Makeup Tips For Oily Skin
Oily skin has always been a part of my life and has often times created a huge headache for me in my beauty routine. Anyone who has oily skin understands how real the struggle is to keep your skin matte and minimize large pores. It feels like I have searched for years trying to find makeup tips for oily skin that will really work.
Between the endless efforts to make foundation last as long as I need it to and multiple touch ups throughout the day to erase the “grease” from my face, my oily skin has driven me crazy!
Throughout my years, I’ve experimented with different products and techniques and have finally learned how to control my oils and how to love the skin I’ve been born with.
Here is a step-by-step guide of makeup tips for oily skin and products that have been tested and approved by me, the oiliest of oilies.
♥ First Tip For Oily Skin: Moisturize
I steered clear of moisturizer for several years simply because I believed, “My skin is oily. I don’t need to moisturize.”
This is wrong guys. Oily skin is not an indication of over-hydrating.
Plus, a good moisturizer will plump up your skin and remove any flaking caused by dry patches. You definitely don’t want this under your makeup or your foundation may cling to these patches and who wants that?
I moisturize every morning using Renewed Hope In A Jar by Philosophy. This whipped, oil-free formula leaves your skin plump and hydrated without leaving behind a greasy film. This product retails for $39 and can be found here.
♥Step 2: Prime Your Skin
The next step to treating oily skin and large pores is to find a good primer. Not everyone sees it necessary to prime, but I can assure you guys, you want a primer to help fight off those oils.
How you prime will depend on where your oils come through. Some only get oily in the T-zone, but I get oily everywhere!
I also have enlarged pores in the center of my face that stems from oily skin so I use a pore minimizing primer. I press a pore-filling prime into my skin on and around my nose and in the center of my forehead. This really helps to mask my pores without clogging my skin and causing breakouts.
You totally could use a pore-filling primer all over your face, but I prefer using a less intense primer on the outer areas of my face.
This Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer is a great choice to reduce the look of pores and created a mattifying base for your foundation. It does a beautiful job at creating that perfect, even look to your skin. This primer is $39.00 and can be found here.
If you are like me and are up for using two different primers, try the Too Faced Hangover primer on the outer portion of your face. This primer is great for helping with flaking areas around your hairline that need a little extra attention.
♥Step 3: Choose Your Foundation
Once your face is moisturized and primed, it’s time for foundation. I love long-wearing foundations with a matte finish, but some formulas tend to look heavy. To reduce “cake-face” I usually apply my foundation with a damp sponge which helps to set the foundation into the skin and doesn’t cause my primer to shift.
**TIP: If you have oily skin, I recommend starting your day off with a matte base and use a highlighter or drops to add life back into the skin.**
The Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation is a great affordable option for long wear. The color range is good and the formula is thin and is easy to build. This is also a great foundation to mix in with others.
You can see my list of recommended high end foundations for oily skin here
♥Step 4: Set Your Foundation With Powder
I always, always set my foundation with a powder to help my makeup stay put all day. Powder is great for instantly absorbing excess shine that can be caused by dewy foundations or foundations that have too much of a glow.
Powder is also a necessary step for creating an added barrier to fight off oils throughout the day.
**TIP: Apply your loose setting powder by gently pressing the powder into your skin with a damp beauty sponge. This technique will make sure the powder is set well into the skin and creates a flawless, long-wearing finish**
This Too Faced Born This Way powder is the perfect translucent powder to set the face and under eyes without creasing or causing flashback. You can also try Too Faced’s Peach Perfect loose powder which smells like sweet peaches and works just as well. Both are available here for $32.00
View all of my recommendations for settings powders for oily skin here
♥Step 5: Lock Everything In With Setting Spray
The last sep to extending the life of your makeup on oily skin is a good setting spray. Setting sprays really do wonders for not only setting, but also for adding life back to the skin. They melt all of the foundation, concealer, and powder into your skin and help eliminate a heavy appearance.
Mac Fix Plus has been a staple for quite some time now. It is a great formula for setting your makeup in place, but can also be used to wet shadow brushes to give shimmer shades a nice pop.
**TIP: Setting sprays can add a beautiful vibrancy to highlighters. Spritz Too Faced Hangover spray over highlighters on the cheekbones and watch the color and shine really POP!
To love your oily skin you must find products that work for you. As someone who suffers from extremely oily skin, I hope my suggestions work just as well for you. If you have any recommendations that I did not mention here, please leave your comment below. I am always looking to put new products to the test.