the perfect makeup routine for combo skin

If you’re like me and have combination skin, it can be a pain to try and find a facial makeup routine that stays put in your oily spots and doesn’t look cakey in your normal or dry spots. I searched high and low for the perfect combination of makeup products, and I want to share with you what I’ve found.

Prior to beginning my makeup routine, I’ll always cleanse and moisturize my skin. I may also throw in an essence, exfoliator, or serum on some days (depending upon how lazy I’m feeling, really).


Alright, now on to the routine….

PRIMER: Dr. Oracle A-Thera Sunblock SPF 50 ($30)


Okay, it isn’t technically a primer, but hear me out, this stuff is magic. It protects my skin from sun damage, while keeping my makeup stuck to my face all freakin’ day. The best part is it’s actually good for your skin, and it won’t clog your pores. It’s mattifying, too, keeping my oily areas from getting slick as the day goes on. It goes on silky smooth and absorbs into the skin nicely. If you have combo/acne-prone skin, I’d highly recommend incorporating this sunblock into your routine.

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FOUNDATION: CoverFX Power Play Foundation ($44) / ColourPop No Filter Natural Matte Foundation ($12)


I’ve tried SO many foundations over the years, and they always disappointed me in some way. I literally thought that there was NOTHING out there that would not slide right off my face within an 8 hour work shift. But then I tried Power Play. It. Is. Game-changing!!! It’s a matte, full coverage foundation with tons of shades to choose from. My perfect match is P20, a fair shade with pink undertones. The finish is absolutely beautiful when buffed in with a brush. The shade doesn’t oxidize or become orangey after time, it controls shine, and blurs the appearance of pores. Not only does it make you look heavenly, it has ingredients that shield the skin from environmental stressors. It’s basically the full package.

If you’re on a budget, ColourPop’s No Filter Natural Matte Foundation is basically just as amazing for an oily/combination skin type. I do feel like you need to use more than you would of the Power Play to get the same amount of coverage, but it’s an easily buildable formula. I love using a flat-top brush to blend out this foundation. It goes on smoothly and feels lightweight on the skin. It also blurs imperfections nicely.

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CONCEALER: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer ($29) / ColourPop No Filter Concealer ($6)


Both of these concealers are the to be honest. I will say the Shape Tape has a bit more pigment and coverage, but the No Filter Concealer is amazing for being only 6 bucks. I know some people use their concealer before foundation, but I’ve found it works best for me the other way around. I’ll apply my foundation with a brush, then go back in with concealer and buff it out with a beauty blender. (TIP: buy two shades of concealer – one that matches your foundation, to use for blemishes & under eyes, and another for highlighting your cheek bones & t-zone) Both concealers come in a wide variety of shades and undertones, making it easy to find your match. Both are full-coverage, matte formulas with creamy consistencies. If you absolutely need more coverage, I’d say stick with Shape Tape, but if you’re on a budget No Filter will work just fine!


SETTING POWDER: ColourPop No Filter Loose Setting Powder ($9)


When ColourPop released their setting powder, I’ll admit I was skeptical. I was used to paying at least $30 for a powder that was mediocre at best. None of the powders I tried seemed to actually set my makeup. However, I’m in love with the No Filter Loose Setting Powder, and it’s so affordable! I do set my makeup a bit differently than I see most beauty influencers, though. After I have my foundation and concealer all buffed and blended, I’ll take my damp beauty blender, pick up powder with it, and pat it on as if I were “baking” my face. Here’s where it gets weird… I just keep patting. I don’t brush off excess powder, I simply blend blend blend until the powder is absorbed into my foundation/concealer combo. Then I’ll go back over with a light dusting using my powder brush, just to make sure it’s all covered. I honestly believe setting my makeup using this method is what keeps my face intact all day (and all night on those random times I forget to wash it off…. oops). Anyway, try it out, see how it works for your skin. I will say, though, be careful about what powder you use – it can sometimes turn out odd if there’s any pigment or a white cast to the powder. ColourPop’s powder is perfect for this method, as it is truly translucent!


And that’s it!

I’m able to keep my makeup on and looking good for hours upon hours, without any pore-clogging primers, or even a setting spray.

(Side note: I cry a lot. Like, all the time. And I noticed that when I would use a setting spray, my tears would wash away a layer of my makeup, leaving visible tear streams running down my face, and you’d be able to tell I had been crying for the rest of the day. I stopped using setting spray and voila! Problem solved! My tears roll right down my face, leaving no trace behind!)

ANYWAY… I hope this helps at least a couple people out there. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I just wanted to share what I’ve found works for me and my combination skin.

Thanks for reading!


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