When it comes to skin health and beauty, cosmetics are always a hot topic whether the questions are surrounding acne, sunscreen and makeup, or which cosmetics are Sapien tested and approved by our estheticians. I’m here to answer all of your burning beauty questions.

What makes certain cosmetics more skin-friendly than others?

The first factor to consider when choosing cosmetics is of course how your skin responds to them. When you’re managing certain skin conditions like acne, sensitized skin, dehydration, etc. it’s important that your cosmetics don’t derail your progress. This comes down to ingredients – the hard truth is that most makeup just isn’t good for your skin. It will often only make problems worse by causing breakouts or rashy skin. No stress, at Sapien we’ve tested many products and have a list of skin loving cosmetics that will complement your skin journey.

Keeping it clean

It’s reccomended to clean your makeup brushes at least once a week if not after every use. You can clean and disinfect your tools by washing them with soap and water, drying, spraying with 70% isopropyl alcohol and letting it evaporate. To further eliminate bacteria, a phone soap UVC sterilizer is the way to go. You can put all of your brushes, tools, and makeup sponge into this along with other household items that are making contact with your skin like glasses, your phone, etc.

Shown below; Uve antibacterial beauty blender and Phone Soap UVC sterlilizer. Click the names of either on the list below to learn more and shop.

Sunscreen in makeup

Many foundations contain sunscreen in them, but that alone is very unlikely give you adequate protection. You need at least 1/2 tbsp for your first application of sunscreen for the day and about 1/2 to 1 tsp for reapplication throughout the day (depending on how much skin is exposed). Most people aren’t wearing that much foundation day to day, which calls for a seperate sunscreen cream in order to give you enough protection. The good news is that it is totally possible to layer your SPF and cosmetics, reapply over makeup, or replace your foundation alltogether with tinted spf or a more skin friendly option.

What makeup is Sapien tested and approved?

Tinted Sunscreen

We have tons of tinted sunscreen options at Sapien that are beautiful and range in shades and formulas for all skin types. Click here to schedule a product consultation with one of our estheticians and learn which one is the best pick for you!

Foundation and Concealers

Nars Light Reflecting Skincare Foundation

This foundation is one that looks great, provides buildable coverage, and won’t make you break out! It’s a beautiful skin-like finish in a hydrating formula.

Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation

This is a purely mineral powder foundation which is fantastic alone or my favorite method; mixing the powder with Extreme Protect sunscreen for a custom cream foundation. It’s dewy, radiant, hydrating, and allows for seamless reapplication of SPF throughout the day.

I also love Alima Pure’s mineral blush, bronzer, and eye shadows.

Shop all of our Cosmetics collection on the online shop here!




I have acne! is it okay to wear makeup? American Academy of Dermatology. (n.d.). Retrieved August 2022, from https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/causes/makeup 

Draper, Isabel. “Dimethicone.” Think Twice, 9 Oct. 2019, http://sites.utexas.edu/think-twice/2019/10/09/dimethicone/. 

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