"How to get rid of large pores?" is a question I get often! Not necessarily with blackheads or blackheads, but many want to reduce enlarged pores even if you do not also have problems more blackheads.
There are various ways to reduce pores, both with skin care that can shrink large pores or remove blackheads on the nose. Or with make-up that evens out, e.g. a primer for large pores.
I myself have large pores due to oily skin, as well as both blackheads and pimples. Therefore, I have been experimenting with different solutions and products for over 15 years now! :) I am also used to holding make-up consultations with people with large pores even though they do not have oily skin type, I think it is important to separate these areas!
In this post, I thought I would sort out everything about enlarged pores, blackheads and how to reduce pores with both skin care and makeup.
What are pores?
My cheek in close-up :)
Visible pores vs enlarged pores
Visible pores and enlarged pores are two different things. It is important to mention in our digital world that is filled with filters and blurred skin. There are people who naturally have very smooth skin, but on the majority of us the pores are visible and that's perfectly normal!
The question "how to remove pores" therefore has (if you interpret the question literally) the sad answer that it is not possible. The pores will always be there and they are more or less visible!
So when I write large pores, I mean enlarged pores and enlarged pores can become for various reasons. So it's not about making the pores completely invisible, it's mission impossible for most of us.
But with that said, it is possible (as you see in this picture) to reduce pores very effectively! I do not have much enlarged pores, but with good base makeup they become incredibly much smaller in any case!
The pictures almost seem to be out of focus but they are just as sharp as the model :)
Why do you get big pores?
Many people believe that large pores only belong to pimples, blackheads and that type of skin type. That's not always true!
In fact, the majority of my clients who have large pores on their face are actually older people. Regardless of their skin type. This is because as you get older, the skin loses its elasticity, which causes the pores to "relax" and the result is then enlarged pores.
There are other reasons as well, enlarged pores can be due to very oily skin, that you have sunbathed a lot and thus got a thicker skin or simply genetically - that's what your skin looks like, you have large pores naturally quite simply.
What are blackheads and blackheads?
At each strand of hair there is a sebaceous gland. The sebaceous gland produces a type of fat / oil / sebum, which comes out through an opening and it is the opening / hole called pores.
The oil that comes out of the pores is for lubricating and protecting the skin, as well as making it supple. So the oil is good! Without it, you get dry skin, in addition, it keeps the skin more elastic, which also reduces the appearance of wrinkles. I embrace my oily skin! Even though it poses a number of problems when it comes to bass makeup.
Blackheads are formed by an excess of sebum, in combination with dead skin cells and other goodies;)
These can become infected and then a pimple forms, but if it does not become infected, it will only be a blackhead.
Blackheads or light blackheads are really the same thing, except that a black blackhead has oxidized due to oxygen, that they have come into contact with air.
What is impure skin?
I also want to emphasize that when you casually talk about unclean skin (I try to stop using that term) you do not mean that the skin is actually unclean. Unclean skin is not at all about the skin not being clean. It has nothing to do with dirt at all!
Deep cleansing of impure skin is simply a cleansing that removes blackheads and dead skin cells :)
Reduce large pores with skin care
1. Oil-based facial cleanser
If your enlarged pores are due to oily skin, I really recommend an oil cleanser in your daily routine! Why? Fat dissolves fat :) I am very oily skin myself and skipping oil-based products is not at all the way to go, for my skin anyway.
Missha M Perfect BB Deep Cleansing Oil (adlink) is great! I usually double-clean with this one. First, I wash off the makeup (including eye makeup) by massaging the oil on dry skin, rinsed with water. Then I dry my face and repeat the process again, so as not only to wash off the make-up but also to clean the skin.
Cream for large pores
There are different products that have an astringent effect on the skin, the most common are different types of gels and toner.
I personally have not found any such product that gives visible results on my pores, but maybe it is more effective for people who have enlarged pores because they have lost the elasticity of the skin? My large pores are rather due to oily skin.
Anyway, a well-reviewed and luxurious product for this Dr. Brandt Pores No More Mattifying Hydrator Gel (adlink) which is a moisturizing gel with a blackening effect. I personally do not get smaller pores from this, but it is well reviewed on Sephora, among other places, so I still want to mention it. Worth a try maybe?
Get rid of blackheads
But my very best skin care tip for large pores is to deep cleanse the skin once a week. The daily routine is important too, but I who have sensitive skin do not want to be too hard on the skin every day - I prefer deep cleansing every few days!
3. How to get rid of blackheads at home?
My favorite device is actually a facial sauna! There are specific facial saunas, e.g. Beurer Facial Sauna (adlink) but you can also boil water in a saucepan and then keep your head over. The heat opens the pores and the water vapor dissolves the oil and the blackheads.
Note - the purpose is to heat the skin for a longer time to open up the pores, not as hot as possible.
Rinsing the skin with very hot water or hot water vapor dries out the skin, so keep the skin so far away from the steam that it is warm enough, not hot.
4. Squeeze blackheads
When the skin is heated and the pores open, it is very easy to gently pull a pore clamp over the skin - then all the blackheads pop out of the pores! Like doing a door emptying at home you can say :)
I call such tools pore clamps or black mask clamps, but do not know if it is correct. Blackhead tool is called it in English anyway! Available in different shapes and I have tested a lot, but I think some type of loop is best, like this one for example: Tweezerman No Slip Skin Care Tool (adlink)
"You should not squeeze pimples" no I agree - but you do anyway… And then it is better to have a clean and gentle tool that you can disinfect after use, instead of squeezing with sharp nails :) So I think!
5. Face mask against pores
Cleansing the skin from dead skin cells and sebum gives a directly visible difference, the skin feels more even and smooth too!
The most gentle for the skin is to avoid manual exfoliation (with scrubbing grains and other things). Clay masks and peels with acid and / or enzymes ache by just lying on the skin, you do not need to scrub it.
