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Dry vs. Oily Products to Love or Leave

August 06, 2020 3 min read

Dry vs. Oily

As the season changes, so does your skin… and the products it loves (or needs). Whether you have oily, dry, combination, or sensitive skin, some products the beauty world has hyped up may be great… but not great for your skin type.

Curious? We were too! Find out which popular makeup and skincare products are loved by your skin type, and which ones you should leave at the beauty counter to maintain the best beauty regimen that works for you!


Choosing the best foundation for your skin has been a long journey for most. The biggest misconception about foundation is that what you are using now works best for your skin year-round, but if your skin is changing with the seasons, so should your foundation!

  • Oily Skin: Opt for an oil-free, matte foundation (you’ll thank me later). This will help keep your foundation in place throughout the day, without clogging your pores or adding access oil to your skin! Still get some shine throughout the day? Apply a lightweight Shine Control Powder overtop of your foundation to wick away oil without messing up your look!
  • Dry Skin: To avoid a cakey makeup look and flaky skin, avoid foundations that are matte or feature salicylic acid which can dry out the skin even more. Opt for an oil-based foundation or one that includes a serum to give your skin the extra hydration it needs!
  • Sensitive Skin: If your foundation has fragrance or alcohol in it, kick it to the curb. Try using a mineral foundation, which uses natural ingredients that are not harsh on the skin.
  • Acne-Prone Skin: To avoid the cycle of using foundation to cover breakouts while using a product that causes breakouts. Look for oil-free, non-comedogenic formulas, which prevent pores from getting clogged, as well as foundations with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients to soothe redness caused by acne.
  • Pro-tip for all skin types: Make sure you are cleaning your brushes regularly to avoid oil buildup, breakouts, and bacteria! Not sure how? Check out our quick and easy brush cleaning tutorial!

Eye Primer

Whether you love a good cat-eye or want to add a pop of color with some eyeshadow, the struggle to keep your eye makeup in place can be very real. Although eye primer is great for maintaining all-day coverage, depending on your skin type, it may not be the best option for you!

  • Oily or Combination Skin: Whether you have oily skin or those summer months have you (and your makeup) sweating more than usual, using a mattifying eye primer will help keep your eye makeup crease-free, oil-free, and looking fresh throughout the day.
  • Dry or Sensitive Skin: Because eye primers are generally matte, they can actually dry out the skin around your eye and eyelid even more, or cause a bit of flaking. A hack just for you: applying a matte concealer to your lid as a primer is lightweight, still long-lasting, and won’t dry out your skin!

  • Pro-tip for all skin types: To keep your entire eye makeup look in check, opt for waterproof mascara or eyeliner to avoid your makeup from running (or sweating!) off of your face!


The common misconception about moisturizers is that they all do the same thing with one common goal, and that’s just not true! Moisturizers help build the foundation for both your beauty and skin routine, affecting the brightness of your skin, textural issues, and moisture levels. The moisturizer you pick should be specific to your skin type, sensitivities, and skin needs to get the best out of your product.

  • Oily Skin: If you have oily skin, you may not need to use a moisturizer at all! Oil traps moisture in your skin, while moisturizer replenishes it. If you still want to use a moisturizer, look for one that is lightweight, oil-free, and mattifying to prevent oil buildup!
  • Dry Skin:Opt for a thicker cream moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid (HA) - it acts like a sponge to draw hydration to the skin’s outer layer, moisturizing while preventing flakes or cracking.
  • Sensitive Skin:Choose a moisturizer that contains oils to help soothe the skin, while avoiding those with fragrance, dyes, and acids which easily irritate sensitive skin!
  • Acne-Prone Skin: Some moisturizers can actually clog your pores or cause an oil buildup, so be sure that the moisturizer you’re using contains salicylic acid, which helps to remove excess oil while exfoliating away dead skin cells!
  • Pro-tip for all skin types:Understanding your skin’s pH levels can help you achieve healthier, happier looking skin.

Read our blog to learn more about what your skin may be loving, or what habits it may need you to leave!

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