The Best Makeup to Prevent Oily Skin

Stop the shine.

Q: What do you suggest for really oily skin? I put my makeup on at 8 in the morning and at 12, I'm already blotting. Is there a makeup you recommend? — Treasura

Katie Holmes gets a shiny T-zone, just like we do!

A: Treasura, I suffer from the same affliction, and it’s no fun looking in the mirror at lunchtime and realizing you look like greasy take-out. 

There are a few ways you can approach this. Maybe try them out and see what works best for you?

Oil-Controlling Moisturizer

You can start by using an oil-controlling moisturizer. I recommend Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15.

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15

Mattifying Primer

For even more oil control, you can try a primer, such as the Givenchy Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer.

Givenchy Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer

Michelle swears by Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (reviewed here).

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

With both a mattifying moisturizer and primer as your base, it should help combat shine, and help your foundation to stay put.

Foundations and Powders for Oily Skin

You may also want to use an oil-free foundation, such as Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer.

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer

Make Up For Ever has another good oil-free option, the Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation. Keep in mind, it does give a fuller coverage.

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation

If you find you need it, you can set your liquid foundation with a translucent powder. My absolute favourite is Too Faced Primed & Poreless.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder

If that doesn’t work for you, you may want to try a dry powder foundation instead. I like matte mineral ones myself, such as bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15.

bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15

Or try the MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation if you are wanting coverage as well.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Blotting Sheets

Lastly, it’s always handy to have some blotting papers in your purse, so when you start to get shiny, you can just blot it away! 

My go-to ones are from Clean & Clear.

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

Let me know if these tips work for you!

Sabrina Rinaldi is a Toronto- and Montreal-based hair and makeup artist.

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