This post is vulnerable and informative, so just get ready for all of that! This is about skincare and makeup, so if you're a person where that is definitely not your jam then just click away fast--if you like face things, keep reading!
A little history:
I've had "Pizza Face" acne since I was about 13 years old. It was so bad when I was younger that I could barley wash my face without writhing in pain, and the worst part is, it's genetic. I tried every antibiotic, acne treatment, face wash, vitamin, birth control you can imagine. Nothing really helped, some things would help for a little while but the side effects would get so bad I had no idea what to do. Specifically birth control and this horrible antibiotic called Doxycycline. You guys, let me tell you, that stuff is from hell. It gave me leprosy like symptoms. Eww. Definitely not the desired results.
Fast forward to my twenties, I'm 25 and I'm still dealing with it. Not as bad anymore, but still definitely not something I want being showcased on a billboard for flawless skin.
Now that we've got that out of the way, time to talk about what I do to keep this horrible mess at bay. Fair warning, I'm going to post photos before I put makeup on... Get ready.
You may see these photos and thing, "Hey, that's not too bad." but trust me, it's definitely not too good. After the sadness of looking at those, here are some photos of my face after I put all the fixins on it.
Whew! Thank God for makeup!
Ok, so we've spent enough time looking at my face; lets talk about products! Skincare prep, before you throw on that $34 foundation is really important, to give your skin nourishment. For my pre-care I really love a few products, that I've learned aren't too harsh and have actually helped my skin improve since starting them a few months ago.
P.S. Those "bad skin" pics, are pics of my skin after it has improved over the past few months.
First, I use the Biossance Cleansing Oil. This stuff, you guys, it is a dream. It flawlessly removes my makeup while also hydrating my skin with antioxidants. Honestly, everything by Biossance is so worth it. Next I use the Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser. The reason I love this stuff is because it's not harsh on my skin like so many other cleansers are, and it smells cleansing. After that, I spray on the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, + Rose Water. This stuff smells amazing and it's very hydrating, but not too much, because my skin is pretty combination and has a tendency to get oily. Once I throw those gems on my skin, I use some Frankincense oil from Vitruvi. Not only is this a pure oil, its also not sell-your-kidney expensive. This helps with inflammation and redness, so I always just dab a little bit on the biggest red patches. Last but not least, I take some DIM. If you've got bad skin and you've done research about natural aids, this stuff is basically the holy grail and it's only beneficial for you. Just make sure you purchase a dairy free bottle. Dairy can cause inflammation. Also, I did see drastic improvement in my skin when I cut out dairy and added Fish Oil; just a little sub note for you.
I cannot brag on these products enough. They were a serious game changer. Some days my skin hates me more than other days, but it's definitely bearable now.
Now, the fun stuff, MAKEUP! The funny thing is, I don't use a ton of products and I basically do the same look every single day, with the exception of adding a bold lip or a cat eyes. These are the products I've found that best cover up all my skin nonsense and don't totally wreak havoc on it either. I'd love to tell you its all inexpensive, but the truth is, to have makeup that actually works, you've got to pay for products that work.
First things first, the base layer. I use 2 different concealers, one for under eye and one for my face, because those areas of skin should be different colors. I obviously use the very pale color under eye for brightness and the more tan color on my face to mask red spots. The concealer I really dig is actually from the drugstore, it's Revlon Color Stay in Pale and Light/Medium. After that, I throw on one of two foundations I really love, the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna or Estee Lauder Double Wear. You guys, these are my actual fav and worth every freaking penny. The only bummer about the Estee Lauder is that they don't have a ton of colors for darker skin tones, but that's where Fenty Beauty is kicking butt, and honestly that one takes the place for number one in my heart.
Once you've got that super solid base layer, now it's time for the fun part, contouring, highlight, eyes, and setting all that stuff so it stays like glue. For contouring, I honestly just use Wet n Wild from target. It's really cheap and the color looks natural on my skin, I've been using it for years and I don't plan on straying any time soon. Next I throw on a Tarte blush and a Sephora highlight and that's really all I need. Then comes eyes and eybrows. Honestly you guys, I just use black eyeshadow on my brows because my hair is so dark--I have that luxury. I love this basics Naked palette. It is my FAVORITE. And Finally, I use the setting spray of the gods, Urban Decay All Nighter. You guys, this stuff can change lives. I have cried many a night and sweat many a day with this on my face and my makeup has stayed flawless. I will always reccomend this gem!
I wish I was getting sponsored by all of these brands with how much I recommend them, but they're just so good that I've got to tell you about them despite that!
I hope this was a little bit helpful and that it kinda clears up all the questions I'm constantly getting on my insta-stories about my makeup and skin care. Let me know if you guys use any of these or if there's one you want to try, or I'd love any tips and tricks for how you make your skin look beautiful!