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Nailing down the perfect makeup routine can be a challenge in its own right, but finding the best makeup for sensitive skin is a whole other 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. It’s key to find the right makeup for your skin, including a foundation for sensitive skin that won’t cause irritation. Keep reading for a step-by-step makeup routine, featuring plenty of product picks, for sensitive skin.
First things first: Do you really have sensitive skin? Try and identify your skin type by 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 break out 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 get out your makeup brushes and blenders. Skin care should always be your starting point—especially if you have sensitive skin. When choosing your facial cleanser, remember that sticking with skin care products formulated for sensitive skin types is essential 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 Waterproof – All Skin Types, 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 Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Moisturizer Fragrance Free. Don’t wait for your skin to dry, apply your facial moisturizer directly to damp skin to help lock in hydration.
Now 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, color-correcting may tickle your fancy. To counteract the appearance of red splotches and spots, you can use a green color-correcting concealer. The L’Oréal Paris True Match Color Correcting Crayon comes in five 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 color correcting by following up with other colors. Next, try using the peach to conceal dark circles.
Reaching for the wrong foundation for sensitive skin can easily end with irritation. 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 your skin but still provides buildable coverage, making it an easy pick for our best foundation for sensitive skin.
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 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 True Match Blush in Bare Honey. Brush the color onto the apples of your cheeks for a flattering and 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 defined lashes, sweep the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Waterproof Mascara, Lasting Volume from root to tip, wiggling the brush to coat your lashes completely. Feel free to add an extra cat eye to amp up your look!
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 9 Skin Care Hacks for Sensitive Skin.
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