If you struggle with oily-skin, the "Glow" is not for you, my friend. You already have a natural glow, which is great (you don't wrinkle as fast); but after a few hours, does it look like grease? Here are a few steps to achieving a flawless, matte, longwearing finish:
1. Toners - It will help balance the ph level of your skin (along with drinking plenty of water!)
Mario Badescue: Rosewater Toner
Origins: Balancing Tonic
2. Sunscreens - They are usually greasy/thick. Try an oil-free sunscreen or just use a foundation that has spf to avoid layering products.
Anthony: Oil-fee Facial Lotion, SPF 30
Kate Somerville: Daily Deflector, SPF 50
3. Moisturizer - Do not assume you don't need it. Your skin still needs the moisture, otherwise it will produce more oil. Go for an oil-control moisturizer instead!
Caudalie: Matifying Fluid
Bliss: Steep Clean Mattifying Moisturizer
4. Layers - Keep it minimal! The more you add, the cakier your makeup will get. Stay away from cream contours and go for more powder products.
5. Touch-up Powder - Do not take away shine by adding more powder. Refer to step 4! Opt for a blotting tissue instead.
Neutrogena:Shine-Control Blotting Sheets
Shiseido: Pureness Oil-Contol Blotting Paper
6. Primers - Use light-weight, water-based primers vs. silicon based primers. Silicon usually starts to move on oily skin in a few hours.
Laura Mercier: Foundation Primer
MakeupForever: HD Primer
Skindinavia: Oil Control Primer Spray
7. Foundation - Stay away from words such as "luminizing" "moisturizing" and "radiant"...these words usually suggest they will give you a "glow"...which you don't want, if you're oily, that is.
Bobbi Brown: Oil-free liquid foundation (combination)
MakeupForver: Mat Velvet (oily skin)
Elcie: Micro-Silque Foundation (all skin types)
8. Finishing Powder - Stay away from anything that has the word "mica" in there. This means shine. Go for light and/or matifying powders.
MakeupForever: Loose setting powder
Ben Nye: Setting powder
Laura Mercier: Translucent powder
9. Finishing Spray - You can only do so much to your skin to "control" the oil. What you can do, is prolong the matte finish as much as possible. Think of finishing spray as insurance!
Skindanavia: Oil-free Finishing Spray
Lise Watier: Makeup Fixative
Urban Decay: De-slick or All Nighter
10. Shimmer - Stay away. Shimmer blushes, shimmer highlighters & shimmer bronzers don't help you. Keep it matte. If you like a bit of a glow, go for a more subtle gleam (listed below). If you absolutely LOVE the glow, then go through steps 1-9 and add that shimmer girl!
Japonesque: Velvet Touch Blush
Mac: Mineralized Skinfinish in light, medium or light plus to highlight (only underneath eyes and high points of cheeks)
Easy right? C'mon! You can get the hang of it. It's more about how much NOT to use vs. how much to load up (dry skin...comin' for ya in my next post!). If you're like me, you don't care to do these steps EVERY day...a little shine never hurt nobody. However, if you're going to an event or somewhere special, try these steps out...thank me later ;)