If you have oily skin, you are blessed with looking glowy and vibrant without much effort! Yes, blotting throughout your day and reapplying powder throughout your day can be annoying. This can be especially annoying when you are going out, and then you take pictures and you just look so shiny. The struggle is real.
But there are ways to manage this. So that you can look flawless for however long you usually wear makeup.
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It’s necessary to find out how your skin works. Which skincare products help balance your skin, which foundation gives you the finish and longevity you like. Then lastly, the average time in which you wear makeup for. By getting familiar with all of this, you can apply the below tips to fit you!
To have the best foundation routine for oily skin, you have to do the following:
- Make sure you have perfected your skincare routine.
- Prime your skin prior to applying foundation.
- Choose the right foundation.
- Set your where needed.
Make sure you have perfected your skincare routine.
Just because you have oily skin does not mean that you should not moisturise your skin before applying foundation. Actually, you’re making the issue worse by not properly hydrating and moisturising your skin.
I admit when I was in my early teens, I did not have the best skincare routine. I used to use face washes that contain those really harmful microbeads. All under the guise of it ‘exfoliating’.
I also used to moisturise my face with very thick body cream. I think all black people are guilty of this. It did the job. But when you are not properly cleansing. It was probably causing more harm than good.
When your skin is dry or not properly moisturised and hydrated, your skin will create more oils to properly ‘lubricate’ your skin. This can actually cause acne.
However, please note that acne is caused by a variety of factors. Not just the misconception of not properly washing your skin.
Make sure that your skincare routine caters for your skin type. The better your skincare routine, the more long-lasting is your foundation.
The most important thing to take away from this is that you have to make sure your skin is hydrated and properly moisturised!
Primer, primer and primer
If you are having issues with your foundation not staying on all day. Then a primer can help.
The issue with oily skin is that after a couple of hours, you’ll start producing oils that disrupt the smoothness of your foundation.
This becomes worse when you use blotting sheets or just regular tissues. The marks can be annoying. Especially if you did not bring makeup with you.
If you are not a fan of primers that is okay. However, if you are… Then choosing the right primer for your skin is just as important as choosing the right foundation.
A mattifying primer could be a great option if you like the matte skin look. But a pro tip is to choose a mattifying primer that helps your makeup stay on all day.
A really great primer that is also inexpensive is The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone primer. This primer is not a mattifying primer. But it makes your skin look flawless and helps your foundation glide on your skin seamlessly!
This primer is great because I’ve had my makeup stay on my skin for over 7 hours! It has also worked really well on my clients.
Most mattifying and long-lasting primers have silicone. If you’re not a fan. Then making sure you ace your skincare routine is a great alternative.
Choose the right foundation
Like most things in life, every good purchase is dependent on your lifestyle. The consistency and wear of the foundation you like are dependent on what you do throughout your day.
If you are a stage performer that has oily skin, then you most likely want to wear a long-wear foundation with a matte finish. Or if you only wear makeup when going out to dinner, for example, you probably don’t mind wearing a long-wearing foundation with a natural finish.
But this all depends on your personal style and how long you wear makeup on average.
Set your face where needed
Setting your face is when you use normal or loose face powder to set your foundation and concealer. This is different from powder foundation. It is lighter in consistency and more powdery.
For my dark skin people, the Sacha buttercup setting powder is great. It tends to suit most dark skin tones and it has no flashback. It has been my staple for a while.
Flashback, by the way, is when you take a photo with flash and where you applied powder looks chalky in pictures.
Another great loose powder is the Kem Beauty soft set powders. I mix the colours Rum Cake and Brownie. It is a black-owned business and this powder just feels so soft.
You don’t have to set your entire face, only the spots where your skin gets oily… Unless your entire face gets oily!
For fuller coverage foundations tend to get cakey and cause lines. Such as on your under eyes or smile lines. You can set that part of your face to stop the lines from forming.
Apply a very thin even layer of loose powder to your skin, before applying foundation. Use this tip mostly when you are using a foundation for normal skin.
But if you do this before you apply a matte foundation and your skin is dry. Your foundation is not going to sit right on your skin and it will look very dry and wrinkly.
So, make sure you do this step on freshly washed and moisturised skin. And only if you are using a normal foundation, not a matte foundation.
You’re likely to get wrinkles much later in life. You also have natural sun resistance. However, when it comes to makeup it can be jarring when your foundation and concealer start sliding off your face due to your oily skin.
This is why these articles are important. It can be demotivating to experiment with makeup when you feel like it won’t last long due to having oily skin. Or you may feel like you can wear makeup at all due to this.