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
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.