How to apply makeup on oily skin

January 2, 2021

How to apply makeup on
oily skin

Discover how to make shiny-looking skin flawless with these beauty tips and tricks.

If you're prone to having greasier skin, it can be tricky to find makeup that will stay put and keep you looking polished all day long. The excess sebum your face produces can thin out foundations, make eyeshadow slide off and leave you looking shiny, so it’s important to choose products that will really work for your individual skin type.

Read on to learn which makeup you should be using for your oily skin, and how to apply it properly for long-lasting results.

Check In With Your Skin

Before you apply makeup on oily skin, it’s important to make sure you have a good skincare routine in place. A clean base will make foundation go on so much easier, so start by applying one pump of your favourite cleanser all over to really wash away any impurities. For optimal results, we prefer a gentle gel cleanser—that way, the formula will remove dirt and grime but won’t irritate any blemishes that might be brewing.

Follow it up with a toner such as Mario Badescu's Glycolic Acid, which uses grapefruit extract to help stimulate congested complexions. Take a cotton pad and sweep some of the formula all over your face to help prevent your skin’s natural oils interfering with your makeup.

Finish off by applying a small amount of your chosen oil free moisturiser across your face, Dermologica’s Active Moist moisturiser is fantastic for people with slightly more oily skin. The formula is oil-free and extremely lightweight so it won’t add any extra grease to your skin, but it will help to hydrate and improve the texture of your complexion.

Keep products water-based 

When it comes to foundations for oily skin, it’s important to stick with primarily water-based formulas. Your skin already has enough grease to contend with, so avoid high shine, dewy finishes and instead opt for matte-look products.

The Code8 Day To Night Foundation is the perfect choice for those looking for full coverage with a demi-matte finish. Infused with hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E, it feels refreshing on the skin and is pigmented enough to cover blemishes and imperfections for up to 12 hours.

Don't use your fingers

If you're wondering how to apply makeup on oily skin we can tell you, it’s not with your fingers! Your hands have their own natural oils on them so to avoid introducing any additional oil to your face, always apply foundations and BB creams with a brush or sponge.

Normally we suggest spreading our Radiate Beauty Balm straight onto your skin, but if you're fighting an oily complexion try squeezing a five pence piece size on the back of your hand and using a beauty blender or brush to work it into your skin. This lightweight formula will sink into your skin and give you a flattering velvety finish.

Blot before you powder

Once your base is applied, take some blotting powder and soak up any oil that may already be trying to seep through. Removing an excess oil before powdering means your face will stay as dry as possible, so you can look beautifully matte all day long.

Set the makeup to minimise shine

When you’re ready to seal your look in place, brush a dusting of the Code8 Matte Velour Powder (which has oil-absorbing silica and talc) onto the T-zone and any other areas of your skin that normally get oily. The lightweight powder also contains corn starch, which naturally absorbs sebum to help balance your face’s natural oils as well as leave you with a healthy glow.