It can be strong for the skin to use both of these on the same day. I then recommend the clay mask on the days you deep clean with heat and pore clamps. Then the exfoliating mask is good every few days! :)
Reduce pores with makeup
7. Primer for large pores
My best trick is to use a face primer that fills the pores. One of my favorites is Lumene Blur Longwear Primer (adlink) which effectively smoothes the skin structure and the pores become much less visible immediately!
Foundation for large pores
Choosing a liquid or powder foundation is a bit of a matter of taste. But I still recommend not using a too heavy foundation, it can then "push down" the face primer deeper into the pores and make them look as deep as before. Sometimes you can then see how the makeup has accumulated in the pores, which highlights them even more.
But a lot also depends on the application! I highly recommend applying with gentle round / buffering movements. Do not press too hard - but still make sure that you get foundation properly around the entire pore. Otherwise, the foundation can form a ring around every single pore, which emphasizes the pores more.
9. Powder for large pores
There are also powders with a smoothing effect! I personally put more focus on smoothing primer and powder, rather than the foundation in between.
glo Skin Beauty Luminous Setting Powder (adlink) has such a "soft focus effect". When you read the product description, you might think that the formula is shimmery, but it contains such small and discreet luminous pigments that it does not become a glow effect but rather a more smoothing effect because the light-reflecting particles settle in irregularities and lighten the shadows (t .ex in pores and lines).
10. Other tips for large pores
Avoid products that are very shimmery / shiny if you want the pores to be visible as little as possible, as the shinyness can highlight irregularities.
Do not look too closely in the mirror, haha. Boring tip but worth mentioning - your large pores may not even be very large, but if you see your pores on the nose in really good light, they can be experienced as huge!
There are also more active products with acids and stuff but I usually be careful to recommend this over a blog post because I 1. am not a skin therapist and 2. do not know what skin type you are reading. So that there will be nothing crazy with such active products! But overall, it is the BHA you should choose if you want to buy an acid for blackheads, Niacinamide products are also good if you want to reduce pores.
Finishes with all make-up pictures one after the other, so you can see more clearly the result of my way of reducing large pores with make-up :)
Products for large pores and blackheads
Compilation of the above advertising links / adlinks:
How to get volume in the hair? / How to get fluffy hair?
First of all, I want to mention the fact that different people have different hair types and hair quality and therefore also different easy to get volume in the hair. For some, just one volume product is enough while others get to work a little more!
The two most difficult the conditions for gaining volume in the hair, according to my era experiences, are 1: well-groomed and thick hair (when it becomes so heavy and shiny that it kind of slips out of the hands) and 2. oily hair.
When I have freshly bleached and washed my hair, it is quite easy to get volume up! It's flat like a pancake if I do not do anything at all, but then it's pretty easy to puff it up :)
But with outgrowth (ie well-groomed / not worn at all on the scalp) and oily hair, then it is more difficult!
Outgrowth and oily scalp, then it is flat, believe me! No fluffy hair here not!
Can you get volume in thin hair?
Yes, it is also possible to get volume in thin hair with the tips I give below!
Is there any difference if you are a guy and want volume in your hair?
No! It makes no difference at all whether you are a guy or something, it is rather the hair quality and length that determines which method is best for volume in the hair.
My 10 best tips you can do at home:
Here are my top 10 tips for getting more volume in your hair and that you can do at home! It is not the intention that you should do all the steps on the same day, but can choose the steps that are best for you and your everyday life.
I have linked all the products I use in each point and also included a list at the bottom of the post.
Time for hair washing in other words!
1. Wash your hair with volume shampoo & conditioner:
It is important to have shower products that care properly without getting heavy in the hair.
Shampoo your hair at least twice, so that it is completely clean. The first time you dissolve all the grease, the second time you wash clean. It is much easier to get volume in the hair if it is clean from the scalp's natural oils!
Should you have conditioner on the scalp? Yes! I say :) Many people think that you should not have conditioner on the scalp if you want volume in the hair. But conditioner has a lower pH value than water, which causes the hair to close. The hairs have small layers of scales and if the scales stand outwards (instead of being closed by the conditioner) it will tear the hair.
Instead, use a light conditioner that does not weigh down, so you can apply it all over your hair without weighing down!
I have tested the Höjd series from the Björk brand called Volumizing Duo, which is a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. So good! Above all, I like the shampoo, it really washes clean even if you do not use a huge amount (which is otherwise a common problem for me who have oily hair and use a lot of products, it takes years so much shampoo!). The conditioner is very thin and light and does not weigh down at all. If you have very dry hair, you can treat yourself to a hair wrap in the lengths or a caring oil / cream in the lengths after the shower :)
I always use a volume mousse or volume spray on the scalp after the shower, in wet hair. Do not skimp, but also do not take too much if you want to keep the freshly washed feeling.
In my experience (OJ what I tested different volume products in my days) mousse is more effective than spray. So you get more volume in the hair from mousse than from sprays. But which is best is also about taste, I think it's nicer to spray than to smear your whole hands with mousse.
Volume hair mousses I have tested a plethora of (!) And my personal favorite is probably Maria Nila Volume Mousse. Very effective!
Right now I use the volume spray Sebastian Volupt Spray which also has 5-star reviews on Eleven.se! Very nice, it is easy to apply and gives extra volume in blow-dried hair.
It is not only the scalp that needs volume but many also want fuller lengths. In addition, blow-drying the hair is the most important tip for a lot of volume in the hair and then you should still use a heat-protective product.
What is better then a volumizing lotion that also has heat protection?
