10 March 2018

My Makeup Routine for Blemished Skin


Blemished skin has become the bane of my existence lately. It sounds pretty dramatic, but constantly having bad skin really puts a downer on things and makes my self esteem plummet most of the time. While I'm slowly trying to accept my skin for how it is, there's no denying that makeup can do a pretty great job of boosting self-confidence and enhancing skin as opposed to caking. I thought I'd put pen to paper, or rather fingers to keyboard, and share my tips, however small or simple they may be, when it comes to bad breakouts and covering them up without loading on layers of product. I'm sure most of this is common sense, however this is what I've been doing the past couple of weeks as my skin has had a turn for the worst.

The last couple of months I've stripped back my skincare routine and used the absolute basics - a simple cleanser and light moisturiser. Occasionally I have had to use a heavier moisturiser when my skin feels particularly dry. So I will apply the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, which I absolutely adore, every few days when my skin needs it instead of daily. I have to face up to the fact that some moisturisers clog my skin and cause me to break out. But, everything in moderation! Some kind of exfoliant has been really useful in clearing out my skin, making makeup easier to apply over top. Apart from that, I've really just been trying to avoid using any new products, letting my skin breathe and retain its natural oils.

Skincare routine aside, practising good hygiene is a good step forward in avoiding future breakouts, especially in the same area. I think for the past half a year I've used a Beautyblender constantly because it quickly became my favourite way to apply my base. Although I try and wash it every few days, it can still feel slightly unhygienic. That's why I've changed to brushes for now to see if it makes a difference, as I think they're much easier to clean - I mean who knows what kind of bacteria is lurking in a beauty sponge? Gross! It only takes me a few minutes to clean my brushes with the Beautyblender Liquid BlenderCleanser because I don't have many. Up until the point I started using a Beautyblender, I used my Real Techniques Buffing Brush every day, however I've swapped to the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush because it diffuses product really well over the skin, giving it more coverage than a damp sponge. I think in this case coverage is key because a sheer finish doesn't really work for me when I have so many spots and redness on my face.

I'm back using NARS Sheer Glow Foundation which provides a light-feeling yet decent coverage, even if the name suggests a sheer finish. In conjunction with the less dense brush, it buffs into the skin more easily, making it look like skin, which I think is crucial. I haven't tried the new NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, instead deciding to stick with my fail-safe option. The base is targeted towards dry or normal skin, and while my complexion tends to get oily by the end of the day, this foundation has the perfect kind of finish I like - glowy and radiant enough, but not instantly oily. Personally, I need to powder some time during the day, but I'd rather have to do that than have a heavy, dry-feeling base to begin with. More hydrating or creamy formulas glide over the skin and spots easier, especially because my skin can become extremely dry and sore feeling. Contrary to popular belief, your skin can be dry and oily at the same time, and it's a pain!

Using a matte, high coverage concealer will give you more coverage for your actual spots, rather than packing it on every where. I used to apply the NARS Soft Matte Concealer with my fingers, but I found it didn't give as much coverage as I expected. Now, I stipple it on with a small brush - I'm using the BH Cosmetics 128 Brush - which gives me coverage on and around the spot, reducing the appearance of redness. I think in the future I will repurchase the more creamier NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, just because my skin can become so dry, especially where blemishes are. Another concealer I've gone back to is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer because it has a more hydrating formula, but I tend to use this under my eyes most of the time. Apart from concealer, I love using a highlighter on the very tops of my cheekbones to distract from everything. Applying blush can enhance the redness in my face and draw attention to spots, so sometimes I will just opt for highlighter and the slightest amount of bronzer. Overall, I will try and spend that little extra time on my base instead of my eyes for example, because after all the skin is a blank canvas.

I think one important thing to note is that your skin won't look perfect all the time, even with makeup on. Sometimes makeup clings to the red, dry patches on my face and it's not a fun time for me, but in the grand scheme of things it's really not the worst thing in the world. People will still be able to tell I have spots, but in my mind a nice radiant finish will do enough to distract. Makeup doesn't have to trick people - just make you feel better about yourself. You don't know how much acne can effect you until you've experienced it, however I'm trying to make it work for me in the meantime!


-Emma

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