Makeup for oily skin

The best makeup tips for oily skin

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 25, 2017
The best makeup tips for oily skin

Excess sebum causes oily skin and is the main culprit why makeup doesn't last and becomes creased with this skin type. Those with oily skin know that at any time an unsightly shine on the facial skin can occur, causing an oily appearance that's very unflattering. In this article we'll give you some makeup tips for oily skin so you can look your best and protect your skin at the same time.

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Steps to follow:


If you want your makeup to remain intact and in perfect condition for longer, the first step is to prepare the skin by thoroughly cleansing and moisturising it. For your cleansing routine, use a gel that easily rinses off with water, an astringent tonic and an oil free moisturiser, specifically formulated for oily skin. With this routine, your skin will be ready to apply makeup.

The best makeup tips for oily skin - Step 1

Oily skin, more than other skin types, requires the application of a pre-base. This is a cosmetic product that will leave the skin flawless, close the pores and prevent overproduction of oil in the face.


Foundation is the key to having flawless skin throughout the day. You should always choose a foundation that's oil free, anti-shine and doesn't tend to produce blackheads and pimples. Apply foundation with a brush or sponge and never use your fingers, since this only increases facial oiliness.

The best idea is to use powder foundation or oil-free BB cream if you have pimples.


Other makeup tips for oily skin to try, are mineral foundations that provide a matte finish. Apply a thin layer of foundation, especially on your T-zone, that's sufficient to seal the makeup and absorb excess oil and sweat. This is an essential step if you want to avoid having to retouch your makeup during the day.

The best makeup tips for oily skin - Step 4

Concerning blusher, when applying makeup for oily skin, blushers with a powdery texture are recommended, because those with a cream consistency will only make the skin look shinier. Always use a brush when applying blusher to the cheeks.


For eye makeup, remember to use a primer before applying it and opt for pressed powder eyeshadow, since it's best suited to eliminate the natural oils produced by this skin type. Also, waterproof mascara is a good choice to avoid staining the skin easily.


An excellent makeup trick for oily skin that the professionals use, are small wet wipes or greaseproof paper towels to remove shininess and oil without damaging the makeup. Try it and you'll notice a difference!


If, in addition to using these makeup tips for oily skin, you'd also like to try other facial care tips that are highly effective, affordable and contain natural ingredients, then check out the article at How to make homemade masks for oily skin.

The best makeup tips for oily skin - Step 8

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  • Always choose oil-free cosmetics that don't contain alcohol and allow the skin to breathe.
  • Don't mix too many cosmetics since it can be counterproductive for oily skin.
  • Don't apply makeup with your fingers. Be sure to use brushes or sponges at all times.
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