Make-Up Tips For Sensitive Skin - Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka
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Make-Up Tips for Sensitive Skin: Looking Beautiful And Feeling Comfortable

Dry, itchy, sensitive skin got you down? Don’t worry, Cosmo has you covered!


When you have sensitive skin, it’s often difficult to find make-up that allows you to be creative and confident, without risking a reaction. Sometimes, it feels easier not to wear any at all! Whether you’re prone to skin redness, dryness, eczema flare-ups or acne breakouts, here at Cosmopolitan SL we’ve got tips to make sure you can feel comfortable in your own skin and express your inner make-up artist.


1. Always moisturise

It sounds simple but it’s easy to forget—as the largest organ in the human body, skin needs hydration to prevent it from drying out. The best moisturisers for sensitive skin are scent-free ones since perfumes will irritate the skin even more. 

Clinique is a brand that caters to those with hypersensitive skin, with a range of products that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.


2. Sun protection

Sensitive skin is often more at risk from sunburn, so finding a moisturiser with a high SPF is a must.  

Kiehl’s ultra facial cream with SPF 30 promises to keep your skin moisturised for up to 24 hours, feeling more balanced and comfortable all day long.


3. Spritz

Facial mists are great to give your skin an energising boost and even set your make-up. For a dewy finish, spritz your favourite brush or sponge before blending in foundation or concealer. Once you’re done, mist your face as a final step to add radiance. Store the bottle in your refrigerator for an extra cool and refreshing spray.


4. Tackling redness 

If your complexion is prone to redness, you can neutralise it by adding a primer to your beauty routine and prevent further discolouration. To reduce redness on a no make-up day, try wrapping an ice cube in a face towel and using it as a compress on the affected areas.

Mirenesse 10 Collagen Cushion Tone Correcting Primer can be worn beneath make-up to create an even skin tone, or worn alone to combat discolouration on no-makeup days. The 3 shades can be used individually for targeted spot-correcting: mint to correct redness, apricot to correct dark circles, sunspots and veins, banana to combat dullness and brighten the complexion. 

5. Brushes and blenders

Some make-up brushes are made with actual horsehair. They’re said to be the best types of brushes for skin, but they can also make the skin oily. Thin brushes with hard or itchy bristles will obviously irritate any skin type. The best tools recommended by professionals are lightly feathered brushes, which tend to work well with most skin types. Beauty Blenders can be used to apply liquid make-up effectively without harming the skin.


It is also important to remember to clean your brushes after each use because oils from the skin remain on the brush.

6. Choose solid over liquids

For acne-prone skin, using powder instead of liquid is better because it prevents oils from sinking into pores and causing more breakouts. Skin expert Joelle Nonni also says, “Stick or compact formulas are easier to create without too many preservatives because they don’t contain water which harbours bacteria.”

7. Avoid heavy foundations

Full coverage foundation risks clogging pores and promoting irritation. Loose powder foundations are a good lightweight alternative and will allow your skin to breathe better.  

8. Mineral and organic

Mineral make-up is made up of natural elements that do not harm the skin in any way and can be in the form of powder or liquid. These products are free from harsh chemicals, as well as fragrances. Studies have actually shown clearer skin after the use of mineral make-up, and over time, it will have a lasting impact on sensitive skin, since they promise a gentler and more natural approach to cosmetics.


9. Ditch the make-up wipes

These wipes strip the skin of its natural oil and protective layer, leaving it exposed. They also leave residual oils and make-up on your skin, leading to even more breakouts. Instead, try a microfiber make-up remover puff with water or a gentle cleanser. As make-up and debris are lifted from the skin, it is trapped in the material, so it doesn’t go back onto your face while you’re rubbing.


10. Drink lots of water

Water helps you from the inside out, and it’s one of the easiest beauty treatments you can do! There are so many benefits for the skin, including fewer wrinkles, improved complexion, faster healing, clearing acne, and reducing itchiness. So even if you don’t have time to put on a full face in the morning, your skin can still feel fresh if you try to have around 8 glasses of water during the day.

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