Hello my lovelies! I wanted to share with you all my go to techniques and products that help me to make my favorite foundations last all day.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional of any kind. This is what I have found to work with my very oily skin. Just because this worked for me doesn’t mean it will for you. These are my suggestions if you are looking for a new thing to try out. Ok on to the post!
Alright, so when I say last all day, what I mean for my extremely oily skin is that when I apply my makeup in the morning, I only have to blot once by the late afternoon and can keep rocking it with my foundation still looking like when I put it on in the morning.
Having oily skin is not easy. I have always had a hard time with a lot of makeup melting on my face because of the oil I produce. Over the years, I have tried many different products to find the right ones that work well with my skin type. Which means that I have also perfected my method of foundation application and what products to use. Also finding the right foundation that works for your skin really helps!
My goal here is that in the end, I am able to possibly help another oily skin sufferer with some tips and suggestions that they can try out for themselves. I know for me, that was something I was always looking for. And I was willing to try it if it meant it could work for me.
To start, I think that skincare (along with diet) is probably the most important in helping to find the right makeup products that work really well for your skin type. I am still perfecting my skin care (and diet), plus the fact that I am constantly changing up my skin care products. But taking good care of your skin, and keeping it hydrated and balanced is very important. I plan to do a post eventually on skin care products that I had the best results from. Let me know in the comments if you are interested in reading that!
Onto the products!
I am not a big primer type of girl. I don’t find that they really work well with my skin type. So while I love the idea of filling and covering up my big pores, I don’t like how greasy my skin ends up looking later on in the day. I have to give props to this primer though. This is RImmel London Stay Matte Primer and it really does work well to help control the oil. It feels great on the skin, helps to minimize pores, but the biggest is the shine control. I have tried so many different types of primers, from high to low end. This is my go to and for around $5.29, you really can’t beat that price. I guess it was just a matter of finding the right one.
This is Bare Minerals Combo Control Primer and it retails for $26. I received this as a gift from my mother in law and overall I like it. When I use more heavier coverage foundations or those that aren’t quite ‘oil free’, I like to mix this with my foundation. I discovered that this worked well when I had some foundations that I loved the coverage it gave, but hated how oily my skin got after a couple hours. So since this was sitting in my makeup drawer I had the thought to combine them and see how it would turn out. I did try to use it directly on my skin, and it worked ok. It seemed to work better being mixed into my foundation prior to application.
I think the biggest challenge for oily skin, really any skin is to find the right foundation that really works for your skin and skin type. This is when subscriptions to Sephora’s Playbox and Ipsy came in handy. It also took a lot of research, recommendations, and trial and error to find those right foundations for me.
My NUMBER 1 foundation that I always buy and use the most is Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless. I have been using this since the year they launched it, around 2015 I think. Correct me if I am wrong. I believe they always had the Fit me out, but the Matte and Poreless came out around 2015/2016 and when I saw it, I knew I had to try it simply because it said Matte and Poreless. I am so glad I did, because it handled my oily skin so well! I truly highly recommend this foundation if you are my skin type. I also love the coverage on this, it isn’t too heavy, lightweight, so it gives that natural and even skin tone look which is my go to favorite look.
I also have listed Maybelline 24 Hour Super Stay Foundation and Bare Minerals barePRO Liquid Foundation. For Maybelline, I had bought this because of the reviews and recommendations, but ended up hating it at first since it just didn’t last long before my oils took over my face. This became my favorite when I discovered how well it worked when I mixed it with the Bare Minerals Combo Primer that I mentioned above. Something about those 2 together on my face works AMAZING! So now it became my go to for more full coverage looks. The Bare Minerals one I had a love/hate relationship with. It seemed to work really well for me when I used it not on a daily basis. I am not sure if that makes much sense, but I figured I would list it here since it is one of my go to foundations to use in between the other 2.
I have 3 powders that I highly recommend! That is Colourpop No Filter Setting Powder, Laura Mercier Setting Powder, and Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder.
I have been using Innisfree No Sebum for a couple of years now, it is a product that I have repurchased several times and still love to this day! Just keep in mind that the Innisfree one is a white mineral powder, but I have not had any issues with it being a white powder and how it sits on my face. There wasn’t any white cast for me. But I figured I would point that out just in case it could be something you don’t prefer or like.
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Laura Mercier powder is also very amazing and works really well in setting the face so I can understand all of the hype. And more recently I had bought Colourpop’s No Filter setting powder to try it out and I was not disappointed at all! It really did give a nice finish.
All 3 of these powder’s work really well with my oily skin type and are always in rotation of use for me.
I feel like when it comes to setting sprays, I was the one crazy girl who just didn’t care for setting sprays. I know how much everyone LOVES Urban Decay’s different setting sprays, but honestly I never really felt that it did much for my overall makeup look or in helping it to last longer. But I never gave up, and I was still very willing to try out different sprays in hopes that maybe I would find one that really blew my mind.
Here comes Colourpop All Star Matte Setting Spray and Drew Barrymore’s Seal the Deal Long Lasting Setting Spray. These 2 so far have been the sprays that I felt and noticed a difference in how my makeup wears and lasts for the day. Plus they also have a pleasant smell to them, which for me I enjoy. Also the micro-spray on both of these are perfect!
A technique that I do differently then most, is that I like to do my eyeshadow, foundation, setting powder, blush and then I do setting spray before I do my liquid liner and mascara. I know for a lot of others, they tend to complete their whole look before setting their face with a spray. For me, I find that helps in regards to my oily lids with those products. I wanted to throw that out there!
SIDENOTE: I am very curious to try out her other products in her line (Flower Beauty). So that might become a post I do later on. Let me know if you are interested in that in the comments!
Alright! There you have it! These are some of the products that I have discovered and tried out. These are my go to products for my oily skin type that work really well in giving me a flawless, controlled look for the whole day. I hope that I was able to give some ideas on my tricks and also share some insight into some products you might not have known about.
Till next time!