Finding the right products can be very overwhelming. It is very important to know your skin type, this way you can rule out the majority of options. For example, if you have oily skin, you will know to only look for products that are oil-free. Here are 3 tips to help you in your search!
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1. Avoid cosmetics that dry or irritate your skin
How do I do this, you may ask. Well, one easy way is to look up reviews before purchasing a product. But make sure to read reviews from people with similar skin to you. Also, always make sure to test a product in one small part, like on your wrist, before covering an entire area with it. This will give your body the chance to let you know if it does not like the product.
2. Consider your skin tone when selecting cosmetics
Even if the particular type of cosmetic is just right for your skin type, choosing the wrong color–one which is either too light or too dark will make the cosmetics less than attractive. Select cosmetics that complement and match your skin tone, and minor imperfections in skin tone and texture will disappear. Darker foundations, deeper colors for eyeshadow and eyeliner will be 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, never overpower, the skin tones.
3. Invest in quality makeup
Quality makeup often tends to get painful to the bank account, but it shows on your 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. Otherwise, you will waste the same amount of money on products that do not work.
If you are the victim of skin that is dry, don’t despair. You should find a liquid 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 powder or oil-free formulas as they will tend to settle in the fine lines on your face. Eye makeup is best done with silk-textured powder or crème eyeshadows, and eyeliner should be either a shimmer pencil or a matte type. Moisture is the keyword 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.
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. The key is to avoid anything with high dye levels or preservatives.
You can either choose different products for different skin conditions on your face, or you can select products that are specifically created for combination skin. Even so-called normal skin often has areas that are more or less oily than other areas. Normal skin may have times during the monthly cycle when it is oilier than usual.
For oily skin, try using an oil-free primer before applying a matte type foundation that won’t clog your pores. Loose powder has fewer oils than pressed powder. Blot the skin periodically throughout the days to remove any shine. Avoid creams for eyeshadow 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.
Looking for good products for your skin, is really helpful if you know what your skincare type is. And understand that it can change as you get older, or have children etc. I had dry skin all my life, now I have mature dry skin, which is worse!