Tips for Treating Troublesome Skin

Ah, oily skin. Something we’ve all experienced at one point or another. Having oily skin is a constant battle between products that prevent breakouts and products that keep the skin matte. Sweating is seriously inevitable at a time like this, when it’s 90 degrees all day, every day, but keeping oily skin at bay is still possible. Today’s post is all about my tips & tricks for ensuring an oil-free complexion.


I’m sure many of you have seen those unforgettable Instagram tutorial videos where makeup artists apply an extremely generous amount of white or translucent powder under the eyes, only to brush it off a minute later. Yep, this is the makeup phenomena known as baking.

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Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

Besides giving you an airbrushed look, baking with powder absorbs oil from the skin and keeps the complexion looking matte longer. When purchasing such a powder, usually called setting powder, there are just a few things to keep in mind.

First, make sure that the packaging says that the product absorbs oil. Powders are generally created to absorb oil, but it is better to double-check to ensure you’ll achieve the desired outcome. Some of my favorites are the Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, the Laura Mercier Transluscent Loose Setting Powder, and the Tarte Amazonian Clay Setting Powder.

To apply, I simply dump a little powder into the lid, and scoop it up with my Beauty Blender. I then swipe the powder underneath my eyes and around my nose. This powder can easily be applied to troublesome areas that tend to get oily.

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Baking Utensils: Beauty Blender and a fluffy brush

Let the powder sit on the face for about 30 seconds or so, then swipe it off with a fluffy brush (I use the Sephora Pro Contour Brush #79). You can take that a step further by applying a thin layer of setting powder all over the face.  This will give a noticeable matte finish and keep the makeup intact longer. Also note that while setting powders can get a little pricey, they will last you FOREVER. Seriously, I’ve had mine for nearly a year now.

Blotting Papers

These have been around since the beginning of time, well maybe not that long, but they are that one product that always gets the job done. You can fit them in your purse or backpack for on-the-go use. Simply dab blotting paper all over the face to pick up excess oil. You can purchase blotting papers anywhere from CVS to Sephora. They are super inexpensive, which makes them a must-have in everyone’s makeup collection. Right now I have the Milk Makeup Roll + Blot papers. I have them on me at all times, making it so convenient to look fresh throughout the day.

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Milk Makeup Blotting Papers…always in my purse and always will be.


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Just saw these NYX blotting papers at CVS today. I love how they have a variety of papers for various skin concerns. Definitely going to try these out soon!

Less Makeup

Less is more when it comes to oily skin, especially when the temperature is as unbearable as it has been. My biggest pet peeve is taking the time to put on a full face of makeup only to go outside and immediately sweat it off. This never looks good, so I try to refrain from heavy layers of makeup during the day.

I try to use my most necessary products when hot weather wrecks havoc: mascara, concealer, a touch of blush and lip gloss. Not only will a simple makeup regimen give you a fresh face, but it’s also good to let the skin rejuvenate itself by not wearing makeup. Too much makeup can clog pores over time, so give your face a break and let the skin breathe every once in a while.


I hope these tips can help you defeat an oily complexion. It’s all about taking care of the skin before makeup application and by finding the right products for your skin type. Keep it fresh!

Until next time,


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