Adding Oil – A Foundation Experiment.

Trader Joe's Vitamin E Oil and MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Foundation on a wooden table

Let’s time travel to August 2015 when I reviewed the MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation. I’ll give you a quick summary. The foundation sat strange around my nose and on my pores. It also made me pretty oily, but I could make it work if I used the NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray. I haven’t used that foundation since August. Every time I look at it, I feel a lot of guilt. It wasn’t cheap and it has been going unused. I decided to try it out again, but this time in a foundation cocktail. This time I’ve added oil.

A photo of Tara in red lipstick looking into the camera

My skin is pretty oily on its own so the thought of adding oil to my base has always turned me off. I always see people adding face oils to their foundations on Instagram, but it was this Wayne Goss video that really changed my mind. I figured adding some oil to my Pro Longwear foundation might make the texture more natural and easier to work with. I added one drop of Vitamin E Oil to my foundation, mixed it on the back of my hand, and applied it with my RealTechniques Sponge. The initial application was beautiful. It had a gorgeous natural glow this foundation didn’t have before. It made the foundation look extremely skin-like. It was already a long lasting foundation, but it wore more comfortably through the day with the added oil.A photo of Tara in red lipstick with her eyes closed

The one thing the oil didn’t do was help the texture. It settled into my pores and creases/mini wrinkles the same way it did without the oil. But you know, it still looked like my skin and it was soft and luminous. This might not be something I do all the time, but it definitely wasn’t a failed experiment. I’ll be trying it with other foundations in the future.

-Tara Joy

28 thoughts on “Adding Oil – A Foundation Experiment.

  1. Lottie Things

    Great post! You are beautiful.

    I never knew you could add oil to your foundation, I will have to try!
    Anyway, my name is Charlotte – The owner of lottiethings, I would be really grateful if you took a look at my blog. (I am new at this!)

    Thank you so much x

  2. Sheri

    Tara, wondering if you have any advice for a long wearing foundation/primer/powder combo that would last through lots of sweat (dance/theater) for oily skin that wouldn’t look totally unnatural if used for daily wear.

    1. beausandbows

      Of course! I’m a super oily girl and so I find you kind of have to cocktail your products best on your needs. For instance, if i have something really high coverage/oil blocking and it’s just a normal day, I’ll use a little less product or use a more hydrating primer underneath instead of a mattifying one.

      Higher End Foundations:
      Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation – It comes in a ton of shades, has a pump, and is made to be long lasting. It’s made to be a 24 hour foundation that sets to a velvet finish so it doesn’t look too much. I’ve heard the secret to this is to apply it a little bit at a time to your face and blend as you go because it sets quickly.

      Estee Lauder Double Wear – I feel like this is the classic long wear foundation. It’s a 15 hour wear that performs extremely well with oily skin without looking thick and cakey. They also have a Double Wear Light version which is perfect for everyday wear, but has less coverage.

      High End Primers:
      Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Mattifying – This is a fairly new launch that I’ve heard works wonders. It’s really smoothing and keeps things shine free.

      Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector – This is my personal favorite mattifying primer. A little goes a long way and it works best if you pat it in rather then rub it in. The Becca Ever-Matte range is also great for foundations/primers that have the lasting power to work on the oiliest skin.

      Too Faced Primed and Poreless – I haven’t personally used this one, but I know it to be extremely perfecting and mattifying.

      Milani Conceal and Perfect – This is a new release that has amazing coverage, lasting power, and doesn’t look like it’s too much.

      Revlon ColorStay for Oily/Combo skin: This stuff is good. It’s got that buildable, perfecting coverage that lasts and lasts. It comes in a ton of shades and now comes in a pump to make it more hygienic! It sets to a more powder finish, but it doesn’t look cakey at all.

      Drugstore Powder:
      Rimmel Stay Matte – This powder has a well deserved cult following because it sets makeup like a champ and keeps a matte finish. It’s incredible and extremely cheap.

      I’d also suggest using something like the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray to help seal it all in and help it all look a bit more natural.

      I hope this was helpful! If you have any other questions, you know where to find me (:

      -Tara Joy

  3. pinkapple2016

    Cool tip, but i dont think it would work for me on my oily skin…..please do visit my blog …and follow if you like….would appprecialte all the support since i am new

  4. Sophia Tinsley

    I think your makeup looks great.
    I just started adding argan oil into my skincare and makeup routine, and I have oily skin. I only add a little, and it gives me a dewy look, but I suppose you just have to find the perfect oil and foundation combo.

    Also, there are different oils you could try if this oil doesn’t work out.

    1. beausandbows

      Thank you so much! Argan oil is amazing. I also have oily skin and using an oil on it really helps calm my skin. I have a bunch of different oils, but I prefer the Vitamin E oil in my foundation (:

      -Tara Joy

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