I have dry skin.
And because I live in the desert a large percentage of my clients are dry as well.
Which has caused me to become so laser focused on foundations for dry skin that I am pretty ashamed to say that for a long time I was leaving all of my oily/combo skinned girls out in the dark.
In my defense I don’t usually think of oily skin as a problem! I’m always trying to create the luminous glow with makeup and you guys have it built-in. Plus I think it makes your skin age slower. Grass is always greener complex, I guess.
Once I posted my Prettilist I quickly realized the error of my ways and decided to search far and wide for some options for you ladies as well.
The problem I have seen with many if not most of the Oil Free or oily skin focused foundations is they can be pretty heavy and can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. I’d heard a lot of buzz from other bloggers about Laura Mercier’s new Flawless Fluid Foundation. When I found out it was oil free I was pretty excited to investigate. I’ve always been a huge fan of anything Laura Mercier creates because she speaks to my soul. SHE DOESN’T WANT MAKEUP TO LOOK LIKE MAKEUP! She wants your face to be the star. And I’m totally on board with that.
I love the way this foundation is super thin but has good coverage at the same time . I also love that instead of a dry cardboard finish (like many I’ve tried) it has a velvety soft finish.
Two things you need to know when using this bad boy would be
ONE: a little bit goes a long way. Don’t over do it! Less is more:
TWO: you want to use a sponge to apply it. All of the Laura foundations are designed specifically to be used with a sponge that will help the small amount spread properly around your face.
Another oily skin must have is setting powder! I’ve found my favorite powder for oily skin is Ben Nye Banana Powder. I love that it really gets after those oils but I also love the color. It’s yellow (hence the banana) so it doesn’t look ashy or ghostly on the skin.
Another favorite is Laura’s Secret Finish and it’s mattifying gel that is designed to go on top of ANY other face products (including powders) for oil soaking touch ups through out the day. I am petrified of too many powder touch ups because it’s pretty easy to get cakey and splotchy by the end of the day and this is the perfect alternative to that for soaking up those oils.
Revlon Colorstay has long been my favorite drugstore foundation for cutting the oil and lasting a LONG time but I wanted to do some research and see if there was a new sherif in town that I hadn’t taken notice of yet…but I after all of that I ended up sticking with the Colorstay. It lasts forever and it goes on nice and smooth and cuts the grease:)
I’m still in search of a great primer for oily skin so if you have any advice on that, I’d love to hear it!
Talk to you later!