I have oily skin. Really, really oily skin. Other women look radiant and glowing in pictures. I look shiny and greasy; and my pores are so large that they have their own gravitational field. I had my makeup trial today, and even with airbrushed foundation, my skin is still shiny. It’s definitely better than it was pre-makeup, but I want the shiny look to go away. I’ve used blotting papers. I use Retin-A. I have the Clarisonic skin care system of awesomeness. And I’ve tried every single, “OMG, this TOTALLY works!!!” product anyone has ever recommended.
So, how can I look radiant? Or is it hopeless? Help.
I have oily skin, too. The only 2 things that have helped me are seeing a dermatologist and nutritionist to figure out the best combo that way (I have tried so many rx acne products and they all seemed to make me worse, so I have temporarily given up on the prescription route, but the nutritionist’s advice seems to have been helpful), and a new line from Origins called Zero Oil–I’m using the wash and the toner, and it seems to help some. In the summer, with the necessity of sunscreen, I am always oily and shiny; it’s so frustrating! I know that’s not much help, but I feel your pain.
I will say that I think you can look radiant even if you’re a little shiny!
I have just found this new (new to me:) foundation from Stila:
It is a mineral based foundation that not only has great coverage, it doesn’t melt off your face like oh so many other wastes of money have! Anyways I love it and you can get it at Ulta and Sephora. Both of those places have amazing return policies, you can use something till empty and still return it as long as you have the receipt! I hoe this helps!!!!!
I am the EXACT same way and the tip that I found that works is really really weird. I got the idea from Miss. Rainbow’s Ace your face part 1.
The foundation concoction that she suggested consisted of:
- Monistat’s Chaffing Gel, doesn’t that sound lovely, is the exact same formula as Smashbox’s make-up primer.
- MAC Studio FX foundation
- Silicone powder that she had a link to on the post that was the exact same formula as Make-up Forever’s silicone powder
And does it EVER work!!!!
This is me after a wedding in MAY when I did my make-up at 6pm (the wedding was at 8pm)
Honestly I can’t believe I just posted that picture online. So this was taken in the cab on the way home. It was about 1am and you can see how ridiculously shiny I am and that my foundation is basically GONE!!!! I was wearing the same MAC studio FX foundation this night!
And here is a picture of me at a wedding last week. I did my make-up using Miss. Rainbow’s concoction at around 1pm. This picture was taken at around 8pm.
You can see that I look much less shiny in this picture and my foundation is still PERFECT! And seriously by the end of the night my foundation still looked great!
This is a pic at the end of the night (about 1pm) and you can see that I still look fairly matte, for me, and still have good coverage and this was after hours of dancing.
I hope that my embarrassing pictures help you! LOL
What type of skin care do you use? The best thing I have ever done for my oily skin is use a skincare system with glycolic acid in it. My face is no longer an oil slick. It exfoliates and cuts through surface oils and cleans out your pores. My face feels squeaky clean when I wash it and it actually regulates my oil production throughout the day. I am obsessed if you can’t tell!
I second the glycolic but it might be harsh with the Retin A. You;’ have to tread carefully there.
I thnk for makeup, Mac is your best bet! Their foundations and powders really are the best IMO, and I’ve tried countless others!
How often do you use retin-a? What percentage is it? You shouldn’t have a problem incorporating a cleanser with glycolic acid into your regime so long as the retin-a isnt overly drying or irritating your skin, which it doesn’t sound like it is as you’re still having a problem with excessive oiliness. But there certainly is a fine line between cleaning excess oil and stripping essential oils.
MAC makes a lot of great products, but their foundation is known to cause breakouts, so tread carefully. Makeup Forever and Smashbox are generally preferred by makeup artists.
I have combination skin. It’s very oily, but only in a few areas. And it’s super-sensitive all over. Makeup Forever (either the Face and Body or HD) is by far the best foundation I’ve tried. I bet it would work great with Miss Rainbow’s formula.
My foundation failed at my wedding and I was really sweaty from dancing, so my face is very shiny in a lot of the later pictures. But the clone stamp in photoshop is magic and I have been able to get rid of any shine that my photog’s retouching didn’t get!
I’d suggest Clinique’s T-zone shine control. I used it in Jamaica for my sister’s wedding, with SPF and it keeps me super matte! Try it. I swear by it!
I use bare esscentuals mineral makeup and even if you stick with your own personal makup I have found their mineral veil is to die for. The best part is that it is translucent so if you start to get oily you can apply more and I promise it will never look caked on. Maybe worth a try but I know how hard it can be to get makeup and skin advice because everyone thinks they know exactly how to fix you.