Current Makeup Routine – Dealing with Skin Problems

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a makeup review, or a face of the day – and there’s a reason for that.

Ever since the last week of October, I’ve had this mystery allergic reaction developing on my face.  It’s been freaking me out, because it was similar to the reaction that I had when I found out that I was allergic to benzyl peroxide.  But this time the reaction was constantly changing – super dry one day, moist *ugh, I know we hate that word* the next, patchy, bumpy, UGH!  Of course, I want to pile on the colour correcting makeup, but I know that I have to be very sparing with my coverage, as to not anger my skin any further.

I didn’t want to completely hide the allergic reaction, because that would require A LOT of makeup, and could have resulted in making the reaction worse.  My goal has been to make it look like I’m just trying to cover up a bit of a break-out, and not a create a caked-on, full fledged “my skin is rejecting itself” look.

So here’s what I have been using to disguise the red-ness.

Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer – My only attempt at balancing out the red-ness.  This primer is my one and only, and never lets me down.  It applies with a creamy consistency, and although it doesn’t make the discolouration in my skin disappear, it gives my skin a great starting point.

Maybelline New York Dream Matte Mousse – For those light to medium coverage days, I apply this foundation with a stipple brush.  It’s light enough to not clog my pores, but provides a light enough coverage to hide any in-your-face redness.

e.l.f. Instant Life Brow Pencil –  That’s right, my favourite bargain brand has created their answer to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, and it only costs $2 US.  It comes with a spoolie attached, which mans that it’s travel friendly, and it makes for a speedy brow routine.

Benefit Dandelion Blush – A quick swipe of this blush give you some colour, and a little bit of a highlight.  It’s not an overpowering colour, so it pairs well with a light makeup look.

essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara – Normally I curl my lashes, then apply mascara.  However because the skin near my eyes has fallen victim to the mystery allergy, I don’t want to fiddle with anything in that area.  However, this mascara (which I reviewed HERE) has stepped up to the plate.  It contributes nicely to a natural look, and I found that although I didn’t pre-curl my lashes, this mascara added a little bit of curl for me.

MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Compact – Because I need the yellow to balance out the dark circles that has developed from me staying up all night scratching my face.  Boom.

eos Lip Balm – That’s right – I can’t even sport lipstick these days.  In order to speed up the healing process, it’s multiple daily applications of lip balm.

And that’s been my go-to makeup routine as of late.  I really miss playing with eyeshadow.  I’m hoping to find a good dermatologist to get to the bottom of this, so cross your fingers and toes that I heal quickly.


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