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How to Apply Makeup on a
Combination Skin

If you find that your face feels dry in some places and oily in others, you probably have combination skin. This can make it difficult to know which makeup tutorials to follow, as you need a beauty routine that is both mattifyingand hydrating. It’s important to get the balance right, so our Colour Maestro and store manager Ana Lazovski reveals her expert tips for applying makeup on combination skin.Read on to discover how to get a flawless look that lasts all day.

Start with skincare

Before even thinking about applying makeup, Ana believes it’s key to prep your face with a good skincare routine. Removing excess oils and dry patches will make your base apply seamlessly, so start by washing your face with your favourite cleanser. Avoid soap bars and foaming formulas as they can be irritating to combination skin, and instead look for gel or cream cleansers packed with gentle ingredients like squalene.

Once your skin is clean, you can then apply a serum or moisturiser to help with any dehydration. Ana suggests a product like Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly because it’s not too rich. The lightweight formula is gentle enough that skin won’t be left feeling greasy, while still being nourishing enough to plump up any dry areas of your complexion.

If you find that your skin tends to get dry around the cheeks or temples during the day, Ana recommends keeping a facial mist in your bag to spritz on when you need it. Something like Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is ideal for bringing life back to the dull points of your face, thanks to its infusion of grape, rosemary, orange blossom and rose extracts.

Choose lightweight coverage

When you’re ready to start applying makeup, Ana stresses the importance of applying a base that is thin and buildable. Full coverage foundation for combination skin can often emphasise its uneven texture, so you want something that will help give an even tone but look just like a second skin. Ana likes using Code8 Radiate Beauty Balm because it offers a glow but doesn’t contain any shimmer or glitter, which can usually make skin look greasy. Infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E, this beauty balm is easy to blend in with fingers or a brush and leaves a smooth, velvety finish.

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    Radiate Beauty Balm
    £41.00

Camouflage any blemishes

The next step is to apply concealer on any imperfections that you want to hide. Combination skin tends to be more prone to spots in the T-zone, so you may need a slightly heavier coverage in these areas.Ana choses the Seamless Cover Concealer for this, because it’s a matte finish, medium to full coverage formula that cancels out redness while giving skin a smoother, more even appearance. Plus, it’s enriched with active ingredients like Glucan Biopolymer, which protects skin from free radicals. 

Apply highlighter strategically

Light reflecting products can really emphasise greasiness when applied to oily skin, so if you want to add some dewy dimension to your makeup look be strategic about where you apply your highlight. Avoid applying it anywhere on your T-zone as this will look too shiny and instead put it just on the high points of your cheekbones. This will give your skin a radiant look and bring the attention away from any imperfections. 

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    Highlight - HD Palette
    £33.00

Get rid of shine

The final—but most important—step when it comes to makeup for combination skin is powder. The nose, chin and forehead are areas where shine shows up throughout the day, so applying asebum-absorbing powder is essential to stop your products from sliding off. The Matte Velour powder, which contains corn starch and silica, is perfect for this. To apply, Ana dusts it lightly over the T-zone area using a small fluffy brush. This allows you to place the powder lightly and strategically where it's needed, avoiding a cakey look.

  1. Code 8 Matte Velour Powder
    Matte Velour Powder
    £32.00