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Since the age of 3, I suffered from chronic eczema—a condition of inflamed skin. As a result, I was stand-offish when it came to wearing makeup and never carried anything more than Vaseline and lip gloss in my purse for most of my teen and early 20’s. I held onto my no-makeup belief for quite some time until I experienced just how confident I became after wearing a fiery-red lipstick for the first time. It absolutely changed my life, and now I’m obsessed with everything there is to know about contouring, highlighting and blending.

But trying to balance eczema and/or any sensitive skin condition while embracing all that is beauty can be a daunting task, until I began a little investigation and realized, it doesn’t have to be. For those, like myself, with sensitive skin, here are some tips to consider that will guide you when you’re purchasing products.

Look for natural moisturizers

The most important rule in beauty is maintaining healthy clear skin from the inside out, and when your skin is prone to break outs, keeping it moisturized is essential. Opting for makeup products that contains ingredients such as Shea Butter and glycerin can make a world of difference as they help to repair your skin to its natural healthy glow.

Use Your Hands

It may sound a little uncanny, but instead of using makeup brushes, try your fingers. In reality, unless you’re cleaning your brushes constantly (I know I’m not), a sea of bacteria and old makeup can build up within bristles, which can clog pores and worse, irritate your already sensitive skin.

To avoid this, clean your fingers and try dabbing your makeup with them for optimal coverage and blending.

Focus on brands that cater to sensitive skin

When your skin is like mine, dry, scaly and lacking radiance, it can feel like you’re in a silo at times, but never fear because you’re not alone. In fact, there are so many other makeup lovers going through the same thing that the industry has created products in response to our rallying cry.

Don’t waste your time on products that do not align with your skincare needs. Instead, find products that use plant-based ingredients and are transparent about the process, in which they create their products. Some brands that combine both skincare and makeup include RMS Beauty, which caters to health-conscious consumers.