Löwengrip Level Up Volumizing Lotion is a cream that both has heat protection, shortens the drying time and penetrates the hair and gives a puffing effect. I think it is very good! I have quite thick hair in the lengths so it is difficult to determine how much thicker it actually gets, but it is incredibly nice in texture and makes the hair soft and lovely! Usually use it in dry hair even when the hair looks a bit dull some day after washing :)
I think a bit like this, I still need a heat protection and if I can get a little fullness and a softening feeling at the same time, it's just an extra plus!
Product used in this step:Löwengrip Volumizing Lotion (adlink) which has now come in the new variant "Level Up" with a different color on the packaging. Do not know if the ingredients are the same but the product description is anyway!
4. Dry your hair with a round brush / hot air brush:
Turning the head upside down and blow-drying gives much more volume to the hair than letting the hair dry itself or blow-drying it flat against the head.
You can also use a round brush + hair dryer, but techniques where you need to have control of two hands at the same time I think is difficult haha.
However - now in the corner you get a good tip - hot air brush! Like a blow dry at home! A round hairbrush and hair dryer in the same product. Genius! It takes a little longer than just blow-drying, but you can shape your hair at the same time and get that beautiful hairdresser-wave.
I'm not an expert, but I usually divide the hair into different sections and start by blow-drying the under hair.
Take a loop, place the brush against the scalp and spin the brush slightly so that you lift the loop upwards.
Dry the loop straight down in length, but when I get to the tops I rotate a little on the brush again. To make the hair swing a little nicely inwards towards the face.
Volume in the hair and puffy shape in the lengths.
To get the hair a little from the face and a little more "styled" hairstyle, I finish by blow-drying the fringe obliquely to the side.
I want to emphasize that I am only a makeup artist and when it comes to hair, I may be a trained hair specialist (Hairology) but am above all a product nerd. So I'm not a hairdresser or a hair stylist at all. If you want to learn better techniques to style with a hot air brush, there are probably lots of better guides on Youtube! :) This brush also rotates (if you want) but it gets too hard for me! I just rotate it a little myself.
5. Volume in the hair with curling iron / waffle iron:
Tips 4 & 5 I have not done in this guide (would look like a lion if I did just about everything at the same time hehe) but a waffle iron gives a very durable volume in the hair and will be great if you do it in a good way!
I'm not a big fan of the classic "Volume Mug" that I had as a teenager. Curly squares in the scalp, type;)
BUT - A narrow curling iron and not to last so long but pull out the loop and hold it tight, press for a short while with the waffle iron "dutt, dutt, dutt" - then it will not be so clearly curly but you still get a lot of volume!
Tupping is incredibly effective for lasting volume in the hair! The important thing is to tup carefully, no crow's nest! This way you do not wear your hair unnecessarily. Ideally, you should not do it daily either, but perfect trick on special occasions.
And to have a good brush that does not wear more than necessary :) I have had the brush HH Simonsen Styling Brush for as long as the narrow waffle iron and think it is spotless! Can not be compared to tupping with a regular plastic comb, I think there is a big difference.
Dry shampoo is mainly good after a few days when the hair starts to look a little oily / greasy. But I usually wear it directly after the shower and blow-dry as well, partly for preventive purposes but also to get a little more structure and volume in the hair. Before this step, my hair is mostly fluffy and uncontrolled, but with dry shampoo it gets a little more steady.
Spray, rub, ready! Repeat during the week. I usually use dry shampoo about every other day and wash my hair once a week.
I'm pretty picky about dry shampoo, but Lernberger Stafsing and Löwengrip are two of my favorites!
If you do not have oily hair, you can use texture spray instead of dry shampoo!
I personally use it for extra volume, along with dry shampoo. And note, as I said, I do not do all these 10 steps on the same day, but sometimes I use texture spray, sometimes tupping, sometimes curling iron, etc.
Texture spray is also good for stability and durability in the lengths. I use texture spray instead of hair spray! I spray in the fringe and the lengths at the front of the face, so it's easier to get the hair off the face in a nice and lively way :) So that it does not just hang forward and get in the way!
Had the bottle turned so that the mark is not visible in the picture, but this is DS Texturizing Spray which is fragrance free which I LOVE! So tired of every hair product (I like to use several) smelling so heavenly. There will be a blissful blend and a big cloud of perfume in the bathroom. My hairdresser told me about DS with perfume-free products and I am very happy with this spray!
Another classic trick that is incredibly effective is volume powder! It gives a pretty rough feeling to the scalp but OJ so effective. Can't the dust IT powder just be me who became addicted when it was launched a whole lot of years ago now?
Dab LITTLE powder (easy to overdose and then you can barely pull your fingers through the hair afterwards) in the palm of your hand and rub into the scalp with your fingertips. Try to massage it mostly on the hair strands, not the skin itself on the scalp. You get lots of volume in your hair!
After volume shampoo & conditioner, volume spray, hot air brush, dry shampoo and texture spray, the amount of volume is no longer a problem if you say so;)
Pretty fluffy hair if you say so! : P
10. Hair oil to give the hair more life:
When you have a lot of volume-giving products, the hair can easily look a bit messy and dull. Then an oil is great for getting the hair nice and shiny while being cared for a little extra!
Many hair oils contain silicones rather than oils, which is not entirely bad in the hair ends if you have split ends - but silicones do not care for the hair. I usually use natural oils instead! Happy 100% natural :) Argan oil is a favorite!
Then just brush through the hair and puff up with your fingertips as much volume as you want!
The hair still feels freshly washed and clean and the volume is very durable! It is enough to improve with dry shampoo or texture spray every other / every third day so you have volume until you wash your hair next time - even if you do it as rarely as I do (max once a week, it can take 8-9 days too! ).
Best products for volume in the hair:
The list below are the products I have tested and think are good for volume in the hair! Click on the adlink links to go directly to the product page and see price & reviews for each product.
