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5 Tips to choosing makeup that will not break out your skin


5 Tips to choosing makeup that will not break out your skin


People are obsessed with makeup and how they truly can transform someone’s look. But if you’re not careful, you might end up using a product that’s not suited for your skin. Even if you’re not acne prone, there may be certain chemicals that will still cause your skin to break out. Sensitive skin or not, it pays to know your products well. By researching and checking out products like beauty counter dew skin and other brands made for sensitive skin, you gain knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. Here are 5 tips to choosing makeup that will help your skin be healthier and prevent break out.


  1. Know your skin type

Knowing your skin type is essential before getting something from the shelves. A lot of products are labelled by skin type so it pays to know yours to be sure your getting something suited for your skin. The easiest way to determine your skin type is by using the blotting paper test. Simply pat a blotting paper on your entire face and on the t-zone and observe how much oil is getting absorbed. The t-zone is the area on your forehead and nose, this is where oil accumulates most. If you have dry skin, you’ll notice very little to no oil on the blotting paper. Oiliness in the t-zone means you have normal/combination type skin. And if you are oily all throughout including the cheeks and chin area, chances are you have oily skin. Oily skin is more prone to breakouts and acne as the oils have a tendency to clog the pores which causes pimple growth.


  1. Do a patch test

If you have acne prone and sensitive skin, it’s important to test out the products first before buying them. A patch test is advisable for this. Try putting a small amount of the product on the side of your neck and wait for a couple of minutes for any negative reaction. If you experience any itching or swelling, it’s a sign that it’s not a good product for you. The side of the neck is a good area to test because it’s thinner and more reactive. If a patch test yields favorable results on this area, then you can be confident that the same product won’t give you any issues on the face.


  1. Stick to a certain brand

Once you know your skin type, you can try experimenting with beauty products that are rightly labelled. If you’re just starting out, choosing the right foundation would be a good start. Seek the help of makeup professionals in the store in helping you find the right shade. Even though there’s a universal label for makeup shades, a single shade may still look different from different brands. Once you’ve determined a brand that works for you, it helps to build your stash from that same brand because you already trust that its formula will not aggravate your skin.


  1. Choose anti-acne makeup

Thankfully, people with sensitive skin can now use makeup without fear of breaking out. Thanks to anti-acne products! Though there are a lot of anti-acne products out there, not everything is made equally. Some are too drying, and some are too mild, the important thing is to find your match. Now that you know your skin type, it’s easier to look for makeup that’s acne fighting and gentle on your skin.


  1. Know what chemicals to avoid

There are certain types of chemicals that you want to avoid if you want to have clear skin. Basically, avoid chemicals that have a dehydrating effect. Silicones, petrochemicals, perfumes and colorants are bad for your skin. While they serve to provide good texture, and make the product smell and look nice, they may actually clog up your pores and cause redness. Parabens are to be avoided too. They work to extend the product’s shelf life but they’re extremely toxic and might even mess up your hormones. There are a lot of other chemicals that could cause acne breakout. But for now it’s helpful to note the worst ones and read their concentration amounts in the ingredients label.



My Skin care routine.

Care for the skin you’re in!
As some of you may know I am a makeup artist in  nd I have decided to start incorporating some beauty into my blog.
I am a huge fan of makeup and what it can do but I think the foundation for your makeup if far more important. By foundation I’m not talking about base makeup I am talking about our skin!
I have had problems with my skin in the past but at the moment my skin is in the best condition it has ever been purely because I have been taking care of it.
I will be 30 this year (eek) and I have only been making an effort with my skin for approx. the last two years.
My skin care routine is pretty simple and it works for me. I must stress at this point that what works for one person may not work for another and I feel like finding your best routine is a matter of either trial and error or thorough research.
In this post I am just going to show you what works for me and show you that you don’t need a 100 step programme to achieve and maintain good skin.

1. Simple kind to skin moisturising facial wash I use this everyday when washing my face in the shower, I love the simple range because it is so gentle. 
2.Bioderma Sensibio H2O This is my daily cleanser, I swear by it and use it on myself and my makeup clients. I use it to remove makeup and find it super effective (even with water proof eye makeup) I also use it when I have no makeup on just as an everyday cleanser. 
3. Clinique clarifying lotion This is a liquid exfoliator and I only use this about 2-3 times a week and has worked well for me for the last two years. 
4. Avene Cleanance toner. This is a very new addition to my skin care routine as I have never used a separate toner before but I heard wonderful things about this one so I am now giving it a try out.
When it comes to moisturisers I jump between these three depending solely on the weather
1. Clinque dramatically Different Moisturising Gel I use this one when the weather is really warm, as its a gel it is very very light weight and even though it feels as though you have nothing on your skin it is very moisturising. 
2. No7 Essential Moisture day fluid This is my go to face cream most of the time, I find it works very well and is again very light weight (which I prefer for having under makeup as well) This is a great cream to chuck on every day and sometime i mix it with a foundation to make a tinted moisturiser for day when i just want to even out my skin tone without a full face of slap.
3. Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate This is a very heavy cream popular in the makeup world at the moment. I use this cream only in the winter it is very thick and luxurious but not a good cream for people with oily skin. Even in the winter I only use it at night before bed and skin is beautiful in the morning.
I’m loving my skin at the moment. sometimes on lazy days I will just cleanse and moisturise, I tend not to deviate away from these products because they have been working so well for me. Sometimes I hear about wonder products and give those a shot but I always come back to my old faithfuls. 
I have just recently heard a lot of talk about a new cream to help with breakouts and problem skin, I placed an order for a tube this morning and I will definitely be doing a review once I have given it a whirl.  
Please let me know if you think I should add some beauty posts into my blog…I would really like to hear your thoughts xxx