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6 Makeup Tips for Oily Skin

Don’t let excess oil ruin your makeup look any longer.

December 14, 2023

Oily skin
can be tricky to deal with — especially when it comes to applying makeup and having it last throughout the day. The good news is, there are steps you can take to create an amazing oily skin makeup routine that will last, and having the right products makes a huge difference. So, the next time you’re ready to apply your face for the day, keep the following makeup tips for oily skin in mind.

6 Makeup Tips for Oily Skin

If you want to banish shine from your makeup look, here are some makeup tips for oily skin to keep in mind. 

1. Hydrate First

Having oily skin doesn’t give you a free pass from applying moisturizer. Hydrating is equally as important for all skin types, but it’s important to pick a moisturizer that’s especially good for oily skin — like L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Micro Hyaluronic Acid + Ceramides Line-Plumping Water Cream. This lightweight, water-based moisturizer has ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides to provide long-lasting hydration and barrier repair without feeling heavy or greasy.

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2. Use a Mattifying Primer

When you have oily skin, chances are you’ve experienced a midday makeup meltdown before. That’s why using a makeup primer before applying your foundation is a good idea. L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Matte Setter will smooth any imperfections while minimizing oils and extending your makeup wear for up to 24 hours. Each morning after moisturizing and applying SPF, apply the primer over your entire face or to targeted areas (such as an oily T-zone), let it dry and apply foundation.

3. Consider a Powder Foundation 

If you have oily skin, you’ll want to look for a foundation that has a matte finish. It’s best to avoid anything with a radiant finish since that can make your skin look greasy. A powder foundation, such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear in a Powder, is a great option for those with oily skin. This drugstore fave provides coverage that rivals a liquid foundation while staying matte, sweatproof and transferproof all day long. 

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4. Reach for Longwear Formulas

When you have oily skin, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for complexion products with longwearing formulas. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight has a medium-to-full coverage formula that resists sweat, water, and transfer for up to 24 hours. 

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Blush and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Bronzer are matte face products that resist sweat, transfer and smudging for up to 24 hours. Unlike cream products which are known to fade quickly, these will last on the skin for extended periods. 



5. Don’t Skip Setting Spray

To keep your look in place all day, finish your makeup with a spritz of L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray, spraying it in an “X” and “T” motion to cover every inch of your face. This setting spray will keep your makeup looking fresh, oil-free and smudge-free all day long, plus it will keep your makeup from settling into fine lines. 

6. Touch Up With Blotting Sheets

Blotting sheets absorb oils without ruining your makeup and are super-convenient to throw in your purse for midday touch-ups. With simple blotting motions, you can soak up any excess oil that has built up on your complexion throughout the day.

Next: 6 Ways to Stop Pilling Makeup

Photographer: Nelson Huang, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Producer: Becca Solovay, Beauty Content Director: Shalwah Evans, Visual Designer: Sarah Duvivier, Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi, Wardrobe Assistant: Jazmine Alzado, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Digi Tech: Jacky Jiang, Photo Assistant: Tyler Andrews, Model: Mecca Allah

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