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What is the best foundation for sensitive skin?

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Finding the right foundation for your skin type

A lot of us struggle with finding the right makeup that will give us the coverage we need without the skin irritation, redness, and breakouts. Everyone’s skin is different and each person has their own needs and concerns regarding their skin. For women with sensitive skin, you want your skin to breathe! This means that you should look for lighter coverage foundations that won’t clog pores and are made with natural ingredients. You wouldn’t believe how many women with sensitive skin have skipped wearing makeup altogether for fear of getting a negative skin reaction. Our advice is to skip the harsh chemicals and strong artificial scents and go for the gentle and lightweight.

Here are some recommendations to help you find the perfect foundation so you could be on your way to looking and feeling fabulous!

bareMinerals Original Foundation with SPF 15


Natural is the name of the game right now, and many women – including those with skin conditions such as eczema – swear by the bareMinerals line of skin products. The best part about BareMinerals is that it doesn’t really feel like you’re wearing any makeup up at all. You get that nice, healthy glow from a loose natural powder that does not include parabens or synthetics chemicals. The bareMinerals foundation lines have 20 different shades so that women of all different ethnicities and backgrounds can compliment their skin color.

You might be thinking that if it’s natural, it may not be enough. It’s not just for sheer or light coverage either. You can build layer after layer as needed to cover up problem areas like blemishes. Some women, however, still feel the need to add a concealer beforehand.

A few things to consider though: If your skin tends to be oily, we recommend that you use the bareMinerals Matte Foundation instead of the Original foundation line since the Original formulation has a built-in sheen that will be overwhelming for someone with oily skin. It also may take a few tries to get used to applying powder if you’ve never used it before.

CoverGirl Sensitive Skin Liquid Makeup


Powder makeup is all the rage for sensitive skin, but what if you’re looking for that extra coverage? Liquid foundation is definitely going to provide that coverage. When looking for a liquid foundation as a sensitive-skin gal (or guy), you need to look for words like “hypoallergenic” and “fragrance-free.” On a scale from 1 for extremely sheer to 10 for extremely thick, the CoverGirl is in the sweet moderate middle with a score of 6. For those with acne-prone skin, many users say that the Sensitive Skin does not cause breakouts.

Benefits:

  • A liquid foundation specially made for sensitive skin
  • Fragrance-free, hypoallergenic,
  • Won’t cause breakouts
  • Lasts for hours and hours
  • Sweat-proof: won’t easily rub off during the summer
  • Light enough not to clog pores; heavy enough to cover imperfections
  • Pretty cheap; won’t break the piggy bank

One slight complaint that some women had was that they wished that the bottle had a larger opening since the foundation is silicone-based meaning it has a thicker base for more coverage. Otherwise, the application is easy and smooth on the skin.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Tinted Moisturizer


If you want just a dash of glow on your face without smothering your face with toxins & synthetic chemicals, then you might want to try the Organic Wear collection. I like how many items are under $10 and less pricey than the more flashy brands. As a bonus Physicians Formula, the company behind Organic Wear, pledges never to test their products on animals.

What to consider: If you are looking for full coverage to cover blemishes for prom or a big night, you might want consider other options though. This is ideal for evening skin tone and adding a nice tint rather than for airbrush perfection.

Ingredients include the good stuff to keep your skin hydrated:

  • avocado oil
  • jojoba seed
  • shea butter
  • sunflower seed oil

Sensitive skin makeup tutorial

Michelle has sensitive skin that is prone to redness and dryness. Watch her beauty transformation as she explains her regimen step by step.

So, what do you think ?