Is it Skin Safe?

I started my makeup journey in the seventh grade, with Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse and blue eye shadow. I have “glown up” a lot since then. However, the feeling of satisfaction and confidence I feel when I concoct the “perfect” look is the same now as it was then. Makeup isn’t something I wear to impress others – it is something I wear to impress myself.

Between finding the right foundation and learning to do my brows on fleek, I have never underestimated the importance of looking after the canvas. As an adult, I do struggle with occasional breakouts (less now than when I was younger). It is the result of genetics and hormone fluxes…and sometimes I can blame the frosty I had last Friday. Whether it is PMS or stress etc. I do have a routine in place to deal with the blemishes that pop up.

Because of my skin type, I have to be extra careful when buying new product. Yes, some makeup will cause breakouts. Sadly, the Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation was a culprit (sorry Ri-Ri!). It doesn’t matter how good it is, if a product is the catalyst for breakouts, it must go.

I am not an expert – I am the average, makeup buying woman. Sometimes I have the time to talk to a professional about a product VS my skin type but often not. And the internet is fraught with contrasting opinions because surprise, not everyone is the same. So here’s a little tip from the average, non-professional, busy woman who loves makeup: 

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This website is beautiful. It has a treasure trove of information on foundations, concealers, powders etc. It evaluates the ingredients and will give a product a score out of 100. It streamlines reading and researching ingredients as they compare to your specific concerns. It has helped me isolate which specific ingredients are irritating to my skin, thus I can focus on products that won’t make my breakouts worse.

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So, my fellow makeup addicts, this is my tip of the year – this site (which is powered by the Mayo Clinic and has an IOS app) will change your life.

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