If you have oily skin, you’re probably sick of living with a shiny face. Good news, oilier skin shows less early signs of ageing than dry skin and stays soft and supple over other skin types. But these makeup tips will conceal the shine and let your natural beauty radiate through.
Switch to a lightweight cleanser
Before applying makeup, oily skin types need to start with a clean foundation. Try using a lightweight, grease-free formula like Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisture with SPF 15 protection instead. This will normalise the skin and control shine throughout the day.
Always prime the skin first
Using a good primer with shine control will prepare the skin for makeup, and stop it sliding off your skin throughout the day. The makeup artists’ favourite primer, the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Oil Free is especially formulated for oily skins and will help to keep shine to a minimum without upsetting facial balance.
Avoid excess powder
Loading up on powder might seem like the perfect way to beat the shine and absorb the oil. Too much powder, however, can cause creasing, especially around the eyes and the corners of the nose and mouth.A matte, translucent face powder will supply the best oil control. Try Face of Australia Translucent Loose Powder or Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. Apply a light coat to any areas that are perpetually shiny. Over-application will send your sebaceous glands into overdrive so keep it minimal. And always wash your powder brush regularly to keep it clean of bacteria.
Look for long-lasting makeup
Long-lasting makeup has come a long way in the last few years, with much more lightweight formulas that keep oily skin feeling fresh all day. Bare Minerals Original Broad SpectrumSPF 15 Foundation provides lightweight yet buildable coverage and is a perfect alternative to liquid foundations for those who are acne-prone.
Use an eyelid primer
Many women with oily skin struggle with oily eyelids and creasing around the eyelids. This means your eyeshadow often disappears by your mid-morning latte.
Try an eye-specific primer for the lid, such as the e.l.f. Essentials Eyelid Primer. This is ultra sheer, lightweight and nude. It perfectly preps the eyelids for a crease-free application of eyeshadow.
Don’t leave home without blotting papers
Of all the makeup tips for concealing shine, don’t skip this one: always carry around a little stash of blotting papers. These thin papers soak up excess oil without ruining your look. Our absolute favourite are Bloom Facial Blotting Tissue, which are light as air and carefully eliminate that mid-afternoon shiny look.