NEW: Series- Ask Kimberly

I’m going to start a new series called “Ask Kimberly” I get beauty questions on a weekly basis and most of them are very similar. I think this will help answer a lot of the common questions in beauty and makeup for those who follow me on Facebook and this blog.

Daysi Asked: What are some good make up brushes, and make up that’s good for my oil-prone skin?

Kimberly:  Thanks for asking Daysi, your question is a very common question I get emailed and inboxed on my Facebook.

First and foremost, you have to understand the beauty of having oil-prone skin. Just like you, I have oil-prone skin, and although we are more prone to breakouts, guess what? We develop wrinkles and signs of aging at a slower rate than people with drier skin. Pretty awesome right?

Anyway, assuming you already have a good skin care regimen set, I do recommend a time-released moisturizer. The thing about moisturzier and oily skin, most people with oily skin think they don’t need moisturizer. In fact, the reason oil-prone skin produces more oil than those with drier skin is because the skin is responding to what the skin “thinks” it needs to do- which is re-moisturize. When you use a time-released moisturizer, it helps balance the oil-act and keeps makeup looking fresh, without over-producing oil. I don’t really recommend a foundation primer for oil-prone skin if you are using a time-released moisturizer that has dimethicone or silicone. Dimethicone or silicone is basically an ingredient widely used in foundations and are added in moisturizers, then glorified as a “foundation primer.” These ingredients help foundations or makeup products glide on effortlessly by “filling” in pores or slight discrepancies in the skin.

Depending on your time and tolerance of oil on skin, you can use a variety of foundation mediums. Most people with oil-prone skin like to use powder-based foundations, as it is easier to apply, however requires more touch-up. Preferably, I like to use liquid foundations because of their staying power. Sometimes I mix liquid foundation with moisturizer (1 part moisturizer, 2 parts foundation – and vice versa depending on desired coverage), for a more natural look. Additionally, there is no need to over-touch-up when you are using the right moisturizer and foundation. Usually, you should just touch up the oily areas by first blotting with blotting papers (budget tip: toilet liners cut in little squares work too 😀 ) then lightly powder. Areas that usually accumulate oil are the T-Zone (Forehead and nose), chin, upper lip, and sometimes the cheeks.

Products I will recommend are completely paraben free, yet professional quality:

Powder Foundations

CoverFX Powder:

Or Beauty Society’s Flawless Powder Foundations: (Click on Shop Now>Makeup>Powder Foundations

Liquid Foundations

Lise Watier (pronounced Wat-ee-yay) TEINT MOUSSE MATIFIANT Liquid Foundation

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation SPF 10

Beauty Society Perfect 10- Foundation (Click on Shop Now>Makeup>Liquid  Foundations

Blotting Papers– Pretty much they are all the same so whichever you can find the best price on will work

As for brushes, there are a number to choose from, my favorites are Sigma and Sonia Kashuk. With Sigma, you save by buying the set. But with Sonia Kashuk, I don’t recommend buying the specialized sets at Target, rather buy the brushes sold individually as they are better quality. You can purchase Sigma Brushes HERE

I also recommend using a Beauty Blender– which is a pink, kind of egg-shaped blending sponge that comes with its own sponge cleaner. It leaves a flawless finish for any foundation medium, and can also help absorb excess oil while applying foundation. Just make sure to use the sponge cleaner after each use.  I use the beauty blender personally on myself, despite the fact that it does come with a sponge cleaner, I still am a little wary of using it on clients. But for personal use, it’s perfect.

In terms for checking in quality of brushes, the best thing I can say, is look for the softness to the touch and most importantly, it’s strength. You can test the strength of a brush by placing the bristles vertically on the back of your hand, and slightly applying should bend a bit- however if it completely flattens, or the bristles easily spread from the base, then it is not a good brush.

I hope this helps- and Happy Blending!