Let’s face it; having an oily skin can be a bit frustrating especially when you love to wear makeup. I have come across the most beautiful women who simply forgo makeup because they seem not to know what works for their skin type.
With oily skin, a good skin prepping and the right makeup can turn your basic makeup to a great look. There are steps that however need to be followed through to achieve the much-desired results. Your first task is to start with a cleansed, toned and moisturized face using all products which are oily skin friendly. Being a person with a typical oily skin, I prefer to use the La Roche-Posay a purifying gel cleanser, toner and a soft moisturizing cream.
This step leaves the skin feeling hydrated not oily. A simple tip is also to blot the skin with the aim to remove excess moisturizer after about 2-3 minutes of application. Prepping the skin with a matte primer before your makeup application is one of the surest ways to keep your makeup on throughout the day and also helps to absorb excess oil from the skin. These primers could also be referred to as mattifier, anti -shine primer, a matte finish primer and shine control.
Foundations & concealers are used to even out the skin and coverage is really important when it comes to oily skin. Less is more, if you have less to cover always try and go in for medium coverage. I highly recommend oil-free foundations or sometimes matte –finish foundations or water based concealers. Look out for foundations which will not clog the pores and where necessary avoid heavy cream foundations.
Now that we have our base on, it’s next crucial task is to powder the skin. Less is more in this task too….!!!!! The powder simply absorbs the oil while it keeps the face looking even and shine-free. Go for matte –finish translucent, blotting and oil-free powders. Loose powders are great for setting and while compact powders are amazing for touch ups. Here are a few recommendation Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking power, Zaron, Black Radiance & Maybelline Powders.
It’s always best to press in the powder into the skin using powder puff especially on the T-zone. Use a makeup setting spray which promises matte features to sealer the makeup and also take away the excess powder from the face. My favorites are Ben Nye Final Seal, Mehron Barrier Spray and City Color Matte Spray. I also highly recommend keeping a compact blotting powder for touch –ups. Apply a matte blush or bronzer for warmth is not a bad idea.
Try to avoid too much shimmery powders to avoid looking like a disco ball as the day progresses. Leave the excess strobing for the normal-skinned girls. To avoid creasing on the eye makeup, I recommend priming on the eye lids with an eye primer like La Girl Pro HD Eye primer for my budget girls and Makeup Artist favorite Urban Decay Primer Portion. Also, avoid using too much shimmer on the eyes – mix your shimmer and matte eye shadows to create the perfect balance. A critically must-have in your touch up kit is blotting sheets. These should always be on you.
No matter how flawless and matte your makeup looks in the morning, if you’re prone to oiliness, you’ll spot shine by midday. Once you blot and touch up with your blotting or compact translucent like Rimmel matte your make is as good as the morning. The trick to using blotting papers without taking off all of your makeup is to press the paper where you’re oily and then roll it off your skin, instead of rubbing the paper on your skin. Now you’re as good a normal-skinned girl. Go out and shine, after all you have an OILY SKIN!!!!