Ashley's Makeup and Skincare FAQ's answered!

What oils do you recommend for healthy skin?

While it depends on your skin type, I would say jojoba, sunflower and safflower oils are wonderful options for most skin types. All three are noncomedogenic or mildy comedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores. The key to using oils correctly is working 4-6 drops into your skin while it is moist (from a pat of water or mist of toner) after cleansing. Start using oils just at night to see how your skin reacts.

How often should makeup brushes be washed, and how often should they be replaced?

If you use your makeup brushes every day, wash them once a week with a baby shampoo or a cleanser specifically designed for makeup brushes. You might even consider using a daily spray cleanser if you find your brushes get build up fast. When washing your brushes, NEVER turn them bristle side up while they are wet. This can cause the glue to breakdown and ruin your lovely brushes. I recommend replacing your brushes when they start to feel itchy on the skin and/or the bristles look very wild and sticking out in all directions.

What should I do about these under eye circles?

There is good news and bad news about under eye circles. Bad news is that sometimes they are genetic and there isn’t any amount of sleep, diet, or cream that can fix them. The good news is that makeup exists! Use a peachy or salmon colored concealer to disguise to circles, then lightly cover with normal concealer to blend with natural skin tone. Apply both in a triangle shape with the point near the corner of the nostril. Set with a finishing powder and add highlighter to the inner corners of the eyes, et viola!

What is the best way to camouflage acne scarring or dark spots?

Apply your foundation first! Then where you think you need additional coverage. Use a concealer brush to lightly add a layer and pat with a sponge to blend in. The key is to use thin layers versus one big blob. Once you’ve achieved the desired coverage, set with powder.

Will wearing makeup make acne prone skin worse?

Yes and no. The trick is finding the right makeup for your skin. You want to look for ingredients that won’t clog pores and are calming and nourishing to the skin. Leaning more towards the natural side of makeup is really beneficial, as they don’t contain a lot of chemicals or other irritants that could cause breakouts. Also, make sure you are thoroughly cleansing your face by doing a double cleanse to remove all traces of makeup every day. NEVER, EVER, EVER go to sleep with makeup on! Exercising with makeup on is generally a bad idea as well, especially for people with acne prone skin.

Does the brand of makeup really make a difference?

I wouldn’t say the brand makes as big of difference as the ingredients do. Your skin absorbs whatever you put on it, so I would really think twice before putting something riddled with chemicals and toxins on my face. Check out this link to see how your favorite brands and products got rated:

Highlighting – every day or only special occasion?

Every day. All day. The amount and product will change from day to night, but highlighting is always a good idea in my personal opinion. Add a little dab of some light oil on the cheekbones with a tiny hint of sparkle on the inner corners of your eyes and cupid bow of your lips, and that’s perfect for daytime. Amp up the shine and iridescence for the night or, you could do mega highlighting day and night…it’s your face and whatever makes you happy, I say go for it.

Is it necessary to wear additional SPF if it’s in my makeup already?

It depends on the SPF. Make sure if you are relying on your makeup for your sun protection that you look for physical sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients reflect UV rays rather than absorb them. Furthermore, SPF numbers don’t add together to give you more coverage. For example, wearing a moisturizer with SPF 20 and foundation with SPF 15 does not give you SPF 35. So, if your makeup has a low SPF, then it would be prudent to wear a sunscreen underneath your makeup that has better protection.

I have dry skin. Should I be using a liquid or a powder foundation?

You could wear either, but I would choose liquid foundations that have moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid or oils. Also, loose powder tends to be a better option for dry skin. But, don’t rely on your makeup to treat your dry skin; leave that to your skin care regimen. Skin first, makeup second.