My T-Zone has been the bane of my existence since high school. In every photo I took, there it was – shining bright and stealing all the attention. Dealing with the oiliest area of my face has taken years of trial and error, y’all. But finally I’ve found some products that work well enough on their own – and even better when used in combination! Here are the three things I can’t do without, if I want to keep my t-zone tamed and make sure my smile is the brightest, most attention getting thing in every photo I take.
Here’s what you need to stop the shining.
#1 – You need a primer.
In hot and humid climates (like Trinidad, and Miami) it seemed like my makeup would just slide off my face. Now I’ve discovered the benefits of makeup primers and while I may continue to sweat like a pony, my makeup will remain where I applied it. Primers can range from affordable to expensive, so it’s always smart to see if you can try before you buy. Head to Sephora and request a sample of the brands you’re interested in, to see if you’ve found one you like in terms of consistency and effectiveness.
Right now on the high end tip, I’m loving NARS Pro Prime. The Skin Smoothing Face Prep instantly improves the appearance of your skin’s texture, leaves you matte and helps makeup to last. The Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is essential for me – it makes my eyelids feel like satin and helps my shadows and liners to last ALL day.
At the drugstore there’s a brilliant new hybrid – Cover Girl & Olay Simply Ageless Primer, which is awesomeness in a can. It leaves my skin feeling youthful and smooth, and makes my makeup glide on easily, and makes me look great. Point blank, period. Get yourself some at your drugstore or department store of choice – Walmart or Target’s awesome beauty departments are bound to have what you need!
Powder is an absolute essential makeup staple for any woman of color who has oily skin in her genes. Loose, pressed – colored or translucent. You need powder, and I’m a fan of variety!
For day to day keeping-the-oil-at-bay, I still swear by Oasis Oil Control by Valana Minerals. I most often use that right after I apply my foundation. For translucent goodness at the drugstore, please don’t sleep on Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder. It really helps to set my makeup to perfection, and minimizes the shine factor. Trust. And you should always roll out with a compact of pressed powder, to maintain your situation on the go!
#3 – You should try a finishing spray.
I just did a review of Skindinavia, but there are others on the market. There’s Model In a Bottle, and Urban Decay’s De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Spray, which is vegan, cruelty free, and paraben free. I don’t leave the house without spritzing my face with my makeup spray of choice – if you live in heat and humidity, try it and let me know if you notice a difference.
#4 – Last but not least, you need blotting sheets.
The aforementioned products will get you just so far, but in order to stay shine free when you’re out in the elements, you gotta go out with blotting sheets in your purse. I’ve tried several brands through the years – I still dig the classic Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, but I’ve graduated to some other, niche brands. Lately I’m loving Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Papers – these gold-flecked blotting papers from Japan are hand made from the “finest grade of abaca leaf, prized for strength, absorbency and softness.” They’re elegantly packaged and highly effective – if I even hear someone say “let’s pose for a photo,” I can reach for one and absorb the excess oil and shine without disturbing my makeup. One drawback – at $12 for a pack of 30 sheets they aren’t the cheapest sheets on the block.
But hey, if you were looking for the cheapest sheets on the block you could simply blot your face with the toilet seat covers in the nearest public restroom. No seriously – that works too!
Look out for even MORE Tatcha goodness to come! Nudge nudge, wink wink!
What are your top ways and favorite products to stay shine free? Share with me!