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How to Apply Makeup to Oily Skin

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How to Apply Makeup to Oily Skin How to Apply Makeup to Oily Skin How to Apply Makeup to Oily Skin

Let’s be real: Oily skin can be tricky to deal with—especially when it comes to applying makeup over a shiny-looking complexion. Ugh, why it is that your face starts to look greasy midway through the day? It totally takes a toll on your overall makeup look. The good news is, there are steps you can take to create an amazing oily skin makeup routine that will ensure your makeup stays in place. So, the next time you’re ready to apply your face for the day, keep the following 10 oily skin beauty tips in mind!

OUR BEST OILY SKIN MAKEUP TIPS

Ready to banish shine from your makeup look?

1. CLEANSE WITH MICELLAR WATER

Start with a clean slate by cleansing your skin in the morning. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies. The best part about using micellar water? You don’t need to be anywhere near a sink to do so! All you have to do is pour a little micellar water out onto a cotton round and wipe the pad across your face. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles (oil molecules) that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin, no rinsing required.

2. HYDRATE YOUR COMPLEXION

Having oily skin doesn’t give you a free pass from applying moisturizer. You need to moisturize just like everyone else, but it is important to pick a moisturizer that’s formulated for your skin type, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal Oily/Skin. This moisturizer is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration, plus it has a matte finish.

3. START WITH PRIMER

When you have oily skin, chances are you’ve experienced a midday makeup meltdown before. That’s why using a primer before applying the rest of your oily skin makeup is a good idea. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer will smooth and blur any imperfections while helping your makeup last all day. Each morning after moisturizing, apply the primer over your entire face or to targeted areas (such as an oily T-zone). It has a matte finish, meaning it won’t make you look shiny. Score!

4. PREP YOUR PEEPERS AND POUT, TOO

Don’t think of primer as a product that's only useful for your face—you can also use an eye makeup primer to help prep your lids for makeup application. In a pinch, apply a dab of foundation or concealer to your lids before swiping on eye shadow. It also isn't a bad idea to use a lip primer before applying lipstick.

5. USE MATTIFYING FOUNDATION

If you have oily skin, you’ll want to look for a foundation that has a matte finish, such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. That’s oily skin makeup 101! It’s best to avoid anything with a radiant finish since that can make your skin look overly greasy.

How you apply your foundation matters too. Dab it on in rolling motions with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender for a seamless look. Using a makeup blender will also limit how much you’re touching your face, which could add more oil to your skin.

6. …OR LONGWEAR FOUNDATION

Not a fan of a matte finish? While you should still steer clear of any foundation with a luminous look, you can totally rock a natural finish foundation—so long as it has a longwearing formula! A longwear formula will help your foundation stay put even when your oily skin dares to challenge it. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight, which has a medium-to-full coverage formula that resists sweat, water, and transfer. Pair it with a waterproof concealer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage, to conceal any unwanted blemishes.

7. FOLLOW UP WITH MATTIFYING POWDER

After you’ve applied foundation, sweep on a matte, oil-free powder. We’re fans of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder for this step. In fact, it’s one of our best oily skin makeup products!

8. FINISH WITH SETTING SPRAY

To help keep your look in place all day, top it all off with a spritz of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. Apply it in an “X” and “T” motion to cover all your bases.

9. DON’T LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT BLOTTING SHEETS

Blotting sheets are super-convenient and can be tossed in your purse for midday touch-ups. With just a simple swipe, you can help soak up any excess oil that has built up on your complexion throughout the day.

10. ADD A CLAY MASK TO YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE

Consider this your excuse to pamper your skin on the regular! The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify Treatment Mask is formulated with three types of clay (kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava) and enhanced with eucalyptus leaf extract to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the look of excess shine. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with water. Use three times a week for best results.

Want more oily skin beauty tips? Check out our article, Our Best Skin Care Products for Oily Skin.