Makeup Tips For Oily Skin: – Primer, Foundation And Powder

Makeup for oily skin
Makeup for oily skin
Finding the best products and makeup for oily skin can be a challenge. This article will provide a list of primer, foundation and powder for oily skin, and will detail a brief review of each. The solution to stopping oily skin can be found if you select the right products.

This publication also includes a list of products that you should avoid if you have oily skin.

When you have oily skin, you know how difficult it can be to find long lasting makeup that won’t fade or rub off. Many products are suited toward dry or combination skin and do not last for more than a few hours.

Finding the right products becomes even more difficult in the summer when high temperatures and humidity put any makeup to the test. Below, you’ll find an A-list of products that allow you to stay shine-free and fresh-faced during any season.

Face Primer

Did you know that makeup actually lasts longer on oily skin when primers are used?

After exfoliating and using an oil-free face wash, you should apply a primer before using foundation, in order to smooth the skin and help makeup bond to the skin. The right primer will protect your pores from foundation, while giving you a perfect air-brushed finish. Those with oily skin should avoid primers with a high silicone gel content, as most of them do not effectively absorb oil and can plug pores.

The best primers for oily skin are:

Primer for Oily Skin
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Clarins Instant Smooth Primer— a pale pink thick primer that easily glides onto skin and becomes transparent. Very gentle on any skin type, and especially compatible with oily skin to reduce the appearance of pores, lines, and blemishes.

Mattify! Cosmetics Ultra Powder—a clear powder primer that soaks up 5 times its weight in oil, blurs blemishes and refines pores. The Mattify Powder is highly effective alone, but those with extra oily skin may want to apply the Clarins Primer first, and then the Mattify Ultra Powder. This method provides the most oil control and the longest lasting foundation

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Don’t bother spending money on:

Derma Doctor Tease Zone Oil Control Gel / Primer—may work on combination skin, but does absolutely nothing to stop very oily skin. Gives a slick coat to the skin when used under makeup, and actually doesn’t allow for long wearing foundation. Skin gets oily within an hour of application.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Light—leave this for those with dry or combination skin. Does not allow for long wearing foundation on oily skin, and actually causes skin to feel oilier. The high concentration of silicone gel in the product can also clog pores and lead to breakouts.


Using a quality oil-free foundation will help makeup last longer on oily skin.

After primer, apply a foundation designed specifically for oily skin. Most drugstore liquid foundations do not provide long wear on oily skin, so you are better off with high-end brands. Investing in a quality foundation is well worth the extra cost, especially if you want to avoid constant touch-ups. If selecting a mineral foundation, avoid those with Mica and Bismuth (as these ingredients cause oily skin to look even greasier).

Here is a list of the best foundations for oily skin:

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Clarins Truly Matte Foundation (Liquid)—provides medium to full coverage, sweat resistant, lasts 6-8 hours.

Estee Lauder Max Coverage Foundation (Liquid)—full coverage, lightweight & water resistant, lasts 8-10 hours.

Illuminare Ultimate All Day Mattifying Mineral Foundation (Liquid)—full coverage, mineral makeup, water resistant, lasts 8-10 hours.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation (Liquid)—full coverage, oil-absorbent & light weight, lasts 10-12 hours.

L’Oreal True Match Blendable Compact (Pressed Powder Foundation)—medium coverage, blendable, lasts 4-6 hours.

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Don’t bother spending money on:

Revlon Colorstay Foundation—Feels thick, heavy and greasy on oily skin. Provides minimal coverage and does not stay put for more than a couple of hours, even when primer, setting powder, and fixative spray are used.

Setting Powder

Applying setting powder over foundation gives you a fresh, matte finish.

To maximize the longevity of your foundation, apply an oil-absorbent setting powder. It is important to either pat the powder onto skin, using a powder puff or gently brush onto skin with a fluffy powder brush. Never rub the powder onto skin, or it will cause your foundation to streak and smudge—giving you an uneven finish.

Powder will set your foundation for long wear, and help absorb skin oil that would otherwise disrupt your makeup. The Mattify! Ultra Powder, mentioned as a primer above, also works beautifully as setting powder.

It is ideal to use as a re-touch powder, because it is transparent and does not look heavy – even if reapplied several times throughout the day. Avoid repeated touch-ups with dark colored powders, as this can lead to heavy “cakey” looking makeup. Also, avoid powder formulas that contain mica because they cause oily skin to look shinier.

Here is a list of top face powders for oily skin:

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Mattify! Cosmetics Ultra Powder (Loose Transparent Powder)—super oil control face powder, blurs imperfections & pores, perfect for touch-ups, sets makeup 4+ hours.

