Oil Slick

April 29th, 2016

April 29th, 2016

Face, hair, body – it doesn’t matter where you’re using them for, oil textures are proving to be a big trend.  From cleansing skin of make-up to boosting hydration, we’ve gone through our Warpaint cupboards to dig out some of our absolute favourites.


Starting from the top down, there’s nothing like a touch of oil to leave hair glossy and smooth.  Full of fatty acids to heal split ends as well as imparting moisture to dry strands, a few drops can make a world of difference.  We like Percy & Reed’s Smoothed Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil (£14) for oily and normal hair.  It is beautifully lightweight and imparts a lovely shine without the worry of looking greasy.


For thicker hair, bring out the big guns with Kérastase Elixir Ultime (£37).  A mixture of four different oils, it can be used both as a pre-and post-wash treatment, an intensive leave-in conditioner or to finish off a look.




With their lightweight consistency and magical ability to dissolve make-up, there’s every reason to keep a good cleansing oil in your kit at all times.  Oil-free cleansers actually strip away natural good oils, meaning skin is left unbalanced and can over-produce oil to try and rehydrate – not ideal if you’re about to apply make-up.  Even oily skinned types should embrace the speed and efficiency of these cleansers; simply apply to a dry face and watch make-up melt away.

Our favourite budget option comes from The Body Shop in the form of Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (£11), and if you haven’t had the chance to check out the Camomile cleansing range yet – two eye make-up removers, a cleansing butter and the oil – you could be missing a trick.  With no stickiness or residue after rinsing off, the Silky Cleansing Oil contains skin-softening Camomile and is ideal for sensitive skin.  We’re big fans of the uncomplicated plastic bottle and pump packaging too.  Another brilliant budget choice is the Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (£10.99), although the lid can get a bit messy when dispensing.


If you’re tight on time for double-cleansing, look no further than shu uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil (from £30).  A cult classic, with apparently one bottle being purchased every seven seconds somewhere in the world, it emulsifies upon contact with water thus removing the need to cleanse again.  Leaving skin moisturised and silky smooth, it helps to create the perfect canvas for you to begin your look – little wonder it is so popular.  We love the Anti-Oxi version.


Oils Water 


Whether you’re repairing and conserving skin on an actor over a long shoot, or trying to create a bit of magic with a tired and jetlagged model, treatment oils are a fast and effective way of infusing life and hydration.  Oily skins needn’t shy away – simply use more on an ‘as and when’ basis rather than every day.

When we’re having a bad skin day we reach for Jurlique’s Skin Balancing Face Oil (£38).  This best seller has a soothing floral scent thanks to the blend of botanical ingredients, which pack enough of a punch to rival synthetic formulations.  It combines natural Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Safflower, Rose Hip, Avocado and Macadamia Oils, as well and moisturising Shea Butter to restore suppleness.  Dense and rich, it leaves the face glowing.

Jurlique Oil

If you’re looking for dewy skin in a bottle, look no further than the Balance Me Radiance Face Oil (£30).  This skincare hero is fantastic at helping to reduce redness, address uneven skin tone, and minimise the visible signs of ageing and scarring.  The blend combines eight oil extracts to create a super plumping and deeply soothing treatment.  Some of the unusual oils include Yarrow, a healing herb, and the resin Benzoin, used for its abilities to heal and calm skin conditions.

Balance Me Oil

One of the best compromises between quality and cost we have seen is the fragrant Revitalizing Oil from Darphin.  At £25 for 50ml, compared to the usual 30ml bottles you see, this is a great all-rounder as it can also be used on intensely dry hair.  Clients will feel like they’ve just stepped out of the spa after applying this oil, leaving skin revitalised and glowing.

Darphin Oil


Make-up by Gucci Westman for Stylist Magazine

Make-up by Gucci Westman for Stylist Magazine, photographed by Jamie Nelson


Lip oils are the hottest new oil trend, and it’s not hard to see why.  More nourishing than traditional glosses, they impart a reflective sheen to lips along with a hint of colour.  Clarins have recently added a couple of new shade to their Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils (£16) – a juicy red shade to go along with the existing honey and berry options.  Another cute new product to riff on the trend is the Lancôme Juicy Shaker (£18).  These dinky cocktail shaker-shaped bottles contain a blend of oil and pigment – simply shake for your desired level of colour tint.

Clarins Lip Oils


For the whole body, we’ve been addicted to the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour All-Over Miracle Oil (£29).  It absorbs quickly but leaves skin soft and healthy-looking.  A gentle sheen rather than a bold glaze, this oil can be used on hair as well – handy!

ElizArden Oil

For a budget and travel-friendly option, try the Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil Skin Perfector (£8.29).  This blend of Argan, Macadamia, Almond and Rose oils holds its own against pricier competition thanks to the luminous sheen it leaves on skin without ever tipping into feeling greasy.  Apply to arms, legs and décolleté to catch the light beautifully.


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