An Oily Girl’s Guide to Glowy Skin!

Hi, beauty nerds! Glowy skin is all the rage right now but the idea of it used to terrify me as an oily-combo gal. There were two ways my skin would turn out looking with foundation – super matte, or dripping oil like a hash brown. On a completely unrelated (but probably intended :p) side note, my little Yorkie’s name is Hash Brown because you know.. it’s a thing to name our pets after food.
I’ve always liked my makeup completely matte and shied away from anything that’s supposed to give a “dewy” finish, because dewy = oily, sweaty-looking face in 30 minutes tops. But then I tried the Laneige BB Cushion…and the rest was history! ..Was that a cheesy thing to say? I realised how much healthier my skin looked when it had that glow, and it even made my whole complexion look less dull and tired. So ever since then, I’ve been on the hunt for products that will give me gorgeous glowy skin without turning me into an oily mess two hours into my day.
For my primer, I like mixing my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water with my Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser. First I spray on my primer water which helps to rehydrate my skin from any moisture loss during the night and then follow up with the Baby Skin, which fills in any pores and makes my skin feel smooth. If you want even more of an illuminated look, you can use a highlighting primer on the high points of your face, just don’t go too disco ball crazy with it.
For foundation, I definitely suggest using a completely matte foundation if you’re oily, and then mixing it with some sort of illuminating primer. This part is what will prevent that overly-glowy, sweaty look. My favourite is the Becca Backlight Priming Filter, mixed in with a matte foundation, it gives the skin the perfect amount of glow! I like using a super lightweight foundation because the hot, humid weather here in Malaysia makes any makeup feel 100x heavier than it really is. I’ve really been loving the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide because it is the perfect matte foundation and it feels like you have nothing on your face, but in reality, you have 8 products total! Wow, it sure takes a heck lot of time and effort to get rid of the natural glow you have on your face, just to end up faking “the natural glow”, huh?
Then I set my face with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent. The picture of this product is below because I didn’t think it through when I was taking these pictures lol. This is my baby, it mattifies my entire face and keeps it matte throughout the entire day, all the while making my skin feel incredibly soft and smooth! This is what we want because we want the entire face to be matte, and only the places we want glowy, glowy.
My secret weapon, and probably 90% of the makeup world population’s, is the MAC Fix + Finishing Spray. This isn’t a setting spray, so it will NOT make your makeup last longer. This is a finishing spray, and it gives the most beautiful look to the skin. I never thought my foundation and powder made my skin look cakey – they don’t, but after spraying on the Fix +, my skin looks like my skin. I don’t know how it freaking does it, but it just makes all the powder sink in (not in the pore-clogging way, but just like takes away that powdery look completely!) and you’re left with this beautiful masterpiece that is your face. Aw, you beautiful you!
Products for Glowy Skin
For blush, I like to use a matte powder blush because using a shimmery one in conjunction with the amount of highlighter we’ll be using might not be the best way to go for an oily-combo gal like me. I honestly don’t have a blush that I use every day, but pictured here is one of my favourite matte blushes, NARS Starscape.
Onto the products that will fake that beautiful glow! I always use two highlighters – a cream and a powder. I find that using a combination of both just makes it last the entire day. The cream highlighter will allow the powder highlighter to have something to adhere to. My favourites are the Laneige Cushion Highlighter, and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. If you’re looking for more of a natural glow, I definitely recommend the Laneige Cushion Highlighter! It gives a nice, subtle glow without going overboard. But since we’re spending this much time, why not go all out! All you gotta do now is apply the highlighters to the high points of your face, like your cheekbones, nose bridge, little bit on the forehead and chin, brow bone, inner corners, and don’t forget zee cupid’s bow! And, voila! After 13841 steps, we’re finally done!
So that’s how I achieve glowy skin without looking like I slapped butter on my face and walked out the door! I hope this post has been helpful to all my fellow oily-combo beauty nerds out there who (whom? HELP) love the idea of glowy skin, but like me, was always too afraid to try it.
What’s your secret weapon to healthy, glowy skin? Let me know in the comments!


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Until next time! xoxo (always tempted to follow this with Gossip Girl)