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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 sensitive skin, you can hide redness associated with it. With the help of a bit of makeup prep, the right makeup products, and some quick color correcting, you can create the appearance of flawless-looking skin. 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 your complexion extra attention. 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.
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. Rather than smoothing makeup on top of skin caked with day old cosmetics and other impurities, you’ll want to start your beauty routine by washing your face. When choosing your facial cleanser, remember that sticking with skin care products formulated for sensitive skin types is key for your complexion. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Go 360° Clean Deep Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin and use the included soft cleansing disk, the Scrublet™, to deeply clean and unclogs pores without over-drying. Once you’ve removed every trace of oil, dirt, and makeup, reach for moisturizer. Before drying off, apply moisturizer directly to damp skin to help lock in hydration. Try an oil-free lotion like the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture™ Sensitive Skin Day Lotion SPF 25. The skin-softening formula, infused with vitamin E, works all day to hydrate and soothe sensitive skin for moisture that feels clean and barely there.
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. Sensitive skin types are often marked by redness, making an anti-redness primer a prime choice (pun intended). On bare skin, apply the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Color Correcting Primers Anti-Redness Primer. The green tint neutralizes redness instantly.
Depending on just how rosy your complexion looks, a tinted primer may not completely do the trick. To counteract more apparent red splotches and spots, 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 counteract the appearance of redness. Use the pigmented cream sparingly and blend well with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer 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.
Wearing blush is the best way to bring some life to your cheeks, but you have to be careful when it comes to choosing a color when you have sensitive skin. Blushes with red or pink tones put you at risk of emphasizing any remaining redness and ruining all your color correcting effort. If you have sensitive skin, stick with blushes that have a more peach-y tone, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush in Precious Peach. Brush the color onto the apples of your cheeks for a 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.
Next: Read our 8 Skin Care Hacks for Sensitive Skin.