Makeup For Oily Skin: Follow This Guide And Go From Greasy To Glowing!

by Gorgeousgirl Staff, Updated February 21, 2023
Makeup For Oily Skin: Follow This Guide And Go From Greasy To Glowing!

If you have oily skin, you know that regular makeup won’t always work. More often than not, you end up with either a shiny forehead or nose. This could be so annoying or embarrassing as to ruin your look and your day.

But that doesn’t mean you have to give up makeup altogether! Makeup for oily skin exists, and experts have devised an organized game plan for applying makeup to avoid emergencies like this.

Read on to find out what’s the best makeup for oily skin, learn the proper makeup application routine, and some tips for beautiful, glowing skin!

  • Best Makeup For Oily Skin

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More and more makeup brands today are leveling up their game by manufacturing specific products for different types of skin. For best results, choose certain products that are designed for dry skin that is oil-free, mattifying, and non-comedogenic to prevent clogging of pores.

Usually, these products contain mattifying ingredients to keep the oil and shine at bay. There are also alcohol-free, nourishing cleansers and products that don’t dry up your skin but give it a fresh, hydrated look without the excess oil.

Because your skin is already producing enough or even more oil than needed, steer clear of oil-based products and those that have a high oil or fatty acid contents. These can cause blockage of pores which can eventually lead to acne breakouts.

There are also foundations, powders, and primers that prevent unwanted shine. And then there’s the ever-reliable and convenient pressed powder or oil blotting paper you can use anytime during the day.

  • Step By Step Guide On Applying Makeup For Oily Skin

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Aside from choosing good makeup for oily skin, you should also be mindful of how you do your skin care routine. Here is an example of a complete guide you can follow to ensure that your skin stays oil-free all day.

1. Pre-Cleanse And Cleanse Your Face Before Applying Makeup.

Just like in any artwork, it’s best to start with a blank (and also well-hydrated and clean) canvas. First, pre-cleanse by rinsing your face with warm water to remove any product residues, oil, and dirt on the surface.

Then, use a gentle cleanser to clean your damp, washed face. Then, rinse your face again using warm water and pat dry with a soft, clean towel.

Although your skin may feel sticky and heavy due to oil, stop yourself from washing your face more than twice a day. This can rid your skin of its natural moisture and encourage more oil production. Just wash your face in the morning upon waking up and at night before going to bed.

2. Wipe Your Face With Toner.

Toners are specially formulated to get rid of excess makeup, oils, and dirt from your face. Put your favorite oil-free toner on a cotton ball or pad. Use this to wipe around your face, avoiding your eyes and mouth area. Then, let it dry.

Using an alcohol-free toner once every day is enough so that you won’t dehydrate your skin. Examples of excellent toners are witch hazel and rose water.

3. Moisturize Your Skin.

Again, overproduction of oils is your skin’s response against the dehydrated skin. Although this may seem to defeat the purpose of this whole routine, oily skin is actually thirsty for moisture. However, it does not need any added oil.

So, choose a moisturizer that is oil-free, lightweight, shine-reducing and mattifying. Mattifying products help absorb excess oil and leaves your skin with a matte finish. An SPF of 30 and above is a bonus for extra protection from sun damage. The same goes when choosing makeup for oily acne prone skin.

Then, use the moisturizer to thinly and lightly cover your face.


4. Use a Matte Primer.

Next, a primer’s function is to remove shine and give a smooth base for makeup. Select a primer that’s also oil-free, anti-shine and mattifying either in a liquid or powder form. Then, apply thinly and evenly on your face and eyelids.

According to Emily Kate Warren, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist, a makeup primer also helps prevent makeup from melting off when you have oily skin.

5. Use Concealer To Cover Up Marks And Blemishes.

Since oily skin is also prone to blemishes and breakouts, putting on a light layer of a matte concealer will help hide imperfections without causing future pimples. Use a clean brush or wand over red marks, pimple marks, and dark circles under your eyes.

If you want extra coverage, apply liquid concealer, top with some powdered foundation, then coat again with a layer of concealer. Powder foundation seals in makeup. Note, however, that more layers mean a higher likelihood of having shiny oil spots and may require multiple touch ups throughout the day. Also, do not use cream concealers as these clog the pores.

6. Apply Foundation.

Use long-lasting foundations in powder form to even out your complexion and fight excess oil. Evenly apply a thin layer of this on your face using a powder brush and circular, dabbing motions.

For additional coverage, put on the second layer using a damp sponge. Mousse or water-based liquid foundations also work just as well as powdered foundation.

7. Apply Powder.

Use a loose, translucent matte finishing powder for an added barrier against oil. With a kabuki or powder brush, apply a small amount over your foundation in large, circular motions going outward from the face.

8. Smear On Some Blush.

A powder mattifying blush will not only give you a nice glow but will also help fend off oiliness and stay put longer than the cream kind. Use a powder brush or a normal blush brush to apply through circling from below your cheekbones towards your upper ears.

Avoid using blush with shimmer as they make you look shinier.

9. Use Waterproof Eye Makeup.

Because oils cause makeup to melt off easily, wearing water resistant, waterproof or long-wearing products will help avoid smudging and creased eye makeup. You can even pair these with waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Using an eyelid primer instead of concealer in prepping your eyelids will also make your makeup last longer.

10. Finish Off Your Look!

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Add color to your lips, falsies, and other finishing touches to your makeup look.

You can follow all of these steps, but if you are already doing something different for your skin that works better for you, then you should probably stick with that.

  • Skin Care Tips For Applying Makeup On Oily Skin

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To make sure that you are taking care of your oily skin correctly, here are some expert tips regarding your skin care routine.

  • Do not overdo on powder as this will also activate your oil-producing glands. If you already applied too much powder, counter it by blotting a damp makeup sponge over the overly powdered skin.
  • Carry around some blotting papers. This is a quick way to removing excess oil without ruining or taking off your makeup.
  • Use toners and facial cleansers with glycolic acids or salicylic acid says Washington, D.C.-based cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi.
  • Reduce oil by using a treatment mask meant to help against oily skin once or twice per week. These calm irritations, and absorb impurities and excess oil.
  • Minimize the number of product layers that you put on your skin as this only encourages oiliness.
  • Prep your eyelids and face with primer to help makeup stay on all day.
  • Always carry powder in your purse to avoid caking and to get rid of unwanted shine.
  • Hydrate your skin and body by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.

I hope these steps and tips for conquering oily skin can help you stay pretty and shine-free all day!

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