If you’ve been following my blog for a while or have watched any of my YouTube videos, you probably know that I have oily skin. I have my entire life. It’s both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because hey, fewer wrinkles, and a curse because…who wants to look oily?
If you are like me and part of the #OilyGirlGang, then fear not! I have some tips and tricks for how to control that oily skin of yours. Just keep on reading.
Before we deal with makeup, we have to address skincare. Using the right products to keep your oily skin at bay is crucial. I like to use this cleanser because it not only cleans your skin but also melts away dirt and oil. Score! It tones and hydrates and doesn’t feel harsh at all.
The next step is not 100% necessary, but I think it does help with controlling oiliness. I suggest using a toner such as this one from Origins. It removes excess oil without overdrying skin, which is probably EXACTLY what you are looking to achieve!
Last, be sure to use the right moisturizer. So many people think, “eh, I have oily skin, therefore I don’t need to moisturize.” WRONG! So wrong. I used to think this, too. And then I smartened up and realized that moisturizer actually helps combat the oiliness. Pretty crazy, huh? I love to use this one because it absorbs oils, mattifies, and minimizes the look of pores.
Now that your skincare is under control, let’s move on to makeup. You’re probably going to want to use a primer to help prevent your makeup from look too shiny. Dewy is a good thing; shiny…eh, maybe not so good. This mattifying primer for oily skin is one that I swear by. This one is pretty good, too (the matte finish).
With primer all set, let’s talk about foundation. I have been obsessed with this comfort matte foundation because it lasts all day (14 hours, people!), is comfortable to wear (hence its name), and is oil-controlling. Yes, yes, and more yes.
A girl with oily skin cannot apply makeup (foundation and/or concealer) without a touch of powder to set it. I typically do not set my entire face because I like to look alive and not like a powdered woman from the set of Marie Antoinette. I apply a little bit of this loose powder to my T-zone (middle of forehead, nose, and chin) to control the oil in those areas.
The final makeup product that you don’t want to skip if you have oily skin is a setting spray. Believe it or not, it will make a difference (at least this one will – I can’t say that all setting sprays are made equally).
Last but not least, don’t forget to leave the house without putting some blotting papers in your purse! Any kind will do, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. I typically grab whatever catches my eye in the check-out line of Sephora or even from the drugstore.
What kind of skin do you have? I would love to hear – leave a comment!