Have you ever applied your makeup, loved how it looked after you were done, and then 5 hours later it looks like a shiny mess? You’re not alone girl. I LOVE applying my makeup everyday. It’s something I legitimately look forward to. But I found that after a few hours of wear, my t-zone always started to get a little more shiny than I’d like and start to break down my makeup. Although blotting and re-powdering did some good, my makeup just didn’t look good after my combination skin started to let oils seep through. I did some major research and weeks of trying different techniques to keep my makeup shine free, but I have finally found a solution that works for me. And it may just work for you, too. And guess what, I don’t need to re-powder throughout the day. You read that right. No need to touch-up. Save some time and look fabulous all day long using this technique to keep your makeup shine-free all day long! PS. A fun, natural smokey eye is also featured in the video below. Check it out!
I start off with a big cup of cold brew… no but really. My morning makeup routine starts with a big sip of cold brew and then I’m ready to start. It’s great, you should try it. My first product I use is the Rimmel Stay Matte Fix & Go 2-N-1 Primer and Setting Spray. Expect a blog post on this new goodie soon! I spray this primer mist all over my face as a first line of defense to keep my oils at bay. This primer/setting spray has proven to work really well. After that, I go in with my Wet N Wild Photo Focus Matte Primer. Two primers…you think I’m crazy, right? Don’t because both of them work together as a mattifying base to the skin.
Now for the actual crazy part. I next go in with the Milani Prep Set Go Transparent Face Powder. You might actually think I’m crazy now since I’m putting on a powder before my liquid foundation. It goes against the golden rule of makeup: liquids then powders. But I am telling you, applying a mattifying powder before your foundation is what really soaks up your oils before they touch your foundation. This step is CRUCIAL for keeping your skin shine-free. I apply a liberal amount with a fluffy powder brush and move onto the step that most people start with — foundation. I’ve been using the Covergirl Trublend Matte Made Foundation and it’s grown on me using this technique. Originally, it let my oils through but now, it’s perfect! I use my Eco Tools Perfecting Makeup Sponge and apply a thin, even layer. Make sure you don’t apply too much, as it won’t help keep everything shine-free.
Next, I go in with my trusty Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Light. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. I use my Eco Tools sponge again. Now for the next crucial step — powder. I use the Covergirl Trublend Light Transluscent Pressed Powder and apply it in my t-zone with my Eco Tools sponge. Using a makeup sponge is key for this part. There is just something about setting your makeup with a damp sponge that makes it look truly flawless. I apply the powder on the rest of my face using a powder brush.
Then, I go in with the Milani Setting Powder again, focusing on my most shiny areas. I continue on with my face makeup and once I’m done with my highlight, I spritz my face with the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer Mist. Once I’m done, my skin looks flawless and matte (but not too matte!) And the misting of the primer makes all the powders melt perfectly together. I also did a natural smokey eye so you can check that out in the video above!
I know like all of this sounds like a lot of steps, but it is so worth it. I don’t dread looking at my makeup 5 hours after I put it on anymore. I can rest assured that my makeup looks fabulous all day long and that piece of mind is so worth it for me. If you give this technique a shot, let me know how it goes in the comments below!