Hope this post was helpful! If you have your own tips on how to get volume in your hair at home or if you prefer to do it at a salon, feel free to comment below! The same applies if you have any questions or concerns! Do you prefer flat or fluffy hair? :)
Finding the right foundation online does not have to be that difficult, but there is a lot to think about! Now I thought I would go through everything with foundation and also give tips on what you need to think about to choose the right foundation :)
I get questions about base make-up and especially foundation, many people have a hard time choosing the right shade and do not really know how to think about choosing a foundation that suits their skin tone and skin type.
And almost even more common - questions about various problems that arise with bass makeup and how to solve these.
Here is a solid post with a lot of info! :)
How do I choose the right foundation?
Apologies in advance for long post. I can write a whole BOOK about bass makeup! Really, give me a week and I will have 100,000 words haha. But - here is a table of contents so if you do not want to read the whole post, you can easily jump to the section you are curious about!
Table of contents for my foundation guide:
You can click on the links in each table of contents to jump around in the post and find what you are looking for. The post is divided into 4 main categories.
Foundation is a part of the base make-up that evens out the skin tone with the help of opaque pigments. The word foundation means foundation and is thus a foundation for the entire make-up, a bit like a smooth "canvas" to paint on.
There are an incredible number of variations on this which can make people confused around the term. For the sake of simplicity, I usually use the word "foundation" as a collective name for all types of opaque products that are applied all over the face. Also colored day cream, cc-cream and bb-cream. These products are also foundations but which also moisturize the skin, can contain sun protection factor, neutralize redness, etc.
So there are many factors that differ from foundation to foundation. Different opaque foundation, what skin type they are adapted for, application technique (eg if it is a liquid or powder foundation) and also different finishes such as luster or matte.
Which foundation you should choose depends on what skin type you have and what you want your foundation to do for you.
Or (now I correct myself) it's more about skin condition than skin type! You may have oily skin (high sebum production in the skin) but still have dry areas as well. Then you need a foundation that fits both oily and dry skin.
It is also about your personal wishes.
How comprehensive base do you want?
Do you want a matte result or more luster?
How many more products do you want to use?
If you e.g. If you also use face primer, concealer and powder, your foundation does not have to "do" as much for you. It needs to cover properly and last all day.
But if you want to use only foundation, higher requirements are set. Does it cover all the bumps you want to cover? Does it give the right finish? Does it last all day even though you skip face primer?
Choosing the right foundation for you is very important for the base make-up to last! You can have e.g. have a great face primer for oily skin, but an inappropriate foundation on top means that your primer still does not work.
You can also adjust the finish afterwards. Here I have laid a matte base that suits oily skin and finished with a lustrous highlighter. So the end result still has a radiant glow while the base holds better on my oily skin!
Mineral foundation is a type of powder foundation, but instead of common powder ingredients such as rice powder, talc, etc., it is based on different minerals.
Mineral powder gives a very light and almost creamy feeling on the skin even though it is a powder foundation. However, in most cases it will be quite dull, but spray a fixing mist and put on some highlighter so you can get a lot of glow anyway if you want! :)
If you choose a mineral foundation or liquid is a matter of taste, some prefer mineral foundation while others prefer liquid foundation.
Benefits of mineral foundation:
Quick to apply
You can vary the coverage ratio. For example. Apply thinly all over the face and then dab more on areas where you want more opaque foundation.
You do not need to fix with powder afterwards (as many cream foundations need if they are to last all day)
Good foundation for sensitive skin. Few people react to mineral foundation (depending on the other ingredients). If you have sensitive skin, however, you should check the list of ingredients so that Bismuth is not high up (if it is under "may contain" then there is usually no danger). Bismuth in Swedish is Bismuth. Bismuth is not dangerous in any way, but the molecule is a bit prickly which can irritate the skin. NOTE should not be confused with Bismuth oxychloride”Which is a mineral salt that is often added to give light-reflecting properties. Bismuth oxychloride does not irritate the skin.
Suitable for all skin types / skin conditions. The only disadvantage of mineral foundation in my opinion is that people with dry areas need to moisturize the skin properly before and feel free to use a primer as well. Mineral foundation straight on dry / not moisturized skin does not adhere as well.
Mineral foundations usually provide a sun-protective effect (around spf15-spf20) because the minerals Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide provide a sun-protective effect.
The benefits of mineral foundation are thus many - but many still prefer the application of liquid foundations. And that liquid foundations are available in so many more variants!
Here I have mineral foundation on one half and am completely unmade up on the other half.
It is not only important to choose the right foundation for you, but also to apply it in a good way to get a nice and durable result!
Feel free to let your moisturizer sink in properly before you put on make-up. The skin does not have to be completely dry, but if you have a clear layer of moisturizer then so be it can it affects the performance and durability of your foundation.
Apply your face primer - if you use one. In most cases, you can apply the foundation immediately afterwards, without the primer having to dry in between.
Mineral Foundation: Feel free to use a compact with a soft brush and buffer into the skin. It is important not only to "sweep on" the powder on the skin, but to work it in. Suggested Buffing Brush in Flawless Base Set (adlink) from Real Techniques.
Thick liquid / cream foundations: Feel free to use a compact brush or sponge so that you can work the foundation into the skin. For example Complexion Blender Brush (adlink) from Real Techniques who received incredible (!) reviews on Lyko! This type of foundation can have poorer durability if you apply a thick layer on just the surface of the skin without working it in.
Thin / light foundations and gel foundations: Light formulations often sink into the skin better and you can use a less compact foundation brush or your fingers. A too compact and large brush can absorb a lot of product if you have a thin formulation, which means that you waste a lot of foundation as most of it gets stuck inside the brush. If you use a sponge, you can advantageously moisten it before, so that it does not absorb an unnecessary amount of product. Suggest the flat brush out Flawless Base Set (adlink) from Real Techniques :)
Whether the fingers are good or not to apply with depends a bit on your foundation and is a matter of taste.
