Greasy Is Good


Much like Emily's recent revelation, isn't it better to look well-moisturized (...shiny), especially when the heat makes it so very hard not to look that way? Lisa Marie Fernandez says it best, "I love a ‘dry’ look on a shoot but I’m a beach girl—I don’t mind being a little greasy." A few suggestions on how to get there:

-Sophia Amoruso slicks on Neutrogena Body Oil for an intentional greasy glow.

-"I’ll use Nars Body Glow oil which gives the body a nice sheen…sometimes I’ll add a few drops of that Laguna Body Illuminator to it, especially to my legs if I’m going out," says Francelle Daly. "I always want a sheen for my body, a baby oil or Kiehl’s Crème de Corps, and I also find that keeping the body moisturized holds the self-tan for longer." 

-Emily seconded the Nars suggestion: "I brought Nars' very intense-looking Body Glow oil with me on vacation to see what that was about and am now obsessed—do not be discouraged by all the glitter in the bottle. Just rub a little bit between your palms and over any exposed body part (legs, arms, collarbones) and watch what happens. You glow—glow like Gisele—and it doesn’t look like you have anything on."

-Amy Kothari loves Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow in Cement. "It looks like grease on your eyes. I love eye gloss, but it’s not practical. This shadow looks just like eye gloss." Debi Mazar uses a Stéphane Marais palette for a "greasy lid" every now and again—sold out, unfortunately, but the spirit's there...

Olive oil, avocado oil, and/or coconut oil come up in almost every interview, too. But you know what'll probably look just as good? A bit of natural sheen brought out by a humid subway platform—sweat. And you get that for free.

Rose Smith (The Society) in Butter Elixir photographed by Tom Newton.

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  • Aparnaa

    In the spirit of keeping it real, I feel like I should point out that when I get the subway sweats, I get full on sweat mustache... thinking perhaps I should carry mattifier instead to get to this point!

    That's my new personal hashtag by the way. For everything.

    • Susan

      Haha #sweatmustache Too funny.

  • Kiara King

    Yay for free sweat(?)! But I have to agree that I prefer a healthy sheen when it comes to the hotter months - it just makes you look glowing and healthy (and like you drink 5L of water a day). I'm headed to Bali next week, so I'll definitely be taking my favourite Grown Alchemist Body Oil with me to apply to my legs, arms and collarbone.

    • Grace

      grown make a body oil?! whaaaat ive been using their handcreamsand body range for ages and have just started on the face range. Where do you buy it from? (im in aus btw)

  • Haiku Jew

    To increase your grease
    just bask in the summer sun
    rivulets will run.

    • Emma Hager

      You are the shining star of Disqus.

      • Haiku Jew

        Emma, thanks so much
        I feel appreciated
        sending cyber sweets!

  • Miss ShaSha

    I had the Stephane Maris palette years ago. It was the most genius greasy eye palate ever invented. I couldn't believe his line got discontinued. I wish he would bring it back. Kickstarter? Talk about a cult classic. Those shadows must rank #1.

  • Alexis Cheung

    Kai body glow is also the best (+ you smell like flowers !),default,pd.html

  • tera

    yea, of course. Turning blotchy beet red with a halo of frizz, sticking to people who jostle you, and don't forget swollen feet! Just exactly like Gisele....

  • rano

    thanks for this amazing post, I've been into dewey look lately and I'm totally in love with the look <3

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I've heard that people love the JR Watkins spray oil for a sheen but it doesn't leave one on me. Créme de Corps doesn't leave one on me either. Maybe my skin is too thirsty!

  • femme_noir

    Ugh. Where is the line between an acceptable greasiness and straight up grossness? I don't mind being a little oily but this summer I am beyond greasy. Shiny, melty, beading grease, slave to the blotting sheet.

  • Lorien

    Trader Joes Lavendar Sea Salt scrub for the win

  • Layla Corcoran

    Does anyone know if the Body Shop version is just as good as Nars Body Glow? It's just so much cheaper....

  • Molly

    I second that question.

  • ITGFerber

    It's from In God We Trust! -

    cc @disqus_R0mHtfa87o:disqus

  • Emma Hager

    Greasy is so good. I am addicted to sweating. Not when I am not exercising, though. But that moment you just finish your run and the droplets just start dripping is the best feeling ever.


Neutrogena Body Oil
NARS Body Glow
Nars Body Illuminator
Kiehl’s Creme De Corps Travel Size
Bobbi Brown
Bobbi Brown 'Sparkle' Eyeshadow Cement