Oily Skin: 10 Tips to Make Makeup Last Longer



So you wake up in the morning, grab a bite to eat, Your oily skin shouldn't prevent you from enjoying wearing your makeup, you just have to be knowledgeable about what works for your skin type and the products that will give you full coverage and long wear.

These eight ideas, from a makeup artist and a dermatologist, are expert solutions for wearing makeup if you have oily skin.


1. First you must prep your skin.


Believe it or not, there are people out there who don't wash their faces before applying makeup. I have written many posts on skin prep and its importance, your skin needs to be hydrated, your pores need to breathe and your tone needs to be even and glowing. this is achieved only by making your skincare routine a priority. A good skincare routine is a secret to glowing skin, hands down. Adequately preparing your skin for makeup and you not doing so may just be the difference between glowing youthful or wrinkled crinkled dry skin at 40 years. especially when you love to wear makeup. Cleanse, Toning and moisturize, and don't forget to occasionally exfoliate your skin. this removes buildup and washes out clogged pores. If you don't already have a good skin routine, you can check out mine in this earlier blog post; Here's How I Do My Skincare Routine In Just 4 Easy Steps, And Why You Should Do It Too In this post I share my secrets of C.T.M and a simple skin routine that will have your skin glowing in no time. You will also find some of the affordable and highly effective products I use on a daily basis.


2. Ladies, always prime your skin first before applying makeup.


To the makeup professional, or an avid makeup enthusiast, this is a no-brainer but for the novice, it may just be a detail you miss. We often overlook primers, when you have an oily, using a makeup primer helps to keep everything together, and stay there.

Primers have multiple purposes, first of all, it acts as a protective barrier between the skin and your makeup, especially your (foundation). Don't view priming your face as a lot of work, look at it as an essential step. You should at least prime the oiliest areas of your face which are usually the T-Zone (forehead, nose/ nose bridge, and chin). Use an oil-free, anti-shine primer. Always apply your primer after you've performed a complete C.T.M. but before you put on foundation, powder, or other makeup. Remember to go read more on my routine skincare here C.T.M (Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturize)



3. If Possible always use eyelid primers.


In my experience I've seen many people prime their eyelids with concealers, to make you make them last a lot longer, I'm also guilty of this. I would normally combine concealer and setting powder to prepare eyelids for eyeshadow which prevent them from creasing. But yes, eyelid primers are available, I've used them and they are great. Try to use the recommended eyelid primers, primers that are made as a base for eyeshadow. Yes, I know the concealers do a good job of hiding those baggy dark circles but it sure won't last long without a primer to absorb those oils. Here is an eyelid primer that will keep your eyeshadow and liner looking fresh all day long;

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Base Eyelid Primer



4. Make sure your foundation, eyelid primer, etc. says "long wear."


Long-wear means resistance to external elements, like water also including the oil production by the skin itself. It can smudge and peel your makeup. So make sure that your makeup products are Long-wear or waterproof.

See the list collection of long-wear, matte foundations for oily skin that I've used and are using in this post How to choose the right foundation for oily skin.



5. Use powders but Don't overdo it.


Using powder in the oily areas also nullifies the oily or shiny parts of the skin (T- Zone) areas. Applying too much powder could cause your skin to produce too much sebum, hence making it even oilier. Use a matte

powder and apply it sparingly to shiny areas of your face. Your primer, powder, matte foundation, and blotting papers should work hand in hand to prevent those "shiny episodes"

which brings me to my other tip,


6. Always have blotting papers on hand.


No matter how flawless and matte your makeup looks in the morning if you’re prone to oiliness, you’ll spot shine by midday.

Some blotting papers act as an absorbent film that lifts the oil from your skin. Some blotting papers have powder on them that when applied leaves a minute layer of powder to absorb the oil from your skin.

Many people make the mistake of pressing too hard on their skin and rubbing it, this will remove your makeup. There is a technique to using blotting papers without affecting your makeup, you need to lightly press the paper on the oily areas of your skin and then roll it off, it's as simple as that, it's nothing too complex.


Here is a good blotting paper I always have handy in my bag or purse,

Natural Bamboo Charcoal Oil Absorbing Tissues



100 Counts It comes with 100 sheets.


7. Invest in oil-free makeup products.


Purchase and use products that are oil-free and non-comedogenic ( non-acne producing). Remember, You have oily skin and it naturally produces a trailer load of oil, so you are at risk of having clogged pores and breakouts, oil-free products lessens the number of additional oils being added.

A foundation that is oil-based will slip right off your face.

Some research shows that using cleansers and toners that are infused with glycolic acid can reduce excess oil.

Here are two oil-free Foundations I use myself and on my clients;

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation Makeup, Classic Ivory, 1 fl. oz. Oil-Free Foundation


NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation, 24h Full Coverage Matte Finish - Light Porcelain




8. Use lightweight moisturizers during makeup prep.


Right before you reach for your foundation, remember to apply your moisturizer, but not just any moisturizer, use one that is less greasy. You want one that hydrates but without the extra oil, this is why I recommend a lightweight type of serum, these are usually lighter. You can apply a piece of tissue to your face gently to absorb some of the excess oils.


My go-to lightweight moisturizer here:


9. Try your best to reduce excess oil.


Once or twice a week, use a treatment mask. Those made with kaolin or bentonite clay are best for oily skin types, as they naturally absorb oil and impurities while calming irritation.

Apply a quarter-sized amount for the mask with your fingers. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water for an immediate matte finish.


10. Don't touch your face


This is a no-brainer, imagine working on your makeup for a good half hour to an hour, only to have it destroyed by your own hands. We humans love to touch and even more so our own bodies but try your best to not rest on your hands or make the mistake of playing with your nose. Even though sometimes we may get lint or other small particles get trapped in our eyes you may have to rub it. I am guilty of this. Also sometimes we forget we are wearing makeup and wash our faces. haha


Ok Lovies, now you know how to keep your makeup lasting longer throughout the day, please put them into practice. As I said, invest in the right products and adopt the right habits to keep your skin looking beautiful, and as always, stay fabulous.







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