It's time to take a shine to oils in makeup. We know what you're thinking: Why would I want to put more oil on my face? Won't it cause a breakout or look slick? Good news, beauty fans: There are tons of perks of using healthy, natural options such as argan, jojoba, coconut, avocado and olive oils. And there's no better time to try them.
"Oils help balance and hydrate the skin," says natural makeup artist Sally Biondo. "Winter is the perfect season to give them a shot. If you're not ready to apply them by day in foundation or makeup, then dab on a little oil-enhanced moisturizer before bed so it absorbs all night."
The Light Stuff
Consider your skin type when choosing beauty products containing oils. If you have combination skin or are prone to acne, lightweight choices such as argan or jojoba are your best bets. "Jojoba oil can actually draw out excess oil from clogged pores," says Biondo. For noticeable smoothness, try Jurlique Balancing Day Care Cream, which contains jojoba.
Argan oil in hair products gives tresses volume and luster, so it's no surprise that it's also a vital ingredient in some mascaras.
This oil contains essential fatty acids, allowing it to condition lashes and stimulate growth. Pür Minerals Big Blink Extreme Mascara is fortified with argan oil and leaves a dewy sheen.
Strike It Rich
If you have dry skin, richer and thicker oils may be right for you. Coconut oil hydrates and soothes chapped skin, and is found in face creams and lip balms, including Burt's Bees Radiance Lip Shimmer. "The aroma of coconut oil alone is wonderful," says Biondo. "It smells like your own private beach."
Olive oil is packed with health-promoting omegas. As an ingredient in mascara, it plumps lashes to dramatic effect. See for yourself with a few swipes of Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Clinically Proven Natural Mascara. And there are more advantages: Olive and avocado oils contain antioxidants, which diminish fine lines and other signs of aging. Look to skincare products like Murad Age Reform Perfecting Serum for youthful radiance.
With so many beneficial oil-dappled products out there, they'll soon become your go-to beauty tools. Just call it natural attraction.