Makeup Tips & Tricks for Oily And Acne Skin

May 22, 2017 3 min read 0 Comments

By: Fariha

You could fry an egg on my face with all of the excess oil it produces. Having super oily and acne skin can give us slick-skinned gals a really hard time with simply keeping makeup on our face because it loves to slip and slide on us. Fear not, for I have some oil-eradicating tips and tricks that can make your makeup last all day with minimal shine.

Your first task is to prime your face.

I remember back when I was new to the world of makeup and never understood the need for a primer, as I thought it was just an extra unnecessary step makeup companies used to gain profit, but I was dead wrong. Using a foundation primer specifically made for oily and acne skin can enhance the longevity and quality of your makeup, as it battles excess oil from seeping onto the top of your makeup. 


I am currently loving the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. Take a pea size amount on your fingers, rub the product to heat it up a bit and then apply to the more oily areas of your face. I use this primer specifically in my T-Zone only, as that is where my oil production is at its peak. I'm not kidding guys, I don't have to re-powder my nose and forehead for a solid 10 hours after using this bad boy. 

The next step of course is foundation.

Now, for women who need more coverage, a matte liquid foundation is an essential base before putting on powder to completely mattify your face. My two absolute favourite foundations at the moment are Estée Lauder's Double Wear Foundation and Make Up For Ever's Mat Velvet Foundation. As someone who has a lot of hyper pigmentation to cover, I need a foundation that covers and mattifies my face. If you need even more coverage of course, use your favourite concealer (my personal fave is Hard Candy's Glamoflauge Concealer). 

Powder is an oily skinned girl's best friend.

Some days where I want very full coverage, I use my Mac Studio Fix Powder to powder my face and other days where I don't need that much coverage I use my Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Pressed Powder in the shade Translucent. As you can see, I've hit pan on both of them because being super oily means touching up my face with powder a lot through out the day.

Also, using the translucent pressed powder is amazing for setting under eye makeup!

If you haven't heard of "the baking method" already, take a lot of translucent powder on a brush or sponge and apply it to your under eye makeup to set it, leave it on for about 5 minutes and dust all the excess powder off with a brush. Your under eye makeup will not budge nor will it crease, promise. 

 Pretty much, if you haven't noticed, oily skinned girls are limited to using powders for just about every area of the face. For contouring, I use the Smashbox Contouring Kit. It's powders are blendable, pigmented and last all day. 

No to Blushes with Shine.

Blushes with shine are the enemy to someone with extra shine on their face, as they can really bring out the oil in your T-Zone. Sticking to a matte blush absorbs into foundation and leaves a gorgeous matte finish on the face. 

Use subtle highlighters.

Every so often I suddenly hate having a flat, matte face all the time and would like to bring a natural glow back to my cheekbones. These two highlighters are my holy grail, as they aren't so overpowering that my face looks wet, but they do show up nicely on the face. Mac's Mineralized Skin Finish in the shade Soft and Gentle is amazing. It's very subtle but will bring life and moisture back into your face. For the days that I want extra highlight, I opt for Revlon's Colour Stay Mineral Finishing Powder in the shade 010 Brighten. This highlight has a more white, pearly finish whereas Mac's highlighter has a more golden, champagne finish.

Wave goodbye to the days filled with oil and shine ladies, a matte future is ahead of us.

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