What you need to know when shopping for make-up

Oftentimes we spend huge amounts of money on excellent skincare products and aesthetic treatments, but we skimp on good quality make-up. For me the less you spend normally the worse the quality for most things in life and make-up is no exception.


Evidence of the use of eye make-up and aromatic ointments has been found in Egyptian tombs dating to 3500 BC. Women and men wanted to enhance their features. Today we still use make-up for the same reason, however we sometimes use it to camouflage an uneven skin colour and hide some facial flaws.  In ancient times many earth materials were used for colour, i.e. most make-up contains artificial colour which could be comedogenic (cause blackheads). A normal/ combination and dry skin type can normally deal with these colours and it seems to not irritate the skin that much, but a sensitive and acne skin will know all about these colours. A sensitive skin will sting and burn and often irritation on the skin will prevent them from using make-up at all. Whereas in an acne skin they will have blackheads appearing where  the specific product was applied. The blackheads can soon change into inflamed pussy pimples (pustules). We often call this ‘cosmetic acne’ and it may take up to 6 months to develop.



Foundation is the last step in your skincare routine and the first step of make-up. For an acne skin a good quality foundation can make all the difference to the ‘look’ and treatment of the breakouts.

I suggest you invest in a foundation  which contains ingredients to protect the skin, i.e. SPF and vitamins. A foundation that doesn’t contain any mineral oil or lanolin as this can lead to breakouts and undersurface congestion. Often a matte foundation can dehydrate the skin leaving you skin tight and dry which only causes the skin to produce  more oil.

Again you pay for what you get and when you visit your aesthetic doctor, chances are he will have a foundation that offers you more than just colour. I have found a fantastic foundation called Oxygenetix, not only has it got an amazing range of colours including the Fitzpatrick 4,5&6 photo-types but  it offers superb coverage making it perfect for hyperpigmented skins as well as Rosacea. What is even more amazing is that it was designed to apply directly to the skin after laser, fillers, botulin toxin injections and chemical peels which makes it possible for the patient to go back to work or attend a function immediately after this procedure. Oxygenetix containsan SPF of 25 and a great combination of ingredients that heal and regenerate the skin.


Lip colour

Normally the very pink, orange and red colours could cause blackheads on the lip line. These can be removed easily by your professional skin therapist, but cleansing your lips properly can almost prevent this. Also make sure you exfoliate the lips with a gentle enzyme or AHA  exfoliator.  To make your lip colour last longer apply your foundation on the lips. The foundation will also create a barrier between the potential comedogenic lip colour and skin, preventing blackheads.

The natural nude and earthy colours are often less comedogenic, so for a sensitive, oily or acne skin this will be a better option.

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Again the more intense the colour the greater the chance of comedone (blackhead) formation. The congestion or breakouts will only be in the areas where you have used the blusher not on any other areas where you did not apply the blusher. Look for ‘lighter’ colours, i.e. light pink or orange.


This area of the skin is more fragile as the skin is thinner, but due to lack of oil production in this area no breakouts or blackheads can be expected. However with this skin being so thin and drier than other areas of the skin, it could get irritated quickly. The more ‘earthy’, ‘nude’ colours will be less irritating whereas the brighter, intense colours could potentially irritate the skin. Powder eye shadows could potentially dehydrate this area leaving it dry and irritated. This can be prevented by using a good quality eye cream containing silicones which will act as a barrier.

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Don’t share your brushes,  sponges and products with anyone else as this is not healthy for the skin and could lead to breakouts.

Wash your sponges and bushes in warm soapy water weekly, bi- weekly or monthly depending on how often you use it.