Your Guide to The Best Makeup for Oily Skin
By Katelyn B: Posted on September 22, 2010 1:19 PM
Shared with Mattify! Cosmetics Website on June 30, 2011
Makeup for Oily Skin:
How to Apply Matte Makeup for Oily Skin
Step 1: Exfoliate the skin for a fresh, soft start before applying makeup
. Splash face with warm water and use an exfoliator such as St Ives Apricot Scrub. Rub in circles all over the face, concentrating on chin, cheeks, forehead and sides of nose, where dead skin is most likely to accumulate. Rinse thoroughly and then dry vigorously with a fluffy towel. Alternately, a Clarisonic Brush can be used, as this is an excellent tool for unclogging pores, stimulating collagen production, and removing dead cells. Acne treatments and toner are most effective when used after dead cells have been scoured away and when pores are open after washing.
Step 2: Apply a good toner using a cotton ball or cotton square
. Proactive Toner is the best toner for oily skin, as it balances the PH level so your skin is not stripped completely of moisture. Toner disinfects pores and then seals them, to help prevent makeup and dirt from clogging inside. Avoid applying any toners which contain alcohol, as alcohol can strip skin of all moisture, actually sealing pores so tightly that dirt gets trapped inside. (If you normally apply a moisturizer, do so after the toner has dried). Click below to order Proactiv Toner or view product information on Proactiv Products.
Step 3: Apply Milk of Magnesia to control your oily skin
. (Yes, many people will say this is a crazy suggestion, but for people with extraordinarily oily skin it really works!) The Magnesium in this product is highly effective at absorbing oil. Dip the top of a cotton ball into Milk of Magnesia, original formula, unflavored. Swipe the cotton ball over your T-Zone (nose, forehead, cheeks & chin) so that just a nearly transparent layer of wetness can be seen. You don’t need to use much. Allow to dry completely for about 3 minutes before moving to the next step.
Step 4: Apply a mattifying face powder for oily skin as a primer, using a fluffy powder brush
. Mattify! Cosmetic's Ultra Powder for Oily Skin
is the best primer for oily skin because it absorbs oil while preventing any makeup from lodging in pores - which can cause breakouts. Dust it on in circular motions over your entire face, including eye lids, as it also helps act as a primer for crease-free, long lasting eye shadow. Buy this primer for oily skin at www.mattifycosmetics.com
: Spot apply concealer on areas you need to hide; such as freckles, dark under eye circles & acne
. One of the best Mineral brands is L’Oreal Mineral Concealer, and one of the better liquid versions is Cover Girl’s Invisible Concealer. Dot concealer onto dark areas or acne spots and gently blend outwards with concealer brush or finger tip. Avoid any concealers that are oil-based, as these will clog pores, causing acne.
Step 6: Apply a good quality matte foundation makeup for oily skin
. This can be applied using a foundation brush, sponge, or fingers. Dab a bit of foundation on cheeks, chin, and nose, then blend using downward motions. Repeat this process on forehead, but blend upwards toward the hair line. If using mineral foundation, blend into skin using a Kabuki Brush in circular motions. Here is a list of the best makeup for oily skin:
Best Liquid Foundation for Oily Skin:
Drugstore Brand: Maybelline Matte Mousse
Drugstore Brand: Rimmel 24 Hour Long Lasting Makeup.
High End Brand: Estee Lauder
Max Coverage Double Wear Foundation:
High End Brand:Clarins
Truly Matte Foundation
Best Powder Foundation for Oily Skin:
Drugstore Brand: Physicians Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50
Best Mineral Makeup for Oily Skin:
Drugstore Brand: L’Oreal Minerals - Powdered Mineral Makeup for Oily Skin
Drugstore Brand: Maybelline Minerals - Liquid Mineral Makeup for Oily Skin
***The higher end brands will always offer better coverage and a longer lasting matte finish on oily skin. If there is one cosmetic item for which you should pay top dollar, it is foundation.
Step 7: Apply finishing powder for oily skin to set makeup and absorb oil
. Using a fluffy powder brush, apply another dusting of the Mattify! Loose Powder for Oily Skin
. If you normally use a colored loose setting powder, apply the Mattify! first, then your regular colored powder. The Mattify! Powder will ensure a matte look, and provides 5 times more oil control than regular face powder alone.
Voila! You’ve now created the perfect matte makeup for oily skin. Keep a jar of the Mattify! Powder with you for touch-ups throughout the day to keep skin matte. If your skin starts to get shiny, you can blot on some Mattify Powder to stop shine, without disturbing your makeup. Since the product is translucent, it will not look cakey or add unwanted color when applied repeatedly.
Additional Tips for Creating a Matte Finish
when applying makeup for oily skin
- If you are leery of applying the Milk of Magnesia to your skin, this step can be skipped. People with exceedingly oily skin will find it to be very helpful in keeping a matte complexion. Unless you have a sensitivity to Magnesium, it should be harmless to your skin and not cause breakouts or clog pores.
- Be sure to avoid any type of face powder, foundation or blush that contains mica, bismuth, or pearl powder. These are all reflective ingredients that will cause your face to look glittery and shiny, rather than matte. The Mattify! Loose Powder for Oily Skin, suggested above, is 100% Matte, and does not contain any reflective ingredients. Pearlescent ingredients are best suited to eye shadow and lip products, where you actually want a little bit of sparkle.
- Complete all of the steps above before applying eye liner, mascara & lipstick. Doing so will prevent any oil absorbing powder from sticking to your eyes or lips.
- A matte complexion doesn’t have to be boring! Spice it up with rust colored lips and shimmery eye shadow (browns, grays and purples will be hot this season).
- If you would like even more staying power for your makeup, use a makeup setting spray such as Model in a Bottle or Skindinavia. Mist this on after you have applied all of your makeup for a smudge free finish that lasts 8-10 hours.
Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different, so some people may react differently to various ingredients. However, all of the items suggested are oil free and suitable for acne prone, oily skin
. If you have sensitive skin it is always best to test for a couple of days on a small inconspicuous area near the hair line, in case you have a reaction.