So sometimes your skin is fussy and you need to give it a break. But how do you give your skin a break and wear makeup that allows your skin to breathe and repair itself?
When my skin starts to act up and gets red with a spot or two I'll usually try and be gentle on my skin. This usually includes washing my face with just water and a face towel to give me a clean face to start with. I'll usually go in with a non-oily moisturizer like the Origins GinZing moisturizer. I'll then go in and top off my skin with the Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate. If you've ever tried Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate you'll know that you wake up the next morning with fresh and glowing skin - the daily version does not live short of these expectations. This helps to add a youthful glow and gives you a great base to start with.
To add even more glow I've been adding the Hourglass Primer in Mood Light which I received during my recent Sephora purchase where I acquired a large amount of deluxe samples. I apply the tiniest amount across my cheeks, nose, and forehead and I'm not sure what it is but it has added that little extra something. It's weightless on the skin and doesn't make me break out at all. A little goes a long way and if you're interested, I highly recommend getting a sample firsthand!
On the makeup front I still stay relatively simple and go for a sunkissed look. I'll go in with a powder foundation, one of my favorites is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. It blends beautifully into the skin and lets my skin breathe. I'll dust some of the BECCA Highlight in Moonstone on to help add a healthy glow to my complexion. Since I'm a rather pale gal, I like to go in with a light bronzer and warm up my complexion. I've been reaching for my Soap & Glory Solar Powder that I picked up during my trip to the UK. An old favorite is The Body Shop Bronzing Powder which is light enough for my fair skin without being too orange.
On the eyes I'll go light and apply a dark brown liner on my lash line, curl my eyelashes, and add a non-waterproof mascara to my lashes. This just makes removing makeup a lot easier at the end of the day and minimizes the extra tug and pull that goes into getting waterproof liquid liner and mascara off.
With summer here I've been suffering from dry and cracked lips so I've been going ham on lip balms of all kinds. I've whipped out an old favorite which is the Dior Addict Lip Glow and dug around my Dior Creme de Rose lip balm which I have quite forgotten about.
What are some items that you reach for when you're trying to go easy on the skin but not completely makeup free?