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Friday, 14 October 2016


Hi loves!
I'm sure I'm not alone when I say this but my skin has changed over the years. When I was younger in my early teens I had what you may consider quite normal skin with the odd teenage spot problem from time to time. As I've aged my skin has become ever more oily and I've realised that how I treat my skin needed to change too. Now I may just do a skincare post, but today I want to focus on the foundation mistakes I used to make as my skin began to get oilier.

1. Not paying attention to ingredients.
I think nowadays it's a lot easier to find a foundation to suit oily skin as the matte look is celebrated. But I remember a time when oil-free foundations were few and far between. So I always purchased foundations with oil in them and wondered why I looked greasy within an hour of wearing it! Checking that your foundation is oil-free is always a great start as it will help immensely with the way in which your foundation appears.

2. Priming is key... But choosing the right primer is essential
There was a time I never even knew what priming your skin was or even what a primer looked like. But today you can't escape the new primer releases. There are primers to smooth your skin, reduce pores, anti-ageing, blurring, mattifying, radiance and the list goes on. If you are oily I always suggest using an oil-free primer that mattifies your skin. You only need to place the primer where you get oily so all over the face isn't necessary. You also find it lasts longer so you're saving money! I would also recommend multi-priming if you find your mattifying primer doesn't work well for reducing pores for example.

3. Overloading on the powder - dullness of the skin is not a great look.
I used to think if my skin didn't look freshly powdered then it was a bad makeup day... Oh how wrong was I?! I think sometimes with oily skin we seem to want to forever do the powder touch ups even when the tiniest oils start to show. We then start to pile on too much powder and the whole 'cake face' situation becomes a reality. To overcome this the obvious thing is to powder less. The only time I feel the need to reapply powder (which I hardly ever do now) is if my foundation appears to be breaking down (normally around my nose). I actually do not carry a powder with me. I've found that blotting sheets are a great alternative. To avoid the powdery look I tend to use my MAC fix plus which reduces that look and gives me more of a flawless 'natural skin' finish.

4. Staying away from anything with the word 'Luminous'.
I used to run a mile from any product that claimed to produce a 'luminous glow' to the skin and definitely any foundation that made that claim. However more recently I've found myself drawn towards products that give me that healthy glow. In particular with my foundations, I find that I can still wear a luminous foundation if the key ingredient 'oil' is missing. Foundations such as the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation and the more affordable L'Oreal True Match foundations are great examples of such foundations. They are both similar in that they give a luminous finish to the skin, without making you appear oily or greasy throughout the day. I find they both give a satin finish to the skin which is more like a natural skin finish and that's the look we should be wanting to achieve - not the appearing of dry and dull looking skin.

5. Wishing for the wrong thing!
Now my last mistake I used to make was resenting my oily skin and wishing I had dry or normal skin. Well not anymore! I embrace the oiliness - in fact oily skin allows my skin to appear more youthful which I'm very appreciative of. But just remember that just because you have oily skin it does not mean that you can neglect your important skin care routines such as moisturizing and cleansing. Do not strip your skin of its natural oils (sebum) that it produces, however also note that just because your skin is oily it does not mean your skin cannot be dehydrated. Bring moisture back into your skin because despite all of the foundation tips I've given above - the most important factor to ensure your foundation works is that your base is in a good condition!

I'll be delving more into a skin care discussion in a future post. But let me know what kind of foundation mistakes you've made in the past!

Have a great weekend lovelies,
Vicky x


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