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Oily Skin Struggles: Keeping Your Makeup In Place

September 28, 2015

I have oily skin. Always have, always will. I apply my makeup carefully each morning. As the day progresses my skin starts to glow. My makeup starts to oxidise. Everything starts shifting around, and my skin feels damp and sticky when I touch it. Eventually I just look shiny and sweaty, and I have to blot like crazy to keep things under control.

I’ve tried almost everything on the market for oily skin. These are my favourites. When I use these products I can remain almost shine free for most of the day. The idea of a non-oily day is literally an impossibility for me.

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
It doesn’t matter if I’m not wearing eye makeup. Somehow, I end up with foundation creases across my eyelids even though I don’t put foundation on my lids. When I say my makeup moves, I mean it moves. So I use this primer on my eyelids every single day. It’s the only one that works.

Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
This primer is hardcore. If you don’t have oily skin you will probably find it extremely drying. The best way to use it is to squeeze a pea size amount onto one palm, quickly rub your hands together and then press it over your face. If you use too much you’ll get white patches where it has dried. Your skin is going to feel really tight and stiff for a moment after it dries. I wait a minute or two and then apply my foundation on top. It really helps with staying power.

Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder
I brush this powder across my skin after applying my liquid foundation. I basically use it like a setting powder. When I’m super organised I keep it in my bag for blotting during the day – but most of the time I just use a paper towel in the bathroom!

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray
I’ve tried a few of Urban Decay’s setting sprays but this one is the best. I spray it on my face once all my makeup is done. It really does help to keep things under control. If it’s a hot day I’ll also spray it on my face after applying my moisturiser.

I also used to use Prime Time Oil Control Primer which was amazing despite having a very weird sticky texture, but I can’t find it in Australia anymore.

I won’t go into this too much, but my foundations of choice are Make Up Forever HD Foundation, and Make Up Forever Pro Finish powder. I also like Laura Mercier Mineral Powder for days when I don’t want to use liquid foundation.

What do you use to control your oily skin?




Make Up

Four Ways To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

August 11, 2015

Cleaning your make up brushes is such a hassle. We’re all guilty of leaving it just a bit too long between washes! But your brushes can be serious bacteria factories, which means you’re in danger of transferring dirt, dust and grime from your brushes to your products to your face every time you use them.

In an ideal world we’d all wash our brushes after every use, but that’s probably not really going to happen. If you use them heavily it’s a good idea to wash them once a week. If you’re an occasional user then 2-3 times a month is okay.

These are my four favourite methods for cleaning makeup brushes. You can use commercial makeup brush cleansers, or you might be able to get away with using products you already have at home.


1. Quick And Simple

This method is great for a quick midweek clean. It won’t remove deeply embedded product stains, but it will help keep your brushes sanitised.

You’ll need:
– Make up brush cleanser spray
– Paper towel

Spritz some of the brush cleanser spray on the paper towel. Then lightly rub your brush across the paper in a normal brushing motion. You’ll see product immediately come off onto the paper towel. Leave your brushes to dry so they’re ready to use the next morning.

washing brush with baby shampoo

2. Baby Shampoo

This is an absolute classic way of washing your brushes.

You’ll need:
– A bowl of warm water
– Baby shampoo

Mix up a squirt of baby shampoo in the bowl of warm water. Dip your brush in the mixture and swirl it around for a few seconds. Gently squeeze out the brush into a sink and then run the brush under cold water until it runs clean.



3. Bar Of Soap

This is a really effective way of cleaning your brushes, especially those that get used heavily for liquid products.

You’ll need:
– A hard bar of gentle soap or a block of Sard Wonder Soap (from the cleaning aisle)

Wet your brushes with cold water and also drip a little water on the soap to moisten it. One at a time run each brush across the soap in a back and forth motion. Product will immediately start coming off the brushes. Rinse under a cold tap until the water runs clean and then leave to dry.


4. The Beauty Blender

Everyone’s favourite sponge has its very own cleansing brick. I discovered that mine doesn’t just do a great job of cleaning the beauty blender – it also cleans brushes like a charm!

You’ll need:
– Beauty Blender Solid

Wet the brushes and the soap. Using a back and forth motion brush each one of your brushes across the Beauty Blender soap. Rinse each brush until the water runs clean. Leave to dry.

Drying Tips

Leave your brushes to dry flat on a towel or with the brush heads facing slightly downwards. This allows the water to drain away. It’s a good idea to reshape the bristles while the brushes are wet so that they don’t dry at funny angles.

How often do you wash your brushes? Let me know in the comments!