Personally, I think that foundations where you can build up the coverage rate work better with a tool instead of your fingers. But as I said - it's a matter of taste!
Water-based foundation with gel formula that sinks into the skin and gives a moisturized finish. Holds well in wrinkles all day and even though it is not for oily skin, it also holds well on oily skin provided that you supplement with a good loose powder on top. It is a light-covering foundation that gives a big difference in skin tone, it is enough to just need a little concealer in certain areas.
Sometimes I get the question about a good waterproof foundation, Pixi H2O Skintint is not said to be waterproof but on the other hand water resistant and withstands moisture and sweat very well without letting go of the skin!
Fireplace: The only thing I noticed with the Pixi H2O Skintint is that it can get good primers for oily skin to be less effective. If I apply primer on half / half the face and then Pixi H2O Skintint, I see no difference in the gloss during the day. But if I put half / half with mineral foundation on top, you can see how much difference the primer makes.
I have used different mineral foundations to and from since I went to high school and this one I still have to say is the best! It is a pressed powder which simplifies the application (loose powder in a jar is more messy and tends to fly around = a lot of wastage). It is very comprehensive, which means that you need a very small amount, which gives you a more natural result. If you do not have oily skin, you do not need powder over either. In other words, very fast-applied!
I have dedicated this entire post to choosing the right foundation but honestly it is the combination of all products together that is of utmost importance! :)
Common example: You love luster and buy both primer and foundation that give glow. But your foundation is very creamy and must be fixed with a lot of powder to last. Your entire base make-up then becomes quite dull and the whole point with an expensive glow primer and glow foundation disappears.
Then rather choose a primer based on skin condition instead of how you want the end result of your base make-up to look. Do you need extra hydration during mineral foundation? Pore filling? Exhausting?
No, not all liquid foundations need to be fixed with powder, but many foundations fold in under the eyes and from the nose to the mouth pores if you do not fix with powder. Apply a thin layer of powder on at least these areas, I would recommend. Some feel that it is enough to fix with fixing mist / setting spray instead of powder.
If you have oily skin, it is more important to have a primer and foundation that manages the oiliness, rather than what finish they have (but should of course give a nice and natural result!). Because you should still finish with an absorbent loose powder for the makeup to last all day = the finish will still be relatively matte :) Some glow can shine through anyway if you use a good powder, but better to focus on a durable base and finish with highlighter for to get good glow instead.
If you have dry areas, you can use powder over anyway, provided it is a good powder. There are silky powders that do not emphasize dryness, as long as you apply with a good brush and not too much :)
Here e.g. do you see how a matte result quickly gets a radiant glow with a few quick brush strokes with highlighter :)
Choosing the right foundation is very much about being happy with the coverage rate!
I usually recommend choosing the coverage rate based on what you want in largest the part of the face if you want as natural a result as possible.
Then you can supplement with concealer and / or products that neutralize redness in the areas that need it. Instead of a full-coverage foundation for the entire face.
Here you can easily look at the model and think "choose a comprehensive foundation" but see how big a difference it makes in the whole face of only applying concealer! Then a light covering foundation is enough as a complement :)
"What shade should I have?" Is a question I answer OFTA! :)
If you are going to buy foundation online:
The website Findation.com is a good tool for choosing the right foundation! Not always 100% correct because not all shades are exactly the same from brand to brand, but you get a hum! There you can compare e.g. "I have shade X of brand Y, what shade should I have of brand Z?
You also get far by reading about the nuances, at least I think. It can often be more rewarding than seeing swatch images because colors differ from screen to screen. For example. "Suits you with a light skin tone with a cold undertone" is more accurate than you having to decide which of the pictures has a cold undertone.
If you are going to test foundation: Test where you should have the foundation - in the face. If you test the shade on the hand, it can be very misleading.
But compare against the skin tone in the décolleté / shoulders, I usually recommend! :) If you e.g. has a darker skin tone on the upper body than on the face and matches the foundation with your skin tone on the face, then it will still look like you have the wrong shade on your foundation.
Be careful not to match the skin tone of your neck, it is more often lighter than both the face and the décolleté. If you get a clear difference between the face and the neck, it is better to make up the foundation a little on the neck as well, or alternatively supplement with bronzer on the neck.
If you choose between two shades:
Will your skin tone soon change due to season / climate? For example, in March, it may be better to choose the slightly darker tone, otherwise you risk it being too light in a month or so anyway. And vice versa in winter.
If you do not need to think about the climate, I usually recommend the lighter shade if you still use a lot of contouring, bronzer, etc. in your other basic routine, then it can be nice to have a little lighter in the middle of the face :) And vice versa, choose the darker of the two if you do not use so much else on the face that gives color. You can put a little make-up on the neck to avoid a big contrast.
A very old picture of me haha, but it was appropriate for the post :)
Cold undertone are skin tones that go more to pink and blue-purple than yellow. Here it is even more important to look at the cleavage than to look at the face, redness in the face is common and does not mean that you should have a cold foundation :)
Neutral undertone then one is neither hot nor cold.
Warm undertone I usually divide into two different groups: Some are more yellow and olive (more to yellow-green than orange-yellow) while others rather have a warm honey tone.
On light-covering foundations, undertones are less important. Then you go by how dark / light skin tone you have. These foundations usually do not have a whole lot of shades because your own skin tone shines through = you get the right undertone anyway.
On foundations with a higher degree of coverage, however, it is important to choose the right undertone. It is usually clearer if a person has the wrong undertone than if the shade is too dark or too light.
In this picture I think you see quite clearly what I mean not to be fooled by the redness of the face. If you compare with my tone on the nose, you would not have chosen an equally yellow foundation shade, but against the neck and décolleté, a yellow undertone will be great!
