I wanted to share with you how I make my makeup last longer on my face and stop it from being so shiny. I have quite oily skin so if I do not follow these five steps then I find that by about 11 o'clock in the morning my makeup is sliding off and my whole face is a shine-fest!
1. Use an Oil-free and Oil-reducing Moisturiser
-Dermalogica Active Moist and MAC's oil reducing moisturiser are two great examples for controlling oil production at the base level. I use one of these under my makeup as my day moisturiser but prefer a richer one at night (I like Estee Lauder Day Wear for this). There will be a whole range of oil-controlling moisturisers so shop around and find one that suits your skin and budget- it will make a difference. They stop the face from producing so much oil, making the job of the other products listed here a little easier.
2. Use Primer
-I use Benefit's POREfessional which works great on my oily skin as it provides a matte finish and really keeps my makeup on all day (full review here). Out of all the steps listed here, I think putting primer on before your foundation (or powder if you don't wear foundation) is the most important one. I wait until my moisturiser has dried before putting the primer on over the top so that it will work more effectively. There are lots of primers on the market so find one that works best for your skin.
3. Set your Foundation with Powder
-Sweeping a layer of loose powder (or pressed powder if you prefer) over your foundation with a big brush will keep it set all day. It locks the foundation in place and keeps it on for much longer. I also carry a pressed powder around with me in my handbag for any touch ups throughout the day.
4. Makeup Fix Spray
-Using a setting spray to lightly spritz over your makeup when it's done will ensure that it stays on longer. Think of it as hairspray for you face. I use Clarins one (full review here) but Urban Decay also do a range of them which sound good.
5. Blotting sheets
-If I ever do start to get a bit of a shiny/ oily face throughout the day I use blotting sheets to dab onto the areas and get rid of it. They work well by absorbing the excess oil, leaving you with a nice matte finish. They do not take any makeup off in the process either- very clever! I have written a full review on blotting sheets here. There's so many blotting sheets on the market- have a look in Boots for some- they're not expensive, maybe around £2 for a pack.
If you follow these five steps I guarantee that you will stop having such a shiny face- it's taken me years of practice, trying out different things through trial and error but by doing these steps I have finally got the better of my oil and have a nice matte face. If you do want to add a bit of a glow then I use a powder highlighter or shimmer in my blusher or bronzer.