Makeup Tips for Oily Skin

Best Products for Oily Skin & Skin Care Tips

4 Tips for Long Lasting Makeup on Oily Skin Types - featuring Mattify! Cosmetics at the Sauceink Blog. 


Selecting the right products can make all the difference when it comes to creating a long lasting makeup look. Those with oily skin and acne prone skin should be careful to select items that aren't overly emollient, lest they could clog pores and create breakouts. 


With so many products on the market, it can be hard to select the right ones for your skin type. Don't go overboard!


Oily skin is especially high maintenance because it's essential to remove oily buildup and makeup from pores every single day.


Here is a guide to the best products for oily skin, and tips on how to care for your skin type to prevent breakouts.



Cleansing Tips for Oily Skin



To achieve a beautiful complexion, it's important to start with a clean, oil-free face. Even if you select the best makeup for oily skin, it will do no good unless you start with a clean slate before application!

Use any cleanser designed for oily skin that is in a gel or foam base and contains Salicylic Acid.  Stay away from cream cleansers - these can clog pores and add an oily film to your skin.  One of the hyped-up cleansers for oily skin is Cetaphil, which is far too creamy of a cleanser to effectively clean oily skin.  Sebum that settles into your pores needs a strong cleanser containing Salicylic Acid to actually dissolve the oil.  If you use a cleanser that contains lubricants or oil, these elements will stay on your skin, causing your makeup will quickly disappear.

Some of the best cleansers to try are: Biore Ice Cleanser, Proactive Renewing Cleanser, and Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Wash. When you cleanse your face, always splash with warm water first, then apply the cleanser in circular motions all around your face for about 1 minute. This allows the cleanser to work into your pores and dissolve oil.  Extremely oily skin types might find it helpful to allow the face wash to sit on the skin for an additional minute.  Rinse with very warm water and then dry vigorously with a fluffy towel.  Wash morning and night, or up to three times a day - but not more often.  Washing too much can aggravate and dehydrate skin, causing it to produce extra oil.  

Moisturizing Tips for Oily Skin

Contrary to popular belief, oily skin needs moisture to balance itself and slow oil production.  Skin that is stripped of its natural oil by over-washing with cleansers that contain alcohol will often produce even MORE oil, to compensate for the loss. Don't let that happen to you! Just be sure to select a very light weight & oil-free moisturizer that will absorb quickly into your skin.

For people with severely oily skin, Proactive Skin Care provides an excellent line of products that are suited toward oily and/or acne prone skin types. Their Benzoyl Peroxide based Repairing Lotion is perfect for keeping breakouts at bay while providing just enough light-weight moisture.  They also make a product called Daily Oil Control which balances skin, helps prevent clogged pores, and prevents makeup from streaking.  For those of you who would prefer a moisturizer without acne fighting ingredients, consider one of these: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing GEL (Make sure you get the gel, not the lotion) and Clarins Ultra Matte Rebalancing Lotion.

Moisturizing your skin is especially important during the change of seasons, and in the winter - when indoor heating can remove all types of moisture from the air. Many people suffer from additional acne breakouts during seasonal transitions, and end up with unbalanced flaky skin that still produces too much oil. The excessive dryness is your skin's way of compensating for the dryness - so be sure to drink plenty of water & use moisturizer, especially during harsh weather conditions. 


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Mattify! Cosmetics has just introduced Incredi-Gel Moisturizer for Oily Skin. This gentle aloe vera based moisturizer will allow your skin to become hydrated, without leaving a greasy residue. It absorbs directly into the skin, within seconds and will never clog pores. This is the perfect moisturizer for those who have been avoiding lotions due to fear of breakouts & greasy looking skin.



After applying Incredi-Gel, your skin will feel soft and refreshed - never oily.