6. Which foundation is suitable for oily and / or dry skin?
The most important thing to keep in mind to choose the right foundation for your skin type is to think about: are you dry or oily or both?
Foundation for oily skin
Mineral foundation is a better for oily skin if you compare with "wrong" liquid foundation. A liquid foundation that does not suit oily skin can be a disaster - the skin quickly becomes shiny and sticky and the make-up will drop during the day as the oil dissolves your base make-up.
I personally think, however, that one really good liquid foundation suits oily skin better! You just have to find the right one :) A water-based liquid foundation is better than mineral foundation according to my tests!
This is because mineral foundation is dull but not necessarily particularly dull / absorbent during the day - as a good loose powder is. I prefer to instead have a very absorbent loose powder and apply it on top of a liquid foundation - because I can then apply a larger amount without getting a dry result. The loose powder adheres better to a liquid foundation simply!
Oil-free foundation is often in demand by people with oily skin, but in my opinion it is not mainly about the lack of oil - I e.g. use skin care with thin oils that sink well into the skin before I put on makeup. But with that said, water-based foundations still keep the skin oil-free longer compared to silicone-based or oil-based foundations :)
The model is with water-based foundation and after pictures are after powder :) The pores look smaller after powder!
Foundation for dry skin
A moisturizing foundation is nice, no matter what skin type you have! However, it is not a must, focus above all on a moisturizing day cream that suits you. Then whether your foundation is moisturizing or not it is rather a bonus.
What is important, however, is that the foundation should not emphasize dry, crunchy parts. Those who do and do not often require tests rather than relying on the product description. Is there anything I learned after being a beauty writer since 2010 is that you can not blindly trust the product descriptions, haha!
Here e.g. is an image taken the same day. I had been on a sun holiday and had very dry skin (that was a long time ago, before I understood the importance of sun protection and hydration when bathing all day in salt water). One image is a moisturizing cream foundation and the other is a mineral foundation (in powder form), both applied to moisturized skin but without primer underneath.
Now you THINK I wrote wrong, that the dry image is mineral foundation, but it is not! The dry result is from the liquid foundation that was developed for dry skin.
What do I want to say with this then? :) Well, if your foundation is water-based, oil-based, silicone-based or a powder foundation does not matter. Read reviews (or test yourself if you have the opportunity) to know if the foundation you are considering is good even on dry areas.
Foundation for combination skin / combined skin (both dry and oily)
Having clear sebum production (tallow / oil) is very common! But very many of these also have (sometimes or always) dry skin condition. For example. oily T-zone and dry cheeks, or that you have itchy skin in the same areas where the skin also becomes shiny during the day.
The most important thing then is to use products that suit the oiliness, to get a sustainable base make-up. But at the same time do not emphasize dry parts.
Not simply choosing the right foundation then! But my product suggestions further down in the post also fit mixed skin, so read on :)
That the foundation should suit oiliness / dryness is the most important thing in my opinion. But there are other skin conditions to include in the calculations as well:
7. Foundation for mature skin (or rather wrinkles and lines)
I rarely give tips for just "mature skin" for everyone over a certain age does not automatically have the same skin type and skin condition. In addition, many younger people can also have wrinkles and lines on the face, I e.g. has always had very clear nasolabial folds (the line from the nasal wing to the corner of the mouth) and must always have base make-up that holds up well in wrinkles. Otherwise, that line will be very deep!
The best foundation for wrinkles is one that is light and sinks into the skin, instead of lying as a layer on the outside. Alternatively, you work it into the skin very well! If you have a thick layer of cream on the surface of the skin, it will most likely settle in wrinkles / lines / creases during the day.
Many equate synthetic with bad for the environment. That is true in some cases, but far from always!
From an environmental perspective and a societal perspective, it is in many cases better with natural and organic! But even there you can not put an equal sign, there are synthetic ingredients that in some cases are better alternatives.
For example. natural mica vs synthetic mica used as shimmer in makeup. Natural mica is linked to child labor and it is difficult for companies today to guarantee that their natural mica is not contaminated with mica from mines with child labor. Synthetic mica is not at all bad for the environment (especially a better alternative than plastic glitter) and is produced in a safe way.
It was just an example to show that this is a very complex area and you can not draw e.g. all mica over a comb. It is important that the company / brand really cares about the environment and societal issues and makes the right choice - because it is too difficult (in many cases impossible) for the consumer to draw conclusions based on an ingredient list :)
My recommendation here is to only buy makeup and skin care from companies that you trust and that seem to have decent values!
The all, all however, the most common questions are not about what coverage to have, how to apply foundation or which foundation suits my skin type. Without experiencing various problems with your base make-up / base makeup which in turn depends on your foundation!
1. Foundation oxidizes
What does it mean that foundation oxidizes? It is said that foundation oxidizes because the effect is that it darkens over time. In the same way that apples become dark when exposed to oxygen. But when it comes to foundation, oxygen is not the problem!
But it is very typical when I think you have managed to choose the right foundation - but then it gets too dark on the skin during the day!
Why does foundation oxidize? The first thing to distinguish is that a liquid foundation often has a lighter shade before it dries. The light is refracted differently when the formulation is wet. When you test the right shade, it is therefore good to let the foundation dry before you decide if it is right for you.
However, the fact that the foundation darkens during the day is usually due to oil. In the same way that you get a dark spot on the shirt if you spill a drop of oil, so can the pigments in your foundation darken the oil. It may be that you use a lot of oil in your skin care, but also due to oily skin - that the oily sebum that the skin produces during the day causes your foundation to darken.
It is not as common but it also happens that powder oxidizes! If you have a fairly oily base and powder, then the powder will be dark (not the foundation). Or if you have oily skin and powder the oily surface during the day, then the powder can also become dark.
