Being flawless takes a little more effort than we thought!
Today’s post is dedicated to you oil slicks out there! Don’t fret! We’re all in this together! I’m an oily girl and proud of it! Wait! That didn’t sound right! What I meant was…I have oily/combination skin. My skin tends to be oily and dry in some spots in the fall/winter months and in the spring/summer months I’m super oily all over. It’s like a gift and a curse because the oilier your skin is, the more youthful your skin tends to be, says us Estheticians. There may be some truth in that because I don’t look a day over 21! *teehee* Good genes eh?!
Anyhoo… if you are an oily girl like myself and a makeup wearer you should definitely be using some sort of primer on your skin before your makeup application. Who paints a car or even walls without priming the surface first? With that same concept in mind, you must cleanse, moisturize and prime your skin before any makeup application. I say that because primers contain polymers and waxes that allow your makeup to glide on flawlessly because the primer creates a barrier that fills in lines and pores and it also creates a bond for your makeup to adhere to and last all day. Try putting on your favorite foundation without a primer in this humid summer heat and you can betcha bottom dollar that it”ll slide right off your face by dawn. I’ll wait….! *crickets* Okay… let’s move on….
I personally tend to look for primers that contain the ingredient silica aka silicone dioxide, because silica controls the shine and serves an an anti-caking agent. I don’t discriminate on primers based on brand and price because the cheaper products have been known to supersede the high end priciest ones. For me, it’s all based on trial and error and how the final makeup application looks after a full 5-8 hours of wear. The most important thing is to find a product that goes with your skin type. If you have oily skin you may want to stick to products that state the following: Poreless/Pore-minimizing,Oil-free, Hypoallergenic, & Matte/Mattifying. It can be a bit of trial and error starting off but when you find something that works for you, stick with it.
Below is a list of some primers for oily skin types that I really like, and don’t be shocked by the last primer! It’s really for your Hoo-Haa if you catch my drift but we Makeup Artist all over the globe use it as a primer and it does what it does so don’t you dare toot your nose up and rule it out until you’ve tried it for yourself. If you’ve used any of these products leave a comment and tell me what you like or don’t like about it. If you are an oily girl, pick one and give it a try. You might just find your holy grail primer in this list!
MAC Matte Primer
BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
Neutrogena Shine Control Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Shine Control Primer
Monistat Chafing Powder-Gel