Hi there! I’ll explain a bit the differences between skin types :)
First, once you figure out your skin type instead of trying to find makeup to work with your skin type you should try finding the right skin care to treat your skin type. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right foundation to completely cover dry patches or find a foundation that will stay shine free on the oiliest of skin so make treating your skin a priority. If you balance out your skin type with the right skin care finding the right makeup will be much easier. Just a little tip to those who have a hard time finding makeup for their skin type!
Dry Skin - If you’re skin is dry your face will feel tight after cleansing, might look a little dull or flat (no glow or radiance), have dry patches, foundation looks too matte and dry on the skin, etc.
- If you have dry skin you want to make sure to use a gentle cleanser that won’t dry or strip, use a thicker moisturizer or facial oil at night, exfoliate once or twice a week to remove dead, dry skin and keep your skin smooth and more radiant. You might even want to try hydrating serums or hydrating masks to lock in extra moisture. Cream cleansers or cleansing oils are great for dry skin because they clean the skin without soaping and foaming up which can be overly drying.
Normal Skin - If you’re skin is normal you have very minor skin problems. You get somewhat dry if you don’t moisturize and a little oily in the summer. You might get a pimple every now and then.
- If you have normal skin i’d recommend keeping your skin care simple to maintain that nice, normal skin! Nothing too drying or harsh, go for more natural skin care or skin care claiming to be more gentle.
Oily Skin - If you have oily skin you might have black heads, clogged pores, large pores and acne because excess oil clogs the pores and makes them appear larger. You’ll get greasy on the nose, forehead, inner cheeks, chin, sometimes all over. Foundation might slide off within hours and look greasy/oily.
- If you have oily skin you want to use the right skin care like clay masks to help draw out clogged pores. If your pores are clean and unclogged, they will be tight and produce less oil. Charcoal skin care is great for oily skin because it gives a deep clean, try cleansers like Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser or Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser. Try using an oil absorbing toner before applying makeup to keep you shine free through out the day, something like Kiehls Rare Earth Pore Refining Toner. You might also want to try dry oils to help combat oily skin, learn more about that here. P.s don’t over strip the skin of it’s natural oils (will cause you to be extra oily), if you are using charcoal cleansers and toners try keeping that in the day time and stick to something more moisturizing at night like dry oils and night creams.
Combination Skin - If you have combination skin you’ll have a mixture of different skin types. Typically, combination skin means oily skin with some dry patches. For example, your nose and forehead is oily but your cheeks are dry. This skin types makes finding the right makeup more difficult cause you want something long wearing but not too drying. Your skin could be combination because the skin care you’re using is too harsh and drying cause your skin to freak out and be oily and dry or it could be your natural skin type.
- For combination skin I recommend using skin care targeted more towards dry skin and using makeup targeted more towards oily skin. This way your skill will be properly hydrated and moisturized so your skin will be more balanced.
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This new NYX Angel Veil Primer is super similar to my all time favorite primer, Hourglass Mineral Veil!
Some great matte bronzers to try are
The Body Shop Honey Bronzers $20 (currently on sale for $12!) These bronzers come in a few shades & are great for fair/pale skin or for those who want a very natural, light bronzed look.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer $28. Great for a variety of skin tones because you can apply a light layer or build it up for a darker color.
NYX Matte Bronzer $9. Fabulous drugstore bronzer that comes in a few shades from a light beige to a deep brown.
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder $44. If you’re planning on using your matte bronzer to contour you will love this! It’s very cool toned almost grey/taupe which makes it perfect for contouring. Your contour will look like a shadow rather than a brown bronzer.
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder $40. Comes in a few shades. Very silky, easy to blend matte bronzer.
A few tips! :)
Applying Bronzer In Extra Places
You can try applying bronzer in areas the sun would normally hit the skin making your face look more tan and sun kissed. Try applying bronzer on the temples, down the nose, slightly on the chin. These are all the most raised areas on the face so they get the most sun exposure which will make it seem as if your face is more tanned than it is! You could also just try applying bronzer on larger areas of the face and bringing it down the neck.
Using A Darker Setting Powder
You may even want to buy a more affordable pressed powder in a shade to match your skin to apply a light layer over your foundation to darken it up a bit. Just make sure to use a powder the shade of your current skin tone, not going too dark thinking it will balance out the light.
Mixing With A Darker Foundation
Lastly, try mixing it with a darker foundation or buying a darker foundation to mix with it on the back of your hand to get a darker shade. You can find a foundation for under $5 or so and buy a shade two or three shades darker than your skin tone to mix a drop or so with your current foundation, since the shade will be significantly darker you’ll only need half a drop to a drop so it won’t change the results of the high end foundation.
NARS Sheer Glow isn’t too dewy or glowy, it has a very natural sheen and glow to the skin. So yes you can totally use it! However it’s not the longest lasting foundation so you’ll need a primer on your oily skin areas.
Some other foundations you might like that are good for combination skin and with a more natural finish and slight sheen are
- Urban Decay Naked
- Lancome Tient Miracle
- Dior Skin Forever
- MAC Face & Body
- Makeup Forever Face & Body
- Revlon Nearly Naked
- Loreal True Match Lumi Foundation (not to be confused w/ Lumi Primer)
- Garnier BB Cream For Oily/Combination Skin (great coverage like a medium foundation, has a slight sheen/glow)
All these foundations will give the skin a natural finish, nothing too dull and matte without being over dewy and luminous to where they just slide off the skin :)
Sure! In the summer I love warm, coral pinks and easy to apply, light weight moisturizing pinks! One is more bold and fun and the other is easy for every day summer wear.
Try some warm pinks like
Maybelline Vivid in Shocking Coral
Also try something easy to throw on thats moisturizing and easy to reapply through out the day like
Maybelline Color Whisper in Pink Possibilites. They make a few pink shades from barbie pinks, fuchsias, mauves to pinky nudes. Any shade will add a hint of pink to the lips but won’t be too high maintenance!
Revlon Kissable Lip Stain Balm in Cherish (long lasting, moisturizing and light weight!)