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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 matte finish foundation to setting powder—which those with oily complexions could benefit from using. And it’s not just about the kind of makeup you use—your skin care routine matters, too. Here, put together a skin care routine for oily skin and then find out which makeup products you should add to your routine if your complexion is on the shiny side.
If you have oily skin, using products that are mattifying is definitely key. Matte products are ones that have a non-shiny finish. And when it comes to oily skin, you’re probably well aware that there’s a fine line between glow-y and greasy. The following three skin care products are good options for oily skin.
The first step in your skin care routine should be cleansing—and micellar water is a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option that has been beloved by French women for years. It’s perfect for girls on the go! 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. The L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies. Just saturate a cotton pad with it and wipe the pad across your face. That’s all there is to it!
Yes, you need to moisturize even if you have oily skin! That’s because excessive cleansing can actually cause your skin to produce more oil, which can leave you looking overly shining. If you have oily skin, a lightweight face lotion, such as a water-based moisturizer could be right for you. The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin is a water-based moisturizer that is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration—and, it has a matte finish. Apply it after cleansing. (Just make sure to follow up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen before you move onto makeup—look for one that also has a matte finish.)
Go ahead and treat your oily skin to a clay mask! Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils can build up on the surface of your skin, making your complexion look overly oily. Oftentimes, a cleanser isn’t enough to solve this problem, which is where a clay mask can come in handy. The L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify Treatment Mask is formulated with three kinds of clay (kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan) and infused with eucalyptus leaf extract to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, reduce the look of excess shine, and help refresh skin. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with water. Use the mask three times a week for best results.
Ready to put your best face forward? These are our favorite makeup products for oily complexions.
Once you’re done with your skin care routine, use a mattifying primer before you even think about applying foundation. The L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base will do just the trick! The silky, lightweight formula glides onto skin and minimizes the look of pores and fine lines. 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).
Scared that liquid foundation will slip and slide around your oily face? It’s all about finding one with a matte finish and long-lasting formula, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. Apply it with a makeup sponge, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, using dabbing and rolling motions to blend it in.
Liquid foundation not your jam? No worries! A matte powder foundation could be a good option for you instead. The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder, available in eight shades,
is oil-free, has a matte finish, and is long-lasting. You can wear it alone or on top of your matte liquid foundation.
A girl’s cheekbones gotta look sculpted, right? In a world of flawless highlighting and contouring packing our social media feeds, you shouldn’t be left out if you have oily skin. Oftentimes, cream and liquid products have a dewy finish, which can be a little too much if you’re oily. (After all, you’re trying not to look greasy!) If you’d like to contour, reach for a powder product, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Contour Palette, which comes with a contouring and a highlighting shade. After foundation, apply the contour shade to your cheekbones, down the sides of your nose, on your jawline, and across your hairline. Apply the highlight shade above the contour on your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, in the center of your chin, and in the center of your forehead. Remember to blend well!
Again, steer clear of liquid or cream blushes, which likely have a radiant finish that may make your oily skin look overly shiny. Opt for a powder blush instead. The L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush comes in 12 natural-looking hues.
Setting powder is one of the unsung heroes of the makeup industry—with just a dusting of translucent 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.
You know how your foundation might not stay in place all day if you have oily skin? Well, the same could apply to your eyelids. To help prevent eye shadow and eyeliner from sliding, creasing, or transferring up towards your brow bone, use an eye primer first. It can also help an even canvas for you to apply your makeup. If you don’t have an eye primer on hand, dab on a teeny bit of your matte liquid foundation to use as a base.
Your brows 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 pomade. Lightly dip the included makeup brush into the pomade, outline your brow, draw in brow hairs to sparse areas with the angled tip, fill in to your desired intensity, and comb and blend with the spoolie.
Although using an eye primer can help make your eye makeup look stay put, it’s never a bad idea to add long-lasting eye shadows to your routine. And what better way to do it than with the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow collection? Some of our favorite shades include Always Pearly Pink, Burst Into Bloom, Endless Sea, and Eternal Sunshine.
Top off your statement eye with a waterproof liquid eyeliner, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner. Whether you apply it all the way across your lash line or concentrate it in the corner of your eye, you’re sure to make an impact—especially when wearing bold colors like Electric Blue, Intrepid Teal, and White Party.
No 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 longwear formula, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Lip Color. First, Apply your shade of choice to clean lips and let it dry for two minutes. Then, apply the color seal balm on the other end to help lock in the color. Want a fresh, bright look for spring? Try Berry Chic or Permanent Blush!
An alternative to setting powder, makeup setting spray can help ensure your look stays in place all day. Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro–Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. To use, first shake the bottle well. Then, holding it eight to 10 inches away from your face, spritz it onto your skin four to six times in an X and T motion.
Listen up, oily ladies! Blotting papers are about to become your makeup BFF. If you find yourself getting shiny throughout the day, lightly press one of these sheets onto your face to help sop up some of that excess grease. Typically, blotting papers shouldn’t interfere with your makeup.