The thing is if you have oily skin like me (this is Stacey) then to be honest you just have to work with it. I don't believe there is a miracle product that will totally change your skin type to a more balanced, dryer finish nor is there a product that you can apply at 7am and never have to touch up. There are however products you can use to help maintain a matte finish, make touch ups less frequent and make you feel more comfortable in your skin.
I thought I would share my must haves for an oily skin but the best advice I can give you is take your time when applying your base. Use little amounts of a variety of products, spend time really pushing them into the skin an allow them time to settle before moving on to your next product. I know this is not always possible on a busy morning but put in the time and you will reap the rewards.
Also I know most of these products are expensive but unfortunately most (not all) of the time the products that perform the best have higher quality ingredients that perform better on the skin, don't shout at me, it's not my fault.
First thing first sort out your skin care routine. I'm going to keep this post all about the makeup but make sure you are using the best cleanser, toner, exfoliator, serum and moisturiser for your skin type.
When applying your moisturiser, really massage it into the skin and then leave your face for 5 minutes for the moisturiser to sink in. Go make a cup of tea!
Primer is the next stage. Primers create a barrier between the oils in your skin and the foundation.
Ones I have tried and tested and found to work are...
- Smashbox Photo Finish Primer light-£25.00
- Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil Free-£28.00
- Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer-£52.00
Again leave to dry off and get ready for foundation...
Foundations are tricky to recommend because there are so many factors to take into account but here are my four faves with a natural cover, medium and full cover finish.
- Light coverage-Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation-£38.00
- Medium Coverage-Becca Matte Skin Shine Proof Foundation-£32.00
- Full Coverage-MAC Matchmaster-£27.00 or Illamasqua Skin Base-£27.00 (I couldn't decide)
Use small amounts and start from the centre of the face buffing in circular movements outwards.
Don't saturate your brush with product, just small amounts and build it up. You are now ready for concealer if you feel you need it.
Concealers are designed to give you that extra bit of cover that your foundation didn't give you. If you are lucky enough not to have to wear foundation you can just dot concealer where you need it on bare skin.
- Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Eye Roll On-£7.49
- MAC Studio Finish Concealer-£15.00
- Clarins Instant Concealer-£20.00
The Garnier and Clarins ones I mentioned are really great for around the eyes and on pigmentation whilst the MAC Studio Finish is good for blemishes and scarring.
Use a fluffy brush to blend concealer in and if you need extra coverage use a small firm brush to then push the product into the skin precisely.
Once you have all of your base in place leave the skin alone. Don't apply any powder yet.
Move on to the eyes and lips. Once you have everything else on and you have left your skin for at least 10 minutes you can then finish off the skin.
This enables the products to sink in and bled with the skins natural oils.
If you have blotting sheets, press one over the face to remove excess oils. Go back in with your foundation brush (dry with no added product) and buff over the skin again. Touch up any concealer and now you are ready for your powder.
Use loose or pressed depending on your preference. Loose is usually lighter in texture and pressed will give you a full cover.
Here are my faves..
- Jurlique Citrus Silk Finishing Powder- £24.50
- MAC Studio Fix Powder-£21.50
- Clinique Blended Face Powder-£21.00
Now your skin is still going to produce oil throughout the day. All of these products we have used will contain a certain amount of oil absorbing ingredients and powders that will try and fight the oil but you will however still need to touch up.
Here are some of my essential touch up products...
- Shiseido Oil Control Blotting Paper-£15.00
- Smashbox Photo Matte Anti Shine-£17.00
- MAC Prep and Prime Pressed Powder-£ 20.00
These are all products I have used over the years with great results but we would love to hear your must have products for an oily skin.
Hope these help and remember at least we won't get wrinkles!!