Here’s our first installment for our Mineral Makeup Guide, and for the first problem, it’s for those who have oily skin. Oily skin is not really an indication of bad skin, but it can cause breakouts, and it doesn’t look pleasant on pictures. Oily skin is somewhat beneficial in the long run because it has less tendency to look wrinkled unlike dry skin.
Here’s a quick guide on how to deal with oily skin using mineral makeup.
Ingredients that oily skinned ones should be on the lookout for are the following : kaolin clay, silica, silk powder, bentonite clay, Cornstarch ( Zea Mays ), Oat Powder ( Avena Sativa ). They all help absorb excess oil on the skin. Mineral makeup that have this can give good oil control, it depends on the skin’s affinity to that certain ingredient, it’s your choice on what works great for you.
Using Finishing/Setting Powder
With mineral makeup, usually, foundations are formulated with moderate or no oil control at all because the mineral foundation needs to be versatile across all skin types, unless there are certain mineral foundations for certain skin types. Thus, mineral setting or finishing powders take the role in added oil control. Mineral setting powders are translucent in nature, so it is great for touching up as the day goes by.
The Sandwich Method
The sandwich method is used for super oily skin, applying mineral setting powders before and after that layer of mineral foundation. After applying primer ( which also aids in controlling oil ), apply a thin layer of mineral setting powder. A very very thin one, using a powder brush. After, apply your mineral foundation using a kabuki brush. Then, apply mineral concealer if needed. Then, apply another layer of mineral foundation to cover everything up in a solid layer. After, apply a very thin layer again of mineral setting powder. It helps absorb the excess oil on the skin, as well as buffer the foundation from getting slicky throughout the day.
Oil Control Powders – Do Not Overdo
There are also certain oil control primers in mineral form that can be applied before foundation and work really well. A word of caution – do not overuse them, or overapply them. Be mindful to always apply them using a fluffy brush so that it turns our very sheer. If you overapply it too much, chances are , it’s either your skin will stay really matte, but makeup would look cakey, skin would look matte but it would highlight your imperfections like pitted scars, lines, and pores because your skin would look as dry as a well, or it would absorb too much oil on the skin that it would continue producing more oil, that would worsten the situation. Oil control powders are heaven sent, but again, don’t overdo it.
Blotting Before Retouching
If all else fails, and you just can’t seem to find the mineral finishing powder to help your skin look and feel oil-free all throughout the day, you can always patiently retouch! But remember, always blot your skin first with either blotting paper, to get rid of the oil before applying a fresh layer of mineral finishing powder. It would do your skin more harm than good if you just apply a layer of finishing powder with all that oil because as oil/dirt binds with the finishing powder…ugh, I can’t even explain but it would look cakey, as well as it would bind the oil and dirt into the makeup on your skin! Breakout alert!
Well, that’s about the mineral makeup guide for bad skin, oily skin! I’ll go on with concealing tomorrow . Stay tuned!