I am an oily skin type gal and I know first hand how difficult it can be to care for oily skin and find the right makeup. Ever since I was a teenager, I struggled with my foundation wearing off, eye shadow creasing and having raccoon eyes at the end of the day.
Over the years i’ve discovered lots of tips and tricks through research, trial and error and I thought I would share my knowledge on how to combat oily skin and makeup tips that have worked for me.
Adding oil to your skin care regimen
This may come as a shock to some but I cannot stress how important this is for all skin types especially an oily skin type! For years and years my skin was so oily, you could cook an egg on it (yes, it was really that oily) and I was constantly using products that advertised as ‘oil free’ or for ‘oily/acne prone skin’. I never realized that those products usually contained alcohol or salicylic acid and all it was doing was drying out my skin. My sister really wanted to help me and so she did some research and discovered that the reason my skin was so oily is because it was dehydrated and was overcompensating by producing more oil than necessary. Here are a few ways I use oil in my skin care regimen:
-Use an oil cleanser to remove makeup before going in with your usual cleanser. Some brands will call this ‘pre cleanser’.
-Using a little oil as a moisturizer. Make sure the oil you use is not a greasy type and absorbs right into the skin. My favourite is grapeseed oil.
-Adding beauty oil as the last skin care step before going to bed. Rosehip & jojoba oil are great because it has lots of antioxidants and it is not greasy.
It may be a little bit scary to do this at first but I promise, it will change your skin. Make sure that the oil you use is labeled as skin care oil. I encourage you to do lots of research on your own about this as well.
This is pretty self explanatory. Drink lots and lots and lots of water, it does wonders for your skin and body.
Using foundation and eye primer is an absolute must for oily skin. It really helps increase the longevity of your makeup and bring out shadow color.
– Rimmel Stay Matte, NYX Angel Veil
– Benefit Porefessional, Makeup Forever Mattifying Primer
– Hourglass mineral veil
– Too Faced Shadow Insurance
– Urban Decacay Shadow Potion
– Concealer. If you don’t happen to have a primer on hand, your concealer will work just as well
I speak for all oily skin gals when I say that mascara is one of the scariest things to wear because 90% of mascaras out there will transfer to the lid and undereye. These are the mascara’s so far that work for me and have very little transfer:
-Cover Girl Lash Blast (Orange Packaging). However, I am not very fond of this mascara wand because of the size and you can feel the plastic.
– Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes
– MAC Extended Play
Always use matte or semi matte finish foundation. I know the dewey makeup look can be desired but the truth is, you will start to look dewey regardless once your oils start to come through the foundation and it will look gorgeous. What I look for in foundation is that it doesn’t break up and separate once my oils come though. Here are some of my favourites:
-Loreal Infalliable Semi-Matte Foundation
-The Ordinary Full Coverage Foundation
-Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr’d
-Nars Sheer Glow
For the longest time, I didn’t use setting powder and personally I think it’s one of the most important steps in makeup for an oily skin type. It really helps with the longevity of your makeup as well as keeping your oils at bay. The best type of setting power is very finley milled translucent powder, like these ones:
-Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
-Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder
-RCMA Translucent Powder
There are many different types of makeup setting sprays out there however some are purely for adding hydration or creating a dewey finish. For us oily skin gals, that is the last thing we want. Make sure to read the description of the setting spray before purchasing. The setting sprays that have worked for me are:
-NYX Matte Setting Spray
-Loreal Infalliable Setting Spray
-Urban Decay All Nighter
-Skindanaiva Bridal formula
Personally, I don’t use a setting spray in my daily makeup routine but I will use it when I need my makeup to last over 8 hours or if I am going out for the night.
So there you have it, my current tips for using makeup with oily skin. I hope these work for you as they did for me!