If you are looking to find a makeup brand that will work well with oily skin, you’re up for an impossible task. Instead of focusing on finding a specific brand, you should learn more about your skin. That way, you know what types of products you shouldn’t be buying and can steer clear of them. It will also help if you have a better understanding of how to apply makeup to oily skin. Any makeup artist will tell you that more than the quality or type of the makeup, proper application is the key to a perfect makeup look.
You need to understand that oily skin is caused by overactive sebaceous glands. To prevent the glands from producing too much oil, you need to have an appropriate skin care regimen in place. Always start your makeup routine by making sure that your face is clean and moisturized. Make sure that your moisturizer is oil-free so your face doesn’t get greasy before you’re even done doing your makeup. After you’ve done your skin care routine, it’s time to begin applying your makeup.
A primer can not only help lock your makeup into place, it will also control that dreaded shine. But first, you need to pick a good makeup primer for your oily skin. Primers come in a variety of forms such as cream, liquid, gel, and powder variations. Some makeup artists prefer powder primers for oily skin because it has the ability to absorb the oil before it settles on top of the makeup. However, the other types of primers also are able to absorb the oil so the most important thing is to choose a primer that includes oil control. Furthermore, it’s also good if your primer can help minimize your pores.
Here are 3 of the most popular primers for oily skin:
1. MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
2. Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector
3. Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer
If there’s something that you should really invest in, it should be your foundation. After all, it is responsible for making your face a smooth canvass prior to applying your other makeup. Good foundation isn’t too hard to find and there are some drugstore foundation brands that even have lines especially for oily skin.
1. Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin
Revlon is the best drugstore brand when it comes to foundation. The Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin has a lightweight formula that is long lasting, non-transferable, and includes a time release formula that will absorb oil. You need to be quick in blending it on your skin though because it dries up quickly. Coverage is medium but is buildable so you can pretty much get a full coverage out of this product.
2. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup
Neutrogena is more known for their skin care product line but their makeup products do not disappoint! The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup is great for oily skin because it is lightweight and oil-free. Meaning, it won’t clog up your pores! Additionally, it has 20 SPF thus making it perfect for the summer. This foundation is also infused with acne-fighting ingredients which makes it great for those who have acne problems. Coverage is light to medium so you would need a good setting powder if you have marks that you want covered.
If you can afford to spend more on your foundation, do so! A high quality foundation is always better than settling for a cheaper one which may only aggravate your oily skin. Here is a list of high quality (albeit more expensive) makeup foundations:
1. Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Liquid Foundation
This product is dubbed as the “Holy Grail” of foundations for oily skin. Its lightweight formula gives off a dewy but non-greasy finish. Although the coverage is light to medium, it is definitely buildable without feeling cakey. Another plus? It photographs beautifully! That makes it perfect for special occasions where you expect to be frequently photographed. One thing worth noting though is the fact that the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Liquid Foundation is silicone-based. Those that experience allergic reactions to silicone would best stay away from this product.
2. Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation
The Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation is perfect for those that want to make sure that their skin is constantly hydrated without looking oily. It’s unique formulation consists of antioxidants that can help rid your skin of the harmful effects caused by the environment. Additionally, its consistency is lightweight but provides a great coverage. Apply a thin layer of your finishing powder before you step out for a longer lasting effect.
3. Setting Powder
Applying setting powder is the final step in your makeup application routine. It is equally as important as applying a great foundation if you have oily skin. You see, the right setting powder will set your foundation into place. Furthermore, it will also determine how long your skin will stay oil free. For this reason, it is important that you really take time to pick the best setting powder for your oily skin. Here is a list of products that are definitely worth looking into:
1. Ben Nye Banana Powder
If you’re really a makeup junkie, you’re probably wondering how Kim Kardashian achieves such flawless makeup each and every day! Well, wonder no more because her makeup secret is the Ben Nye Banana Powder! Although this product is more commonly used as a highlighter rather than a setting powder, it works really well for those with oily skin. Its special powder formula has the ability to absorb oil effectively while giving your skin a candlelit glow. It’s ridiculously affordable too! Only $13.99 for a very generous amount of product. Remember, a little goes a long way so a 3-ounce bottle will probably last you months!
2. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
The Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder has been around for years. In fact, even your mother will have probably heard about it! That alone proves how great and timeless of a product it is. This powder applies translucently; meaning, it won’t interfere with the color of your foundation. But, it will give your skin a matte finish that can last up to 5 hours without needing a touch up. Many have noted that oil is kept under control longer when this is coupled with the Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation. It’s a little expensive for $35 but a 29g can last you more than a year.
3. Mattify! Cosmetics Ultra Powder
This product has received an overwhelming amount of good feedback from those that have already tried it. Packed with powerful oil absorbing ingredients such as Kaolin Clay and cornstarch, the Mattify! Cosmetics Ultra Powder has been proven to keep makeup fresh looking and the face oil-free for up to 8 hours! And, it’s translucent so it won’t change the color of your foundation. Should you feel the need to retouch your makeup, keep your paws away from your powder as an oil-blotting paper will do the trick. Additionally, it can also help in minimizing your pores and balancing the amount of oil produced by your glands.
Buying makeup for oily skin types can be very frustrating. But with the right amount of research (and patience!) you can eliminate the risk of spending money on makeup that won’t work for your skin. Remember to always ask the sales assistant at the counter if the product you are thinking of buying contains oil. If it does, put it down! Have any other product you wish to add to our list? Let us know!