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Oily Skin 101

As a fellow oily skin gal, let me share a few tips and products I use to help with oily skin!

Skin Care for oily skin  

  • Toner. Toner is a liquid you apply with a cotton ball all over your face to help control oils, clarify skin, treat acne, etc. Different toners have different claims and uses but generally they help with acne and controlling oil. You apply a toner after washing your face and before moisturizer. My favorite toner is Murad Clarifying toner, but great affordable options are Witchhazel or drugstore toners like Neutrogena Pore Refining toner! :)
  • Moisturizer. Even oily skin needs moisturizer! The less hydrated your skin is the more oils it will produce to try to balance out the skin. For the day time stick with a light weight moisturizer, an oil controlling moisturizer is best. Moisturizer will also help your foundation go on smoother, blend easier, and look less cakey. Some great moisturizers for oily skin are Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Boots 7 Oil Control Lotion (sold at Target), Murad Oil Control Moisturizer (my personal favorite), Cetaphil Oil Control moisturizer, Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer or Clean & Clear Mattifying Finishes.
  • Clay Masks. Clay masks can be used once to twice a week to help shrink pores and control oils. One of my favorite masks is Queen Helen’s Mint Julep Mask sold super cheap at drugstores!
  • Exfoliation. Exfoliation is vital for good skin health. Exfoliation will help shrink pores, keep acne away, create a smooth skin texture and keep your pores clear and clean which will help with controlling oils! Check out my post on exfoliation here.
Makeup for oily skin
  • Primer. Primer acts like a layer of glue between your moisturizer and foundation, primer helps keep foundation on your face longer by giving your foundation something to stick to. Primer also has other benefits such as making your skin texture more smooth & flawless by creating a thin layer all over your skin under foundation, good for large pores! There are different primers for different skin types, so not ALL primers will work for you, primers that claim to be oil controlling, makes your foundation last all day, etc are the ones to go for! Try primers like Smashbox Photofinish Light (white formula), Clinique Pore Refining Solutions, MAC Oil Control, or a cheaper alternative such as Phillip’s Milk Of Magnesia. Phillip’s Milk Of Magnesia isnt a “beauty product” but it’s an amazing affordable primer & reeeally helps with oily skin!
  • Foundation. There are many foundations for different skin types, not every foundation will work on oily skin. Some might even make your skin much more oily! Sticking to foundations that claim to be matte, long wearing, etc are ones targeted for oil skin. Some great foundations for oily skin are Estee Lauder Double Wear, Revlon Colorstay, Covergirl 3 in 1 Outlast, NARS Sheer Matte, Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation and Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo foundation.
  • Powder. Setting your foundation with powder is crucial for helping your makeup last all day. Powder will keep your makeup from sliding off your face. Pressing the powder into your skin with a brush rather than swirling all over your face will give you the most coverage and will control oils better. Powders like Makeup Forever Duo Matte, MAC Blot Powder, Rimmel Stay Matte or Maybelline Dream Matte will be the most control controlling. Translucent powders are amazing at controlling oils as well. Translucent powders are white powders that apply clear, they provide no extra coverage but are incredible at making your foundation last longer and makes your skin look more flawless because translucent powders have blurring properties. Usually I apply my regular pressed powder lightly all over my skin and then apply my translucent powder after. You can do one or the other but I prefer to use both for extra oil control :)
  • Setting sprays. Setting sprays will also help your makeup last longer as well as make your makeup look less cakey by taking away any dry, powdery look. Setting sprays create a thin barrier around your foundation, powder, blush, etc so sweat, head, oils, etc won’t mess up your makeup. You can apply setting sprays before and after makeup for extra protection. I use Urban Decay’s All Nighter after my primer then again after all my makeup is complete.

Check out more makeup/beauty tips here! :)


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