Those with oily skin face two issues: acne and shine. Finding the right makeup for oily skin can be a challenge, but the results are well worth it, says my beauty therapist who owns a permanent makeup in London salon.
If you have oily skin, it does not seem to matter what type of makeup you use, because your face ends up feeling like an oil slick before lunchtime. Good news: there are some types of makeup for oily skin that combat this excess moisture and leave your skin looking matte and smooth. Here are some tips on how to choose the right foundation for your skin type.
There are many types of makeup foundations to choose from: liquids, cakes, creams and powders. Powders are the best option for oily skin because they are least likely to contain oils and other pore clogging ingredients. As a an added benefit, powder counteracts the oil in your skin by absorbing it, leaving your face with much less shine.
Relatively new to the realm of makeup products, mineral powders and foundations make an excellent choice for those with oily skin. They are available in many coverage levels, ranging from foundation to finishing powder. Choose the right version depending on how much coverage you need. If you have acne, you'll need a higher-coverage formula like a foundation, whereas, if your skin tone is relatively even, opt for a lighter powder. Either way, look for formulas that are specifically targeting towards controlling oil. Apply the mineral makeup using a large, fluffy makeup brush, and touch up throughout the day, as needed.
Tips for Makeup for Oily Skin
Aside from choosing the right foundation, there are several other steps you can take to prevent your oily skin from getting out of control.
Before you apply any makeup, begin by smoothing lotion onto your skin. It sounds counter-intuitive, but when your skin gets dry, it kicks into over-drive in terms of producing oil. Choose a formula that is specifically for oily skin, and make sure any product you apply to your face says "non-comedogenic" on the label, which means it won't clog your pores.
Try not to touch your face throughout the day, which imparts extra oil from your fingers.
Carry a compact of powder or anti-shine product in your purse, or try some oil-blotting papers. You may need to blot away excess oil once or twice throughout your day.
Always wash your makeup away before you go to bed. If you leave it on, it can clog your pores and exacerbate your oil issues. Allow your skin to 'breathe' some days by skipping makeup altogether. Try wearing a tinted moisturizer formulated especially for oily skin.