I'm 41 with very oily skin. If I use a matte/oil-control foundation my skin looks dead. If I use a foundation for dry skin my skin looks amazing. Oil control foundations have a little bit of better staying power on me. What would you advice in this case? Should I sacrifice staying power for a better looking skin?
A few things you can do!
Use a matte, long wearing foundation and add glow to prevent the skin from looking too dull
Use a dewy, hydrating foundation and using oil controlling primers and translucent powder on your oily areas
Mixing some of your favorite moisturizer with your matte foundation to give a little glow
When using a matte, long wearing foundation you can add glow by using a shimmery highlighter on the cheekbones, down the nose, a little on the chin or anywhere you want to add a little sheen! You can give the face a little glow by using a cream blush or shimmery blush. You could also use a shimmery, glowing primer underneath that will show through under foundation like Loreal Magic Lumi Primer, Dior Glow Maximizer Primer or Tarte Clean Slate 24hr Brightening Primer.
This way you’re adding some glow to the skin to keep it from looking dull and flat but still keeping your foundation long wearing!
When using a dewy, hydrating foundation you’ll need an oil controlling primer to keep your foundation from sliding off. Some great primers I recommend are Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer, Rimmel Stay Matte Primer & Clinique Pore Refining Instant Perfector. I also recommend using a translucent powder on your oily areas, translucent powders are great at controlling oils but never look too matte or dull on the skin.
Keeping your skin care targeted for oily skin by using mud masks and charcoal masks will help prevent production of oils skin as well so you’ll able to wear more hydrating foundations.
Tips on keeping your makeup transfer-resistant? xx
A few things to keep in mind when keeping your makeup transfer resistant :)
Use a long wearing foundation
Skip on the setting powder or use a translucent powder
Use a primer
Try a water based foundation
A long wearing foundation like Covergirl 3 in 1 Outlast, Revlon Colorstay, Estee Lauder Double Wear, etc will all dry to more a matte/satin finish. Some foundations will stay dewy and “sticky” and never fully dry on the skin making it easier to rub off.
Setting powder is one of the main causes of makeup transfer! Powder is sitting on top of the skin not actually sticking to the skin like a liquid foundation so it’s very prone to rub off. I would apply a very thin layer of powder or skip setting powder all together unless it’s a translucent powder which goes on clear and colorless so you won’t have any transfer. ELF, NYX, Makeup Forever, Tarte and MAC all make great translucent powders.
A primer acts sort of like a glue between your skin and foundation making sure the foundation sticks to the skin. Try primers like Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, Makeup Forever HD Primer, etc.
A water based foundation like MAC Face and Body or Makeup Forever Face and Body are foundations meant to be used on the body as well making them a lot more transfer resistant than normal oil based foundations.
I'm trying to find a good blue based lipstick? I don't even know what that really means but I heard they make your teeth look whiter...
Yes blue based lipsticks will make your teeth look whiter, as opposed to warm/yellow based lipsticks that will accentuate the yellow in your teeth.
To understand what a blue based and yellow based lipstick is you have to have a little understanding of the color wheel :)
All the colors on the left side of the wheel are blue based so any pink, purple, fuchsias, blue reds will make your teeth look whiter. And on the right side are warmer colors like orange, peach, coral, red orange shades will make your teeth look a little more yellow.
Any pink lipsticks that lean a little more purple will have strong blue undertones. Pinks with a hint of lavender/lilac will be more blue based than more neutral pinks. Bright fuchsias and barbie pinks are also very blue based!
Try pink lipsticks like MAC Snob, Maybelline Superstay Lipstick in Perpetual Peony, Revlon Stormy Pink, MAC Girl About Town, Covergirl Spellbound.
What lipstick (drug store and high end) is like the one Kylie Jenner used last week in that black and white crotchet top?
