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How to Wear the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint for Acne Prone Oily Skin

How to Wear the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint for Acne Prone Oily Skin

Because why has this not been done before?

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I have a love-hate relationship with my skin. Sure, I like the fact that having an oil slick for a face means that I'll probably postpone some wrinkles but I also breakout at the drop of a hat. Everything from hormones, random allergies, product reactions, and foods will set my face (and neck, weirdly) into a fit. I can't even eat cheese anymore, ya'll. It's like actual torture.

Even though having oily skin makes any foundation a dewy foundation, I still tend to turn to dewy options. Or at least, not-matte options. It does usually mean a shorter wear time, and some foundations are just too dewy to be worth the hassle. This is why I didn't bother with the *Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint for well over a year since it's launch.

I assumed that like a lot of other tinted moisturizer type products that it would disappear off my skin within an hour. Because that's generally what happens when I add more moisture to my face. 

Surprisingly enough, I actually kinda sorta love the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint. It just takes a little more work than slapping it on. 

On it's own it stands no chance on my skin. I'll get two hours out of it, max. But, with a bit of finagling, it will easily last all day. If you're drawn to Glossier but have the kind of skin that eats makeup, or you tend to have breakouts, read on to learn how to actually wear it. 

Prime First. 

One key to getting literally any makeup to stay on my face is to use a primer. I road tested the Perfecting Skin Tint without it and lawd did it not last. I prefer silicone style primers because they fill in my big ol' pores, give a nice even finish, and allow my foundation of choice to rest on top. My OG favorite is the Benefit The Porefessional primer, but I'm getting back into the Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer too. 

I apply primer to my whole face because it needs it but if you just have a particularly oily T zone or the such you can get away with only selectively priming the areas you need. 

Pat Pat Pat.

For putting the Skin Tint on my face I'm a hands only gal. It's so liquidy that any kind of brush or sponge situation is going to soak it all up. I just squiggle a line on either cheek and pat it in with my fingers. Too much rubbing can cause some weirdness between the primer, my face, and the tint so patting is key. 


As a, you know, tint, it doesn't come with a whole ton of coverage. Which is actually what I like best about it! I much prefer to just even things out and have my skin shining through (issues and all) that way I can just conceal what needs it. For me, the Perfecting Skin Tint takes out a lot of my natural redness and gives me that naturally good skin look. 

But, on break out days (so, um, most days) I need a little more coverage than that. I like to bust out the big guns and go for some heavy duty concealers. My two favorites are the *Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, and the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. They're both OTT cover-anything concealers. The Kevyn Aucoin concealer is creamier and arguably higher coverage, and Laura Mercier is probably better for oily, acne prone skin because it's thicker and can stand up to your face oils better. I use the Lisa Eldridge pinpoint concealing technique to fake skin that looks clear and perfect. 

Powder Power.

To meld it all together and keep my face from getting way too shiny, I do a light dusting of powder on top. But like seriously light. I use the fluffiest brush I own (it's from It Cosmetics and it's basically like little angel feathers) and just a touch of either the Coty Airspun Loose Powder or the *Japonesque Velvet Touch Finishing Powder. They're both good picks, the Japonesque one is better if you want to keep that glow (or even better go for an Ambient Lighting Powder). 

Do you use the Perfecting skin tint?

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