It can be hard to find the right products for oily skin at the best of times. But Summer, in particular, is tougher than usual. The hot temperatures cause you to sweat, which leads to your skin looking even oilier than usual. And makeup just seems to slip off your face as soon as you apply it! But this doesn’t mean that you have to give up on makeup altogether in Summer. It’s just a matter of knowing the right products to use for your skin type. And I’m going to help you with this. Read on to find out 3 simple ways you can care for oily skin in Summer. And yes, it is possible to still wear makeup without it slipping off altogether.
Tip 1: Oily Skin needs to be prepped well first
This is an essential step you don’t want to skip if you have oily skin. And it really will make such a big difference to the staying power of your makeup. In fact, I recommend doing this regardless of whether it’s Summer or Winter. There are 2 important steps here.
Step 1: Skincare
The first thing you want to think about is your skincare products. In particular the type of moisturiser you’re using. Make sure your moisturiser is specifically for oily skin. I’ve got even more tips for how best to take care of oily skin in this free Skincare Guide. There’s one thing specifically that a lot of people skip but that’s actually a great help for oily skin. So be sure to read the guide.
Step 2: Primer
This is a product that people often omit from their makeup routine, as they either don’t think it’s necessary or they don’t know how to use it. But applying a face primer is essential if you want your makeup to last all day long. A primer is basically a base that you apply over your moisturiser and underneath your makeup and it creates a perfect canvas for makeup. I talk in more depth about how to apply face primer here.
There are many different types of face primer. But my advice is to choose one that’s specifically for oily skin. Here are 2 face primers that I absolutely love for oily skin. If you have combination skin, these would also work well for you too.
Smoothing Velvet Face Primer by Couleur Caramel – It’s great for mattifying your skin and provides a smooth base before applying makeup. It’s made with 100% natural ingredients and is cruelty-free. However, it does contain some ingredients derived from animals, so it’s not suitable for vegans.
Zao Makeup Sublim’ Soft Primer – This lovely organic primer also leaves a matte finish and is a vegan product.
If you have oily eyelids, I also recommend wearing an eye primer underneath your eyeshadow. This will help it to stay on all day long. Even if you don’t have oily eyelids, I still recommend using an eye primer. Not only will it make eyeshadow last longer, but it also increases the vibrancy of the eyeshadow colour.
Another favourite of mine from this lovely organic makeup brand, the Zao Makeup Eye Primer is a must-have. It mattifies the eyelids and creates a great base for eyeshadow. Another great trick I use all the time is to apply a little finishing powder over the eye primer. This creates an extra barrier over the primer and will really ensure that your eyeshadow stays in place all day long.
Tip 2: Use a powder foundation
Powder foundations are perfect for oily skin. As they’re a powder, they’re going to instantly mattify your skin. They also have the added bonus of being super easy to apply. Much easier than liquid or cream foundation, as they’re so much easier to blend. So if you’re a beginner at makeup, or don’t like the feel of liquid or cream foundation on your face, these are perfect for you.
My absolute favourite powder foundation is the amazing W3LL People Altruist Mineral Powder. Simply put, this foundation is just gorgeous! For one thing, it will definitely help combat any shine. But it will also give the skin a lovely glow, which is often very hard to achieve on oily skin without looking too shiny. It feels so lightweight on the skin too, so it’s perfect for Summer. This foundation is suitable for vegans.
Tip 3: Always apply a finishing powder
Whether you’re wearing foundation or not, this is still a great way to combat any shine on oily skin. You only need to apply a small amount of it to your T-Zone area. Make sure your finishing powder is translucent. This means it doesn’t have any colour to it. If you use a finishing powder that has colour to it, it will look too cakey if you’re already wearing foundation as you’re just adding even more colour to your face.
My favourite finishing powder is the Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Mattifying Powder. This is a staple item in my kit at all times. I use it all the time on my clients to combat shine, regardless of whether they have oily skin or not. It’s very lightweight, so it will mattify, but it won’t look or feel heavy on your skin. So another plus in Summertime.
Sun Protection Products
This is another area that can be very challenging if you have oily skin. If it’s also something you’re struggling with, I’ve got some tips in this article about choosing sun protection products for your skin type too.
Did you find these tips helpful? Even incorporating just 1 of them will make such a difference. Let me know how you get on. I always love to hear from you. xo
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