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Natural beauty starts at the base. Whether you prefer full coverage or a lighter make up look, having smooth, hydrated skin is key for a photo finish application. There’s no one size fits all for skin care products, but there are plenty of variations to suit your needs. Once you identify what your skin type is, set aside a spa day to take care of your natural glow.

We love face masks! Make an appointment with your couch and try out one of the new lines of at home facials. These are cloth masks infused with botanicals and vitamins essential for every skin type. A green tea mask is fitting for acne-prone, irritated skin. A mask containing honey will nourish and add crucial moisture to sensitive, dry skin. What’s great about these is they are packed with ingredients to revive and balance without breaking the bank.

When you think of oils the last thing we want to involve is our face! While some oils can be bad for our skin, there are many essential oils which absorb quickly and can leave otherwise dry skin refreshed. Cleansing oils are becoming popular such as Lush 9 5o 5 Orchid Oil Lotion. Not only does it remove stubborn make up, but it doesn’t strip your skin like many cleansers. It smells amazing and adds vital moisture while you cleanse. We love Tarte’s Maracuja Oil as a supplemental product for dry skin. Applying at night allows your skin to regenerate without any greasiness. Containing vitamin C, oils even tone, balance hydration and leave us waking up with a fresh glow.

A photo ready application goes hand in hand with invisible pores. Our skin tends to get clogged from every day life, from make up to just touching our face without even thinking about it. Thankfully, pore minimizing products are tailored to hide these pesky problem areas so our make up application goes smoothly. Benefit Cosmetics carries a well known product called The POREfessional Face Primer. It works as a double agent: minimizing the appearance of pores while providing a smooth, lightweight base that can be paired under make up or on its own. This product is oil free and contains vitamin E to help minimize the look of pores over time and fight oil throughout your day and night.

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Let your healthy skin speak for itself. The secret to a flawless make up application is your  base, no matter what your skin type is a smooth, pore-free, hydrated complexion is possible. We love to treat ourselves with some of these remedies to the winter blues. The best part is these products can be used year round to banish even the biggest problem areas. Kick back and give yourself some pampering. When you’re ready for a night on the town, our make up experts will be ready!


Controlling oily skin is an ongoing battle between the skin and overzealous sebaceous glands responsible for the production of sebum. When your skin goes into overdrive, it can be nearly impossible to manage the shine that appears on your face due to excessive oil. Unfortunately, oily skin sufferers may also be confronted with associated skin problems. Oily skin and large pores often walk hand-in-hand, which can contribute to acne flair-ups. Follow these skin care and makeup tips to combat shine for a clearer, healthier looking complexion.

Switch Cleansers

If you’re struggling with oily skin, your usual cleanser isn’t doing your face any justice. Consider making the switch to a cleanser specifically designed to slow the production of sebum, as well as remove excess oil from the skin’s surface. Opt for a mild foaming formula to help wash away oils and target acne-causing bacteria without over-drying the skin.

Avoid Irritants

Certain skin care products can do the skin more harm than good. By identifying what products or ingredients aggravate your oily skin, you can avoid these irritants at all costs. Some common skin care product ingredients known to trigger oil production include mint, menthol, citrus, eucalyptus, and denatured alcohol.

Hydrate with Serum

Even oily skin sufferers need that extra boost of moisture to hydrate and nourish the skin. Avoid heavy moisturizers that can clog pores and contribute to more oil and acne. Serums are the ideal hydrators for people with oily skin, as they are lighter than most creams and lotions, and deliver moisture deep within the skin’s outer layers.

Use a Primer

Always use a primer as a base for your makeup. Cosmetic primers are effective at keeping oil at bay, and can help makeup go on smoother and last longer. Primers containing silicone can also help reduce the appearance of large pores and fine lines on the face. Seek a primer that provides a fresh, matte finish.

Apply Oil-Free Makeup

Not all cosmetics mesh well with people with oily skin, especially those that are heavy or contain pore-clogging oils. Upgrade your cosmetic collection to contain only oil-free or water-based cosmetics to avoid an increase in oil production. When possible, give your skin a breather and go au natural.

Carry Essentials

Keep a few oil fighting products and tools in your handbag to ensure that you’re well-prepared for oil removal when you’re out of the house. Blotting sheets are a lifesaver for soaking up excess oil on the skin, but be sure to blot, not rub. Toner-soaked towelettes provide a similar service, but are best used when you’re not wearing makeup, such as after a trip to the gym.

Many factors can contribute to oily skin, including genetics, hormones, stress, and naturally overactive oil glands. However, it’s important to note that not all oil is bad. In fact, oil is vital for hydrating and protecting the skin. To keep oil production at a healthy level, it may be necessary to make a few changes in your beauty routine. These changes will allow you to better control shine while achieving that healthy, glowing complexion you crave.


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