Oily skin

Paddy McGur­gan is one of NI’s best-known beauty ex­perts and over the next few weeks he’ll tell you all you need to know about the lat­est make-up tech­niques

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - BEAUTY -

Do you ex­pe­ri­ence shine through­out the day on your T-zone or chin area, or does your foun­da­tion fail to last long? If so, your skin type falls into the cat­e­gory of oily or com­bi­na­tion. This is not nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing, as re­search shows that oily skin types age bet­ter be­cause the skin pro­duces excessive oils and se­bum. How­ever, this is not ideal if you are try­ing to achieve an all-day-wear com­plex­ion with­out patchy make-up. It’s all about con­trol­ling your com­bi­na­tion skin with the right prod­ucts, so here are my top prod­ucts and tips for com­bi­na­tion skin.


Primer is your most im­por­tant prod­uct when you are try­ing to com­bat oily skin. For clients with ex­ces­sively oily skin, I can use as many as three primers. If you have low lev­els of com­bi­na­tion skin, then you only need to place your primer in shiny ar­eas. Try Prime Shield Mat­ti­fy­ing Mi­lani (£13.49). This will lightly mat­tify the skin, so if you find only small ar­eas of oil, this is the prod­uct for you.

If you have a medium com­bi­na­tion skin, I sug­gest us­ing Make up For­ever Shine Con­trol Primer (£25.50, Make Up Pro Store). This mat­ti­fy­ing primer is the an­swer to un­wanted shine, fight­ing against ex­cess oil to en­sure a matte make-up re­sult. For­mu­lated with a spe­cific se­bustop veg­e­tal com­plex, this first ‘Step 1’ equaliser in­stantly re­duces pore size and con­trols shine for a flaw­less make-up all day.

For high lev­els of shine and com­bi­na­tion skin, my es­sen­tial kit in­cludes Face 2 Face Su­per­matte An­tishine (£17.50), used by many celebri­ties and Hollywood stars. Make-up artists love it be­cause they know it is a prod­uct that re­ally works, help­ing to con­trol shiny skin and cre­ate a smooth facial com­plex­ion. Suit­able for men and women of all skin tones, it is also ef­fec­tive on bald­ing, re­ced­ing and oily hair­lines, as well as palms.


Next up is your con­cealer. I would tend not to opt for a su­per mat­ti­fy­ing con­cealer as this is of­ten tar­geted in ar­eas such as red­ness or un­der-eye, where you do not want a su­per matte ap­pear­ance. Try a liq­uid con­cealer, as op­posed to a cream, as it will be eas­ier to set and less likely to be prone to shine. I sug­gest Char­lotte Til­bury Magic Away (£24), which is the magic wand of makeup for per­fect-look­ing skin. Magic Away Con­cealer in 5 Medium is an in­cred­i­ble full-coverage liq­uid con­cealer in a sand shade for light and medium skin with all un­der­tones. For five years, Char­lotte Til­bury has been work­ing on this holy grail of con­ceal­ers, which re­duces the ap­pear­ance of dark cir­cles, blem­ishes and im­per­fec­tions.


If you have put the cor­rect prepa­ra­tion steps in place, then your foun­da­tion is not a mas­sive con­trib­u­tor to the longevity of your make-up. How­ever, if you have high lev­els of shine, then choos­ing a matte fin­ish foun­da­tion will im­prove the longevity of your com­plex­ion. I love us­ing Make Up For Ever Mat Vel­vet + (£29.50, The Mat Vel­vet +), which con­ceals skin im­per­fec­tions, evens out the com­plex­ion and mat­ti­fies with a non-oily pow­dery fin­ish. The re­sult is flaw­less and lasts for hours.

Its smooth, fluid tex­ture is very sta­ble, wa­ter-re­sis­tant and long-last­ing. While it has a good coverage, it is also easy to ap­ply, and the end re­sult can be fit­ted to your needs. Ap­plied lightly, Mat Vel­vet + pro­vides a nat­u­ral, matte look to the com­plex­ion. Us­ing sev­eral lay­ers to con­ceal blem­ishes cre­ates a sup­ple and elas­tic vel­vety fin­ish. This new oil-free and non-come­do­genic for­mula is suited to sen­si­tive skins.


Af­ter primer, pow­der is one of the most cru­cial parts of your rou­tine. Adding a loose translu­cent pow­der will not only mat­tify your skin but will en­sure your make-up lasts all day. I al­ways rec­om­mend a pow­der that is finely milled so it does not sit on the skin but blends in ef­fort­lessly, and that it is translu­cent so that it does not af­fect the shade and tone of your foun­da­tion. Try May­belline Master Fix Set­ting + Per­fect­ing Loose Pow­der (£8.99), a loose pow­der that sets foun­da­tion and per­fects the look of skin for an air­brush ef­fect. Mi­cro-fine, translu­cent pow­der cre­ates a soft-fo­cus ef­fect as it sets with an in­vis­i­ble fin­ish.

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