If you happen to have oily skin, you probably know how hard it can be to find the right foundation - one that will give you that matte, flawless finish without clogging your pores. The choice of foundation and how you prep your skin beforehand becomes a tricky balancing act, and one that seems to include a lot of trial and error, and therefore a lot of pesky blemishes along the way!
But don't worry, we at Get the Look are here to make things a little easier for you, with our all-knowing, unending beauty wisdom! Here are our top 5 tips to help you apply foundation, without oily or problem-prone skin preventing you!
Step 1: Cleanse
Before you go anywhere near your makeup bag, you need to make sure you've cleansed your pores properly. Use a cleanser that is specifically designed for oily skin and make sure it doesn't dry out your complexion: the more you rid your skin of its natural moisture, the more it will try and over-compensate by producing oils!
Step 2: Hydrate
Next, use a toner to readjust your skin's pH balance - that can frequently be altered through using cleansing solutions - then opt for a lightweight moisturizer. Incorporating a nourishing facial oil or a serum formula could also be the key to providing your skin with its necessary hydration without the potential heaviness of a day cream.
Step 3: Prepare
Once your moisturizer has absorbed, give your skin a light layer of primer to reduce the appearance of lines and blemishes. This will also help your makeup to glide on better, just make sure you choose a product that's made for oily skin!
Step 4: Application
Choose a non-comedogenic foundation to avoid any pesky clogged pores, opting for a mattifying formula, whether you prefer to use powder or liquid to create the desired effect. Use a clean application sponge to tap the formula into your skin in short sharp motions rather than rubbing it in, and make sure you keep the foundation as light and thin as possible.
Step 5: To finish
Avoid iridescent powders and opt instead for a translucent, matte formula that absorbs excess oil. Finally, one of the best ways to take care of oily skin is to give your makeup brushes and sponges the TLC they need: clean them regularly with warm soapy water to prevent them from spreading oil or old makeup across your skin with every new application.