Oily skin is not all a problem. People with oily skin are less likely to develop lines and wrinkles and your skin will always be well moisturised.
However, the less advantageous side of oily skin can mean that makeup is more challenging and the biggest difficulty is keeping your makeup set all day, especially hotter weather.
Understandably, no one wants to have to spend hours perfecting their makeup, only to have it removed from their face a few hours later. So for today, here are some tips on how to make makeup last all day, even if you have oily skin.
- The first thing you should do after waking up in the morning is to cleanse your face.
If you have oily skin, make sure to cleanse your face thoroughly every morning with a cleanser that has at least 2% salicylic acid. Salicylic acid breaks down and removes the oil on your skin but won’t dry your skin out. But wash your hands before you cleansing or else the oil on your hands will transfer to your face.
- Clean your T zone with rubbing alcohol.
Do a quick swipe with rubbing alcohol each morning on your T-zone if you tend to get particularly oilier in that area. A drop or two of rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad will do the job. Wipe it over your forehead, nose and chin. Only a very small amount of rubbing alcohol should be used or else it can dry out your skin.
- Be mindful of your eating habits.
If you have oily skin, then the last thing you want is to make yourself sweat more than usual. Try to avoid hot, spicy food. Also watch your alcohol intake and try to limit it just one drink a night.
You could also try eating more foods that contain Vitamin A. Vitamin A can help to slow down the production of oil in the skin.
- Use an oil-free moisturizer.
Did you know that you still need to moisturize even though you have oily skin? Not moisturizing at all will make your skin produce even more oil to try and “compensate” for its “dryness”. Use something with a light formula, an oil-free, no-cream based moisturiser. Make sure that you allow enough time for the moisturiser to penetrate into your skin before applying any type of makeup.
- Use a mattifying primer before putting on foundation.
A primer is good no matter the skin type, but it is essential for someone with oily skin. A matte primer will make your face a smooth canvas that will help your makeup last all day.
- Avoid using concealer on your eyelids.
Most women use concealer on their eyelids as part of their makeup routine. However, for people with oily skin, I wouldn’t recommend it. A primer that is especially designed for the eyes will help to soak up grease during the day. A concealer is only meant to give you an even colour, so it won’t be that effective anyway at keeping your eyeshadow put all day as compared to a proper eyeshadow primer.
- Find the right type of foundation.
Choosing the correct type of foundation for oily skin is essential and can make all the difference. An oil-free mineral based matte foundation that has no fragrance is my strong recommendation. And put down the beauty blender too – it’s believed that a foundation brush applies foundation on oily skin better.
- Use a clay face mask at least once a week.
Applying a clay facemask once a week will help keep facial oils under control. One type of clay face mask that is believed to work well in absorbing oils is Kaolin clay.
Don’t leave the clay face mask on until it has dried completely. Try to wash it off when it is still a bit damp. Leaving it to dry out might draw too much oil from your skin and leave your skin feeling too dry.
- Always have blotting sheets or powder handy.
Blot your face first before touching up with powder. Powdering first before blotting will make you the area look cakey and you will risk making your foundation look uneven.
Do you have more makeup tips for oily skin? Share them below!
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