How To Choose The Best Skin Care Routine Cosmetics And Products
If you've been disappointed when your powder eye shadow creases and slides before lunch or your foundation looks lined and caked, understanding the characteristics of your skin and purchasing the appropriate cosmetics for your skin type is a worthwhile exercise.
Using the right cosmetics for any skin type is important in creating a fresh natural appearance as well as helping to prevent reactions to cosmetics such as allergies that can result in rashes, itching, weeping skin, painful skin eruptions, breakouts with whiteheads or blackheads. Every person's skin is unique and different areas on a person's face may have different characteristics which must be taken into consideration when choosing the appropriate cosmetic.
Listed below are some tips that will help you look your best when you are considering which cosmetics to use.
1. Avoid cosmetics that dry or irritate skin
Each skin type reacts differently to different cosmetics. Even if a particular brand works for your eye shadow, the same brand may not work for lipstick. This is because the skin type on your eyelids may be very different from the skin type on your lips.
When you are choosing cosmetics such as foundation, for example, avoid drying cosmetics or cosmetics that cause skin to break out. Unfortunately, you may have to try several products in order to determine those that work on your skin consistently.
An issue which must be considered is that your skin may build up a reaction to a particular cosmetic which did not previously cause a skin irritation, so you may be forced to find an alternative to a tried-and-true brand which worked well in the past. Skin characteristics may change significantly over a lifetime, and this can lead to a change in the type of cosmetics which you select.
2. Consider your skin tone when selecting cosmetics
Even if a particular type of cosmetic is right for your skin type, choosing the wrong color i.e. A color that is either too light or too dark will make the cosmetics less attractive. Select cosmetics that complement and match your skin tone as this helps minor imperfections in your skin tone and texture disappear. Darker foundations, deeper colors for eye shadow and eyeliner are best suited for those with chocolate or olive skin tones. On the other end of the spectrum, if you have pale skin, you should choose lighter shades of foundation and eye makeup. Cosmetics should enhance and not overpower your skin tone.
3. Invest in quality makeup
Quality makeup is often expensive, but its benefits show on the skin. Cheap makeup can cake or slide on your skin and isn't as likely to blend. It is more likely to sit on the surface, giving a plastic look. Look for good quality cosmetics that aren't necessarily expensive. It's better to invest in yourself by purchasing quality makeup that you know looks great with your skin type than taking chances with cheaper alternatives.
a. Dry Skin
If you are the victim of skin that is dry, don't despair. You should find a mousse or crème type foundation. If you use a concealer, make sure it is cream based and your compact powder should be pressed compact powder.
You should avoid loose power or oil free formulas as these tend to settle in the fine lines on your face. Eye makeup is best done with silk-textured powder or crème eye shadows and eyeliner should be either a shimmer pencil or a matte type.
Moisture is the key word with lipsticks and lip glosses. Find a moisturizing lipstick and use lip gloss that has ingredients such as aloe or vitamin E, both of which provide additional lip moisture.
b. Sensitive Skin
Look for products that are labeled specifically for use with sensitive skin and avoid fragrances in your cosmetic products. Non-allergenic is another phrase to look for on the labels of products you plan on purchasing. The key is to avoid anything with high dye levels or preservatives.
c. Combination Skin
You can either choose different products for different skin conditions that might affect your face or you can select products which are specifically created for combination skin. Even so-called normal skin often has areas which are more or less oily than other areas. Also keep in mind that normal skin might have times during the monthly cycle when it is oilier than usual.
d. Oily Skin
For oily skin, try using an oil free primer before applying a matte type foundation that won't clog your pores. Remember that loose powder has fewer oils than pressed powder.
Blot the skin periodically throughout the days to remove any shine. Avoid cremes for eye shadow or mascara and creamy style lip pencils.
Avoid harsh or drying cleansers as well as greasy cleansers since either extreme will react unfavorably with your skin type. The best skin cleanser, regardless of the skin type is a water-soluble cleanser that is gentle on the skin.