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