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One of the best makeup products to use to add a touch of glow to your skin is highlighter. When you have oily skin, though, you’re already dealing with a shiny-looking complexion, so you may not think you can wear highlighter. But you can! We’re here to change your mind. It’s all about applying highlighter the right way (and finding the best highlighter for your skin type). The process starts with your skin care routine and makeup prep. Keep reading to learn exactly how to use highlighter when you have oily skin.
If you have oily skin, start by exfoliating before moving on to makeup. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub effectively removes dirt, oil, and impurities from the surface of skin and polishes away dead skin. With continued use over time, pores look tighter, unclogged, and less visible. Smooth the face scrub over skin that’s dry, then massage it into your skin with wet hands. Rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry. You can also use this face scrub on your lips!
Next up: Moisturizer! Yes, you do need to use moisturizer even if you have oily skin, since you have to replenish what’s been lost during the cleansing process. If you don’t, your skin could produce even more oil, leaving you looking shinier. Pick one with a matte finish, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water for long-lasting hydration. Apply it all over your face when you’re done exfoliating.
One of the best ways to prep oily skin for makeup is by applying a primer. Look for a matte primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer, which helps smooth skin for better makeup application, blurs the look of imperfections, and keeps the appearance of shine at bay. Apply it all over your face or to areas that tend to look the shiniest, like your T-zone.
You’re not ready to apply highlighter just yet. After primer, reach for a matte foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Foundation. For a seamless finish, blend it into your face using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. Cover any imperfections, like dark circles, with a concealer, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer.
Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for: It’s time for highlighter! When you have oily skin, a teeny-tiny amount of highlighter should be all that you need to create the appearance of glowing—not shiny—skin. You may find that a powder highlighter works best for your skin type. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator for a subtle glow or the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder for a more intense glow. Dust your highlighter of choice onto the high points of your face with a light hand (you can always add more), and you’re good to go.
Once you’re ready to take your makeup off (trust us, you don’t want to go to sleep in your makeup, since this can lead to clogged pores), reach for a micellar water. This no-rinse facial cleanser is a convenient way to remove makeup, even on those nights when you’re feeling super-lazy. Saturate a cotton pad with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, then wipe the pad across your face to remove your highlighter and the rest of your makeup.
Gorgeous, glowing skin thanks to highlighter—without the shine? Yep, that’s it! You now successfully know how to apply highlighter to oily skin.
Ready for your next makeup lesson? Here are 13 Makeup Products All Girls with Oily Skin Should Own.