One time, when I tried a new liquid foundation, my skin broke out in hives on contact. Around my nose, the skin was raised, red, and painfully itchy. I've come to realize that my skin, dosed-up with years of prescription acne-fighting topicals, is really sensitive. One wrong move and it'll have a reaction. Considering all the makeup and skincare I test out while working in the beauty industry, it's difficult to pinpoint exactly causes outbreaks. There are, however, precautions to take.
I learned some important tips from Joëlle Nonni, the Skin Health Education Workshop Manager at Avène's hydrotherapy center. All of the center's patients—who stay at the facility located in the bucolic hills of southern France for three weeks at a time—experience some skin issue, from severe cases of eczema, to psoriasis, dermatitis, and others. As part of their treatment, they can also take makeup classes from Nonni: medical makeup, which covers concealing burns and scars, and regular sessions that cater to sensitive and healing skin.
"If you don't have great skin, makeup doesn't fix that," Nonni emphasizes, meaning skincare should be your first line of defense. That being said, she does break down smart ways to navigate your beauty bag for a clear and calmed complexion.