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6 Makeup Tips to Help Keep Oily Skin Looking Shine-Free

February 12, 2018

When it comes to your skin, we can probably all agree that a dewy finish is in. But being shiny? That’s taking things a little too far. Honestly, is there anything worse than getting your makeup just right only to realize that your face looks oh-so-greasy a couple of hours (or even a minute) later? Ugh, it’s so frustrating! And if you have oily skin, this could be a regular nuisance. There’s no need to throw all of your makeup out, though! The good news is we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeves that can help keep oily skin from looking shiny. It’s all about using the right skin care products underneath your makeup and finding foundation with a matte finish. Follow this skin care and makeup advice and get to it!

Makeup Tip #1: prep skin with a face scrub

When you have oily skin, matte is the name of the game. One way to help ensure you look less shiny is by using a face scrub to prep your skin before applying makeup. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub leaves skin feeling purified and clean immediately, as well as less shiny and rebalanced with continued use over time. To use, smooth a small amount of face scrub onto clean, dry skin with dry fingers. Massage it over your face with wet fingers, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.


Yes, you do need to moisturize oily skin! That’s because when you cleanse your face, you’re stripping your skin of essential oils—and when you don’t use moisturizer to replace what’s been lost during that process, your skin can produce even more oil to make up for that. Look for a non-greasy long-lasting moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin, which is formulated with aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid and has a matte (read: non-shiny) finish. Apply the moisturizer to clean skin every morning under makeup, and every night on your face and neck after cleansing.

makeup Tip #3: APPLY A PRIMER

Thought you could just skip out on primer? Think again! This is one product that’s definitely worth adding to your beauty routine, especially if you have oily skin. Primer acts as a base for your foundation and creates a smooth canvas for makeup application, allowing makeup to go on easier. So, if you find your makeup slicks off your face, think about using a primer before anything else. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer, which helps stop shine and blurs imperfections for a matte finish. Dot the primer onto your face and blend it in an outward motion, or target oil-prone areas to deflect shine.


Just because you’re trying to keep your oily skin looking shine-free doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on applying foundation. It’s all about finding the right one for your needs. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation—it’s a long-lasting foundation with an air-light texture, medium coverage, and demi-matte finish. Apply it with a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, using dabbing and rolling motions to blend it onto your skin.

makeup tip #5: SET YOUR LOOK WITH face POWDER

You know how you should start off your makeup routine with primer? Well, how you finish your look is important, too. If you want to help minimize the look of shine, dust on a translucent face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder, over your face (a little goes a long way!) after you’re done with everything.


Oh, blotting papers! Let us count the ways we love you. If you’ve got oily skin, toss a pack of blotting papers in your bag for easy access. Blotting papers can help to absorb excess oil without ruining your makeup. Talk about a win!

For more oily skin tips, here are 13 Skin Care Rules for Oily Skin Types.

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