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Do you suggest using a cream contour if you have oily skin?

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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?

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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! :)

Hi there! I love your blog :) I have a question I'm hoping you'll be able to help me out with: Are there any drug store lipsticks the same color as MAC Modesty? Thanks!

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Maybelline Warm Me Up is really similar!

Warm Me Up (left), Modesty (right)

Loreal Fairest Nude is similar as well, also a nudey mauve!

What are some good foundations for dry oily skin ?

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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