Foundation Makeup Tips for Oily Black Skin

Oily skin can be a challenge to make up.

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Oily skin has its good and bad points. The more moisture your skin holds, the more supple it is and less prone to wrinkles. But keeping an oily face made-up and polished can be a challenge, especially in hot or humid weather. Don’t fret. Smart girls have a whole bag of magic tricks for keeping oily faces shine-free and sophisticated.

Keep it Clean

Wash your face with a mild cleanser and lukewarm water. Don’t let the faucet run too hot or too cold, because both will irritate your skin. Concentrate on cleaning your oiliest spots – usually the T-zone around your forehead and nose, but it’s different for everyone. Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it.

Block It Off

Smooth on a silicone-based shine blocker to help keep your skin oil-free under your foundation. They go on smooth, clear and matte, and they help keep you from looking shiny for several hours. Apply the shine blocker to your trouble zone by patting it on with your fingertips. Let it dry completely before putting on your foundation.

Sponge It On

Choose a hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic foundation to keep from blocking your pores, because blocked pores can make your skin turn up the oil production. Pour a dime-size bit of foundation onto a clean makeup sponge and blot it onto your face in short, sweeping strokes. Start at your trouble zone and work out until your face and neck are covered. Use a light touch so you don’t disturb the shine blocker.

Set It Up

Use a clean, fat powder brush to dust powder all over your face. Be generous, and then brush off the extra. Loose powder helps finish your look without making your skin so flawless that it looks fake. Always brush powder from top to bottom to keep tiny facial hairs lying flat. Match your powder to your foundation and match them both to your neck and chest.

Blot It Down

Carry disposable blotting cloths and a pressed powder compact with you for touch-ups on the go. Press and lift the blotting cloths rather than swiping them across your skin to avoid smearing or removing your foundation. Concentrate on your T-zone or wherever your skin is oiliest. Once you’ve blotted the oil, press a little powder over those trouble spots to keep your complexion flawless.

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