When The Skin Gets Oily, What Make-up Is Best?

Oily skin brings about major appearance problems, increases the likelihood of acne, and gives shine in the face that is almost unwanted and unnecessary. When the skin gets oily, applying make-up becomes a problem. Not only does it ruin the desired make-up look, but it also leads to irritation and other skin problems. So what are the best make-up tips for oily skin?

Face Prep

For oily conditions, it is important to prep the skin properly. This involves cleansing the face. Cleaning the face does not mean you have to find a scrub or a scouring pad. Most people with oily skin make the mistake of cleaning their faces too much, stripping it of the healthy amount of oil it needs. When we clean the face too much, the skin shrinks, and the sebaceous glands compensate by producing more oil.

Clean the face no more than twice a day and use a water-based cleanser or a gel to wash off the unwanted dirt, extra oil, or leftover make-up. It is also important to apply sunscreen (sun-protection factor 15 at least) daily or use a foundation that has a sun-protection factor. Don’t be worried about the use of sunscreens causing breakouts: they won’t because sunscreens are not thick and oily.


Moisturising your skin is also important. Remember, if the skin is too dry the sebaceous glands will compensate by producing more oil. Hydrate your skin with an oil-free moisturizer.

Use The Right Tools

Now that the face is cleaned and well prepped, you can go to the next stage. That stage involves choosing and using the right make-up tools. For people with oily skin, avoid applying make-up with your fingers as much as possible. The fingers carry a lot of micro-organisms that can be transferred to your face, and some feast on the oil found on your face, which can eventually give birth to pimples. Start your make-up application with the right tools:

  • Eye Shadow Brush

Instead of a cotton swab or sponge applicator, use an eye shadow brush. Brushes are easy on sensitive oily skin and also allow precise application.


  •  Blush Brush

We are often tempted to use our fingers for blushes, but for oily skin, this temptation must be avoided. Use blush brushes for the application of blushes; they are specially designed for the natural curves of your face.

  • Sponge or Foundation Brush

Again, the key here is not to use your fingers when applying the make-up. Foundation brushes and sponges are good tools that are not only gentle on the skin but also allow even application of the make-up. For covering spots on your face, use a foundation sponge; if you want full coverage, use a foundation brush.


The Blending

Blend the make-up in accordance to your skin tone and your features. The application also needs a little science: for people with oily skin, apply them in order. Start with the primer first, as it helps the make-up stay in place and prevents it from smearing. Matte primers absorb oil and reduce shine, so if your skin is oily, opt for this type.

You can use concealers if you have dark circles or pimples; just remember to smooth out a small amount gently so the concealer does stand out.

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