I know all about the oily skin struggle! After about 4 hours of wearing makeup, it is guaranteed that my nose will be looking like a glazed donut. I also experience excessive shine in the middle of my forehead, on my cheeks and chin! No, this does not only happen to me when I am wearing makeup. This happens to me on my bare face days, too! Having oily skin is a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, us oily girls don’t have to worry about premature wrinkles but, on the other hand, any makeup we wear always slides off and we’re bound to be shiny after a few hours.
Lucky for you, I have a solution! And it’s not one of those “here’s how to stay matte but you have to use 25 products on your face” solutions. I am literally going to give you three steps! No Milk of Magnesia involved.
First, I want to start by telling you that I’ve tried just about everything. I’ve tried mattifying primers, mattifying foundations, mattifying/oil free lotions, powder foundations, you name it! Nothing was able to combat my shine! I went on Youtube, but felt like there had to be a better way to prevent my shininess besides slathering a lot of (sometimes weird) products on my face. After watching videos and a lot of trial and error, I’ve finally put together a simple make-up routine that keeps my oily face matte all day (at the most, all I have to do is occasionally dab the oil off my nose).
Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Three steps to matte!
**Note: This routine has proven to work for me. I am not guaranteeing that this will work for you, especially if you use different products, but hopefully you can, at least, incorporate some or all of these steps into your routine and you can be matte, too!
After I moisturize my face with Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer, I do these exact steps.
- Apply a pigmented (close to my natural skin color) loose powder all over my face with a Beauty Blender. The loose power of my choice is Clinique’s Blended Face Powder (I use the color Transparency 4), but you can use whatever loose powder you like. The reason I use a pigmented powder on this first step is so that it can act as a mattifying primer and cover any discoloration or blemishes I may have. This ensures that I will only have to use a little bit of foundation because the loose powder has done most of the work.
- Apply foundation with my beauty blender. The foundation I use is Loreal True Match in the color Classic Tan (N7). But once again, you can use whatever foundation you prefer. Like I mentioned in step one, I only have to apply one layer of foundation at this point since I’m putting it on top of the translucent powder.
- Apply a translucent loose powder all over my face with a Beauty Blender and big powder brush. I use Clinique’s Blended Face Powder in Invisible Blend for this step. First, I use a Beauty Blender to press the powder into all the areas where I get the oiliest. I press it under my eyes and onto my cheeks; I press it all over and around my nose, my forehead and my chin. Then, I take a big fluffly brush to apply the powder on the rest of my face. The reason I use a translucent powder on the last step is because I am simply setting my makeup and do not want to add extra coverage. Sometimes I let my powder “bake” or other times I’ll just brush it right off. It doesn’t make much of a difference to me.
** Note: My face is super matte after I finish these three steps. So, in order to add color back into my skin, I add some bronzer, highlight and, most importantly, set my face with a setting spray! In my opinion, setting spray is most important because it really puts life back into my face, and gets rid of the chalky look that translucent powders can leave behind. My favorite setting spray to use after this routine is Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rose Water.
And there you have it! 3 steps to combating oily skin! It’s basically a translucent powder sandwich! These simple steps literally keep my face shine-free all day. By the end of the day my skin has a natural glow instead of shining like a crystal ball. As I said before, my nose still gets a little oily, but not even half as oily as it used to be before I started this routine.
To my oily girls, I hope this was helpful to you! Would you be willing to try the translucent powder sandwich? What do you do to stay matte all day (with or without makeup)? Let me know your tips in the comments!