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I'm 41 with very oily skin. If I use a matte/oil-control foundation my skin looks dead. If I use a foundation for dry skin my skin looks amazing. Oil control foundations have a little bit of better staying power on me. What would you advice in this case? Should I sacrifice staying power for a better looking skin?

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A few things you can do!

  1. Use a matte, long wearing foundation and add glow to prevent the skin from looking too dull
  2. Use a dewy, hydrating foundation and using oil controlling primers and translucent powder on your oily areas
  3. Mixing some of your favorite moisturizer with your matte foundation to give a little glow

When using a matte, long wearing foundation you can add glow by using a shimmery highlighter on the cheekbones, down the nose, a little on the chin or anywhere you want to add a little sheen! You can give the face a little glow by using a cream blush or shimmery blush. You could also use a shimmery, glowing primer underneath that will show through under foundation like Loreal Magic Lumi Primer, Dior Glow Maximizer Primer or Tarte Clean Slate 24hr Brightening Primer.

This way you’re adding some glow to the skin to keep it from looking dull and flat but still keeping your foundation long wearing!

When using a dewy, hydrating foundation you’ll need an oil controlling primer to keep your foundation from sliding off. Some great primers I recommend are Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer, Rimmel Stay Matte Primer & Clinique Pore Refining Instant Perfector. I also recommend using a translucent powder on your oily areas, translucent powders are great at controlling oils but never look too matte or dull on the skin.

Keeping your skin care targeted for oily skin by using mud masks and charcoal masks will help prevent production of oils skin as well so you’ll able to wear more hydrating foundations.

Tips on keeping your makeup transfer-resistant? xx

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A few things to keep in mind when keeping your makeup transfer resistant :)

  • Use a long wearing foundation
  • Skip on the setting powder or use a translucent powder
  • Use a primer
  • Try a water based foundation

A long wearing foundation like Covergirl 3 in 1 Outlast, Revlon Colorstay, Estee Lauder Double Wear, etc will all dry to more a matte/satin finish. Some foundations will stay dewy and “sticky” and never fully dry on the skin making it easier to rub off.

Setting powder is one of the main causes of makeup transfer! Powder is sitting on top of the skin not actually sticking to the skin like a liquid foundation so it’s very prone to rub off. I would apply a very thin layer of powder or skip setting powder all together unless it’s a translucent powder which goes on clear and colorless so you won’t have any transfer. ELF, NYX, Makeup Forever, Tarte and MAC all make great translucent powders.

A primer acts sort of like a glue between your skin and foundation making sure the foundation sticks to the skin. Try primers like Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, Makeup Forever HD Primer, etc.

A water based foundation like MAC Face and Body or Makeup Forever Face and Body are foundations meant to be used on the body as well making them a lot more transfer resistant than normal oil based foundations.

I'm trying to find a good blue based lipstick? I don't even know what that really means but I heard they make your teeth look whiter...

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Yes blue based lipsticks will make your teeth look whiter, as opposed to warm/yellow based lipsticks that will accentuate the yellow in your teeth.

To understand what a blue based and yellow based lipstick is you have to have a little understanding of the color wheel :)

All the colors on the left side of the wheel are blue based so any pink, purple, fuchsias, blue reds will make your teeth look whiter. And on the right side are warmer colors like orange, peach, coral, red orange shades will make your teeth look a little more yellow.

Any pink lipsticks that lean a little more purple will have strong blue undertones. Pinks with a hint of lavender/lilac will be more blue based than more neutral pinks. Bright fuchsias and barbie pinks are also very blue based!

Try pink lipsticks like MAC Snob, Maybelline Superstay Lipstick in Perpetual Peony, Revlon Stormy Pink, MAC Girl About Town, Covergirl Spellbound.