GUEST BLOG: Oily Skin? How To Make Your Makeup Last Longer!

Greasy, shiny skin can make you frustrated and self-conscious. You might think that you should avoid all makeup or wear lots of layers of it to try to keep that oil slick under control. But you shouldn’t do either of these things. With a few smart makeup tips to keep oily skin at bay, you can achieve a fresh and flawless complexion every day.


Don’t Over-Cleanse Your Skin

When your skin produces lots of oil, you might think you should be washing it lots daily to wash away oil and prevent breakouts. But this can actually be causing your skin to become oilier. The reason for this is because over-cleansing your skin strips away its natural oils that keep it balanced, so your skin tries to produce more oil to regain its balance. Eek! Stick to cleansing your skin twice a day with gentle, oil-free products, and then leave it alone.

Choose the Right Moisturizer

The moisturizer you use on your skin should be fit for your skin type but it should also be a matte moisturizer. This means that it prevents greasiness before you apply your makeup, absorbing excess oil on your skin that can turn your makeup into an oil slick after a few hours of application.

Blot Excess Oil Throughout the Day

Blotting papers should be in your handbag because these are valuable to keep excess oil at bay throughout the day. Make sure you use them correctly, though, so as not to ruin your makeup. Press the blotting paper onto your face and then carefully roll it off so that your complexion remains flawless. It can also help to use blotting papers after moisturizing your face and before applying makeup, and then again after you have applied your foundation. This keeps any oil to a minimum during makeup application.


Wear a Primer

You should never apply moisturizer followed by your trusty oil-free foundation. You need to apply a primer to your skin before your makeup goes on. This is great to help the foundation stick to your skin, allowing you to achieve greater makeup coverage all day. Primer also keeps your shine under control so you don’t walk around with a greasy complexion. Don’t forget to wear an eye primer on your eyelids, too. This prevents your eyeshadow from creasing and fading throughout the day.

Choose Waterproof Products

To prevent your makeup from running, you should opt for waterproof makeup, especially when it comes to your eyes. Eye liner and mascara can easily run if your skin is oily, so choosing waterproof products will keep them in place for much longer.

Use a Mattifying Powder

If you’re using a powder that has shine, you need to toss it in favor of a product that is matte. This will help to keep your face matte and prevent oiliness from turning your skin into a glitter bomb.

Get Your  Hands On a Finishing Spray

After you’ve taken care to finish your makeup with some powder to help it last and zap any excess oil, the idea of spraying something else onto your skin might sound strange. But a finishing spray can really help oily skin hold onto makeup and it reduces your skin’s oily appearance. A finishing spray also helps your skin looks more natural after you’ve applied face powder without ruining your application.

Oily skin can sometimes feel like a real hassle, and the idea of makeup is often distressing. But you can look gorgeous with makeup and keep it looking fresh instead of greasy all day long with the above tips. Say goodbye to oily skin and hello to natural radiance!

Note: All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. Our scientific algorithm is entirely unbiased and based on your skin profile.

About the author: Cassie Brewer is a make up professional in Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys writing about her passion (make up of course!) and everything beauty related. Nothing makes her happier than helping other be the best version of themselves they can be. You can read more at and follow her on twitter @Cassiembrewer

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