Winter Skin Savers: Add a Drop of Facial Oil to Your Foundation

By | December 5 2011 | 24 Comments

using facial oil in foundation

This is a bit of a game changer for those with dry skin, but it’s one several people have mentioned to me, most recently a Mac artist in relation to Matchmaster foundation, which I commented to her I felt wasn’t at all suitable for my skin because it was just too drying and clung to all those flaky bits. “Add a little facial oil,” she said knowingly, recommending Mac’s Care Blends oils. “You’ll really see a difference.”

It’s a tip I’ve heard several times before – I know a couple of people who add a drop of Trilogy Rosehip into their foundation before they apply – and while it may not work with all bases (those heavily formulated with silicone for example may not behave brilliantly) it’s certainly worth a go if you’re suddenly finding that your skin and your foundation are refusing to play ball.

The oil adds a bit of extra emollient-y goodness and glide not to mention the nourishment and hydrating properties of the particular oil you’ve picked.  It could be anything – a basic argan, a rosehip or a blend like one of Clarins’ offerings. You don’t need much either – a small drop will do, mix in on the back of your hand and away you go. Apply with fingers or a brush: it’s up to you.

There’s no need to adjust the rest of your routine either, you’d do your regular cleanse, tone (if you do) and serum/ moisturiser shenanigans and then apply makeup as normal.

Will you give it a whizz now that it’s suddenly Baltic outside?

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24 Replies to "Winter Skin Savers: Add a Drop of Facial Oil to Your Foundation"

  • That’s a brilliant idea, must give that a go, our poor skins need all the help they can get, especially now it’s starting to get chilly on the willy.

  • Kirstie says:

    my skin is in smidereeneey. Have had a cold for about a week too which is not helping matters at all, nose is like a shredded lump of mince.

  • Fiona says:

    By complete coincidence I did just that this morning, adding a few drops of Clarins blue orchid oil to Garnier BB cream (which I find a bit drying on my face). So far, so good!

  • sweetie1 says:

    Great idea, will definately be trying now that the weather is freezing – this hot to cold to hot to cold will only play havoc over the next few wks!

  • Acat says:

    Great will try this as well. Putting the trilogy oil o my skin in the morning makes it a bit oily. Never any warm water to help it soak in either. Might be good mixed with my foundation! Face hurt in the wind this morning, might invest in a balaclava!

  • Aisling says:

    I think I’ll definitely give this a go. Am trying out a skincare range at the moment which I think will have brilliant results but it’s based on glycolics and drying the hell out of my skin at the moment. So the oil in foundation trick sounds ace!

  • Becky Bk says:

    Aisling what is the name of that skincare range….i was told to get glycolic stuff as in with a high % of glycolic?

  • Aisling says:

    Beckybk – it’s a Neostrata range and I’ll do a review on it as soon as another week or so goes by – I want to give it a good test run! But you can’t beat any of the glycolic products made by Neostrata, they’re incredible

    Have a look at the Neostrata archive for more

  • Aoife says:

    I started doing this a few weeks ago using Trilogy and Revon Age Defying foundation after seeing another poster recommend it, my skin is in great condition and I prefer the finish to using the foundation neat.

  • Becky Bk says:

    thanks aisling will check that out! i think i read the post but being featherheaded like me!

  • Stephcie says:

    That sounds deadly – my skin is shedding loads at the mo – totally outta sync I’ve given up on foundation until its sorted cause I’m mortified with all the flaky bits – but this just might do the trick – thanks for the tip :)

  • Christina says:

    I used to do this (with face cream rather than oil though) with Revlon Colourstay foundation. I did this not only because the make-up was drying, but because it was also very heavy and matte. The face cream made it lighter and ‘glowier’. Another advantage for someone like me with combination skin, is that you can just do this for the dry areas (such as the cheeks) and apply the make-up as normal on your t-zone where you need heavier coverage.

  • Product junkie says:

    My poor skin is sooooo dry! I will try this tomorrow but I would be concerned if it will leave my face shiny or that my make up won’t last!!

  • cailín says:

    i have started using a cheaper version of bio oil in recent days, its sold in dunnes and places like that, same colour and smell as bio oil- and it was only 1.49, i am slathering my body in it!

  • TaraT26 says:

    I always put a few drops of tea tree oil in my revlon colourstay foundation. Can’t bear the smell of it!

  • Principessa says:

    Tara, do you dilute the Tea Tree? it’s fairly potent to use on it’s own.

  • tinytott says:

    Such a good idea my make is not sitting right at all does anyone have any recommendations for the face oil?

  • minxinparis says:

    I’ve been slathering oil on my face at night for years, Clarins, Bio Oil and lately Trilogy rosehip. It really makes a difference to my dry, excezma prone skin. Now that the weather has turned cold a couple of drops of Argan oil on my cheeks in the morning prepares them before stepping outside. I don’t bother with the make up however …. lipstick is as far as I go. I know, should make more effort but …

  • minxinparis says:

    That should read eczema; you’d think after suffering from it for 50 odd years I’d know how to spell it!

  • stace-invader says:

    il always use a tiny drop of babyoil on my face let it dry really well then put my foundation on if i’ve run out of smashbox photo finish! does exactly the same job probably wouldnt be good for a long term but works for a one/two night fix!!

    might give this a go now for the winter months :)

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