Keep your makeup in place

Keep Your Makeup In Place

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Just because you’ve got oily skin, that doesn’t mean you have to say no to your favorite makeup brands. It’s a matter of knowing what works with your skin type.

These eight ideas, from a makeup artist and a dermatologist, are expert solutions for wearing makeup if you have an oily skin.

1. Always prime your skin first.

When you have an oily complexion, using a makeup primer helps everything stay in place much better than going foundation first.

You should at least prime oiliest areas (think: the T-Zone — forehead, nose, and chin) with an oil-free, anti-shine primer. Put it on after you’ve cleaned your face but before you put on foundation, powder, or other makeup.

2. Prep your eyes with an eye primer.

To cut down on creasing, avoid priming your lids with your regular concealer.

Instead, use a primer specifically designed for eyelids. This primer will help create a perfect canvas for your eyeshadow and liner while absorbing crease-causing oils throughout the day.

3. Don’t go overboard with your powder.

Even though you would think that  caking on the face powder would help but if you go crazy with powder it could cause your pores to push out more oil than normal.

Apply powder just on areas that are shiny. Using a matte translucent formula can cut down the shine on any skin tone.

4.  Get in the habit of carrying blotting papers.

No matter how flawless and matte your makeup looks in the morning if you’re prone to oiliness, you’ll  more than likely a start to spot shine by the middle of the day.

Some blotting sheets simply lift the oil from your skin. Others deposit a bit of powder to help soak up the excess oils released as the day goes by.

The trick to using blotting papers without taking off all of your makeup is not to rub but to press the paper where you’re oily and then roll it off your skin slowly & softly.


5. Go oil-free.

Since your skin naturally produces more than enough oil, invest in makeup products (especially foundation and blush) that are oil-free and noncomedogenic, that helps to not clog your pores.

Also, use face cleansers and toners that are infused with glycolic acids, which cut down on excess oils.

6. Look for “long wear” MakeUp Products.

Water and oil can do the same things to make up: make it smear, smudge, or slip. Try to stick to eye products that are waterproof, water-resistant, or long-wear.  Choose a Too Faced Foundation deluxe sample with any $25 purchase. Use code: BORN FEB


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  • Oh I didn’t know primer was so important – I never use it on my face or my eyes, oops! Maybe I should, as in the heat of summer here it’s hard for makeup not to melt off your face, haha! Thanks for sharing your tips 🙂

    • Yes, it makes a world of difference. Who would have thought one product could help so much. Your very welcome and thank you for visiting!

  • Erin

    These are excellent tips! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Thank you for visiting! You’re so very welcome!

  • Susan Minich

    They have eye primer?! Will this resolve my end of the day greasy eye issue?!

    • I would try out a few different ones, possibly ask for some samples and try them to see which one works the best for you.

  • Cassie Liz

    I can definitely tell the difference when I apply a primer first before putting the rest of my makeup on!

    • Me too! I love how it makes my skin look younger again. The right primer can cover wrinkles and smile lines. Not all primers are created equal though. It took me a couple of different tries before I found my go to primer.

  • these are some great tips because i’m always struggling with keeping makeup fresh and on my face!

    • It took me a couple of tries before I found the right primer for my skin type. E.L.F has some really great primers for around $6 that I like a lot.

  • Phaytea’s Pulse

    Love love this…just the other day I mentioned I wanted to start doing making the proper way…nice tips

  • Caroline

    I’ve never actually used a primer before! It’s a great tip though, especially if I want my make up to stay in place longer. Lots of other helpful tips here, thanks for sharing.

    • I love the way primer makes me look younger. It helps to cover up my smile lines and wrinkles on my forehead. It really does depend on which one works the best for you though. I’ve tried cheap ones and expensive ones and I really like Mallys Pore Perfection and E.L.F has some pretty good primers for around $6 that work really well for my skin type.

  • Rebecca Timmins

    Wow, some great tips here. I can be really lazy with my make up but you point out some great must-do’s here! <3

    • I know what you mean! I can be a little lazy too when it comes to doing a full face of makeup. I’d just try doing it when you know you need to stay dolled up all day long or possibly a special evening out.

  • primer is absolutely important. so many people forget and this is how you get the all day wear. Do research and find a great one! You wont be upset 🙂

  • Samantha Dobbin

    I’m really bad at priming my skin before makeup! This post has reminded me to look out for a good primer!

  • Jordan Marie Brennan

    great tips! love it 🙂