Create a Flawless Canvas of Makeup

Face makeup can be tricky – you need to get the right shade, the right ingredients for your skin type, the right texture and coverage, and then you have to pray that it doesn’t look fake and cakey, or that you don’t have a skin reaction to it.  Well, the geniuses at Dermalogica must have known how many women struggle to find face makeup that is right for their skin.  They have a concealer with active ingredients and a treatment foundation, but before we get into that, we are going to start at the beginning so that you know how to prepare your face to get that perfect flawless canvas of makeup.


This is so important because without getting the dirt and impurities off of your face, your makeup won’t go on smoothly and look fresh.  Use a cleansing wash or gel such as Dermalogica’s: Clearing Skin Wash, Essential Cleansing Solution, Skin Resurfacing Cleanser, Special Cleansing Gel, or Ultra Calming Cleanser if you have very sensitive skin.  These are gentle cleansers that still give a deep clean without leaving skin dry, greasy, or tight.

Tone if You Please

Not everyone needs to tone their skin – it is usually more necessary for skin that is naturally on the oily side, or gets oily in certain areas such as the T-zone.  However, Dermalogica’s Multi-Active Toner uses Aloe, Balm Mint, Arnica and Lavender to heal, while Sodium PCA aids moisture in binding to your skin, so every skin type can use this.  It is an additional cleansing step and it soothes the skin without drying it out.

Moisturizing is a Must

Moisturizing your face before applying makeup is an absolute must.  It adds a layer of hydration, which is good for your skin, but it also allows face makeup to go on easily and look more natural.  If skin is dry, makeup can cake on and make your skin look even drier.  Apply a thin layer of a face moisturizer such as Dermalogica’s Active Moist, Intensive Moisture Balance, or Dynamic Skin Recovery with SPF 30, to prep the skin for color application.

Concealed Weapon

Dermalogica’s Concealing Spot Treatment will be your secret weapon against blemishes and breakouts.  It uses Sulfur and Zinc Oxide to help clear skin by eliminating bacteria while clearing excess oil, and it also has a natural tint to help conceal any blemishes you might currently be treating.

Add Some Color

Dermalogica has some tinted moisturizers as well as a foundation, so let’s discuss both so you can determine which is the best fit for you.

Sheer Tint SPF 15 provides hydration and solar protection in one easy step.  It’s a lightweight oil-free moisturizer with SPF 15 plus antioxidant protection.  It has a slight tint, so it can be an alternative to using a foundation, and still gives a very natural finish.

Treatment Foundation is a lightweight, oil-free, water-based liquid make-up that provides flawless coverage while moisturizing and protecting skin.  This foundation goes on light and smooth, so it’s still a great option for anyone who wants coverage, but scared of having something that feels heavy or cakey.  It blends seamlessly similar to a moisturizer, and can be layered for buildable coverage.

This should finish off your perfect canvas.  You can also lightly add bronzer and/or blush to key areas of the face including forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, to add some extra color and contour, and a natural looking glow.

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