3. Opt for mineral makeup

Three minerals, titanium, selenium and zinc are considered to be extremely good for the skin. Makeup products which contain these minerals are ideal for sensitive skin. Mineral makeup as such feels good on sensitive skin. Besides, some of these minerals have anti-irritant properties which work against inflammation. Some of the mineral makeup products have a natural SPF15, which is good for the skin. Another advantage of mineral makeup is that it is totally free of dyes or even annoying fragrances. By using a proper brush, you can make sure you don’t irritate the skin. Mineral makeup should be combined with plenty of moisturizer to avoid caking up of the skin.

4. Prepare the skin before makeup

You have to prepare the skin, especially if it is red and flaky, before you apply makeup. A good moisturizing solution really helps especially if the skin tends to get red and irritating. It is better to avoid moisturizers that have fragrances. Oil-free formula would be ideal especially when dealing with acne. You can also use an alcohol-free toner that will strip the skin of excess oil. There are non-comedogenic creams which are ideal for sensitive skin.

5. Use matte foundation

The foundation you use is quite important. You can go for a matte foundation or a tinted moisturizer. Dusting this with clear micronized clay finishing powder would be a good option. Creamy concealers are used under the eyes and corners of the nose. These can conceal any blemishes on the skin. Liquid foundations, cream to powder foundation, and similar products can make for a good option. Lightweight texture of liquid foundations is not good for skin which tends to cause quite a lot of irritation. Moisturizing spritz can also be used on the face. The wrong foundations and moisturizers can lead to the skin breaking up and causing itchy rashes. That is why you should be careful when picking makeup products. In some cases, it is best to just go with mascara and eyeliner.

6. Search for the right combination

It is a combination of what you apply and how you apply that is the key to the perfect makeup for your skin type. For example, you can include mica-free powder bronzer in your makeup kit. Use a light hand to dip your powder brush in SPF 15 mineral foundation and sweep it with circular motions over the face. Use a concealer brush for sweeping it under the eyes. Blush brush should be used to get a natural shade of blush on the skin, sweeping it off on the cheeks.

7. Avoid applying makeup over makeup

This is one of the most important things to remember. If you have sensitive skin, or if you have acne, then you should avoid applying makeup over existing makeup. Besides, if you have an oily skin, it is natural that after a few hours the makeup gets mixed up with the oil. Don’t add another layer of makeup at that point. Instead, you are better off dusting your face with powder and soaking up the oil. You can also use blotting paper and dab your face with it to clean your face.

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