I’ve been getting quite a few questions about lipstick dupes for lipsticks in Kylie’s recent Instagram photos! Kylie Jenner seems to be wearing a lot of darker mauves, rosy nudes and beige nude lipsticks. Lip liner is also key to get her new signature pouty lip look!
Try shades like
Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in shade 08 and 14. 08 (left) is more of a rosy nude while 14 (right) is more of a beige nude.
Can i use a powder thats 2 or 3 shades darker than my skin tone as a bronzer for contoring
Totally! But i’d recommend maybe going 3 - 4 shades darker because if it’s too similar to your skin it can look muddy :)
I’d recommend something like the Loreal True Match Powder in one of their “cool” shades instead of their warm/neutral shades because you want to use a cooler powder for contouring. The Loreal True Match Powders are super silky and blend like a dream making them great for contouring and bronzing!
Do you suggest using a cream contour if you have oily skin?
Cream contour actually works best for oily skin! :)
A powder contour tends to wear off during the day and fade for people with oily skin. You’ve probably noticed your blush and bronzer is a lot more faded at the end of the day, thats because your oils are breaking down the powder and causing it to wear off.
Using a cream bronzer or darker foundation to contour will last a lot longer than a powder contour because it’s sticking to the foundation and not just sitting on the skin. Setting your cream contour with a powder bronzer will help it last even longer! A lot of people use a cream blush and then set it with a powder blush because it helps the blush stay all day, sort of acting like a glue.
However if you plan on using face powder over it might cover up all the cream contouring you just did. So you’d want to set your face with translucent powder (white powder that goes on colorless) instead of tinted pressed powder. Translucent powder is great for oily skin anyway! If you don’t want to use translucent powder just use a very thin layer of your normal powder :)
So yes i’d recommend cream contouring for oily skin, just make sure to set it with a powdered contour and use translucent powder over.
Hi, I had a quick question. I always find it hard to pick out my perfect shade of foundation. Now I know I have combination skin, but I don't know how to figure out cool, neutral, or warm tones. So how exactly do you determine exactly what you are?
Cool skin tones lean more pink. Usually those with fair skin have pink undertones and sunburn easily, have redness in their skin, etc.
Warm skin tones lean more yellow. Warmer skin tones are usually more of a beige to deeper tan color.
Neutral skin tones have no real distinct undertones, they tend to be a mixture of yellow and pink. Sometimes considered olive skin tones that leans more green like those of middle eastern, asian or hispanic decent.
Here is an example of cool vs warm foundations, the cool shade on the left is more cool/pink almost grey in comparison to the warmer, yellow shade on the right.
Other tricks to help determine your skin’s undertone are
Press down on your skin with slight pressure and the pressure will cause your skin to change colors for a second showing your undertone, yellow or pink.
Look at your veins, usually those with green veins have yellow undertones while those with blue veins have cool skin tones.
What jewelry do you look best in? Warmer skin tones look best in gold jewelry while cooler skin tones look best in silver.
It’s a little tricky at first but once you learn it, it’s really easy to distinguish warm from cool! :)
What are some good foundations for dry oily skin ?
For combination (oily and dry) skin I recommend adjusting your skin care routine and makeup routine to fit your skin! I find it to pretty difficult to find a foundation that will be moisturizing and long wearing, so as combination skin girl myself I keep my skincare routine hydrating and gentle and keep my makeup routine long wearing. Basically you’re treating your skin as two different skin types so you can treat both instead of having overly dry or overly oily skin :)
Treat your dry patches by
Exfoliating once or twice a week with a face scrub. This will buff away any dry patches allowing your moisturizer to sink in better, smooth out the skin, etc.
Using a more intense, cream moisturizer at night. I know as an oily skin gal you want use light weight moisturizers but your skin can never be too moisturized! Your skin can become less oily if it’s properly hydrated. Using a rich moisturizer at night is best so you won’t be greasy during the day.
Using a gentle face wash, nothing too drying like Cetaphil’s Facial Cleanser
Treat your oily patches by
Using a light weight moisturizer in the day time.
