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Nailing down the perfect makeup routine can be a challenge in its own right, but toss sensitive skin into the mix and it’s a whole new ballgame. Thankfully, we’re here to help. While you can’t get rid of your sensitive skin, you can show it some extra TLC and hide the redness associated with it. With the help of a bit of makeup prep, the right face makeup products, and some quick color correcting, you can create the appearance of flawless-looking skin—without irritating your sensitive complexion. Keep reading for a step-by-step makeup routine for sensitive skin.
First things first: Make sure you actually have sensitive skin. To try and identify your skin type, you’ll need to start paying extra attention to your complexion and how it changes from day to day. Watch to see how your skin responds to using new skin care products (being sure to introduce only one at a time!), exfoliation, and the weather. If your skin’s response is often negative, then you could have sensitive skin. Does your skin breakout or become red when a new product is introduced? Does your complexion respond to changes in the weather, such as becoming extra dry during arid days? If you answered in the affirmative, you likely have sensitive skin.
Creating a beautiful makeup look doesn’t begin when you break out your makeup brushes and blenders. There’s some prep that needs to go into it—especially if you have sensitive skin. First off, you’ll need a clean slate. When choosing your facial cleanser, remember that sticking with skin care products formulated for sensitive skin types is key for your complexion. If your skin is extra sensitive, consider using a micellar water, such as the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Dry Skin, which will gently remove surface-level impurities from your skin. Once you’ve removed every trace of oil, dirt, and makeup, reach for a moisturizer that’s formulated to be compatible with sensitive skin, like the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Day Cream. Before drying off, apply your facial moisturizer directly to damp skin to help lock in hydration.
Once you’ve prepped, it’s time to prime. Not only can primer help your makeup last longer and apply easier, but it can also create a more even-looking skin tone. On bare skin, apply a lightweight makeup primer, such as the L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base, all over your face and neck.
Depending on just how rosy your complexion looks, you may also want to incorporate color-correcting into your makeup routine. To counteract the appearance of red splotches and spots, you can use a green color correcting concealer. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit comes with four shades for disguising different discolorations and imperfections, including green to neutralize redness. Use the pigmented cream sparingly and blend well with the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender to avoid ending up with a witch-y tint. Make the most out of the palette by following up with other colors. Try using the purple shade to brighten dull spots and the peach to conceal dark circles.
Reaching for the wrong foundation can easily end with irritation if you have sensitive skin. Steer clear of heavy options containing fragrances and dyes, which according to the American Academy of Dermatology can irritate sensitive skin. Use a foundation that’s lightweight and non-comedogenic, such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight. The formula is light on skin but still provides buildable coverage.
Wearing blush is the best way to bring some life to your cheeks, but when you have sensitive skin, you have to be careful when it comes to choosing the color of your cheek products. Blushes with red or pink tones put you at risk of emphasizing any remaining redness and ruining your color correcting efforts. If you have sensitive skin, stick with blushes that have a more peachy tone, like the L'Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup in Bashful. (Lucky for you, peachy makeup looks are completely in right now!) Brush the color onto the apples of your cheeks for a flattering, natural-looking flush.
Even when your makeup look is more minimal, don’t skip out on mascara as it can tie your whole look together. For voluptuous volume and lush length, sweep the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara from root to tip, wiggling the brush to completely coat your lashes. All you need is one coat for silky volume and intensity!
Once you’ve locked in a makeup routine for sensitive skin, you’ll need to turn your attention to your skin care routine. Here are 8 Skin Care Hacks for Sensitive Skin.