You're not alone. I've never met a woman who hasn't had an adverse reaction to a new product she was super excited about trying. And I know many who think all makeup will cause skin eruptions no matter what brand they choose.
Maybe it's not the foundation's fault. Maybe it's you that's causing the breakout.
Totally normal habits women have can cause unexpected consequences in your skin's appearance. Here are ten reasons why makeup can break you out that you never would have considered:
- (1) You're "warming up" the product. Many women choose to apply concealer or foundation with their fingers because their body heat makes blending seamlessly a bit easier. Even if your hands are squeaky clean, this is a bad idea. You're literally making the product greasier by introducing oils and heat during application. And to make matters worse, you're less likely to realize that you're using too much product.
- (2) You do your foundation first. A lot of us--myself included--love shimmery or dramatic eye makeup. The fall out may contain mica or other comedogenic ingredients that is overlooked, so start with the eyes on heavy makeup days.
- (3) You're not following directions. It's perfectly fine to mix brands and get creative, but sometimes products need to be used as instructed. Always read the packaging to understand how the makeup should be applied and what to expect it to do, or you could be sabotaging your beauty routine--especially if you've paired products that don't get along with each other.
- (4)You've got too many layers for one face. If you're applying serums, moisturizers, primers, foundations, concealers, powder, blush, bronzer, you need to tweak your daytime rituals. Even if every product is oil-free, a lengthy skincare routine combined with a full face of makeup is just too heavy for most women. Try multitasking by choosing foundations that provide broad spectrum sun protection like Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 and prepping the skin with a mattifying, skin smoothing treatment like Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner.
- (5)You're applying foundation to your lips. Muting the natural color of your lips for a nude lip may be introducing emollients from your lip balm to your acne-prone skin. (Your eye cream can cause the same problem.)
- (6)You're using brushes with natural hairs. Allergies to cats, dogs, and horses are extremely common, so don't rule out the possibility that you might be allergic to the hairs used in your favorite brush. Switch brands or try a disposable sponge.
- (7) You keep your makeup in the bathroom. Moisture is a breeding ground for bacteria that can live in your makeup or brushes, making harmless products acnegenic. They can also cake up when exposed to humidity, which changes the weight on your skin.
- (8)You're addicted to trends that don't suit you. Kim Kardashian and other glowing celebrities have made the matte look less than fashionable these days. Abusing luminizers and skipping the powder when your face is oily means more touch ups throughout the day and sebum that's out of control. Try adjusting styles you like to suit your skin type instead of copying them exactly.
- (9)You pick products with terrible packaging. Tubes or bottles with pumps keep foundations and other liquid products from being exposed to the elements. Any change in formula can cause irritation or clogged pores.
- (10) Your blending has no rhyme or reason. Makeup should be applied in gentle downward strokes evenly across the face and stippled over problem areas. Work section by section, then check a magnifying mirror for streaks that may emerge by afternoon before moving on to the next step. Wiping in every direction all over the face causes you to create too much friction on your skin and waste products.
The opinions and advice shared in this blog are for informational purposes only. The writer is not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in this post.