What do you do to prevent foundation from oxidizing? If you do not have oily skin but still have this problem, you can try to reduce oils in your skin care. Otherwise, there is not much you can do yourself other than buy products that do not oxidize. There is! Read reviews before you buy if it does not already say in the product description that the product should not oxidize.
No charming picture of me because I did not photograph it to publish haha! Disaster. But it struck me now that I had a picture in the phone of an oxidizing powder and had to put it in and show :) Both powders (have one powder on one half and another on the other half) should be completely transparent and both it is also IF you do not apply on top of a greasy foundation - because then it becomes one powder like this much darker!
The fact that the foundation settles unevenly during the day is also due to the oily oil in the skin (also called sebum / sebum). The oil dissolves the make-up and makes it glide around the skin and can almost be felt as if it is running off.
Many people who do not have oily skin themselves often tell me (who has oily skin) that it is so nice with glow and luster, they also want oily skin! But the fact is that it is not the glossy surface that is the biggest problem - without making the makeup last all day.
It is actually a common problem even though you do not have Giantoily hy :) More people would realize that their base make-up does not last if they used products for oily and combination skin. You may not be bothered by the oiliness or even reflect on it at all, but you still experience the problems with the base makeup that the oil causes.
The fact that the foundation settles in the pores can be due to two different things.
Try applying in a different way. Some foundations need to be worked into the skin instead of just being "swept on" to settle finer in the pores.
If that does not work then maybe you should try another foundation. If you have large pores, some foundations can settle as small dots in the pores. A pore-filling primer can help in some cases, but most often it is only because the foundation is not suitable for people with large pores.
If you have not moisturized the skin properly, you may find that mineral foundation does not stick to the skin. Dry to dry does not adhere so well, quite simply.
When it comes to liquid foundation, on the contrary, it can be your hydration that prevents the foundation from adhering! Sometimes your moisturizers and your foundation can collide with each other, so that it feels like the foundation just "slides around" on the skin when you apply it.
Try adjusting your skincare routine. Maybe you can skip the serum in the morning and use it only in the evening? Use a smaller amount of your moisturizer? You can also let the moisturizer sink in for a while before putting on make-up and then dab with a piece of toilet paper to get rid of the excess.
It is at least very unusual that foundation does not adhere because it is "bad" but it is due to other circumstances. If you have not bought one of very poor quality, that is :)
Why does foundation line up? Because you have a large amount of creamy product on your skin.
How do you get the foundation not to line up? There are two things to keep in mind:
Fix with pillows. A common question is "do I have to use powder on my foundation?" and the answer is no, not all foundations need to be powdered to last. BUT just in the folds under the eyes, etc., the skin moves a lot when we estimate and talk during the day, it becomes very stressful, the skin around these lines and folds are rubbed against each other. You get a much more durable result if you fix your foundation (and concealer if you also use it) with powder. A thin layer is enough.
Use less product! I REALLY want to strike a blow for this tip. A thick layer of makeup will most likely settle in wrinkles and lines during the day. Use a very small amount of a concealer with a high degree of coverage rather than a larger amount of a less opaque concealer. Always work with thin layers of cream products.
A tip is to lighten up under the eyes with a matte light highlighter, instead of a thick layer of concealer. To have smaller layers of creamy product in areas with a lot of lines.
In this picture I have no concealer at all, but have a thin layer of opaque foundation and have lit up with a matte light highlighter under the eyes.
6. Kakigt makeup, e.g. on the nose and under the eyes
The reason why your makeup gets cakey is either because you apply too much, because your products do not fit together or because there is simply too much coverage and matte finish at the same time.
It is not about choosing the right foundation but (usually) due to too thick and unnatural layer simply :)
The nose is the "most sensitive" area because it is right in the middle of the face. If the nose does not look natural, the whole bass make-up does not feel good either. Getting the make-up to apply nicely on the nose is very much about application technique, do not have too much on the brush but work with thin layers and work in the product a lot. It is easy to apply too large a layer around the nostrils and it can quickly give a cocky finish.
The area under the eyes often becomes cakey for the reason that you apply too much makeup. Many people want a high degree of coverage under the eyes due to dark circles, bags, blueness, etc. A lot of concealer that then needs to be fixed with a lot of powder. But the skin is so thin under the eyes that a thick layer of makeup quickly looks unnatural.
The most important tip is to use a concealer with a high degree of coverage, so you can apply a small amount instead of a thick layer. You can also finish with an illuminating matte highlighter to brighten up the darkness, instead of working up 100% coverage. The darkness can often be due to the fact that there is a natural shadow in the bag / depth under the eyes and not that the skin tone is darker and needs to be covered. It disappears by brightening up, not applying more concealer.
Here you see lightening under the eyes with light highlighter (matte) instead of concealer.
You do not need to be afraid of powder as long as you use a light and silky one, and even there you work with thin layers. A good powder does not look "powdery" but can in many cases rather blur the skin and give an even smoother result on both pores and lines!
So: Work with thin layers and good products so you avoid cakey results.
7. Choose the right foundation that is light enough
Many brands sell only the most common shades, unfortunately! Light shades sell well but the really light pale ones are not as common. My tips above (Pixi H2O Skintint and glo Skin Beauty Pressed Base) has shades that suit even the lightest skin tones.
Pixi H2O Skintint's most common light shade is Nude, but is available in three lighter shades: Cream, Fair and Porcelain.
glo Skin Beauty's most common light shade is Golden Light. Natural light (which is even lighter) is also relatively common as well. But there is also an even brighter one - Natural fair!
8. Choose the right foundation that is dark enough
Brands are starting to get better at this (which pleases me!) But there is still a long way to go. When I started using Pixi H2O Skintint, there were only the shades Cream, Nude and Warm, where Warm is also a light shade. So light that those who used Nude before the summer had to change foundation after the summer because even Warm became too light when they were tanned.
