This is a reponse to the article ‘How to Deal With Oily Skin‘ on Stuff.co.nz. It said “oily skin is a beauty junkie’s nightmare, a makeup artist’s stumbling block and an everyday battle for many of us.”
I agree. A ‘smoothen’ photo filter can’t follow you around.
Although far from impossible to deal with, there is always a comfort in seeing a client for the first time and finding healthy skin. If you are like me and don’t have that luxury, here are practical and personal ways I beat the oily skin blues:
REMOVE any trace of makeup before going to bed.
Virgin Coconut Oil for anything waterproof always does the trick: mascara, eyeliner, or lip color. Try not to rub or tug, the effects of doing so only come when its too late. Also, use makeup remover wipes instead of dry cotton pads. It removes with less friction, therefore less tugging. For the rest of the makeup, I use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.
If you want the same effect, less effort and can spare a few extra bucks, Cleansing Water by Koh Gen Do does just that. I especially love this when travelling!
CLEANSE with a cleanser formulated specially for oily skin. Harsh soaps and cleansers can strip too much oil from the skin and dry it out, causing the sebum glands to produce more oil, so look for gentle options.
MOISTURIZE. It’s a common misconception (one that I had until a good one on one with my dermatologist) that oily skin doesn’t need moisture because it has enough. The truth is, skin actually produces more oil when it is stripped dry. Avoid anything alcohol based or anything with parabens, instead look for oil-free or water-based hydrators.
I love using Lancome Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate at night and Genefique Youth Activating Eye Concentrate as a treat. It’s light enough even in humid weather. During the day, a recent discovery is Skin White Face Cream Powder. It acts like a tinted moisturizer, but it finishes matte so it also acts like a makeup primer. Plus it has SPF! I am a fan of anything that saves me time and lets me sleep in more ;)
On clients with oily skin, a quick spritz of MAC Mineralize Charged Water does the trick.
PRIME with a lightweight primer. I adore Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold Makeup Base. Mix it into your favorite liquid concealer for a good face base. It’s easily absorbed into the skin, makes your makeup last longer and makes me feel fancy for special occasions.
For makeup clients, Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer has my heart. It’s lightweight, easily absorbed and does the job… well.
MATTE, BLOT, POWDER on long days.
Shoot days are always long days and locations are not always comfortable but I like feeling comfortable and looking fresh. A quick spritz of MAC Mineralize Charged Water is energizing and refreshing. Evian works too.
To blot, I use hard tissues because it absorbs oil and sweat then finish with a translucent powder so makeup doesn’t cake on the build up of pigment.