Although oily skin might seem like a curse, it is actually a sign that your skin is secreting protective sebum. The sebum secreted in turn reduces the risk of sensitive skin, dry patches and other skin related issues. There are other benefits that come with oily skin, like, less fine lines, wrinkles and also, your skin stays naturally moisturized. Though it might prove difficult for you to find the beauty or makeup products suitable for your skin and also getting to keep the makeup on for long, it does not mean you have to forego makeup forever. All you need to do is know what works for your skin type.
You obviously can’t change your skin type, but you can find out what works for your skin type to help your makeup last longer.
Some shocking facts about your oily skin
- Hormonal imbalance can be the cause of your oily skin
- Your skin responds better to oil-based products than alcohol based products
- Leaving your skin dry and tight regularly can prompt your oil gland to secrete more oil
- Frequently experiencing stress can cause you skin to produce more oil
- Your cosmetics can cause your skin to be oilier than usual
- Oily skin is less prone to wrinkling and premature aging than the normal skin
- Milk of Magnesia can help draw more oil from your pores
- Either use baking soda or purifying face mask
- Your oily skin does not need to be washed more than thrice a day
Here are some long lasting makeup tips for oily skin
- Use a Primer
If you want your makeup to stay long on your face without smearing or smudging, you should base your face by applying a primer (preferably matte) before you start applying your makeup. Primer gives your foundation something to stick to, helping it last longer. Primer can also suffice for a light, natural skin perfector, that’s if you don’t have time to apply foundation.
- Choose makeup for oily skin
For your oily skin, you cannot just use any foundation on your oily skin. Any makeup product that is rich in oil is a Big no for you as they tend to exacerbate your skin’s greasiness. This is why you should invest in makeup products(particularly foundation and blush) that are oil free and noncomedogenic, which implies they will not clog your pores, hence triggering breakouts. You can start by looking for makeup products suitable for oily skin
If your skin is acne-prone, consider getting a treatment foundation. Most of these foundations are made with ingredients like salicylic acid that can help reduce the oil in your skin and also improve skin condition. But you should use these formulas if you have an extremely oily skin, as they can be excessively dry.
- Carry blotting papers
For times you do not have time to touch up with powder, blotting papers come to your rescue.
Regardless of how perfect your makeup looks in the morning, if you have an oily face, there are chances you will spot a shine before or by midday. Some blotting papers help lift this shine from your face, while others deposit a bit of powder to sop up the oil. They absorb the excess oil on your skin without drying or smudging your makeup, thus, offering you a quick perfect touch-up that doesn’t necessarily require a mirror.
The cheat to using blotting papers without having to smudge your makeup is to press the paper in the part of your skin that’s oily and rolling it off, instead of just rubbing the paper on your skin.
- Don’t overdo touchups
When your makeup smears, it usually feels like the easiest thing to do is touchup with either your face powder or reapply foundation. But this could backfire if you go overboard, thereby causing your pores to push forth more oil. If you keep reapplying foundation, your skin gets even oilier, since foundation can trap oil in the pores. Layers and layers of it will most likely yield to a rough finish and unnatural patches.
All you need to do is, apply powder just on the shiny areas, using a matte translucent formula. If, however you have already applied too much powder, dampen your makeup sponge and blot it over the over-powdered areas.
You can also blot out with blotting papers before touching up areas that demand it.
- Prep your peepers
In order to reduce eye makeup creasing, avoid priming your eyelids with concealer, Instead, try using primers that are specifically designed for eyelids. The base creates a perfect canvas for your eyeshadow and liner while simultaneously absorbing oils that cause the creasing all through the day.
This implies that for your oily skin, you should go for powder eye shadows instead of your normal cream palettes.
- Carry pressed powder
If you have oily skin, then pressed powder is definitely your best buddy. Simply apply a dusting throughout the day on areas you have spotted a shine. It reduces shine and absorbs oil.
However, you should avoid using the sponge or puff that comes with the powder, as it can create a rough and uneven finish on your skin, thereby increasing the oil on your skin. Instead, use your blush or powder brush to mildly sweep through the shiny areas.
- Never forget to wash your makeup off
However tired you might be after a day job or attending a function, never forget to wash off your makeup. Makeup is always nice on oily skin, as it tends to introduce more oil. One of the best things you can do for your skin (especially if it is oily) is washing off your makeup as soon as possible.
After you have washed it, use an oily-skin cleanser to remove every makeup trace. This helps prevent breakouts, and also keeps the cycle of oiliness from escalating out of control.
- Moisturize your skin regularly
Moisturize your skin regularly with an oil free, non-cream based moisturizer. Make sure you look for Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide ingredients before you buy any sunscreen ingredients since they have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Now that you have known that having an oily skin cannot come between you and your flawless makeup, relish in it and enjoy!