Hi. I'm new to this board and have been reading through many many posts. First of all, it is practically heart-warming to know that I am not alone in dealing with this psychologically and physically damgaging PLAGUE. Second of all, I'd like to wish everyone on here luck in finding solutions to their problems. Here's my question finally . I was wondering if any of the women on this board could suggest a good makeup that lasts very long. I guess what I mean is...I have such oily skin that after about one hour of washing my face, I look like an oil spill and the makeup just comes right off too. I have a wedding on the 15th of February in which I am part of the wedding party. I need something(s) that will help to keep my skin as dry looking as possible for this occasion. Yes, I am male and yes I do wear makeup. I hate that I have to, but it's a simple fact. I must use it if I ever want to look at myself in the mirror. Superficial or not, I've been dealing with this sh*t for going on 8 years now and I gotta use anything I can to my advantage. So, please, any females with good makeup advice for keeping the skin dry as possible please respond. Thanks in advance for any help.
You may want to try something like Proactiv's Daily Oil Control prior to applying your makeup. It helps control excess oil throughout the day to keep skin from shining and help to balance your skin. You may be able to find something like it at your local retailer. Also make sure that you are not over washing your face by excess scrubbing...that may convince your skinn to produce more oil throughout the day because it thinks it needs to. Good luck to you.
There are also blotting tissues (NOT toilet paper or other paper products, these are specific tissues with a talc on one surface), if you press it (don't rub it), it absorbs oil and shine, and you get a very, very LIGHT powder application which then helps to absorb new oil too.
Dermablend is a makeup designed for heavy coverage, used primarily for burn victims or people with port wine stains, or other heavy scarring, so the pigment is very heavy. Maybe this kind of coverage is beneficial for you, especially if applied lighter than they recommend.
The Body Shop used to make a product that was liquid toner with pigment. No "make up" cakey look, just like an astringent, but it deposited an oil absorbing liquid along with pigments.
Revlon Stay Put is actually a little drying. Any of the long-lasting makeups that are designed not to rub off are slightly drying, and perhaps for your situation, it would work to your benefit. I've had good luck with that makeup in terms of it not sliding off my face, and I don't usually get oil breaking through the pigment either.
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I appreciate your responses Merrida & DeeDee. I was wondering what type of blotting paper you use and where you find it? I would try the Proactiv suggestion, yet I don't have the time to order something before the wedding. I'm sure it wouldn't be here on time. I know Clean & Clear makes papers too. What do you suggest? Thanks.
I would suggest you use powder after applying make-up. And if you still keep getting oily get the blotting paper, they sale it at KMart, Walmart, Target, etc. It is in the face wash department, I think Clean and Clear have some. You could also carry a powder compact, so when your skin gets oily, just blot that on. There is also pressed foundation. But I don't really recommend that because of the sponge gets dirty fast and clogs pores easily. Good Luck, and Congrats on the wedding.
LOL, thanks Incubusfan. I'm not getting married for quite some time. I appreciate your response and have thought of using the compact too, but it's a little scary to think of putting so much make up on and then caking it down into my pores with the compact. I suppose for the one day it couldn't hurt, but I'm so used to constantly thinking about it. Thanks again for the replies and I'll try to think about more than just this on the wedding day.
Those Clean & Clear oil absorbing sheets really do work well .....you can't beleive what comes off them. However, they list that they have mineral oil in them which baffles me.And just a note...try not to worry too much about your skin at the wedding...it's only 1 day and it flies by!
Why is it that you wear make-up? Finding a good concealer depends on what you are covering-up? And Why? You would not use the same concealer to address different problems i.e. acne, severe discoloration. For severe discoloration I would use Dermablend. Dermablend was created for persons with medical conditions i.e. surgery, black spots, or other dramatic discoloration. If you are looking to conceal acne I highly recommend (and my sister also loves this one) Este Lauders Double Wear Concealer. I might also use this concealer for severe discoloration but only when combined with base foundation. I would not wear Double Wear around my eyes. It is a small white bottle (shaped like a squarish-rectangle) with gold trim. Double-Wear dries very quickly so I suggest that you experiment with it. I used this stuff to get me through my bad skin period. I would cleanse my face really good. Then I would moisturize my skin (do not be afraid of lotion -- it helps your skin). Now, sometimes I would wear liquid base (when I was most dissatisfied with the unevenness of my skin tone) then apply the concealer other times my skin was beautiful minus a mark or two and I used the concealer alone. If I used base and concealer, after letting the lotion absorb into my skin, I would take my base (Vincent Longo) and using a base brush (keep it clean with brusher sanitizer) I would blend the base across all of my facial skin and down through my neck line. You can blend darker toward the center and gradually lighter toward the edge of your face. After, you have achieved an even look (you will still be able to see the acne you want to cover) you will apply your concealer. Make sure your hands are clean then take your wand and get some concealer on it and then place it on your hand (the place b/n your thumb and pointer, top-side). Now, I would apply the concealer to one mark at a time (remember the concealer dries really fast). Using your ring finger put the concealer on your mark and let it dry a little but not all the way b/c you want it to have a firm consistency. Using the same finger pat it around and blend it lightly into your skin. If you need more, add more. Double Wear dries like steal, there will be no oiliness from it. But if you wear base you will need to set it with powder. Using a powder brush dip it into your powder, tap the brush to remove excess and then dust it across your face. Your foundation should be a shade darker than your natural skin (for high coverage).
Also Clarins makes a liquid bronzer. Get a sample and try adding it to your make-up – maybe with a little lotion. It is a great way to emphasize the beautiful parts of your skin while offsetting the problem areas with your concealer. I also recommend Cetaphil lotion. I have used everything and I do mean everything. I also have extensive product knowledge. I know some estheticians say that it is bad for your skin, but after following the advice of my esthetician (she is also my sister) I returned to using Cetaphil. In fact she recently visited me and guess what face lotion she was using.
Having said all that… natural skin is the best looking skin. I recommend you use as little make-up as possible.