Oily skin is basically the bane of my existence. I’ll put on a ton of powder, use oil blotting sheets, and wipe away that hideous slime — yet it’s always sneaking up on me. Ugh!
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If you have some seriously oily skin, I feel you. But all hope is not lost! Follow these steps get a shine-free look and you’ll forget all about blotting your face or smearing your makeup.
1. Clear your skin
Naturally, you’re going to want to make sure your skin is a clear canvas before you begin applying makeup. The best way to create a clear, oil-free surface is to use an exfoliating brush as well as an exfoliating cleanser. This will remove dirt and oil buildup before you start adding your makeup.
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2. Apply a water-based moisturizer
So many moisturizers contain natural or synthetic oils, which is the exact opposite of what you want on your oily skin. That’s why a water-based moisturizer is best for you. It’ll help trap in necessary hydration without adding to that excessive oil problem. Just take a dime-sized amount of moisturizer and apply evenly onto your face.
3. Start with a matte foundation
Matte sounds like an obvious choice for oily skin, but there’s a bit of a technique to it! To apply, stipple your foundation (i.e. place a bunch of dots), since oil can cause the foundation to pull in different directions. Then, in the oilier spots, you’re going to want to put a little less foundation and replace it with powder. That being said, make sure you don’t use any powders with sheen! They will add to the appearance of oil on your skin and that is exactly what we want to avoid.
4. Combine different products
You’ll want to make your own combination of products for any spots you want to conceal. To do that for your skin type, take a dab of your water-based moisturizer and mix it on the back of your hand with your favorite concealer.
Then, take your index finger and apply the concealer where you might be trying to hide a blemish, dark circles, or redness. This combination of moisturizer and concealer will help keep your skin from drying out, which is what signals your brain to send more oil.
5. Finish with this primer hack
Finally, it’s time to set your makeup. Use a matte primer and, with your index finger, dab around the T-zone (your forehead, third eye, nose, and cheeks). If you try this hack on your skin after your makeup has set, you will find that you have not only erased the oil but kept it from coming back!
6. Continue with your normal makeup regimen
Now you can apply that eyeshadow, liner, or lipstick as usual!
While following this process will definitely help remove most of the oil you’re used to seeing, your skin might still be persistent, so make sure to keep a few oil blotting sheets in your bag so you’re not constantly applying more powder to your face. More makeup creates more build-up, creating more acne, and eventually more oil.