Makeup for Oily Skin

by era on July 6, 2011 · 32 comments

Every woman craves for a fresh and glowing face. Not all of us are blessed with such skin and this is where makeup plays an important role. More than any one else, women who suffer from acne prone oily skin want to make their face more presentable. But, the most common mistake they do is that they apply more products than are actually needed. This in turn creates more problems for them.

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Using the right makeup for oily skin is particularly important if you suffer from constant breakouts. Over doing it on the makeup can clog pores and make your skin much more vulnerable to blackheads and whiteheads. Mentioned below are few makeup tips for oily skin.

Makeup tips for oily skin:

• Clean your face with a mild cleanser suitable for your skin type. Apply astringent on your face and wait for a few minutes. Moisturizers are important for oily skin too. Smooth on a mattifying oil-free moisturizer to keep skin soft while getting rid of shine.
• Always apply foundation primers. Opt for silicon based primers that will help your makeup to stay and not slid off after some time.

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• As far as foundations go always choose a matte foundation that provide full-coverage. These foundations are more durable when compared to light or medium coverage foundations. Also, keep in mind to pick a foundation that is one shade lighter than your skin tone. It will help you to cover up the darkening caused by the secretion of oil on your face. Use minimal amount of foundation, a light coating of foundation will last longer when compared to a thick layer of foundation.
• Use matte variety pressed powder as it is exclusively designed for oily skin. You should lightly press the powder into your face rather than smoothing it over. Smothering the powder on your face can weaken the foundation. Use a powder that is one shade lighter than your skin tone.
• Apply eye makeup primer onto lids prior to your eye shadows. Take a flat head eye shadow brush and use a stippling motion to pack the eye shadows on compactly. Avoid creamy eye shadows as they may crease on you.
• Apply some shadow on top of your eyeliner to lock the colour and avoid any smudging.

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• Pick a blush that has a good staying power. Avoid using cream or liquid blushes because they heighten the shiny appearance of oily skin. A gel cheek stain will work best for you. Though it will fade gradually in the day yet, it won’t leave an unattractive streaking like a powder blush.
• You can use shimmer on the lips.
• Use oil-blotting papers to lift shine away throughout the day.
• Avoid products that contain alcohol as alcohol will deplete oil in the skin thus forcing the body to produce more. This will make your skin oilier than before. Water-based products are the best to use as makeup for oily skin.

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calicoaster July 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Awesome tips era…Me gonna follow them now for sure…me oily-combi!! 😀


Shivani July 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm

cali….. :puchhi: how r u flng now? Had lunch?


calicoaster July 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm

yuppp much better now….the blockages are gone and everything is running around my eyes, ears and nose!! 😐 😐 :weep: :weep: :weep:

How are you? I was waiting for your reply yesterday!! 😛


Shivani July 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Wow…Era, very useful Post, i have oily acne prone skin only, saving the page :))


Aruna July 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm

any recommendations on matte foundation, matte powder and where I would find oil blotting papers? I currently use the Loreal true match foundation and the Body shop mineral powder. any other options?


Nupur July 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm

hi aruna…. u shud try TBS tea tree blotting sheets….thy r grtt for oily skin 🙂


Nupur July 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

aruna, also u can try revlon foundation, the one for oily skin….


calicoaster July 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm

TBS blotting papers are nice!! 🙂


Aruna July 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Thanks folks for the recommendation :thanks: :thanks: . will go today itself and pick up..I have the Revlon but hardly used it..will give it another shot..


Nupur July 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm

mineral cosmetics are grttttttttttt for oily +sensetive skin aruna 🙂


Aruna July 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm

ya should slowly start changing over the mineral for everything but i get so tempted after reading all the reviews here that i keep buying different stuff all the time..3 days later the interest is gone and it sits at the bottom of my draw.. :hihi:


Parita July 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm

me too eyeing TBS blotting papers 🙂 has anyone reviewed them?


calicoaster July 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I think Rads reviewed that..on her blog

Me using it since some time planning to review it too!! 😛


calicoaster July 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm
Parita July 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Thanks Kimi :thanks: will wait for your review


Aruna July 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm

i read the review. pretty neat. let me check whether its available in the TBS store in Hyd.


dimpi July 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm

real good tips era….very handy…. :yes:


Fly Girl July 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm

tbs oil blot sheets chhayeeeeeeeeeeeeee ;((((((((((((((((((((((((((((!!!!!!!


Sukanya July 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm

me 2 oily pimply! Thank u 4 d post :angel:


Janhavi July 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Mac paintpots are great eye shadows (base yes but as eyeshadows too) for oily lids … put em on in the morning and you are set for the day !

I am very guilty of not using primers … :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller:


rids July 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm

:makeup: :makeup: :makeup: :makeup: awesum tips era…. ll surely try it . . .


Samantha July 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Yay! 😀 Sending this to my sister right away! Thank you Era! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:


Tapaswini Swain July 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Any gel cheek stain brand you know that we can buy here !! ?:)


Sukanya July 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

TBS lip and cheek stain is neither cream nor gel, it’s part liquid-y, part gel-ish :whistle:


Tapaswini Swain July 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Thanks for the info Sukanya !


Brinda July 7, 2011 at 2:18 am

you can also get benetint (reddish) .. and benetint posie is a pinkish shade which is lovely..


Akshi July 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Can anybody suggest me complete skincare for oily skin? I have super oily skin in summers. 🙁
I have to travel by bus everyday, by the time I reach my office my face becomes a disco ball :weep: :weep: I have big pores + freckles + dull skin + shiny face :dazed: . I hate summers :yuck:
I don’t want to apply foundation. Kindly suggest me some Good cleanser,face wash, lotion anything which can combat oily skin for atleast 4-5 hours if not most.


Rati July 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Hi akshi, check this may be. 🙂

While travelling na.. cover your face with a cotton dupatta or a scarf and wear sunglasses. it would protect your skin. 🙂


Tapaswini Swain July 7, 2011 at 1:53 am

For full matte coverage try Revlon colorstay foundation for oily skin and Maybelline matte morphose foundation, for blush try colorbar blushes,very nice for the price, and as a face primer many good ones are there but if you are beginner start with Maybelline Uv base like me, me dont have much knowledge regarding primers actually.Hope this helps !


Padma July 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Hi Era,
Very Informative post 🙂
Pls,Can anyone do a similar article for dry skin too. I’ve dry skin and need help in choosing the right kind of products. 🙂


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