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lookinolder
what is best sebum blocker?
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what is the best skin prep i can use for sebum blocking? I use MUFE HD foundation and loose MUFE micro powder.  I was told at a beauty counter to use a sebum blocking product before foundation to "treat" the problem... I was also told some foundation primers may add to the problem.. Is that true?

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tenngal
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I have very oily skin and I've found that the best way to help control oiliness is to use an oil-controlling primer.  Honestly, you’ll be amazed at how it'll make all the difference in the world in how your foundation goes on smoother, looks more even and how it helps it to last all day.  The best oil-controlling foundation primers that I have ever used to stop my oiliness from breaking through are the following two.  By the way, both are equally as good in quality but they do vary in price:

1) Make Up For Ever All Mat Foundation Primer is an oil-free foundation primer designed to remove shine with long lasting results.  Mattifying powders absorb any excess sebum (oil) and prepares your skin to help your makeup stay looking fresh all day. The silicone gel base, with its cotton-soft texture, leaves your skin matte and velvety.  It is recommended for normal to oily skin.  It is non-greasy, oil-free and you can find it here:  http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P169809&categoryId=B70

2) Givenchy Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer
is a soft, mattifying, powder-gel skin primer that can be used alone or under makeup to make your skin velvety smooth. The lightweight fluid softens and moisturizes with silicone gum extracts; and plant extracts work to control sebum (oil) production, which provides a long-lasting matte effect that remains light enough to still let your skin breathe.  It contains subtle light-blue pearlescent shimmers that counteract a dull look and minimize the appearance of large pores, leaving your skin looking bright, glowing and healthy.  You can find it here:  http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P231022&categoryId=B70  

By the way, a fantastic foundation for oily skin is Make Up For Ever All Mat + Mattifying Foundation.  It’s a shine controlling, oil-free, water-resistant, complete coverage liquid foundation that hides imperfections, evens out skin tone, and mattifies with a non-oily, perfectly powdered finish.  The result is flawless and lasts for hours.  Although this foundation provides full coverage, the end result is completely adjustable to fit your needs (a little goes a long way).  You can find it here:  http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P177117&categoryId=B70

You can use Make Up For Ever’s “Foundation Shade Finder” tool to help you choose the correct shade to match your skin tone.  You can access it here:  http://www.sephora.com/browse/brand_hierarchy.jhtml?brandId=MAKE%20UP%20FOR%20EVER&contentId=C19212

Also if your skin is very oily, I would recommend setting your foundation with Urban Decay’s De-Slick Mattifying Powder which is a colorless, shine-controlling powder that comes in a handy mirrored compact so you can carry it with you for touchups throughout the day.  You can find it at:  http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P210592&categoryId=B70.  The little puff that comes in the compact is great for touchups, but I’d recommend applying the powder with a big fluffy powder brush when first setting your foundation to give your face a nice air-brushed finish.  Here’s an example of the type of brush I’m referring to:  http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P183725&categoryId=B70.  A little tip I learned is to keep the little piece of plastic that comes between the puff and the powder so that you’ll have a barrier between the two so the oils that come off your skin onto the puff won’t sink into the powder—it helps the powder stay clean and fresh.

Hope this helps!
Have a great day!
tenngal :smileyhappy:

saturnwings
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Sounds like you want something along the lines of what I use to control my oily T-zones - La Mer Oil Absorbing Lotion.  I don't use foundation normally (in terms of the whole face, just the lotion + the MUFE finishing powder), but I've had success controlling the oil production with this moisturizer (bit pricey, though).  I'm still "dewey/glowing" by mid-afternoon, but I'm not oily, and on the rare ocassion when I do use foundation (usually powder as opposed to liquid), I add a primer (MUFE's).  Oh and I use a separate primer for eyes.

 

I have never heard that some primers may add to oil production.  Many primers (Tarte, Urban Decay, etc) claims to be good for oily skin (in terms of prepping for makeup, not so much in terms of doing anything long-term), so I don't understand how it can aggravate.  Regardless, a good primer should actually help your skin not become oily to the point of having makeup slip off.

 

Short answer:  for a short-term solution, find a primer - Urban Decay, MUFE, Tarte, Smashbox, and Bare Essenctuals all make good ones.  For a longer-term solution, find a good skincare system that aids in controlling oil (sebum) production - La Mer works for me since it's extremely gentle and I don't have acne prone skin (seems to be more of the norm for those with oil production issues), but for skin requiring a bit deeper cleansing, Philosophy and Clinique both have great lines.

 

Bright note:  hey, oil production on the skin keeps you looking younger for longer even with minimal aid from you!

waterbaby1981
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Something that might help is Laura Mercier Secret Finish-it comes in two formulas, mattifying and original.  You just put it on where you need some oil control and then apply your foundation, etc. as normal over it.  I used this while pregnant due to the fact that my skin changed from dry to essentially what amounted to an oil slick....and it was the only thing that worked, other than switching my normal skincare routine to one that was optimized for oily skin.  The Secret Finish allows you to touch it up over your makeup as well, without disturbing your makeup.

 

 

Hope this helps.

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