What’s the Best Foundation For Oily and Breakout-Prone Skin?

It’s a question I’m asked a lot. It’s tough to find a formula that hides everything and won’t make bad skin even worse. Right now I’m loving the new Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation so it’s what I recommend most often.

First, it’s truly matte. If you just think your skin is oily but it really isn’t, this foundation isn’t designed for your skin and you won’t like it. It’s called a liquid powder for a reason, it’s the absence of oils that makes it so perfect for troubled skin because it clings to an oily surface giving a full coverage that stays put all day long. It easily covers breakouts, redness, and scaring while leaving a powder-like finish to combat shine.

Second, it doesn’t just cover well, it actually helps with oil production immediately and over time. It’s a water-resistent formula that uses clay to actually absorb sebum and moisture on the skin, soaking it up like a mop. Over time, you’ll start to see less oil production, fewer breakouts, and an overall improvement in your skin. It’s a treatment and foundation all in one.

Because it dries quickly and doesn’t have extra oils that typically make spreading around and blending a foundation easy, you’ll want to apply it section by section and blend completely before moving on. I like to spread it around a little with my fingers first, buff it in with a foundation brush and then press it in with a damp beauty blender. I know that sounds like a lot, (and you can find a different way that works too) but it takes just seconds because you want to work it in fast and it’s so worth it once you see how great it looks. It’s really unique and such a must-have for anyone who has struggled to find the right coverage for their skin.

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Seeing Green: Miracle Skin Transformer, New Supergas, and Scar Serum

I was looking around and noticed that a few of my recent faves are all the same bright green hue. I had to get a picture of them all together and share with you a few things I’ve been really loving this summer.

I’ve found that anything I’ve used by Miracle Skin Transformer is a home run. Seriously, I’ve not only loved everything I’ve used from the line, but I usually buy another of whatever they sent to me for use in my kit. There’s something about it that just makes skin look better. This foundation came at a great time, my melasma is back in full force earlier in my pregnancy than last time so I need some sturdy coverage to get all evened out. But on top of that, Acne Control Tinted Skin Enhancer is for breakout prone skin so it calms and fights breakouts using Salicylic Acid combined with anti-microbial peptides. I have it in ‘Light’ which is a touch too fair, so I mix it with a powdered bronzer to deepen it up a little bit to where it’s perfect. It has the right amount of coverage and never looks heavy or visible and it’s easy to blend in. I love this foundation and have used it daily since I got it. When I’m out, I’ll buy more.

My favorite deal app, Hautelook, often has Supergas on sale but they sell out so fast it’s hard to grab a pair. But a few weeks ago so I snagged these Acid Green ones on Hautelook for half the normal price. I wear so much black and white that a screaming green shoe is just what I needed and so much fun for summer.

See-No-Scar from Mama Mio was sent to me at the right time. My C-Section scar has taken about a year to heal (just in time for a new one!) and still itches and bothers me from time to time. I’ve been using this lotion as a protective barrier to help with healing as well as stop the itching. It’s made with Almond Oil, Vitamin E, and Dimethicone which is widely used for the treatment of scars. I haven’t used it long enough to see a difference in the look of the scar, but it definitely feels better when I use it. I’ll start using it earlier next time so I can get ahead of the healing process which was much longer than I thought.

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Murad’s Renewing Cleansing Oil

If you would’ve told me years ago that I’d be pre-cleansing my face nightly with an oil I would have thought you were crazy. Although my skin isn’t oily anymore, I think I’ll always have that mind set that it is- sort of like when you loose weight but still see yourself as heavy. I can’t tell you how many 40-something year old clients I meet with clear (and usually dry) skin who still use Proactiv as a sort of crutch, never evolving their routine with age and skin changes. I’m glad I got brave enough a few years ago to try cleansing oils, they’re the easiest way to reamove makeup while adding some light hydration. Murad’s Renewing Cleansing Oil $32 does this particularly well leaving just a soft slick of moisture behind so your skin doesn’t feel tight or dry after washing. It’s non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores (most oils don’t, it’s creams that you need to watch out for actually) so all skin types can benefit.

Protecting your skin from harsh stripping is important. Dry skin equals old looking skin, just look at the way women age when they live near water versus a drier climate. Trading out a drying cleanser for a cleansing oil could make a big difference in the overall look and health of your skin.

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Red, White, and Blue Beauty

Celebrate Independence Day with a red, white, and blue recap of a few of my faves over the years.

My favorite way to get a creamy red lip from Bite Beauty.

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The white Superga sneakers Jennifer Aniston and I are probably both wearing right now.

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And Navy Shadow for all!

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Happy 4th everyone!

NARS Shadows In My Kit

I’ve been totally revamping my kit this season – purging what’s old and bringing in some fresh colors and all the best formulas that I know perform like crazy. I was lacking a few basics (I’m ditching the Naked palette- loved the colors but I’m having a hard time getting the intensity I need) so I looked to NARS to fill in those gaps. This is the first time I’ve bought NARS shadows even though I know their pigment is legendary. After swatching too many colors in Sephora, I landed on Lola Lola (a medium copper brown with shimmer), Brousse Duo (perfect neutral plums), and Cairo (a not quite plum and not quite beige shade that I know I’ll use a ton.)

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They’re so soft and blend in beautifully, I can’t wait to put them to use.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream to Prevent Creasing

If you have trouble with your eyeshadow creasing, do what us pros do and layer your powder over a cream. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream is what I carry in my kit not only because it helps shadow to last all day without creasing, but it’s also waterproof- key when so many of my clients are brides.

Now the shimmering nude shades are great, but don’t overlook all of the more vibrant creme colors they offer. You can of course use a light lavendar to intensify a plum, but you can also use it as a base for any color to give it a little boost- I’ll show you what I mean.

Here are a few of my Aqua Cream shades I carry in my kit, I also have #4 a white pearl and #15 taupe.

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I was sent #53 from the company to review, but the others I recently bought.

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Here’s an example of how layering the cream works; I have a powder shadow on its own and then over 2 Aqua Cream colors. You can play with different combinations to see how you can get slight variances in shades and finishes.

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Here’s a light pink shadow over Aqua Cream 16, a peachy nude shade. This is a great trick for these lighter shadows when you love the color but can’t get it to show up as well as you’d like. Using the cream first, you’ll get the intensity without darkening the hue.

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To apply just pat the Aqua Cream into the lid and then apply your shadows over top. If you’re in a rush, they’re perfect for a quick flash of color just on their own without adding powder shadows over top.