When you have oily, acne-prone skin, makeup is almost always never an option. The quest to have flawless makeup that lasts all day is a never-ending battle for many. The few times you put on makeup, you find that you have to constantly take bathroom breaks to touch up your face and eliminate the shine. By the end of the day your face is looking unnatural, cakey and almost muddy.
But do acne and excess oil provide a valid enough reason not to look your best by putting on makeup? Many fail because they are unaware of the right way to handle their skin specific to its type. So, here are a few makeup tips to help your make up last all day long.
1. Quality of product is key
Did you know that the makeup application process starts way before you place any makeup on your face? Quality skin care products prepare a conducive base onto which you place your makeup. Such products provide the right skin conditions that aid in avoiding build up and even prevent acne breakouts.
There is a wide array of makeup brands available in the market. But with acne prone, oily skin, which brands do you go for? Skin care experts recommend that you choose natural-based makeup products only, because natural ingredients are friendly to all skin types.
Carefully read the product descriptions on the makeup products. Qualities to look out for with oily skin include;
. Lasting wear/long wear
. Oil absorbing
Note that finding the right product is only the first stage. The second stage requires you to properly prep your skin. This way, your eye shadow and makeup last for much longer without developing unwanted shine or fine lines due to frequent touch-ups.
2. Doing touch-ups? Leave out the foundation
During warmer or wet weather, people with oilier skin types tend to require touch-ups once or twice during the day to keep their makeup looking perfect. A common mistake during this stage, however, is adding foundation on top of foundation. This is the perfect recipe to trigger acne breakouts. With oily skin, more product could clog your pores and lead to the development of acne. Even worse, you are left with makeup that looks unnatural.
The right way to go about touch-ups would be to apply a translucent powder with oil-absorbing qualities in place of foundation. If you do not want to add more products to your face but want to reduce the shine caused by excess oils, try using blotting paper to soak up and remove excess oil.
3. Exfoliate at least three times every week
Exfoliating helps get rid of dead skin cells on the surface of your face. This reveals newer, fresher, glowing skin that holds foundation the right way. But what are the ingredients to look for in exfoliating products? Find those products containing effective agents like salicylic acid and sulphur. Additionally, exfoliating clays such as Bentonite clay or Kaolin are excellent for smooth, even skin.
Other products you can easily find at home that are just as effective as the aforementioned products include;
. A mixture of brown or white sugar with olive or coconut oil
. Baking soda mixed with water
To effectively use the above DIY exfoliating products, evenly apply the mixture all over your face and neck, let it sit for about 10 minutes and then gently wipe it off with a warm wet cloth. Besides removing dead skin, exfoliating regularly aids in the even distribution of makeup products which ultimately means a longer lasting effect.
4. Hydrate your skin
Hydrating your skin from inside out is the key to managing excess oil in addition to reducing acne pimples. Skin care experts and dermatologists alike advocate for drinking at least 2 litres of water per day. Plenty of water helps smoothen the skin from the inside by flushing out impurities that cause acne and skin irritation.
Moisturizing every day ascertains that your skin is in the right conditions before applying your makeup. The notion that people with oily skin do not need to moisturize their skin is misconstrued. Nevertheless, using lightweight moisturizers helps your skin maintain its natural moisture content without clogging your pores. Research shows that 75% of people suffer skin dehydration. This means that even with oily skin, your skin needs enough water to maintain its natural balance.
Aloe Vera gel is just one among a wide range of Natralus skin care products that have proven incredibly effective at moisturizing, maintaining and repairing damaged skin.
5. Use a primer
Many are guilty of foregoing the important step of using a primer before applying makeup. When your skin is oily and has a higher chance of developing acne, the first step before foundation lands on your face should be to apply a primer. A primer acts as a protective barrier between the skin and the makeup. Primer works to extend the time foundation comfortably sits on your skin for and eliminates the need for touch-ups.
A natural, water-based primer like rose water is very friendly to oily or acne prone skin and is good at preventing shine. With a primer, your made up face will appear smooth and mattified, with a flawless finish. To achieve a uniform look, remember to use primer on your face before applying foundation and before applying eyeshadow.
6. Set your makeup
After you are done applying makeup, always remember to set. Setting is necessary irrespective of whether you have oily, dry, normal, or combination skin. Using setting spray on your makeup allows it to last longer and is one of the most effective ways of controlling shine.
Having oily skin and acne are two conditions that millions across the world grapple with throughout their lives. Without any reliable information or tips for maintaining your skin or eliminating acne pimples, makeup becomes a no-go zone. However, above are a list of potent makeup tips that are not only bound to revolutionise how you apply your makeup, but will also aid in maintaining smooth skin.
Natralus skin care products are proven and tested and have over time rapidly gained the stamp of approval for being highly effective and reliable for all skin types.