Keeping Skin Oil-Free All Day - Master Class with Alison Raffaele - iVillage Beauty Makeup Studio

In creating her line of custom formulations of concealer, foundation, powder and blush, former Bobbi Brown Essentials' Makeup Artist Alison Raffaele was inspired to help all women bring out their own special beauty. Alison now uses her Skin Alison Raffaele products to enhance famous faces (Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sigourney Weaver) as well as the faces of women everywhere. She often works as a makeup artist for magazines like Mademoiselle and Glamour as well as television shows like Good Morning America, The Today Show and Late Show with David Letterman.

To keep skin oil-free and shine-free all day:

STEP 1 Cleanse your face every morning and evening. When cleansing at night, use a makeup remover before cleansing.

Tip: If your skin is oily, use witch hazel after cleansing. If you have oily skin, you might not need to moisturize daily. However, if your cleanser dries your skin, use a light, oil-free moisturizer.

STEP 2 Cover your blemishes with concealer. You might need two different colors of concealer: one for the hairline and one for the cheeks. One shade should match your skin tone exactly; the other should be slightly darker for covering redness and blemishes (to make the covered blemishes appear more natural and blend better with your skin tone).

Tip: If your skin is oily and blemished, you may need additional coverage from your makeup. Invest in a top-quality oil-free foundation. Even though you may require a lot of coverage, don't use a heavy coat of foundation; use it only to even out your skin tone.

STEP 3 Set your face with colorless, oil-free powder.

Tip: When touching up during the day, first blot the skin with oil-blotting paper (always blot your face before applying another coat of powder or the powder will appear thick and heavy). During the day, use the same sheer powder for touch-ups. If you use a compact press powder, store the puff facing the mirror (away from the makeup) so the oil from the puff doesn't mix with the powder. Wash the puff weekly with water and mild shampoo to keep it oil- and bacteria-free.

Tip: If you experience consistent acne problems, see a dermatologist. Fortunately, acne is considered a medical, not a cosmetic, condition, and many acne prescriptions are covered by health insurance.

See Alison's recommended products for keeping skin oil-free all day.

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