Dr. Bailey’s 5 Best Makeup Practices for Your Skin

Angela Christiansen|March 18, 2015

Makeup Tips 

Have you ever been so tired at night that you went to bed without washing off your makeup and the next day your eyes felt gritty and your skin looked horrible? 

Have you ever had trouble getting your trusted favorite makeup to look good on your skin?

You use makeupDermatologist recommended mineral makeup to enhance your facial features and to cover complexion imperfections. When makeup becomes the problem or it fails to work, you can feel at an utter loss. It may not be the makeup that's failing, it may be the way you are applying or removing it that's the problem.   Know the best practices for using makeup and you'll get the best results. In today's article, I am going to give you a roundup of Dr. Bailey's best makeup practices for your skin, so that you can look and feel your best every day! (The links to the original blog articles are in the titles of each section.)

1. Learn to Effectively Apply Concealer

Sometimes common sense does not lead us down the right path. This is often the case for concealer. You would think that to hide a blemish or dark spot on your face you would use concealer that matches your skin tone. BUT, that's not how you do it. See how the pros do it by reading Dr. Bailey's post on the art of complexion flaw camouflage. 

2. Declutter Your Makeup Bag

Often our makeup bags or boxes contain old makeup, loose powder, and sticky old product that can ruin our new makeup products. It's hard to throw the old stuff out after spending your hard-earned money - but grit your teeth and do it; let go of it because old makeup can harbor bacteria and degraded ingredients. Out with the old and in with the new - you'll be a lot happier with how your new products perform when you clean your makeup bag and brushes and "chuck" your old products! Click the link above to get pro tips for decluttering your makeup bag. To inspire you, here is the shelf life for most makeup products.

MakeupBagGeneral Guidelines for Makeup Shelf Life 

  • Foundation, liquid: ~ 1 year
  • Powders, all formats: 2-3 years
  • Lipstick: 2 years (can extend life by refrigerating)
  • Lip gloss: less than 2 years, especially if a wand applicator is used
  • Lip liner: 1-2 years
  • Pencil eye liner: 2-3 years
  • Mascara/liquid eye liner: 2-3 months

Professional Makeover Skin Care Sonoma County3. Clean Your Makeup Brushes 

You hear about the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes on blogs, magazines, and YouTube videos - but are you doing it and do you know how to? Just like your old makeup, your brushes build up with dirt, oil, and bacteria that can clog your pores and interfere with the smooth application of your makeup. Your pretty makeup colors will also turn into a sort of muddy colored yuck from leftover powders and oil on the brush. The real trick is knowing how often and the proper method to clean your makeup brushes to maintain the integrity of the bristles. Click the link above for the best practices to care for your makeup brushes so they perform well for you. 

young girl washes with clean water4. Know How to Correctly Wash Your Face

After removing your makeup, it is essential that you wash your face properly. Traces of oil and other debris are often left behind, which are potential pore cloggers. Dr. Bailey has said before that when she looks at facial skin biopsies under the microscope the pores are often filled with tons of old makeup, oil droplets from skin care product, dead cells, bacteria and yeast, and other debris that could have been washed out with proper skin cleansing. Simply rinsing your face is not enough. Washing your face correctly is important to how radiant your complexion looks. It also helps your moisturizers and treatment products penetrate better - and, of course, it provides a better canvas for your next makeup application!

5. Change Your Makeup Routine after Menopause

The resulting decrease in hormones after menopause leads to a variety of changes in your body, including your skin. Post-menopausal skin is often drier and the signs of aging accelerate. Revamp your makeup and skin care routines. Dr. Bailey details the adjustments she recommends in her article on post-menopausal skin care. She also cautions against adding extra layers of makeup. Learn more about her reasoning and methods by clicking the link above. These are Dr. Bailey's 5 best makeup practices for your skin! If you have any other questions about your current makeup practices let us know in the comments below! Feel free to share any of your tips and secrets as well!  

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