I Have Oily Skin, But I'll Always Be A Fan Of Highlighters

Here's a highlighting makeup technique for oily skin.

I've lost count at how many times I've shared on Cosmopolitan that I have oily skin. Since I hit puberty, fighting pimples has become an ongoing skin crusade for me. Aside from dealing with acne that comes with my skin type, possessing a shiny t-zone is also a problem. I feel like it really limits my makeup choices—I always need to use mattifying bases, or else, my face will be shiny in a not cute way. 

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But here's the thing, even with my oily skin type, I love the look of glowing skin. I'm into the dewy finish, which is something we're taught to stay away from if you're oily. So, as a compromise, I turn to highlighters and illuminating face powders to add radiance to my otherwise matte complexion. The key is to avoid emphasizing my already shiny face is by strategically applying glow-boosters on selected areas only. Here's how I do it:

Start with a mattifying primer.

I use a vitamin C serum with hyaluronic acid in the morning to give my face the right dose of brightening and hydration. I then apply an oil-free sunscreen. To prevent my T-zone from being extra shiny, I dab a mattifying primer on the forehead, nose, and chin. I then proceed to smoothing on an oil-free cushion or liquid foundation.

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Layer liquid and powder highlighters with a small brush.

TBH, oily skin doesn't really need help in the strobing department. Sometimes, highlighter emphasizes large pores. To avoid looking greasy, I apply a tiny amount of liquid highlighter just on the cheekbones. I wait for it to set and apply a non-chunky powder highlighter with a fan brush (or small, pointed complexion brush). The type of brush used is crucial—if you sweep highlighter on a large area, it would be like you placed a spotlight on the pores.

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Set with an illuminating face powder.

Normally, I would advise those with oily skin to pat a translucent powder to preserve the matte finish. But personally, I like living on the edge (LOL) so I opt for an illuminating mineral powder like the Skin Potions Glowdust. It creates a velvety, incandescent effect on my face that never looks oily. I set my whole face with a mist to prevent my base from caking. The finished result: A glowing finish that will last for hours.

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How about you? How do you create a glow for your oily skin? Please do share in the comments!

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