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How To Get Glowy Skin When You’re Oily

Right now, glowy skin is all the rage, from Instagram models to celebrities, everyone seems to be showing off radiant, flawless skin that looks healthy. But how do they do it? If you have an oily complexion, you’ll know the struggles of looking extra shiny and oily 24/7, so you probably think that this stunning glow that everyone is showing off is unobtainable for you, especially if you usually reach for anything and everything with a matte finish. But, with a few tips and tricks, you can pull off that stunning, dewy finish without looking greasy…

Get Your Hands On a Mattifying SPF

When trying to achieve a shine-free complexion, it’s good to start before your make-up application. We all know the importance of applying a daily SPF, but some sunscreens can actually emphasise oiliness and make your skin feel greasy and uncomfortable. However, Murad’s Oil and Pore Control Mattifier SPF45 contains oil-trapping microspheres to mattify, blur imperfections and smooth uneven texture while high factor UV filters protect against daily damage. When applied before make-up, this effective product leaves a perfectly mattified canvas so that you have full control over your radiance. 

Try A Mattifying Primer

The holy grail to achieving a gorgeous, dewy glow is to keep your excess oil in check and by using a matte primer, this will keep any unwanted shine at bay. We recommend Peter Thomas Roth’s Skin To Die For Mattifying Primer which contains a specialist Mattifying Complex that absorbs excess oils alongside powerful Disa-Pore 20 and Evermat™ to help reduce the size and appearance of pores over time. It provides a subtle, sheer universal tint that effortlessly blends into all skin tones to create an even surface while Auraspheres blur the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can also apply your primer to your t-zone or oily areas to strategically control unwanted shine.

Combine a Liquid Glow With Your Matte Foundation

Let’s face it, your go-to foundation finish is most likely matte as this keeps excess oil and shine under control all day long. However, to get glowing while still staying shine free, mix in a liquid luminiser or highlighter, such as Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Glow Drops. This lightweight serum can be applied alone or mixed with your favourite base to impart natural radiance that will make your skin look lit-from-within thanks to optical pigments. 

Apply Your Foundation With A Damp Sponge

On the hunt for dewy skin? Try running your make-up sponge underneath the tap for a few seconds before ringing it out until it’s damp. You’ll notice that it may double in size and have a light, fluffy feel to it. When you use your sponge in this way, it will prevent your foundation from looking heavy or cakey, plus it adds moisture back into the skin, something that your skin can be stripped of when using mattifying products. The MAKETHEMAKE Bouncy Blender is a must-have for this technique and its innovative shape makes light work of getting into all of the nooks and crannies of your face.

Get Powder Highlight Happy

It’s a no brainer that the secret to looking radiant and glowing is highlighter. Make sure you’re opting for powder products and only apply them to the high points of the face such as the cheekbones, cupid’s bow and the top of the nose. This strategic application will attract light to all of the right places of your face, giving you a luminous finish but ensure you avoid areas that have larger pores or uneven texture as highlighters can emphasise them. We love the new Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder which uses concentrated ultra-fine micro pearl particles in varying sizes and refraction levels to give the skin a beautiful radiance and sheen that will never look metallic or heavy.

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