When it comes to makeup and healthy skin, one thing is abundantly clear – every woman, regardless of skin type, should make sure that the products she’s using are helping and not hurting her face.

Unfortunately, in the quest for getting your look just right, skincare can sometimes take a back seat to your makeup routine.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Because while it may seem daunting to find makeup that looks good AND keeps your face smooth and young when it all comes off, it’s definitely not impossible.

The following is a quick guide to get you going on the right path.

What To Look For In Your Makeup

While trying to scour intimidating looking ingredient labels may sound daunting, it’s actually not as difficult as it looks.

Generally speaking, when it comes to makeup that respects your natural skin chemistry, there are really a few things you should be looking for.

Tip #1 – Choose The Right Foundation

Foundation is one of those things that can not only make or break your makeup routine, it can make or break your skincare as well.  And a lot of the problems women encounter with outbreaks, dryness and irritation often come from foundation.

So, if you want to pick up something that will treat your face right, here’s what to look for.  First, you’ll want to avoid anything that has fragrance in it, since this is notorious for causing irritation (the same goes for any other harsh ingredients).

The second thing you’re going to want to do is choose something that has some moisturizing properties to it.

Tip #2 – Choose Products With Added Skin Care Ingredients

At the end of the day, sometimes it’s better just to kill two birds with one stone.  A lot of manufacturers are now created makeup that pulls double duty, acting as both a beauty and skincare agent, and products like tinted moisturizer, foundations with SPF, and blur sticks with oil absorbing properties are now easier than ever to find.

You can even find products out there that have serious anti-aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid.

Tip #3 – Know Your Skin Type

When it comes right down to it, everyones skin is different, and everyone has different priorities.  This means not only tailoring your skin type to your skincare routine, but to your makeup routine as well.

Fortunately, this isn’t exactly rocket science.  It you have dry skin, you’re going to want to avoid powders and other products that dry your face out, and instead opt for creams and items with moisturizing agents.

Conversely, if you have oily skin, opt for something that’s matte, oil free, and waterproof (in the case of eye liner).  You’re also going to want to avoid anything that’s shiny and glittery, since this will only exacerbate the problem and make your skin look oilier than it actually is.