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Make-up tips for eczema-prone skin

Make-up tips for eczema-prone skin

For those living with eczema, or atopic dermatitis, adding make-up into the mix might be something of a challenge. Scaly patches on the face may mean your skin is red and irritated. And severe dryness around the lips may make wearing lipstick nearly impossible.

While a plump, hydrated face is a no-brainer to paint, one that’s dotted with dry skin takes a bit more work. But with the help of a few of our tips you can still enjoy wearing make-up and leave the house looking good and feeling confident.

Select the right products

Creating a good base prior to applying make-up is as essential as the actual application. Moisturising is key when you have eczema though it’s best to avoid creams with added fragrances and preservatives as well as any cosmetic products that contain salicylic or glycolic acid as you want to avoid removing any more moisture from your skin. Kiehl’s Ultra Moisturising Cream is good if your eczema is mild, or try Bria Organics Relief Repair Replenish Balm.

Colour correct your patches

If you have dry red patches, according to the beauty colour wheel green neutralises red, so opt for a green colour correcting concealer to cover up but avoid applying on areas that are too cracked and flakey. And don’t bother with waterproof products which tend to be more drying and harder to remove, as the will irritate skin further if you have to scrub to remove.

Apply make-up with clean fingers

While brushes are favoured by most make-up devotees, they contain bacteria, even if you clean them regularly. Already irritated skin will be more prone to flare-ups if you’re spreading stale make-up and bacteria on it. Instead, wash hands thoroughly and use your fingers to apply makeup to clean and moisturised skin. Clean fingers with a cotton pad soaked in Avène Micellar Lotion between products. Dab it on like you would using a beautyblender sponge and avoid spreading it around your face.

Cream over powder

Choose cream-based products over powder for eczema-prone skin. Creams have more moisture which is better for skin that is already dry. When buying cream blushes and eye shadows, labels indicating "all natural" or "hypoallergenic" are safe bets, but carefully reading the list of ingredients is the only way to ensure it’s not a wasted buy. If you are very dry and want to avoid flakiness, try mixing a little of your regular moisturiser into a mineral powder like Green People’s Pressed Powder SPF 15 to create your own cream foundation.

Multitasking make-up

RMS Beauty is dedicated to creating products that heal and nourish the skin, using food-grade natural ingredients. The Living Luminizer is made from skin healing ingredients such as jojoba and coconut oil which will nourish dry skin rather than irritate it. This wonder product works on all skin tones and will add radiance to eczema-prone skin without the kind of face-clogging shimmer other luminisers often contain. Apply it onto cheekbones using fingers to lift and brighten. It’s also great dabbed onto the centre of the eyelid and the inner corners of the eyes for instant brightening.

Play to your strengths

Many people with eczema find it’s concentrated around a part of their face or body. If your problem area is around the eyes go for a bold lip to detract attention away from scaly, puffy eyes. Whether it’s your lips, lashes, cheeks or even your brows, accentuate your good bits rather than just trying to mask the bad bits. Define eyes simply using a flat liner brush and a gel liner – using a gel rather than a pencil means you’re not pulling or dragging the delicate skin. Use the brush to ‘push’ the liner into the lashes, to help make lashes look longer and thicker and give your eyes definition. The thinnest line in the lashes will make a big difference with minimal irritation.

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