Using a long wearing foundation.
Using a long wearing primer under makeup like Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, Smashbox Photofinish Light, Hourglass Mineral Viel Primer.
Setting your makeup with a powder, translucent powder works great at oil control!
Using Setting Sprays like Urban Decay Deslick.
Check out my post all about oily skin makeup recommendations here
Did you try the tarte Amazonian clay powder foundation? If so, what do you think about it? I have oily skin and I really don't like using liquid foundation.
I have actually!
Personally, I prefer Bare Minerals! I have oily skin as well and I find the Bare Minerals Original and Bare Minerals Matte mineral foundations to last a lot longer on my skin. After an hour or two of wearing the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Mineral Foundation the powder began to separate and break down. It did have a good medium coverage and had a really natural finish, not powdery but not shimmery like the Bare Minerals Original formula can sometimes look. I think it would work great for someone with normal to dry to though! It tends to melt into the skin more through out the day which isnt the best for oily skin but great for normal to dry skin.
So if you have oily skin I would recommend Bare Minerals in either the orginal or matte version (depending on if you like a matte or satin finish) over the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Mineral Foundation :)
do you know of any lightweight foundations or bb creams for oily skin? my skins recently gotten better in terms of acne lately but I still want a little bit of coverage w out feeling like I'm wearing full face makeup :)
Thats totally me right now!
Try products like
Bare Minerals Matte Mineral Powder Foundation. I love the original version (little more of a sheen/shine) and the matte version is great for oily skin gals. Feels like air on the skin, keeps you shine free and also super gentle on the skin and lets your skin breathe! Love it.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light. Double Wear comes in a light formula, regular formula and maximum cover formula. The “light” version has all the long wearing properties but its in a more light weight formula with a lighter coverage.
Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combination Skin. The Garnier BB Creams comes in two versions one for normal/dry skin (the original) and one for oily/combination skin. The one for oily/combo skin still has great coverage for a BB Cream but will feel a lot more light weight than a foundation.
NARS Sheer Matte. Long wearing, mattifying but super light weight. The formula is very “watery” and liquidy which makes it feel very light weight on the skin. Has a light to medium coverage.
You can make any of your normal foundations into a more light weight version by mixing it with some moisturizer on the back of your hand or by applying it with a damp sponge. A wet sponge sheers out the coverage a bit and keeps it light weight :)
What can you suggest to cover Acne/Crater scars or potentially make them less noticeable ? I suffer from these and I'm just giving up on my skin there's nothing I can do to make them less noticeable.. I'm convinced it'll never get better.
Two things I recommend!
Pore refining, thicker primers feel almost like a gel or silicone and are great for filling in those crater scars and any uneven texture. They create a thin layer over the skin filling in any uneven texture almost creating a new skin texture so any makeup applied over it will look a lot more smooth.
Try primers like Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer, Loreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base, Loreal Youthcode Pore Vanisher Primer, Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfecter & Smashbox Photofinish Primer.
Exfoliating will help your skin become more even in texture over time. This isn’t a quick fix but exfoliating once to twice a week will buff away any dead skin making your skin more smooth. Exfoliating long term helps buff away the first few layers of skin so you can get to the fresh, smooth skin with no acne scaring!
Something you might want to consider is getting microdermabrasion! Microdermabrasion is a spa treatment that is basically intense exfoliation. It will give your skin the look of months, even years of regular exfoliating. Great for acne, scars, aging skin and uneven skin texture. Microdermabrasion can be costly but there are other alternatives. You can use an “at home” microdermabrasion product like the PMD (personal microdermabrasion, around $150) or Olay’s Microdermabrasion Peel Kit (around $20). The PMD is a tool/device similar to the ones used at the spa. The Olay Microdermabrasion Peel Kit is sort of like an at home facial. Both are more intense exfoliators and not meant to be used daily or even weekly if you have more sensitive skin.