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If you have oily skin, you know how difficult it can often be to get makeup to stay put on your face from the time you put it on in the morning to the time you’re ready to leave work for the day. The good news is there are quite a few makeup products out there—ranging from mattifying primer and foundation to loose setting face powder—which those with oily skin could benefit from using. Below, we share our best makeup for oily skin and how to use each product for your best look yet.
Once you’re ready to start your makeup routine, reach for a mattifying primer before you even think about applying foundation. The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer will do just the trick! The silky, lightweight formula glides onto skin and minimizes the look of pores. Apply it dot by dot and blend in a gentle circular motion or to targeted areas (under your eyes to smooth over fine lines, on your nose and cheeks to minimize the appearance of pores and blemishes, and on your T-zone for a matte effect).
Much to our displeasure, oily skin is often accompanied by enlarged pores. Thankfully, when your skin care routine for enlarged pores hasn’t quite kicked in yet, primer can help. The L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base can be used to hide pores—and that’s not all. The lightweight, matte formula wears all day, helping to smooth the appearance of lines and banish imperfections.
Scared that liquid foundation will slip and slide around your oily face? You don’t have to limit yourself to just powder foundations. It’s all about finding a liquid foundation with a matte finish and long-lasting formula, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. Apply it with a makeup blender, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, using dabbing and rolling motions to blend it in for seamless application.
Setting powder is one of the unsung heroes of the makeup industry—with just a dusting of translucent face powder, you can help set your look for the day. Since makeup can start to fade midday if you have oily skin, you may want to consider applying a setting powder when you’re done with the rest of your makeup. Our best face powder for oily skin is the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder.
If a tinted pressed powder is more your style, look no further than the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder. The oil-free, long-lasting formula is perfect for oily skin types. Plus, it certainly doesn’t hurt that it has a matte finish. Sweep a little on anywhere you fear your makeup might get shiny.
You may not consider blush completely essential to your makeup look, but you’ll feel differently if your blush wears off after just a few hours. A bit of blush on the apples of your cheeks can make all the different in how healthy your skin looks, so you surely want your blush to last. For a longwearing option, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Blush Shaping Sticks.
A cream contour is more likely to fade throughout the day, making contour powder an easy choice. Sculpt and define your face to your heart’s content using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Contour Palette. Simply dip the included brush into the contour color and apply it to your cheekbones, forehead, jawline, and the sides of your nose. Blend out any harsh lines and you’ll be good to go!
Your eyebrows won’t look like they’re on fleek if your makeup starts melting halfway through the day. Don’t want to have to worry about making frequent touchups? The L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Frame & Set is a long-lasting, waterproof, and smudge-resistant eyebrow pomade. Lightly dip the included makeup brush into the pomade, outline your eyebrow, draw in brow hairs to sparse areas with the angled tip, fill in to your desired intensity, and comb and blend with the spoolie.
If you prefer eyebrow mascara, then the L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara, is a good bet for oily skin. It provides comfortable, all-day wear and is smudge-resistant. Start with clean eyebrows. Use the angled skinny brush in short, upward strokes to boost volume and build to desired intensity and shape. The gel mousse formula will set your eyebrows for long-lasting wear.
Don’t forget, eyelids can get greasy too. To ensure your eye shadow doesn’t succumb to oily lids, stick with a long-lasting formula like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow.
Top off your statement eye with a waterproof eyeliner, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner. Whether you apply it all the way across your upper lash line or concentrate it in the corner of your eyes, you’re sure to make an impact. You can even tightline your inner rims with this eyeliner and won’t have to worry about it budging as you go about your day.
If you’d rather put your liquid liner skills to use than use a pencil, use the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner. The waterproof formula means your cat eye won’t go anywhere, even if you’re having a particularly oily day.
Have you ever suffered from raccoon eyes? Don’t lie, we’ve all had our mascara end up smudged under our eyes by the end of the day. And oily skin types probably experience this unfortunate situation more often than not when they wear mascara. Thankfully, there’s an easy solution—and it doesn’t involve forgoing mascara. All you need to do is opt for a tubing mascara, a la the L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes. Once it dries down on your lashes, it truly won’t go anywhere—until you wash it off, that is.
It’s unlikely that oily skin types will want an ultra-glossy lip, since it may attract attention to a shiny complexion. That’s why you’ll want to wear matte lip liner, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner.
No makeup look is complete without the perfect pout! To achieve a pucker that has all the staying power of the rest of your face, make sure to use a long-wear lipstick formula, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick. Apply lipstick in the center of your upper lip, then work from the center to the outer edge of your lips, following the contour of your mouth. Finally, glide the lipstick across your bottom lip and fill in.
Before doing your makeup, it’s important to take the time to work through your skin care routine. For skin care advice tailored to your skin type, here’s the Best Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin.