10+ makeup tips for oily skin to help complete a flawless look

Oily skin comes with a lot of benefits such as fewer wrinkles, less fine lines and naturally moisturized skin. But wearing makeup with excessively oily skin can be daunting. By midday, skin can look shiny or greasy. Foundation breaks down, eyeshadow creases, lipstick is smudged and blush nearly fades away.
Although oily skin can’t be stopped, incorporating healthy skin habits and investing in the correct makeup products can minimize it and keep oils at bay throughout the day. Here are some makeup and skincare tips and techniques to help complete a flawless look for those prone to oily skin.
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Skin prep
Moisturize
A common mistake those with oily skin can make is undermoisturizing. If the skin isn’t getting the proper hydration, it will act as though it is depleted of oils and create even more oils on the skin to make up for the loss. This can cause makeup to melt off the skin even faster. Make sure to moisturize daily, especially before applying foundation.
Exfoliate
Prepping the skin before applying makeup is just as important as makeup technique or the products used. Using an oil-free exfoliate at least once a week helps keep the skin smooth and free of dead skin. This will also allow the pores to be cleansed as they are active with oils. Makeup will apply more easily and won’t clump or cake to the skin.
Treatment masks
In addition to moisturizing and exfoliating, once a week use a treatment mask. Those made with kaolin or bentonite clay are best for oily skin types, as they naturally absorb oil and impurities while calming irritation.
To use, apply a quarter-sized amount for the mask with clean fingers and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and reveal smooth, mattified skin.
Makeup tips
Mattifying primers
An effective way to keep oily skin at bay is to use a mattifying primer. Primers are incredibly useful in keeping makeup from melting or withering away throughout the day. Mattifying primers work well for those with oily skin because they fight against shine, the production of excess oil, keep the skin looking smooth and allow makeup to stick firmly on the face for more extended hours.
Translucent setting powder
Another step in skin prep, after primer, is to set the face with a translucent setting powder. Gently blot problem areas with the setting powder to help absorb oil and keep the face looking shine-free throughout the day.
Strategic highlighter
A highlighter defines the cheekbones and other areas of the face with a subtle, glowing shine. Those with oily skin, however, should use it sparingly. Avoid applying highlighter to the spots on the face that produce the most oil. Highlighters can magnify oily areas and make the product looked caked on, which in turn will draw attention to the oily spots.
Foundation less is more
The more makeup applied to the oily areas of the face, the more caked the face will look when those areas start to produce more and more oil throughout the day. Avoid using thick, full cover foundations and look for long-wear oil-free foundations instead. Apply makeup sparingly to oily areas and add a little more primer or translucent powder there instead.
Blotting sheets
If the skin is already prepped with primer, translucent powder and foundation, reapplying midday to combat the look of shine might result in a caked-on look. Instead, try blotting sheets. These lift the oil from the skin and some even deposit a bit of powder to sop up the oil. The trick to using blotting papers without taking off all the already applied makeup is to press the paper on the oily areas and roll it off the skin. Instead of rubbing the paper on the skin, this gentle blot will keep your makeup looking flawless.
Waterproof mascara
Many women dislike waterproof mascara as it is difficult to remove and can clump if not applied correctly. The oils from the skin can disturb more than just foundation and blush. Applying waterproof mascara can keep your flawless eye look in place for up to 15 hours.
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Lip liner
Like waterproof mascara, lip liner is designed to keep everything in place. Common areas of excessive oil production can be around the chin and nose areas. Therefore, lipstick looks are more likely to become disturbed. Apply lip liner to preserve lipstick for hours and to help avoid bleeding onto the skin or lipstick fade.
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