Coty Airspun Powder (Loose Colored Powder)—somewhat oil absorbent, blends easily, blurs pores, sets makeup 3+ hours.

Estee Lauder Double Matte(Pressed Colored Powder)—somewhat oil absorbent, stay-true color with a perfect finish, sets makeup 3+ hours.

Maybelline Mineral Powder (Pressed Colored Powder)—smooths skin, covers minor blemishes, sets makeup 2+ hours.

Don’t bother spending money on:

Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder—this strangely tinted white/lilac face powder does absolutely nothing to absorb oil. Worst of all, it comes in a compact that seems to absorb oil from the powder puff, leaving a greasy top coat inside the compact. Most drugstore brands of pressed powder are better than this one.

Diorskin Crystal Nude Matte Skin Perfector—a waxy, sticky compact that does very little to control oil and smudges makeup when applied over foundation. Also, when you blot the sponge over your face, sebum transfers from your face – to the sponge – to the container, creating a breeding ground for bacteria.

Eye Makeup

Long Lasting Eye Makeup can be a challenge for those with oily skin and eyelids. Sebum (skin oil) dissolves the composition of eye shadow, resulting in fading and creasing. Those with oily skin will have longer lasting results with oil absorbent and/or waterproof eye makeup.

Here is a list of the best eye shadows for oily skin, plus waterproof mascara:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Shadow (Eye Shadow Pencil)—waterproof eye shadow with a huge array of color choices, easy to apply, dries quickly.

Stila Cosmetics Smudge Stick (Gel-Based Automatic Eye Liner)—water resistant, smudge proof, long lasting, a large array of high pigment colors.

Wet & Wild H20 Proof (Liquid Eye Liner)—waterproof, smudge proof, lasts until you remove it, perfect for smoky eye or cat eye looks.

Mattify! Cosmetics Sparkling Eye Shadow (Loose Powder Shadow)—very long lasting, use wet as liner or dry as a shadow, oil absorbent, doesn’t crease, high pigment.

MAC Eye Shadow (Compact Powder Shadow)—long lasting, very high pigment, easy to blend, comes in a vast array of colors.

Cover Girl Lash Blast (Waterproof Mascara)—creates long & lush lashes, dries within 1 minute, stays on until you take it off.

L’Oreal Telescopic (Waterproof Mascara)—small round brush allows for targeted application, incredibly long lasting and waterproof.

Don’t bother spending money on:

Cream Eye Shadows—they streak, smudge, smear and remain sticky all day, even when a setting spray is used. Unless the cream shadow is marked “waterproof”, this type of shadow won’t have any staying power on oily skin.

Makeup Setting Spray

Finally, to set your makeup in place, for hours, a setting spray should be used. Even if you’ve applied all of the longest lasting, waterproof formulas available, you may still find that your oily skin causes makeup to smudge. Using a setting spray ensures at least 4 hours of budge-proof, smudge-proof, waterproof makeup.

There aren’t many of these on the market, but the ones that do exist all work wonderfully to prevent makeup meltdown.

Mist the spray onto your face with eyes closed, after all makeup has been applied. It usually takes 30 seconds for the spray to dry fully. If you need, minor touch-ups with liquid makeup can be done over the spray throughout the day, and face powder can be easily applied once the spray has dried, without any problems.

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Here is a list of the best setting sprays for oily skin:

Model in a Bottle—water resistant, feels 100% natural, dries to a perfect undetectable finish, sets makeup for 6-8 hours.

Ben Nye Final Seal—water resistant, feels somewhat natural, touch-ups with liquid makeup not recommended – flakiness occurs, sets makeup 6-8 hours.

Urban Decay All Nighter—dries to a lightweight and undetectable finish, feels 100% natural, best applied under and over makeup, sets makeup 4-6 hours.

Mehron Barrier Spray—feels somewhat natural, very long lasting, sweat resistant, works well in high humidity, sets makeup for 6-8 hours.

Don’t bother spending money on:

MAC Fix + Spray—this is more of a “refresher” than a spray designed to set makeup. The product is packed with vitamins and feels ultra refreshing – but does not set makeup for long wear. Suited best toward dry skin, skip this one if you’re oily.

I personally have tried hundreds of products for oily skin that failed the test of longevity. The items I mention in this article are tried-and-true for long wear on oily skin, and many are items I use consistently to achieve a flawless shine-free face.

I’ve spent hundreds—maybe even thousands of dollars trying various products to control my oily skin. About 80% of all I’ve purchased were not worthy of repeat purchasing. To date, the products mentioned above are the top products I’ve found for shiny skin.

This guide can help you select the best products for you, without having to spend a fortune guessing which items are suited for a shiny face! The products mentioned can be found at department stores, Sephora, Ulta, or by typing the product name into an online search engine.



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