My face. Is so shiny.

posted 3 years ago in African-American
Post # 3
1503 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would recommend going to a spa for a facial. An esthetician will be able to discuss your skin wants and hopefully be able to recommend some products that will help. Dermalogica is a brand that I love, but it can get a little expensive. They had great products for helping control oil, though.

I have combination skin, but I also get a shiny forehead. I have been using Revlon Color Stay foundation for oily skin and it has been working great so far.  I have also been using Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, which has helped cut down the shine that I usually experience by mid-day. I do carry pressed powder to work and will do a touch-up, if I need to. I am almost possibly making the switch to Tarte for my foundation. They have a line of Amazonian clay products that are getting rave reviews, so I definitely am looking into switching.

I would also recommend going to Sephora or MAC. Go in with a clean face and they can help you find some products that will work best with your skin.  Honestly, it will be a bit of a guessing game for awhile, but I hope at least some of this helped.


Post # 4
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Finding a good powder will help cut back on shine.  The new Urban Decay loose setting powders are amazing.  Not sure what your skin tone is, their darkest shade is still on the medium end of the spectrum but not much colour at all once blended so it could still work.  Do not go for anything labelled “HD powder” like the Makeup Forever one, those will cause horrible flash back in photos.  See if you can get a few samples of powders to try out at home for a few hours to see if they help cut down the shine.


Post # 5
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Wakonyo21:  You’re using a lot of fairly harsh products- it’s counterintuitive, but stripping the oil from your face, while it results in a short-term clean feeling, also makes your skin go in to overdrive, producing more oil. Using more gentle products and a stronger moisturizer can short-circuit the overproduction. Try googling “Oil Cleansing Method”, which works WONDERS for oily and combo skin, and also consider some moisturizing oils at night. I went from a routine similar to yours and always feeling/looking like an oil slick, to using a very gentle cleanser once or twice a day, and an argan-oil based moisturizer, and my skin is so much less oily. Josie Maran makes a good line and it is very reasonably priced, especially given that you use MUCH less product than drug store lines (a tube of her argan oil cream moisturizer costs ~$20, but lasts me easily six months or more).


You may also find that mineral foundations are a good compromise between powder and liquid foundation- they can look a little dry or ashy when you first apply them, but as they absorb oil they look more natural and dewy, without the shin or meltiness of a liquid. You might also have good luck with a tinted moisturizer/BB cream style foundation underneath powder, giving you the best of both worlds.

Oil absorbing sheets are also a lifesaver for pics, of course.

Post # 6
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@Wakonyo21:  I have to agree with @Bubblesmcgee: that you are really doing a number on your skin. I have combination skin as well and had to learn that moisturization and careful/sensitive cleaning was the best approach. Definitely look into the oil cleansing option. I just started using Boschia beauty oil combined with my moisturizer and it has made a HUGE difference.

Also, the key to shine free is an amazing primer. Look into Hourglass Cosmetics Mineral Veil Primer. I use this in combination with Hourglass Cosmetics Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation. With this combo I get shine free long lasting make up for 10-12 hours. It even looks amazing after a workout!


Post # 7
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Wakonyo21:  Arghhhh… Please don’t use St Ives Apricot Scrub on your face! 🙁 It’s terrible for it.. the apricot ‘exfoliant’ particles are actually walnut pieces, which are jagged and rough, which essentially tear your skin cells off your face. It over-exfoliates and leaves it vulnerable to a lot more damage! It keeps trying to repair it with new skin but every second night, you’re tearing that new skin off. If you are going to use an exfoliant, use one with microbeads, they are man-made and spherical so no sharp jagged edges to tear at your skin. Google St Ives apricot scrub bad for your skin and you will see the warnings!




Post # 8
858 posts
Busy bee

Have you ever done oil cleansing method? I used to have really bad combination skin including acne, and since i started the oil cleansing, i barely have an oily t zone! Also with a mixture of useing coconut oil (organic and unrefined) i have totally different skin. Of course, make sure you are drinking tons of water and your diet is good!

Post # 9
320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant

Milk of magnesia applied under your foundation.  I’m not saying that it’s a great facial product for everyday use, but for once in a while, that stuff really absorbs oil. 

Post # 10
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I think you just need the right makeup, and the right makeup artist.  

If you’re doing your own, I personally love MAC for face makeup.  I’m not African American but they seem to have a very wide range of shades. The people there can help you pick out products.  But if you’re not used to wearing makeup, maybe hiring a professional is the way to go.  You can get a trial run.             

Post # 11
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I second third fourth learning how to cleanse your face with oil!!

I do it with just coconut oil and my skin loves it – without it I get oily skin.

Also, for photos you may want to look into NYX photo primer/powder – it’s white but goes on transparent (at first you’re like CRAP but then it disappears when you rub it in) and it reduces glare/shine in photos. The powder is great for both setting makeup and touching up during the day. I used them for my engagement photos, and my face looks soft and shine-free!

Post # 12
536 posts
Busy bee

+1000000000 to all the ladies that recommended oil cleansing! It saved my skin. I use jojoba or avocado oil.

Post # 13
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

Okay this may sound crazy, but try mixing Monistat chafing gel with your foundation. That stuff will matte your face so that it is less shiny by far.

Post # 14
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

My face is so shiny too! I mean I wash it, and then within two hours of putting on my make up I could probably use 3+ blotting sheets and still be shiny! My skin is almost always acne free, so the dermatologist was at a loss. None of the creams she gave me to dry my skin out worked, and I really don’t want to go on accutane! I wash my face with Dr. Bronner’s morning and night and then apply my oil free makeup. The only lotion I use twice daily is actually cortisone cream because I have had this really itchy rash for the past year that breaks out on my cheeks 🙁 If you find anything that works for you I would love to know what it is!

Post # 15
856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

All you need is a matifying primer. I have very very oily skin and this lasts at least 8 hours before I feel at all oily. You can wear it alone or under makeup. That with powder will keep you from being shiny the whole day.

Post # 16
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Chrissy26:  Agreed! 

@Wakonyo21:  I’m Latina, with very very oily skin as well, and I was extremely concerned my makeup would not last.  I’m a makeup junkie and have tried everything I can get my hands on (every mattifying primer, for example) and my makeup never lasts a full work day, that is, except on my wedding day!  My makeup artist used a setting spray (I wouldn’t go through the trouble of this on a normal day), and even when I got back to the hotel after the night was over, it looked freshly applied.  Was thrilled.  I’m sure your artist has this in his/her arsenal so don’t fret! Good luck! 

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