I have oily skin.
In the past, this was something I was ashamed of, as if it was something I could fix by not doing something or by doing something better.
Over time, I have come to realise that this is just my skin. I can’t actually change the amount of oil I produce. Sure, there are things that can help, but my skin is my skin and I have had to learn to live with it.
Today, I thought I would share my makeup tips for oily skin.
As with all makeup application, it is actually what happens BEFORE you put make-up on that makes all the difference.
I have a bit of an unconventional view of looking after oily skin, I learnt these things through a skin specialist who was finally able to sort some of my skin issues out.
- Don’t over clean your skin: it can be tempting to wash and wash and wash oily skin but this can create more oil. Wash your face once in the morning (if it needs it) and twice at night to get rid of make-up.
- Don’t be tempted to use scrubs a lot: a scrub is great for getting rid of dead skin cells but, used too often, they can encourage your skin to produce even more oil. One to two times a week is plenty.
- Don’t use too many lotions and creams: one advantage of oily skin is that it moisturises itself. I don’t use any night creams or moisturises and haven’t for years, my skin has become used to producing just enough moisture from the inside. Also, folks with oilier skin have less wrinkles – true.
- Do use a vitamin serum (or similar) and an eye cream: there are some things that can help to give a better skin texture and provide nutrients for your skin. If you are over 25, use an eye cream. You will be glad you did when you cross over into the bigger digits.
- Do use a sunscreen: everyone should do this. Everyone. Choose one that doesn’t clog your pores.
- Do drink lots of water: everyone should do this, but, for those of us with oily skin, this is key to cleaning out your system and avoiding lots of blockages (zits, pimples etc).
- Do keep your hair clean: if you have oily skin, you probably have oily hair. Keeping hair clean can have a great impact on the oil levels on your face too.
Okay now that we have talked skin preparation, we can talk makeup.
The first rule is that you are to avoid anything that BLOCKS your pores.
So look for products that are paraben free, non-comedogenic, sulfate-free and oil-free.
Most makeup products list their ingredients, the good ones even list the things they DON’T have.
There are lots of these kinds of products around these days, they are easy to source and you will be glad you found them.
Following are the steps I use when applying make-up:
1. Begin with clean skin.
2. Apply a skin essence or vitamin serum and eye cream. Allow a minute or so for it/them to soak into skin.
3. Apply a sunscreen – unless this included in your BB cream or make-up.
4. Apply a primer – or – if you are using a BB cream, skip this step.
5. Apply concealer under your eyes and to spots you may need/want to cover up.
6. Apply BB Cream (unless you used a primer) or foundation. Allow a minute or two for this to set.
7. Apply a loose powder with a clean makeup brush in light outward strokes.
8. Apply the rest of your makeup: eyeliner, mascara, blush, lipstick.
9. Give yourself a cheeky grin and be ready to face the day.
10. Try not to touch up your makeup too much through the day, by adding more and more and more powder will block your skin and leave it looking cakey and dull.
Here are the items I use every day for everyday wear. Most of these items can be bought in department stores or even in your local supermarket.
4. Garnier BB Cream (I don’t use one for oily skin, I find it too drying). Find this in your supermarket
6. Covergirl Eye Concealer. Find this in your supermarket
7. Brushes. Buy good quality and clean them regularly
9. Eyes – you don’t really need special oil free products for eyes, however, I like my make-up to stay put. These brands have worked for me:
Mascara: Bourjois Beauty Full Volume in Black
Eyeliner: Rimmel Scandaleyes in Sparkling Black
Eyebrow Pencil: Rimmel in Hazel
10. Boujoir Blush in Rose d’Or
11. Red lipstick. Wear it with pride. Really, you can’t go wrong with a pop of colour.
Having oily skin needn’t be a drama. It just requires some care.
My husband has dry skin and just can’t seem to get enough moisture, so I figure we all have issues with whichever skin type we have.
I have been to beauty counters and doctors and naturopaths and sales ladies who come to your door in apricot coloured cars (you know who I mean) and I have scrubbed, applied, cleansed, wiped, sprayed and blotted my skin with almost all of the latest fads.
But, what I found to have worked the best is to simplify, to use a few really great products that work and to give my skin a break.
Do you have oily skin? What brands and products have you found to work for you?
B writes over at bbeingcool.com. I write about fashion, food and life.