Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summer Make-Up Tips for Oily Skinned Girls

As much as I love this incredible hot weather we're having at the moment, being an oily skinned gal it's slightly playing havoc with my normal make-up routine. I've had to strip it all back to avoid creating serious shine or having half of it dripping down my face half way through the day. Here's my tips for making your make-up last all day during summer.

Prime time
Putting on a good primer is essential after moisturiser. Not only will it mattify your skin, but it results in much longer lasting make-up too which is definitely needed throughout the warmer months. My pick is the Clarins Instant Smooth primer, but there are some pretty good ones on the high street too. I just find the Clarins smooths over any imperfections, reduces redness and make my make-up long lasting like I've never found before.

Avoid a heavy base
I don't really have any tinted moisturisers or BB creams I've really loved, so I usually avoid any sort of foundation or base. I use a heavy duty concealer ( the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint being my favourite ) to cover any blemishes or dark circles, and blend in with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which adds a little bit more coverage having such dense bristles.

Pop on a powder
After a light base, a good mattifying powder is essential to add that extra step to hold everything in place. I love the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder - it blends in effortlessly, mattifies the skin and keeps all my make-up in place.

Cream blush is a no-go
I really love cream blush and highlights for creating a dewy glow, but on the really hot days your skin will be doing that for you. Stick to powder products, and pick some good quality ones with great lasting power. The Urban Decay Naked Flushed palettes are a perfect 3-in-1 that have lots of pretty shades and stick around 'til the evenings, even on the warmest of days.

Go simple
I avoid any fussy make-up that could smudge - this means I usually wave goodbye to my beloved cat eye flicks until I can be sure they won't end up smudged above my eye, and if I do use an eyeshadow, it's just a simple one colour over the lid, nothing too complicated. I focus on the mascara, and use a matte lipstick - if the rest of your face is looking a bit shiny, a great bright, matte lip colour can take the focus away from that. The Bourjois Velvet Lipsticks are absolutely perfect for this, a gorgeous matte formula which is so long lasting, not even a top up is required after eating or drinking, my favourite is the shade 'Ole Flamingo'.

Do you have any summer make-up tips?

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  1. I love the sound of the clarins primer, I've read a few reviews on it but never one from someone that suffers from oily skin too. I'll need to treat myself to a pot! Great post as always :) xx

  2. I love the look of the Bourjois Edition Velvet, it looks so beautiful! x

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  3. I need the Bourjois Velvet lipsticks, there is no question about it!

  4. This was a lovely post, I followed your blog! I'm sure oliy skinned people will benefit from this massively. x

    Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  5. The bruised UD pan caused a minor heartache! :-| I have been reading about the Clarins pot for years but never really tried! My skin is oily for like 3 months in the whole year and the rest of the time its Normal/dry so i don't find investing in too many things for oily parts a good deal!


  6. Thanks so much for sharing this, completely agree with cream blusher, I've been wearing it recently and wondering why it's disappeared halfway through the day, sticking to powder in future. And the Bourjois velvets are ah-mazing thanks for sharing, need to get a decent primer x


  7. I love the Urban Decay Flushed palette!

    xprincessjas | ♥

  8. It's lovely, isn't it? I'm quite tempted to get some of the newer shades of it!

  9. No problem at all :) I love wearing cream products but on the really hot days they don't do much for my make-up longevity!

  10. I knoww, silly me dropped it! The Clarins primer is really wonderful, I actually know a few people with dry skintypes who love it too :)

  11. Thanks so much, Charlotte!

  12. It's such a gorgeous shade, really brightens up everything!

  13. Thanks Natalie :) Let me know how you get on if you do get the primer.

  14. Kristina14:20

    I'd love to get the Flushed palette!
    Lovely suggestions and tips there :)

  15. As a fellow oily-skinner, the Vichy is one of my favourites too!

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  16. I love the Clarins primer, so good for smoothing everything out! I really want to try the Vichy primer, too, it sounds amazing :)

    Jess xo

  17. That Clarins primer sounds worth a try I've heard nothing but good things and I'm on the market for a new primer :). Totally agree on the cream blush front total no go for me when it's hot outside, I also ditch highlighters too everything in powder form works best. For lighter bases I love the NARS one or my Bare Minerals powder :) they seem to stick around in the heat xx


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