Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Tips & Tricks: Glowy Base On Sensitive/Acne Prone Skin

Having sensitive, acne-prone skin means that just about anything sets my skin off--weather changes, greasy foods, skincare products. You name it, my skin probably hates it. But that doesn't mean you have to stick to the same old matte foundation routine. Below I've listed the tricks and products that work for my overly tempermental skin when I want to achieve a flawlessy healthy, glowy complexion.

♥ Tip # 1: Add an oil into your moisturizer.
My first reaction to my skin drying up was to apply a heavy, creamy moisturizer, but my sensitive, acne prone skin was not having any of it. It was like "nuh-uh, honey" and broke me out in areas that I don't normally have issues in, like my forehead and cheeks. But what has been working for me was adding Tarte Maracuja Oil into the Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer, which has a more light gel-based formula. The oil gives the moisturizer an extra kick, making your skin smoother and more supple for applying makeup.

♥ Tip # 2: Trade in your mattifying primer for an illuminating one.
The overly flat matte look has not been a favorite of mine as of late. I started to notice that my skin was looking dry and even patchy in certain places. By using a moisturizing, glowy primer in place of an oil-control primer, you're combating that in a sense. Once the foundation is laid on top of the primer, you get that "lit from within look" that is mentioned so often. My go-to for fighting off the crustiness has been the Cover FX Illuminating Primer.

♥ Tip # 3: Bring the glow to your foundation.
While this post is all about "the glow", I don't always use a dewy foundation to achieve this look. I find that they can be too heavy on my skin and end up clogging my pores. Instead, the trick is to transform your matte foundation. By adding the Nars lluminator in Copacabana, which comes in liquid form, to my L'Oreal Infalliable Pro Matte Foundation I can control the level of glowiness. You can do something subtle or go all out disco ball if you prefer.

♥ Tip # 4: Prep THEN highlight.
Powder highlighters are all the rage right now. They've literally cornered their own little section in the makeup industry and every company seems to be flooding the market with them. That being said, some of the most popular concerns I hear about these products are: "How can I make my highlight last longer?" and "How do I get rid of the powdery look?" While there are a bunch of different solutions to these dilemmas, my favorite method is to layer the powder on top of a cream or liquid highlight. This will instantly change the highlight game for you, increasing the longevity and decreasing the powder-iness of your glow. As I want this post to be short and sweet, I won't go in-depth about my favorite powder highlighters--that can be done on a separate post. However, I am obsessed with the Sephora Radiant Luminizing Drops in Ultralight, which creates such a beautiful subtle glow on its own, but can also be layered under a powder highlight to really make it POP!

These are all of my die-hard glowy tips and tricks. However, another thing you could potentially do to amp up your glow if you have particularly dry skin would be to use a setting spray that has glycerin as one of the main ingredients as it traps and locks in moisture. Also, simply wear a gloss--they help your lips look juicy and plump, which can't possibly hurt when you're going for a healthy glowy look. Try these tips out and let me know how much they've UP'd your glo-game!


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