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Obsessed with Oils

Oils. Everyone's talking about them. For your skin, your hair, your body...in your oatmeal. Don't know your argan from your marula? Robin Black of Beauty is Boring breaks it down for us, so you can reap the beauty benefits of the luscious stuff.

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For this oil-drenched smokey eye and nude lip look, start by coloring in your entire eyelid with Lord & Berry Sketch Eye Shadow Pencil in Black and blend well.

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Pat Stila's Eye Shadow in Cassis directly on top of the black, blending it out toward the edges.

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Fill in your waterline with Lord & Berry Kajal Stick in Black and apply two coats of Anna Sui Perfect Mascara.

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Finish the look by grooming eyebrows with Anastasia Brow Fix and a swipe of PAUL & JOE Glossy Lip Color in Neutral.

Give your skin a treat and get your glow on with this combination of oils.

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Start by massaging Trilogy Rosehip Antioxidant+ Oil into your face and neck, paying special attention to any areas that feel dry.

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Tap a small amount onto your lips and press them together. Apply Aster & Bay Detox Body Oil to your entire body, massaging it thoroughly into your elbows, knees, feet and hands.

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For a subtle hair sheen, put a tiny bit of Herbivore Botanicals Hair Oil into the palm of your hands and rub them together.

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Flip your head over and scrunch your hair a few times for lots of shiny texture!

One of the benefits of being a makeup artist is that I get to ask models, actors and beauty editors what they use on their (usually flawless) skin. And a surprising number of them say their beauty secret is oil! I grew up with the common misconception that oil makes your skin break out, but I later learned (from my very serious dermatologist) that oils can actually help oily skin and reduce breakouts. Oils are also anti-aging and intensely hydrating, not to mention that they tend to have less chemicals and preservatives than conventional beauty products. Getting started with oils can be a bit intimidating because there are so many different types, and each of them suits a different kind of use. Below is my field guild to the most popular oils and some of my personal tips for using them.

Robin's Oil Rundown
Argan Oil

Skin type: Sensitive / dry / normal / combination / oily

Star qualities: Ideal for anti-aging concerns, very hydrating, leaves a non-greasy finish. Filled with vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids, this oil is ideal under make-up because it sinks in quickly. Also great for cuticles and the tips of your hair.

Try this: Herbivore Botanicals Hair Oil

Marula Oil

Skin type: Sensitive / dry / normal / combination / oily

Star qualities: Great for sensitive skin, hydrating, leaves a non-greasy finish. Marula is derived from an East African Fruit. It has an incredibly high concentration of antioxidants, vitamin C and fatty acids, allowing it to easily sink into your skin. One great way to use Marula oil is to add a few drops to your cleanser.

Try this: African Botanics Pure Marula Face Oil

Rosehip Oil

Skin type: Sensitive / dry / normal / combination / oily

Star qualities: This super light vitamin A (a natural retinol) saturated oil is amazing for hydration, reducing scars and preventing fine lines. A powerhouse oil that contains fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants and lycopene, plus it absorbs quickly so it's great under makeup.

Try this: Trilogy Rosehip Antioxidant+ Oil

Grapeseed Oil

Skin type: Oily / combination / normal

Star qualities: Similar to Jojoba, this vitamin C-packed antioxidant oil can help regulate your natural oil production while providing just the right amount of hydration and reduces discoloration.

Try this: Institut Karite Beauty Oil

Jojoba Oil

Skin type: Oily / combination / normal

Star qualities: Non-greasy, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and light hydration that helps balance oily skin. I know, it sounds illogical but often applying oil to already oily skin will help it normalize. Jojoba also has the added benefit of natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Try this: Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil

Olive Oil

Skin type: Dry / normal

Star qualities: Very moisturizing, gentle exfoliation, amazing as a hair mask and an excellent makeup remover. Years ago I moved to Italy and one of the first things I noticed was how beautiful the women's skin and hair was. When I asked for their secret, they all replied that they used olive oil! Olive oil doesn't clog pores, has a bit of lactic acid for gentle exfoliation, and is loaded with antioxidants.

Try this: Murray's Olive Oil Hair Nourisher

Coconut Oil

Skin type: Dry / normal

Star qualities: This is definitely the go-to oil for many of the models I work with. They use it to gently remove makeup and as an all over moisturizer. Its serious hydrating properties make it great as a hair mask (you'll need to wash several times to remove it), body lotion or under the eyes. Best for dry skin, and if you're going to wear makeup over it, you will want to wait at least 20 minutes for full absorption.

Try this: Murray's CocoSoft Coconut Oil

Oil On Your Own: Tips & Tricks

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Smooth face oil on your skin before a flight to combat airplane skin.

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Warm up hair oil and apply to the ends of your hair before bed. Don't forget to cover your pillow with a towel!

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Use a cotton pad to press face oil over your eye makeup for a gentle but powerful makeup remover.

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Mix a few drops of your favorite oil with your evening moisturizer and wake up with a glow!

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Don't forget your cuticles... a few drops of body oil does miracles for hands and nails!