Oily skin is both a blessing and a curse. Although it’s said to wrinkle less (YAY!) all that oil usually just turns a perfectly caked face into an oil-slick mess by lunch. Not cool! Which is why you need to know how to prep and beat-up like a pro, to guarantee that your makeup stays hella fresh throughout the day. Here are our ride-or-die makeup hacks for combatting oily skin:
1. Use the right primer
A mattifying primer is essential if you want your makeup to stay oil-proof around the clock. Firstly, it’ll soak up any excess oil that’s sitting on the surface of your skin, and secondly, it’ll blur and smooth out your pores. Stay clear of any radiance or oil-based primers as these could make your skin look greasy. Instead, look for water or silicone-based primers as these typically have a slightly thicker consistency to soften the appearance of large pores and scars. Primers that contain oil-absorbing ingredients like salicylic acid and witch hazel will also help minimize shine throughout the day.
The Benefit POREfessional Face Primer, $32, has been one of our faves for years. Our newest obsession is our Huda Beauty Matte Perfection Pre-Makeup Base, $32; we’re biased we know, but we live for it! There’s also a lot of hype right now around jelly primers, which appear like a transparent gel that grips to the skin to ensure that your makeup lasts all day. Check out the Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly Makeup Primer, $33, which keeps moisture locked in and oil under control without sacrificing a dewy finish.
2. Find your ultimate foundation match
When choosing your foundation, ALWAYS keep your skin in mind. First, check the bottle to see if a skin type is listed, as often formulas will contain different ingredients to complement a specific skin type. Then consider the finish; for oily skin, opt for a long-wearing, matte finish.
Oil-free or mineral foundations are ideal, although remember that oil-free foundations often oxidize (turn yellow or orange) throughout the day, so always ask for a tester before you buy. Mineral foundations like the Vichy Minéralblend Foundation, $27, are a great solution as they mattify the skin. If you want the glow without the oil, mix your foundation with a glow enhancer like the Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer, $12, to get a radiant finish.
3. Set your look
A setting powder is crucial for oily skin as it’ll help lock in your look all day long, plus it’ll help smooth out your complexion. If you don’t get super oily and want to achieve a dewy finish, apply a light dusting of powder to your T-zone as these are the areas that get oily. However, in general, we’d recommend setting all over to keep your look on lockdown. You can also try a setting powder like the Mario Badescu Special Healing Powder, $12, which contains sulfur, clay, and zinc to balance oil production and absorb oil.
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4. Blot away throughout the day!
If you have oily skin, trust us, blotting paper is about to become your new best friend. These little squares of oil-absorbing papers mattify your skin and help banish midday shine. Most blotting papers also contain oil-controlling ingredients like green tea and witch hazel, like the Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens, $10. To use, gently press the paper onto your skin; don’t wipe as this will spread the oil around your face and totally mess up your makeup. Check out how to easily DIY your own blotting paper here.
5. Max out on setting spray
For a full coverage finish that lasts, use a setting spray like the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, $15, to set your look in place.
Skincare Tips for Oily Skin:
Tip 1: Just because your skin is oily, doesn’t mean you can dodge moisturizing. Without moisturizer, your skin will be dehydrated and it’ll try to compensate for the lack of moisture by producing even more oil. However, finding the right moisturizer is key: look for a gel or water-based formula that’s non-comedogenic, so it won’t block your pores. We’re currently obsessed with the The Inkey List’s Zinc Oxide Cream Moisturizer, $12, read our full review here.
Tip 2: Exfoliating twice a week will help remove any dirt, debris or dead skin that’s blocking your pores, which can cause your foundation to look cakey. Opt for a chemical exfoliator, which is an enzyme or acid-based formula that penetrates deep into the skin, dissolving and dislodging dead skin. We love The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, $12.50, which really helps with the tone and texture of your skin.
Tip 3: If we’re going full glam, we prep our skin with a clay mask to combat any excess oil and extract any impurities. The clay will also absorb excess oil in your pores, making them appear tighter. Our go-to masks are L’Oréal’s collection of clay masks, $13, there are five masks in total, and each mask is formulated with three types of clay (montmorillonite, kaolin, and Moroccan lava).
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