In this busy, fast-paced world, more and more women are turning to appearance medicine services and opting to have treatments such as microderm, needling, dermal fillers and botox, alongside their standard beauty and salon services.
If you have clients who invest a lot of money and time with you, then you need to be aware that applying certain make ups following a treatment can compromise the work you have done or even slow down the skin’s healing process. It is important to know what is in the make-up that you are offering your clients. Minerals are always best as they allow the skin to breathe and do not contain any nasty chemicals, however not all mineral brands are created equally. Check that your make up has a certification, especially if you are using a mineral brand. An ECOCERT certification ensures you are actually using a mineral/organic brand with inert minerals. One of the benefits of using inert minerals is that they do not support bacterial growth. As a beauty professional, you can confidently apply it on your client’s skin, whether she has acne, rosacea or even after a cosmetic procedure such as needling and laser treatments.
So what are the best products to use for specific treatments or skin concerns?
Pressed minerals, such as jane iredale’s PurePressed are most suitable for use after facials, microdermabrasion and needling as they are non comodongenic and the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide provides a calming soothing treatment for the skin. The minerals sit like interlocked fish scales on the skin, allowing it to breathe, which is important following any treatment. The coverage from pressed minerals would normally take three products to achieve, with the result being a look that is sheer, luminous and weightless. With minerals it is good to keep in mind that less is more. The reason that minerals powders work so well as a natural-looking beauty make up and/or a camouflage is because the concentrated pigment masks colour but also reflects and refracts light (matte finishes absorb light). This results in a soft focus effect.
A surprisingly small amount of minerals will cover most types of redness including acne, rosacea and erythema (redness). jane iredale mineral powders also have a natural SPF 20 which helps protect your client’s skin from UVA/UVB rays once leaving the clinic following their treatment. If the range you are using does not have SPF be sure to apply sunscreen or advise your client to stay out of the sun following a treatment.
Often skin may appear red or bruised after treatments. Using a concealer with calming ingredients not only means it will cover the area you wish to camouflage but also the ingredients in the product will help soothe the skin and make it more comfortable. Make sure you also use a suitable brush as it will help build the concealer coverage instantly, without having to use a lot of product. The ideal brushes to use for smaller areas are a camouflage brush or a concealer brush. For the entire face, a foundation brush is more suitable.
Some concealers are particularly good for redness such as jane iredale’s Disappear concealer which is a matte, oil free, opaque concealer that camouflages distractions such as acne, scars, tattoos, veins and port wine stains and also contains ingredients that may help to clear blemishes. As it has a golden tone to it, it neutralises redness instantly plus it contains green tea leaf oil, for antioxidant protection. It gives a medium to buildable full coverage, so will cover most redness with two applications.
On a larger area, you can also use a colour correcting concealer palette. Yellow will cover redness, peach will cover blue/purple and lilac will cover yellow.
To apply minerals, put some product on the back of your hand, pick up a little bit of product with the brush of your choice and gently apply onto the affected area with a light, tapping motion. Be mindful that the skin may be quite sensitive or sore so you need to be gentle with it. If your client has come in for a facial and wants to leave with a minimal makeup look, then opt for a tinted moisturiser or BB cream.
As a trained beauty professional it is our responsibility to ensure that any make-up we apply to our clients’ faces post treatment is beneficial and does not compromise the work you have done in any way. With the investment of skincare treatments and skincare you want to make sure you get the maximum out of your make up and are using only the best on your clients’ skin.
By Jo-Ann Slecht and Dorothy Ng, jane iredale.