Summer Matte Complexion Perfection for Oily Skin from Kevyn Aucoin Beauty

When temps climb over 80 degrees Fahrenheit with 50% humidity or higher, every oily skinned girl is presented with an existential dilemma: to wear or not to wear makeup. For the sebum-blessed or afflicted – depends who’s asking and when – this is no easy decision. To answer in the negative subjects one to  complexion sans, contouring, concealing, or brightening where desired. Not even the no make-up makeup look can be pulled off without a bit of concealer and light complexion product for oily skin. To affirm the life-giving blessings of a full-face beat on a steamy Thursday afternoon entails a multi-step routine of mattifying moisturizer, oil-control primer, followed by a light layer of setting powder and a mist of oil-absorbing setting spray, all before foundation. Even worse, all that prep will probably cake anyway when greasy pores disrupt the entire operation. Without one choice more disappointing than the other, what’s a girl to do?

The answer is high-quality makeup essentials blended with skincare-level ingredients to handle oil, yet light enough to not chalk up in unflattering layers, while expertly curated pigments deliver buildable coverage. A trio of complexion products from Kevyn Aucoin Beauty – the Sensual Skin Primer, the Sensual Skin Enhancer and the Smooth and Set Loose Powder –  delivers on all accounts for a clear, modern face beat, even for oily-skinned girlies.

The first step in the long-lasting makeup regimen is the light-weight, aloe-based Sensual Skin Primer. With the addition of hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E it, it hydrates while smoothing pores and texture for a makeup ready canvas. In this iteration of a premium beauty brand, less is more. Apply a small, dime-sized amount, with more attention on areas that need it most, like the t-zone and marionette lines. Per a little beauty warrior experimentation, I like to blend a drop of the primer with foundation or concealer for the best application and even longer wear. 

In fact, the Sensual Skin Primer was formulated as a sister product for Kevyn Aucoin’s award-winning, professional makeup artist favorite the The Sensual Skin Enhancer. This ultra, if not, mega pigmented pot of complexion-evening pudding-like foundation has been unparalleled for decades. Available in 16 shades with pink, orange, olive and red tones, this innovative formula was designed to be mixed and match for multiple shades combinations and coverage options. Similar to the primer, a lot less is a lot more.


Start with a Q-tip sized amount under the eyes after application of peach, and/or red shades of the Face Forward Color Corrector for under-eye brightening. You’ll be amazed by the coverage. In a base of honey and jojoba oil, the Sensual Skin Enhancer is sweat-proof and waterproof for long-lasting coverage. For the medium coverage on the face, I like to mix 2 Q-tip sized dollops of Sensual Skin Enhancer with a mini squeeze of Sensual Skin Primer blended with a stiff brush. If looking to create lighter coverage, a 1-1 ratio works like tinted moisturizer. It’s really that simple and versatile.

As the duo is highly recommended, they are sold together as  The Sensual Skin Primer & Enhancer Bundle.

When it’s time to set, you can forget about the heavy baking that the oily-skinned are instructed to rely on. Smooth & Set Loose Powder, translucent for all skin tones, is as finely milled as air for an ethereal, soft-focus finish. The signature microspheres which allow for the light-weight texture also settle into pores and fine lines to set and blur without cakiness. Whether applied with the enclosed, specially designed puff or a fluffy, vegan powder brush, like Blurring Powder Brush, again less is more to lock down whatever coverage has blended in. 

With this trio of Kevyn Aucoin Beauty primer, multi-use complexion correctors, and setting powder, even oily-skinned girls can have their beat and matte it too. 

Gesha-Marie Bland


Not bland at all. Gesha-Marie Bland is an essayist, Vanity Fair-published film and television writer, and unrepentant beauty junkie who jumpstarted her career at NYU’s Master’s Program in Cinema Studies. In homage to her beauty icons Jeanne Moreau, Dolly Parton, and Grace Jones, she is forever in search of the perfect cat-eye liner, a killer pair of heels, and unforgettable statement accessories. Currently NYC-based, this dual American-French citizen still wears all-black and has a soft spot for clean beauty, pharmaceutical-grade actives, and most ingredients sourced from vineyards in the south of France. She loves New Wave cinema, Mary Gaitskill’s fiction, Spain, and matcha double-shots. After selling "The Ripper," her Alexander McQueen-Issie Blow biopic to the Cannes-winning production company Maven Pictures, she remains convinced fashion and couture are the next frontiers for edgy cinematic stories.