Andrea Miller
Andrea Miller
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How I’m taming the oily forehead and fringe combo

Oily skin has never really been an issue for me but lately, mid-afternoons have called for a quick visit to the ladies’ to tone down any accumulated shine poking through my fringe.

While winter is typically a time for dry skin, my forehead hasn’t really gotten with the program and has decided to get greasy under that thicket of hair. The result is a shinier face that I’d like, bangs that look piece-y and a potential minefield of blemishes waiting to erupt.

My solution? Attack the issue on two fronts with products that treat the issue under and over makeup.

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Eve Lom’s Perfect Matte Primer delivers on the name, providing a flawless finish and an SPF 15 to boot. It’s made with super-fine rice powder and goes on silky smooth so I’m happy to apply with my fingertips. It’s a little on the thick side but I like the texture and makes me feel like I’m preparing for battle with the environmental (and, okay, hormonal) effects that will no doubt affect how my skin behaves.

Then I apply my regular BB cream with a blender sponge, a creamy concealer for under-eye circles and go to town with mascara and finish off with a sweep of blush and maybe a lip.

Once I notice that fringe is splitting (I liken the phenomenon to wearing a pair of pants on my forehead and it’s exactly as flattering as it sounds), I whip out Joe Fresh blotting papers, which come in a pack of 100 for under $10. Slim enough to fit in any clutch, or even pocket if you’re really carrying light, these delicate papers are proudly low-maintenance and don’t have any translucent powder and just do what you’d expect: soak up excess oil when pressed into the skin.

I move my fringe to the side, gently press a blotting paper onto my forehead and try not to get too horrified that my skin makes the paper somewhat see-through, like the parchment paper that cradles a diner cheeseburger.

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Eve Lom Perfect Matte Primer

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Eve Lom Perfect Matte Primer