At the time of writing Pixi H2O Skintint 11 shades that are darker are Warm and a total of 19 shades in the range. This is very much considering that the foundation is semi-covering and the undertone plays less of a role.
glo Skin Beauty have always been good at dark shades and have always had many to choose from. At the time of writing, they have 9 shades in different undertones in the range medium-dark.
A common misconception is that budget brands cannot afford to have many shades in their range. But it is more about how much money you have in the company when you start, not what price you have for the products. Many new brands have to start with fewer shades because you have to order so many of each shade.
My skin type is oily with quite visible pores. Sensitive to the extent that the skin easily feels tight, I need to moisturize it properly. And has some redness around the nose and always some blemishes, but in large parts fairly even skin tone.
Hope my post on foundation has helped you so you know how to choose the right foundation for you! It can be a little harder to find the right foundation online, but most are also available in stores such as Kicks / Åhlens so you can go and try it out. If any questions or concerns arise, please leave a comment below.
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CBD oil in skin care is a growing trend! I see cbd products are recommended here and were in Sweden now and it also releases a whole lot of news with cbd.
This post is a collaboration with Cibdol.se with info + review on 4 different skin care products with CBD!
Frequently asked questions about CBD oil in Sweden:
What is CBD oil?
CBD is a Cannabidiol substance extracted from hemp. So the famous Cannabis plant!
Can CBD Skin Care Get High?
No, all skin care products with CBD are free of the active substance THC which is the substance that gives the narcotic effect. So just lubricate! :)
What is CBD good for? CBD Benefits:
The emollient properties come from hemp seed oil and are also said to have a soothing effect on the skin. It is also recommended for people with acne as it is anti-inflammatory.
There is also CBD to be taken by mouth or inhaled. These are used, for example, to reduce stress and anxiety and inhibit inflammation. However, there is a strict regulatory framework for this type of product in Sweden.
Is CBD oil legal in Sweden in 2021?
THC-free beauty products and skin care with cbd oil are completely legal in Sweden!
Products that are to be taken by mouth or inhaled, on the other hand, are more complicated. It is currently legal to buy and use CBD, but not to sell. So in such cases you need to order from abroad. However, make sure that the product is completely THC-free, otherwise it is classified as a drug!
The laws may change as this is discussed and researched diligently, stay updated Läkemedelsverket.se :)
The price is SEK 585 for the whole kit, but at the time of writing it is -30%. The products thus cost only one 100-piece each!
Cibdol is based in the Netherlands but also ships to Sweden! :)
Cibdol CBD Day Cream SPF 15
Product description: A day cream with SPF 15, vitamin C, vitamin E, marigold, shea butter and CBD oil.
Packaging: Jar with screw cap. Use a spatula! No fingers in the jar :)
Formula: A very "rich" and good cream to be a day cream! For people with normal / dry skin, I would say that it is spotless! I who have oily skin use it sparingly if I have to put on make-up, but on make-up-free days I use a proper click and it works great! :) It is "rich but not fat" so it works well on me too. Very creamy and nice to lubricate :)
It has a very mild scent, it is not completely odorless but also not "perfumed" in my opinion.
I also use it on the cleavage which I love! The skin looks really moisturized and fresh!
Cibdol CBD Night Cream
Product description: An emollient night cream that in addition to CBD oil also contains moisturizing Pentavitin, vitamin A, argan oil and shea butter.
Packaging: Jar with screw cap. Use a spatula! No fingers in the jar :)
Formula: A very good and rich night cream! Incredibly COZY to lubricate the evening twig! Reminiscent quite a bit of day cream but possibly feels a little fatter. I also lubricate the décolleté, which always makes me feel so good and proper haha.
It has a very mild scent, it is not completely odorless but also not "perfumed" in my opinion.
Cibdol CBD Eye Roller Gel
Product description: Moisturizing eye cream with CBD oil, shea butter and Panthenol.
Packaging: A roller with a metal ball rolling under the eyes. Love the packaging! I am careful with this type of rollers otherwise, because before I got nickel rash under the eyes of an eye cream from another brand whose bullet contained nickel (got it confirmed by the company afterwards as well). But I have been using this for a long time now and it does not get a rash! :)
Formula: The formula is very light, the skin looks a little wet and it feels like a serum more than a cream. There is a fair amount on the skin and the cool ball is SO nice! At the time of writing, it is very hot outside (and inside) so if I am not wearing make-up, I actually usually roll a little under the eyes in the middle of the day as well. So heavenly nice :) Of all 4 products, this is actually my favorite!
Cibdol CBD Lip Balm
Product description: A moisturizing lip balm with CBD, seed oil from mango and antioxidants that will help against dry and itchy lips.
Packaging: Jar with screw cap. Use a spatula! No fingers in the jar :)
Formula: Very soft and nice on the lips. I am sensitive to "sticky / sticky" on the lips but like this formula a lot! :) It has a slight faint scent that I can not place, it reminds me of something but really can not figure out what it is!
Summary - Review of CBD skin care
I have been using these products with cbd oil for a few weeks now and am very happy! If the CBD ingredients are different from other skin care, I can not answer as I do not have any direct skin problems to see the difference. Has fairly firm skin under the eyes, no dry lips, no dryness in the skin.
I have some pimples / blemishes and it has been calm on that front, but I always have fewer pimples in the summer so it is difficult to say if it may be due to the creams or not. Perhaps! At least it has not gotten any worse or so! :)
The skin simply looks very moisturized and the products are very nice! Very good budget skin care I would say! :)
Buy products with CBD oil at Cibdol.se here! Shipped from the Netherlands and I got the products home well packaged and with fast delivery.