Finding the best makeup for oily skin can be a nightmare (as can ensuring your face remains shine free). We’ve sourced the best oily skin beauty buys from Union Square that your complexion will thank you for: the matte foundation; the oily skin primer and the setting powder. Plus, our simple skin care tips will ensure your makeup base stays put all day.
1. PREP WITH A FACE PRIMER
For your foundation to have staying power, you need to give it a helping hand with an oil-controlling primer. Their prime (excuse the pun) function is to keep pesky excess sebum at bay, meaning your foundation is less likely to slide off and disappear before lunchtime. Face primers also minimise the appearance of large pores (something which goes hand in hand with oily skin).
Once you’ve applied a light, non-comedogenic moisturiser, apply a small amount of primer in a gentle, circular motion with your hands – paying particular attention to your T-zone (your forehead, nose and chin).
This silky Benefit primer guarantees you a matte complexion, working throughout the day to keep your makeup in place, minimising pores, smoothing skin texture and controlling shine. And thanks to a vitamin E derivative, it helps protect your skin from free radicals too.
Our pick: Benefit The POREfessional Primer, £28, Boots
2. CHOOSE AN OIL-FREE MATTE FOUNDATION
First up, don’t ever buy your foundation online. It’s imperative you find the perfect shade for your complexion. This isn’t something you can do via a smartphone screen, people! Get yourself to Union Square and head to the beauty counters at Boots. The beauty experts will be able to help you find a shade that’s bang on for your skin tone.
You want to ensure a matte, shine-free complexion but you don’t want to look completely caked with dull skin. Thankfully, there are so many amazing formulas out there now that you’ll be able to enjoy full coverage all day while still having a multi-dimensional finish to your face.
Apply the foundation using a makeup blender – one that has a pointed end is ideal, as you have more control over application. Just remember to always give your blender a good clean after use – if not, it’ll be harbouring germs and oil that you’ll then be sweeping over your face every morning. Not nice, we know.
This classic oil-free Clinique foundation won’t disappoint. It has a creamy consistency, goes on super smooth and you can build up the coverage to suit your skin’s needs. It absorbs shine, controls oil and resists sweat so you can enjoy a matte finish all day long.
Our pick: Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup, £25.50, Boots
3. FINISH WITH A LOOSE SETTING POWDER
To ensure your base is long lasting, and your T-zone stays matte, you need to set it. There are two types of setting powder: loose and pressed. We’re recommending you opt for the loose formulas as they’re more lightweight and (sometimes) translucent so your face won’t look flat and caked.
Heads up: loose setting powders are messier to apply than pressed, so invest in a large head fluffy powder brush. This will allow you to sweep a fine dusting over your face rather than over your outfit/carpet/your nearby cat. Concentrate on the T-zone rather than all over to ensure it’s completely undetectable.
Keep that shine in check with this blotting powder from MAC. It’s formulated to whip away oils throughout the day to ensure your face stays sheer, matte and gorgeous without leaving a powdery trace.
Our pick: MAC Blot Powder/Loose, £22.50, MAC
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And if you fancy some great hands-on expert advice, don’t forget that MAC has some great masterclasses, such as a 90-minute full makeup lesson for £50 RRP. Book now at MAC.