Thursday, February 19, 2015

My Skin Type, And Foundation Routine

 Hello, Beauties!

So today I want to talk about foundation, but it is very important for you to know about skin types. That way you know if my opinion may affect your's, or not :) So without further adieu, I have oily skin.

If we were to actually sit down and look at my skin under a magnifying lamp, it would actually, technically be "combination," due to the size and location of my pores. But the parts of my skin that are oily, consequently the "T Zone," are extremely oily.

So lets take a moment to talk about what determines your skin type. Skin type all boils down to the size and location of your pores. If you have small pores over the majority of your face, you probably have dry skin. If you have pores that are not small, but also not large, you probably have "normal" skin. Pores that are large, but only in the "T Zone" mean you have combination skin, and large pores over most of the face typically are a staple of the "oily" skin type. You can have an oily, greasy mess of a "T Zone" and dry, cracked, flaky skin everywhere else.

Contrary to what you may have been told, your pore size does not and can not change. You can temporarily shrink your pores by using masks and ice cubes, but after a few hours, your pores will return to their natural size. You are born with your skin type, and that usually doesn't change until your skin slows oil production as you age. That said, all you dry skinned beauties need to properly care for and moisturize your skin to help slow aging. Oily skin needs moisturizing too, but you definitely want to use an oil free moisturizer, though some women have had success using natural facial oils, and do not report skin break outs.

So being that my skin is oily, I definitely need to chose long wearing, mattifying products. So here are the products I use almost every time I do my makeup.

1. Primer: I am really only familiar with the Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Pro Primer, but I'm on the hunt for something that may be better...

2. Foundation: My #1 favorite is the Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin, but I also like Rimmel London BB Cream Matte 9-In-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup, and Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Combination/Oily Skin. (Could they have any longer names???)

3. Setting powder: I like the Rimmel Stay Matte, and the Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder.

4. Setting spray: My favorite is the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist and Set. I have also tried the NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray, and also trying out the Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater, but I don't have an opinion yet. 

Obviously, I did not include concealers, highlighters, blushes, or bronzers, as those have less to do with the longevity of your foundation. As always, this is all a matter of preference. Play around to find products that work for you. I recommend buying foundations, or any makeup for that matter, at a place like Ulta, as they have a great return policy if you don't like something you've bought.

I hope you found this helpful, or useful!
Have a wonderful day!!