This one never would have occurred to me on my own. I had no idea anyone was doing this — mixing face oil into their makeup. Then I saw MAC Senior Artist Alev Karli do it in a video (check out her Instagram feed because it’s gorgeous!). She blended a couple drops of MAC Essential Oil into Groundwork Paint Pot, and BAM! — ye olde proverbial light switch got flipped in my head.
Whoa! You mean that if I add a few drops of face oil to cream eyeshadow or cream blush, it’ll thin them out and change their consistency??
Adding a few drops to cream shadow makes it easier to buff and blend (and also makes it look less cake-y and more natural). The finish changes, too. It gets dewier and glossier.
If you’re in the mood to mix, here are some variations to try…
1. Face oil + cream highlighter
I did this with Cream Colour Base in Hush last weekend and a few drops of Chantecaille Rose De Mail Face Oil, which someone gave me as a gift a few years ago (it’s crazy expensive!), but I bet it would work just as well with any face oil you have around.
I added the oil right into the pan of Cream Color Base, mixed it with a face brush, then gently stippled the new concoction onto my upper cheekbones for a dewy, pearly glow.
You can wear do this on top of your face makeup (although I recommend applying it before you do your face powder so it doesn’t make whatever you’re wearing under it scoot around too much), or apply it under foundation or tinted moisturizer for a soft, subtle highlight.
2. Face oil + matte liquid lipstick
This combo turns a matte liquid lipstick into a cream. Start by swiping a small amount of liquid lipstick on the back of your hand, then add one or two drops of face oil. Then mix and apply that with a lip brush or your fingers.
Ding, ding, ding! Bonus: this will also work as a cream blush. Take what’s left on your hand, and pat it on your cheeks.
3. Face oil + foundation
Got a foundation that could really benefit from a moisture boost? Swipe a smidgen on the back of your hand, add one or two drops of face oil (or more if you want to really sheer it out and turn it into a tinted moisturizer) to it, then apply that to your face with your fingers or a brush.
Next time I experiment, I’m gonna try this with some powder products to see what happens. 🙂 If you’re in the mood to play, get creative, mama! Give it a try, and bust out the face oil.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,