Archive for March, 2011

What Makeup is Good for Oily Acne Skin?

One of the most common questions I get asked has to do with what makeup is good for oily acne skin. This is probably because oily skin is the most prone to acne.  Teens, in particular, tend to have oily skin due to the hormonal changes they are dealing with during puberty.

The most important thing to look for in a makeup for oily skin is staying power. Most foundations and concealers seem to melt off as the day goes on, leaving all those blemishes out there for the world to see. The trick is to find a foundation and concealer that are relatively long lasting, then combine them with a good primer, such as Tarte’s Clean Slate, and a setting powder. The final, essential item is a good blotting powder or blotting sheets to carry with you throughout the day.

bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 FoundationMineral makeup is one great solution for oily skin since it doesn’t have most of the additives that liquids and creams have. My favorite mineral makeup brand for skin that is oily and acne prone is Bare Mineral Matte foundation. It doesn’t have the irritating and shimmery bismuth oxychloride of other formulations, and it helps absorb oil during the day. You will need to use the bareMineral multi-tasking concealer before and after applying the foundation if you have a lot of acne to cover. Finish everything off with some of their Mineral Veil.

Make Up Forever Foundation for Oily SkinAs a liquid foundation for oily acne skin, the overwhelming consensus among reviewers is Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation. It gives full coverage, controls shine, is both oil free and water resistant, and has a wide range of colors. Sound too good to be true? Well, I haven’t tried it myself yet, but it received an average 4 1/2 star out of 5 star rating from over 2,000 user reviews. It is definitely at the top of my list of foundations to try once the summer and hot weather comes around.

If you like a creamy foundation and have a lot of difficulty concealing redness and acne on your oily skin, consider Cover FX makeup as your ultimate concealer and long lasting makeup. Cover FX has a cult following of its own, since it has the widest range of skin tone shades I’ve ever seen. If you can’t find a shade to match your skin from this makeup line, you never will. Their Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation tops the charts with its reviews and there is a great starter kit. It does have sunscreen in it, so if you are sensitive to chemical sunscreen this product is not right for you. However, it also contains calming ingredients to combat redness.

The Big Cover Up 3 Step Essentials Kit (5 piece)Cover FX has their own line of setting powders to go with your foundation that will make it last all day. You can get a complete kit, The Big Cover Up 3 Step Essentials Kit (5 piece), to get you started with the whole shebang. The main thing to remember with this foundation is that you must use a primer with it. Otherwise it will be difficult to blend since it is so thick. With such a great range of colors, you could just use it as a concealer on its own.

As a quick recap, here are the top makeup foundations for oily acne skin, based on our own tests and hundreds and hundreds of user reviews:

Mineral Makeup: Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation

Liquid Foundation: Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation

Cream Foundation: Cover FX The Big Cover Up 3 Step Essentials Kit (5 pieces)

MAC Blotting Powder for Oil Control

MAC Blot Powder for Oily Skin

Don’t forget to use a primer to protect your skin and to allow the makeup to go on smoothly and last all day. For extra coverage, you can use the concealers that go with each brand, or mix and match. Just remember that you can’t mix a powdery mineral makeup with a creamy concealer. The result would be a cakey mess.

P.S. I almost forgot the best part! Carry blotting sheets with you during the day to absorb excess oil. Or try the MAC Blot Powder, which we recently reviewed and fell in love with.


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MAC Blot Powder – User Review

MAC Blotting Powder for Oil ControlThe MAC Blot Powder is a sheer, minimum-coverage blotting powder that comes in a .42 oz compact of pressed powder. It is meant for blotting excess oil off your face and perfect for midday touch-ups.

Review:

I absolutely fell in love with this powder, and I wasn’t surprised after reading such rave reviews for it online. I was matched with Medium Dark, which made me a little skeptical considering the fact that makeup brands don’t usually carry shades light enough for my skin tone. But after testing some of the other colors, I realized that it doesn’t really matter which color you get because the powder has almost no pigmentation. A lighter shade would merely have given me a ghostly, white cast that I certainly don’t want.

The oil controlling power of the MAC Blot Powder is amazing. It makes any unwanted shininess disappear without looking at all cakey. I use this powder to set my T-zone after foundation and at any point in the day when my face feels a little oily or sweaty. This is the perfect makeup item for spring and summer!

Pros:

  • Incredible blotting powder for oily skinned girls
  • Takes away shine without looking cakey
  • Perfect for midday touch-ups

Cons:

  • More expensive than a drugstore powder (But much, much more effective!)
  • Does not give any coverage (If you need coverage, use a liquid foundation, powder foundation, or concealer. This powder is not meant for coverage, it is meant for oil control.)
  • Strange color range (Make sure to buy a darker powder than usual to avoid a whitish cast.)

This powder is best for:

Any girl who gets a little (or a lot!) of excess oil and needs a quick and easy blotting fix.

Tips for Using MAC Blot Powder:MAC Blotting Powder for Oil Control

  • For flawless skin, use a liquid or powder foundation and concealer, depending on your preferences and skin type.
  • Set your foundation with the Blot Powder using a large, fluffy brush.
  • Bring the powder along in your purse for touch-ups. You can carry a travel-size powder brush with you or simply use the cotton pad in the compact.
  • If you have seriously oily skin or are sweating a lot, blot your skin with oil blotting papers first, then dust your face with the Blot Powder.

Where to Buy:

You can get many MAC makeup products at Amazon, including the MAC Blot Powder Pressed Face Powders and their loose powder and blotting sheet.

Reviewed by Rachel

How to Apply Mineral Makeup – Video Tutorial

For those of you who need a little tutorial on how to apply mineral makeup, the following is the video that Leslie Blodgett of Bare Escentuals made to show you the tricks. It doesn’t matter if you use Bare Minerals or not, the methods are the same for any loose mineral makeup. Personally, I’ve been using Korres Mineral Makeup since my skin has been a little dry this winter and the Korres is not as drying as the Bare Minerals Matte foundation. I don’t use the regular bare minerals because it contains bismuth oxychloride, which irritates my skin.

Quite a few people complained that the woman in this tutorial doesn’t have anything to conceal, so here are a few tips for those of you (like me) who need more coverage:

If that doesn’t do the trick, try a more full coverage foundation such as Lancome Teint Idole or Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup. I’ve used both and haven’t broken out from either. The Estee Lauder one stays put for hours on end.

Have fun experimenting!