Today I have a post that may be of use to all of you oily skin girls out there. I suffer with extremely oily skin, particularly in my T-Zone area and it drives me insane. I love to look like I have glowing skin but not a face that's as shiny as a disco ball! Over the past couple of years I have really researched and collected products that really help keep my oil under control, for a good chunk of the day. I only end up having to touch up with powder once or twice throughout the whole day, have a read, because these products may help you too!
I have used quite a few different moisturisers from Boots and one day I came across this whilst looking for an oil free moisturiser and decided to give it a try. It cost around £3 and it's amazing stuff for such a low price! I use this every single morning and I don't need to apply much and my face looks instantly matte after I've used it. So ditch your usual moisturiser and get this one, it's currently on sale in Boots for £1.79, I'm going to go and pick myself up a bunch more.
I never used to use a face primer before my foundation and as soon as I started to, I seriously realised what I'd been missing out on. Primers not only help minimise pores, but also help to keep oil under control and keep your foundation on longer. I currently have two face primers which I've mentioned quite a lot in other posts. My drugstore one that I use on a daily basis is Rimmel's Stay Matte Primer, this is the best drugstore primer that I've used and I've tried out a fair few, it still requires a touch up throughout the day but it keeps my face matte for so many hours, and it's really affordable at about £5-£6. My high end primer is the Too Faced Primed & Poreless, and this is the oil free version, I think this stuff is a miracle worker, I could probably get away with not touching up at all to be honest. It's a little pricier at £24 which is why I don't use it daily, and save it for days and nights out, but if you can afford to splurge, I would definitely recommend it. I did a full review on it here.
Blotting sheets are really handy to carry around in your handbag if you suffer with oily skin, these are just some simple ones from Boots. I have to admit that I don't use these that much due to my primer doing such a good job but they don't cost much and are worth having on you, just incase you have a bad skin day.
Powder is a MUST have for oily skin, actually it's a must have in any makeup routine as it sets all of your makeup, but for oily faces, the Rimmel Stay Matte one is brilliant. I'm sure most people have heard about it, pretty much everyone I know uses it and I've never heard a bad word about it. It's only around £3 as well and it lasts me absolutely ages, so you can't go wrong really!
Now for eyebrows, I have used both pencils and waxes in my eyebrow routine and whenever I got oily, the tiniest touch would wipe off half my brow and that wasn't a great look. Then I discovered Anastasia Beverly Hill's Dipbrow pomade, this stuff is now a holy grail product in my makeup routine. It is budge-proof and with the help of powder underneath/on top it just stays put! I think you can buy similar products to this from other brands that's like the same kind of formula, but I can't recommend any others as I haven't tried them. This one costs £15 and I think it's so worth it, it also lasts a really long time as you don't need to use much.
And last but not least, we have an eyeshadow primer! I remember the days when I used to wear eyeshadow daily with no primer and constantly have to go to the bathroom to touch it up because my lids had gotten so oily that the middle of my lid no longer had any eyeshadow on. Then I bought the Naked 2 palette and ordered this along with it, and I have been using it ever since. I always rave about this and how it keeps my eyeshadow on all day AND all night, but honestly, it really does. I think most people have probably heard about or used this but I couldn't love it anymore if I tried. This is only my second tube of it, my last one lasted me a whole year and a half, and for £16 you cannot complain at all. It lasts for so so long!
And those are my oily skin essentials, I didn't include a foundation because I think it comes down to what your skin type is. I have used a lot of foundations for oily skin and the majority of them didn't maintain my oil at all, some even caused it to be worse. All I can recommend is that you try out foundation samples, they can be either free or don't cost a lot and it's so worth it when you find the perfect foundation! :)
Do you suffer with oily skin? What's an essential product in your routine?