• S. Parris

beauty hacks (skin edition)

Fellow make up wearers understand there is almost always a hassle finding the products and applications that work for you. Analyzing your facial structure and skin type will make it a lot easier to pick out the right products and techniques for yourself.

There are 3 different skin types you could have, unless of course none of these apply to you and you're blessed with 'normal skin'. (there's a lot of subtypes within these three categories; too many to list)

1. Oily - skin produces a lot of its own oil, make up tends to look shiny throughout the day.

2. Dry - skin has a hard time maintaining moisture, flakes, peels, make up looks dull due to lack of moisture and "glow"

3. Combination - Oiliness is concentrated in a specific area of the face, and the rest is dry. (i.e. "T-zone" is oily)

For Oily skin wearers, some of the best techniques for maintaining an oily-free face throughout the day are:

- Using a primer that caters to oily skin (mattifying primers)

- Applying loose setting powder to your face after priming, this helps the oil get controlled under your makeup before it has a chance to shine through

- "baking" your face after applying liquid foundation or concealer

- spraying your face with a setting spray that caters to oily skin, using just any primer may be counterproductive to all the work you just did

Here's a list of some of my favorite products for oily skin:

Maybelline FitMe Matte + Poreless foundation

NYX Drop foundation

Urban Decay Oil deslick setting spray

Ben Nye Banana powder

MAC Fix+ Setting spray

BECCA Ever-matte primer

For Dry skin, I suggest the following:

- Moisturizing your face before applying make up (although this step is suggested for all skin types, for dry skin, use something that is specifically for your skin type)

- using moisturizing foundations that won't dry you out (if you prefer matte finish foundations, USE A HYDRATING PRIMER!)

- stray away from "baking" or using too much powder, as this will strip your skin of the moisturized look.

- Use primers that are hydrating and oil based to ensure long-term hydration under your make up.

- Hilight your skin with highlighters to give the illusion of a more 'dewy' make up application

Here's a list of some of my favorite products for dry skin:

Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

MAC Face & Body foundation

NARS Sheer flow foundation

Too Faced Hangover replenishing face primer

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

NARS Manray Highlighter (or any skin golden/champagne toned highlight)

Combination skin is usually the hardest to cater to, because we have both dry and oily areas of our faces. But there's hope:

- Focus mattifying primer only in areas that you get oily! I apply my primer around my nose and forehead.

- Moisturize your entire face with a water based or gel based moisturizer, NOT a cream. It'll be thick and could cause oiliness

- Set oily areas with setting powder prior to using foundation

- Apply more foundation on the areas that are dryer, and than use whatever is left on your brush or sponge on your oily zones to avoid looking "cakey".

(My favorite products for combo skin is a variation of the dry and oily products I mentioned previously)

Finding the right products for your skin will be a trial and error. I've gone through what feels like 100 primers and foundation formulas before finding what works best for me. But regardless of your skin type, do not neglect to cleanse, tone & moisturize!

These steps are a necessity to achieving a flawless base for your make up. My go-to's are St. Ives oatmeal cleanse and mask, or First-Aid Beauty cleanser, followed with witch hazel of any brand (mostly in my oily areas), finished off with Coconut oil or Clean & clear moisturizer.

Hope this helps!

***Products mentioned above will have varying results on each individual. I am not in any way endorsed or sponsored by any of these brands or products. All information used was gathered by my personal use and research.***