If you have oily skin you’ll know the struggle, your makeups a 10/10 in the morning but by mid day it will look like you’ve just done a round of circuits – I get it. Over the past few months I’ve started discovering more products that actually work for my skin and keep it looking fresh throughout the day.
To prep my skin for makeup I moisturise ideally half an hour before, this way it has more chance to sink into the skin. Shock, but I don’t actually use a primer! I’m still yet to find something that works for me so instead I spritz the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray £22 and let that sink in for 2-3 minutes. I find it works well as a starting and finishing touch to my makeup, my foundation sits well over the top and I definitely notice the difference in how long my base lasts when I use it.
In terms of foundation I tend to switch that up depending on the coverage, but my choice of concealer has been pretty consistent. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer £22 has quickly made it’s way to holy grail status. This is a creamy, full coverage concealer that is so highly pigmented it really does cover any redness or blemishes on my skin – better still, it lasts all day long!
Another makeup bag staple is the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder £29. It’s so finely milled it manages to set my makeup without looking cakey or too matte, my base literally won’t budge when I use this. I think for oily skin loose setting powder is a much better option, I used a pressed powder for years and it just doesn’t have the same effect.
When I wear eyeshadow a primer is essential. My favourite is the Urban Decay Primer Potion £16, not only does it stop my eyeshadow from creasing and fading throughout the day, it also helps the shades appear more pigmented – this stuff is raved about for good reason! Another product I’ve found great for my oily eyelids is gel eyeliner, unlike a liquid or pencil a gel lasts much long without smudging or fading, my favourite is the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner £7.99.
Lastly the most inexpensive product that anyone with oily skin needs… Blotting sheets! Again something I’ve only discovered in the last few months, these little sheets do wonders as they take away any oil on my skin before I do any touch ups with powder. Using the product mentioned above it’s actually rare I need to touch up, but if I’m out longer than 7 hours then these really do come in handy.
Although I like to switch up most things in my routine, these products are here to stay and I use them pretty much everyday… What are your everyday essentials for your oily skin?