Makeup / Skincare

How to Choose Make Up for Oily Skin

As almost anyone will tell you, when it comes to which skin type is the most difficult to handle, the answer is always oily skin. Not only does oily skin leave you with this seemingly constant “shine” that you just can’t get rid of, but oily skin increases your chances of suffering from acne and other blemishes, and also causes your make up to just simply “slide off” of your face rather than stay put.

Using makeup on oily skin is all about choosing the right products and preparing your skin appropriately. First, let’s talk about choosing the right products.

What Products are Good with Oily Skin?

The best products for oily skin contain no oils. Look for cosmetics and products that are “oil free” and “non comedogenic”. These are generally water based products that won’t clog your pores and that will not increase the amount of oily shine that you already have present on your face.

A good choice for anyone with oily skin is natural, water based products or mineral make up. Mineral makeup is great because it is long lasting makeup (regardless of skin type) and it allows your pores to breathe. This means fewer break outs and overall healthier skin.

When at all possible, it is best to aim for buying make up products that come in a powder form. If you see a cream eye shadow in a shade you love, make every effort to try and find it in a powder form. Avoid things such as cream blushes and shimmers, and even try a “powder” mascara formula if you find your eyes are becoming irritated by mot other mascara products.

How do I Prepare my Oily Skin Before Applying Makeup?

Choose a cleansing product that is created with the specific intent of cleaning oily skin – not dry, normal, or combination skin. As with any makeup products, the more natural the cleanser, the better it is going to be for your skin.

Next, choose between applying a primer or a moisturizer – NOT BOTH. If you do choose to use both a moisturizer and a primer, you risk making your skin even more oily and shiny than it already is. Both of these products give your foundation a base to “stick” to and will allow your makeup to go on more smoothly.

After you apply your moisturizer and/or primer, depending on how oily your skin is, blot your skin lightly with a tissue so that your makeup will go on and adhere properly.

What are some Other Tips for People with Oily Skin?

There are many different tips and tricks out there for those looking to try and control the oiliness of their skin. Some of these include:

  • Splash cold water on your face as many times as possible in any given day! The cold water helps seal up the pores and prevent dirty and grime from entering into the skin
  • Create a mask from 1 egg and 1 tsp of honey, and then apply it to your face once a week. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes at a time
  • When using soaps, choose ones that are glycerin-based