Best Makeup Tips For Oily Skin

Natural oils lubricate your skin and act as a protective barrier against bacteria. However, your face may become unpleasantly shiny and reflective if your skin is on the oily side.

Although carefully applied makeup can help mask the shine, excess skin oil may actually cause makeup to look runny and unnatural looking.

On the plus side, finding the right makeup for your skin type, knowing how to apply it and knowing how touch it up will keep your skin looking fresh throughout the day.

Here are some of our best makeup tips for oily skin.

Best Makeup Tips For Oily Skin

Do Some Prep Work

Although oily skin seems to be constantly moisturized, your skin also needs to stay hydrated and plump with water. In order to keep your skin properly hydrated, you should be applying a moisturizer within minutes of washing your skin, even if your skin type is oily. This is because washing temporarily wipes off the oil layer that helps your skin hold in water.

Dried out skin increases your risk of crevasses, itchiness, irritation, splotches and flakes. Caking make-up onto this unpleasant complexion could cause your skin to look the opposite of fresh.

Still, because your skin is on the oily side, you certainly don’t need to slather on a thick cream intended for winter-dry skin. Try a thin layer of a light, fragrance-free lotion that is formulated for facial skin.

Choose the Right Cosmetics

One major step you should take to keep your makeup looking fresh is to use the right makeup for your skin type. Begin with an oil-free primer to smooth out your skin out before you apply your foundation. Your foundation should also be light and oil free. Some foundations contain oil-absorbing ingredients, according to “Elle” magazine

If you opt for a liquid foundation, use a sponge rather than your fingers to avoid adding unnecessary skin oil to your face.

A powder foundation, or a cream-to-powder foundation, is often helpful in giving you that matte finish. Apply it using a brush or sponge.


Use blotting papers to dab oil-prone areas of skin on an as-needed basis to prevent that unwanted oil buildup, recommends the DermaDoctor skincare website. The chin, forehead, nose and cheeks are common areas that need blotting.

Contrary to what you may think, blotting papers can’t stop oily skin from being oil-prone and they won’t make your skin overcompensate with excess oil. Rather, they will simply help reduce that unwanted glistening appearance.

Consider following up paper blotting with a colorless blot powder to further reduce oil buildup.


Don’t go overboard with powder and don’t apply powder without using blotting papers first. Shake off excess powder before you dab your skin with the brush.

When you finish powdering, gently blend any splotchy areas with a clean cotton pad. If you aren’t careful and the oil and powder start mixing together, your face may end up looking thick, layered and unnatural.

Get help from a professional at a makeup counter or make an appointment with a cosmetologist for tips on appropriately applying powder and other makeup with your skin type.

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