Top Makeup Products for Oily Skin

As a long time sufferer of oily skin, I have tried so many different ways of applying makeup so that it will actually last on my skin and not just turn into a greasy mess after a couple of hours.

We all understand the struggle of keeping a full face of makeup on as the weather gets warmer so here’s every product you need to keep your makeup looking as good as it did when you first put it on.

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Matte Primer

Primer is a must-have product in my opinion and it is the easiest addition to your makeup routine you can make which will make a HUGE difference. There’s so many different types you can buy, but for oily skin the best if one that focuses on matte makeup and minimising pores.

Not only do they make your makeup apply in such a smooth way, but primers honestly double the amount of time your makeup will look good for and should be a part of everyone’s makeup essentials. Benefit primers are an all-time favourite, with the Benefit’s Porefessional Matte Rescue Primer at the top of the list. It’s a silicone primer that closes your pores and keeps your foundation looking matte and has become a staple in my collection.

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Matte Foundation

Possibly quite an obvious one but it’s pretty much essential to have a good matte foundation in order to combat oily skin. If you’re like me and you only get oily in your t-zone and you don’t want to look completely matte all over then use two foundations, even if it sounds a bit excessive!

Both of my everyday foundations are L’Oreal ones because let’s just face it, L’Oreal just get it right with foundation every time! I use the Infallible Matte Foundation for my nose and forehead and then the L’Oréal True Match everywhere else which I know everyone talks about but that’s because it’s truly amazing.

Blend Foundation with a Sponge

A lot of people love brushes for blending foundation, but from what I’ve tested it seems that pushing my foundation into my skin with a makeup sponge makes it stay on my face for a much longer amount of time.

I don’t know about you but brushes just feel like they’re moving all the oils around and messing up the primer and base I just put on and it ends up either looking cakey or just bad in general! So try switching to a sponge if you get these problems too and gently press the foundation onto your skin, being especially gentle on the areas where your skin tends to get greasy.

The Beauty Blender is a classic and still the best that I’ve tried, but I love the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge and the Eco Tools Ecofoam Sponge too which are more affordable. Sponges are so easy to use are really make your makeup look more flawless and matte than any brush I’ve tried.

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I feel like the technique of baking seemed to fall of the radar a bit but it’s literally the only way my skin will stay matte and lock all the oils in and I will never go back to just brushing a bit of powder over my face.

Pressing loose powder under your eyes and on the areas that get oily quickly with a sponge really smooths out your skin and actually seems to minimise pores even further. Again like before, brushes seem to move around all the product so I find that pressing powder onto your makeup with a sponge lasts so much better!

It’s hard to beat the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder but I’d say that the Rimmel Silky Loose Powder or the NYX Loose Studio Setting Powder comes in a close second and is a fraction of the price if you’re looking for a good dupe!

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Setting Spray

I admit to forgetting this step quite often but when I do remember, it really does lock my makeup in place for much longer and stop the oils ruining the makeup after a few hours.

I love that with setting sprays there are so many different types for whatever mood you’re in that day, and while I often prefer a matte one like the L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist or the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water , I also love the Glamglow Glowsetter Makeup Setting Spray for when I want to be glowy without being shiny, which is very hard to master for those of us with oily skin!

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What are your best long-lasting makeup tips?!

Beth x

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  1. Edward
    July 12, 2018 / 10:10 am

    I hope there is something like this for men

  2. July 12, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    L’Oreal Infallible is amazing! It’s my holy grail foundation and I’ve been looking for one for years. I have really really oily skin but it has kept my face matte for 5 hours. Hahaha.

    • bethrebecca
      July 12, 2018 / 4:49 pm

      Yeah I used to love that one and then it started leaving weird white marks all over my makeup no matter how much I shook it!

  3. July 12, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    So any skin type is okey?

    • bethrebecca
      July 12, 2018 / 4:50 pm

      Yeah of course, everyone has different skin types so it’s just about adapting your makeup to your skin, which for me means a lot of primer and matte foundations x

  4. July 14, 2018 / 3:34 am

    Yeah my skin is so much better since using a beauty blender too. Plus I absolutely love the benefit hoola bronzer. Everyone has products that work great for their skin.

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