Tips for makeup and oily skin

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.

Foundation Primers:
– Rimmel Stay Matte, NYX Angel Veil
– Benefit Porefessional, Makeup Forever Mattifying Primer
– Hourglass mineral veil

Eye Primers:
– 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

Setting Powder
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

Setting Spray
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!

Red Lips

My good friend Karen let me do her makeup and allowed me to put a bold lip on her. Red may not be bold to some but to her it was definitely something out of her comfort zone. I think Karen has beautiful lips and I just knew the deeper red would look stunning on her. She ended up pleasantly surprised and loved it. @Malen Chea Photography managed to get some cool action shots and pretty cute picture with my niece at the end.







Products Used:
 Artists Within Foundation, Mac Pro Long Wear Concealer in NC30
Eyes: Morphe 35N Color Matte pallet, Stila In The Light pallete, Maybelline Gel liner in Blackest Black
Cheeks: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette, Artist Within Blush Pallette
Lips: Mac Pro Long Wear Lip liner in Ms. Diva, Mac Matte Lipstick in Studded Kiss

Pop of Color

It’s finally starting to get a little warm in Calgary so I thought I would do a fun makeup look as a tribute to Spring. Coincidentally, my boyfriend also planned a date night that evening. We went to watch an anime film called ‘Howl’s Moving Castle by Hayao Miyazaki’ down at the Globe Cinema, Calgary’s independent movie theatre. You may know other  popular Hayao Miyazaki movies such as Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away. It was a great movie!

Here are some pictures from the look and I’ll leave a list of products used at the end. Shots were taken by my sister, Malen. FYI, She will probably always be my photographer so check her out on Instagram!





You may have noticed some scarring and discoloration on my face, that is due to my hormonal imbalance and acne as a teen. I’ll do a post a little later about my experience dealing with hormonal acne from my teen years to now and things I’ve learned along the way.

Products Used:
L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation in Natural Beige, Dermablend Concealer, Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Eyes: Makeup Geek-Peach Smoothie & Cupcake, Morphe 35N Color Matte pallet, Mac Pigment (Don’t remember the color but I will update it when I do) on the lid, Maybelline Gel liner in Blackest Black
Cheeks: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette, Tarte Blush in Paaarty
Lips: Nyx Suede Lip Liner in Soft Spoken, Tarte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit

Street Style

Last weekend I had a fun afternoon being a practice model for my sister. We were walking around and shooting in the Kensington & Memorial area of Calgary, starting at the container park.
Here are some of my favourite shots.






The makeup look I wore was a neutral smokey eye and nude lips.

Products Used:
L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation in Natural Beige, Dermablend Setting Powder
Eyes: (I used a few colours from different pallets): Stila-In the Light pallet, Morphe 35N Color Matte pallet, Maybelline Gel liner in Blackest Black, Quo lashes in Natural
Cheeks: Too Faced bronzer in Chocolate, Morphe 9B blush pallet
Lips: Mac Cosmetics-Subculture Lip Liner, Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

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