Foundation for Oily Skin

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Always select an oil-free foundation makeup that states it is specifically suited for oily skin.  This is one area where you should not hesitate to splurge on a high quality brand.  It is very difficult to find a drug-store brand that is up to the task of absorbing facial oil. As a result, most are sticky or thick formulas that will "melt" off you skin within a matter of hours. If you must choose a drugstore brand, go with L'Oreal Infallible Liquid Foundation.  It stays on for around 6-8 hours and provides a reasonable amount of even coverage.


One of the very best high-end brands of makeup for oily skin is Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup.  A pea-sized drop is enough for your entire face, and it stays flawless for an amazing 10-12 hours.   This foundation is so light-weight, it feels like you aren't even wearing makeup! The high pigmentation in the formula allows for superior coverage of flaws - most of the time you will not need to wear concealer on freckles, acne spots, or dark circles.  Simply apply with finger tips or a makeup sponge, for a flawlessly matte complexion.


Of course, don't forget to use Mattify! Loose Powder for Oily Skin as well.  This powder is designed especially for oily skin, to soak up oil all day long. Its ingredients absorb the oil to prevent your face from becoming shiny and sticky.  It can be applied both before and after foundation, or alone.  When used as a primer before foundation, it helps the makeup glide over pores for an air-brushed look, and adheres makeup to your face for longer wear, without clogging pores. Excessively oily skin may need touch-ups during the day.  Mattify Loose Powder can be applied several times without any cakey heavy feeling.  It disappears into the skin and silently absorbs oil without disturbing the rest of your makeup.

Setting Spray for Oily Skin


To set your makeup in place for all day water-resistant wear, use a makeup setting spray.  Some of the best on the market are: Model in a Bottle, Colortration Setting Spray, and Ben Nye Setting Spray, and Urban Decay All Nighter.


Click here to buy a travel-size bottle of Ben Nye Setting Spray

After all of your makeup is in place, simply hold the spray bottle about 6-8 inches away and spritz the center of your face a couple of times.  This forms an invisible barrier to prevent makeup from sliding off of oily skin.  Touchups with face powder can be done over the top of the setting spray throughout the day.

Products to Avoid if You Have Oily Skin

Silicone based gel primers.  Although many cosmetic websites and "beauty experts" may say these are suited to oily skin, they ARE NOT! This gel-like substance forms a thick slick greasy texture, and will cause foundation to adhere improperly to skin. The result is an shiny sticky mess and foundation that will streak and smear. The silicone gel also has a tendency to clog pores, as it settles inside of each pore and prevents them from getting oxygen; thereby trapping dirt and oil inside. See more information for why silicone primers are bad for oily skin here.  Instead, try our Mattify ULTRA Powder Primer before your makeup for a long lasting, shine-free finish.


Setting powders & foundations that contain mica or pearl.  These ingredients are in many brands of mineral makeup and setting powders, but their iridescent properties cause skin to look super shiny.  If you already have oily skin, this is definitely not your desired effect!  Save products containing these shimmery ingredients for your best features that you actually WANT to shine – like eyes and lips. Face highlighters, which usually contain mica, look good on everyone. They help brighten your overall complexion; but be sure to apply highlighter sparingly if you have oily skin.


Mineral Foundation Makeup Containing Mica, Bismuth or Pearl Powder.

Many beauty experts will tell you that Bare Minerals foundations are excellent for oily skin.  I'm not sure who came up with this theory, because Bare Minerals are typically a nightmare for oily skin.  They have very little staying power, and only cake up as skin gets oilier throughout the day. This leads to irritation (not to mention a frighteningly blotchy face!) and the Bismuth in the product will cause your skin to itch.  This effect is slightly lessened when you apply Mattify! Loose Powder before the Minerals, but even then, your makeup will only last about 4-6 hours before becoming cakey. 

Mattify Cosmetics has recently created Mattify Tinted, a Mineral Makeup without Bismuth, Mica or Pearl Powder. It provides light coverage for blemishes, has a matte finish, and does not contain any irritating ingredients.

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