How To Apply Makeup to Oily Skin (2021)

How To Apply Makeup to Oily Skin (2021)

When it comes to applying makeup to oily skin, it can be a challenge. No matter what you do, sometimes you end up looking shiny by mid-day. The excess oil creates a problem for your makeup. 

Fortunately, you can take steps to achieve an excellent makeup look that will last all day. There are certain things you can do to ensure your makeup does not budge. Once you're taking care of your skin and using the right products, your makeup game will never be the same.

The next time you apply your makeup, you can remember these suggestions for oily skin! 

What Is Oily Skin?

Everyone's body makes natural oil to keep their skin hydrated and healthy. Below the top layer of skin, you have sebaceous glands that produce oil called sebum. Some people's glands produce too much oil, and they end up with oily skin

If your skin always looks shiny and feels greasy, you probably have oily skin. The excess sebum can mix with dead skin cells and clog your pores, leading to a breakout. The oil can also cause your makeup to break apart on your skin. 

As far as the cause for oily skin, there's a lot of different possibilities. You could have this skin type from genetics, age, the wrong skincare, or the weather. You could have more than one underlying cause giving you oily skin. 

You won't have oily skin forever. As you get older, your skin will make less sebum. The protein and collagen in your skin break down when you age. You develop fine lines and wrinkles and develop drier skin. Oily skin types can sometimes age slower because the excess oil keeps your skin moisturized for longer. 

You may need to re-evaluate your skin type as you get older. People in their 30's can even have different skin than they had in their 20's. A dermatologist can help you identify your skin type. You may need to make adjustments to your skincare and makeup routine. 

You also may need to change your routine if you have combination skin. This skin type has oily and dry skin. Your skin can dry out during the winter months, and you may not experience the same excess oil production. This change may also prompt you to apply your makeup differently. 

Foundation for Oily Skin

When you have oily skin, the most important thing to remember when buying foundation is to look for oil-free formulations. The last thing your skin needs is more oil. Several foundations have a water base that can work well for oily skin types. 

The other thing you want to look for is the right finish. There are many different types of foundation finishes. There are dewy, satin, natural, and matte finishes. When you have oily skin, you need to look for a semi-matte or matte finish. A dewy or satin finish will make your skin look even more greasy. A natural finish will allow shininess to show through within a few hours. 

You also have to consider what type of foundation consistency you want. There are powder, cream, stick, mousse, and liquid formulations. While it may seem like too many options to sort through, we have a few suggestions.

Powder foundations are, no surprise, the driest of the five options. This type of foundation is made from pigment and minerals. It can work well for people with oily skin but doesn't usually offer full coverage. While some powder foundations can offer more than light coverage, building up the product on your skin takes some effort. 

Cream and stick foundations are also on the drier side and can work well for people with oily skin. However, these thicker formulations can be less than ideal if you suffer from acne or breakouts. Cream and stick formulas offer high coverage but don't usually allow your skin to breathe. They can clog your pores and lead to more skin issues. 

A mousse foundation is a hybrid of cream and a liquid formula. It is a thicker consistency than a liquid formulation but is still airy since it is whipped. Mousse foundation can work for oily skin types but may not be suitable for every season. 

A liquid foundation is the most hydrating of the five formulas. While you may think oily skin doesn't need more moisture, that's not true. All skin needs hydration, and your oil glands can go into overdrive if you're too dry. This type of foundation can work for all skin types. 

HIDE Premium Foundation is oil-free and offers a semi-matte finish. It is medium to full coverage but is still breathable. Plus, it lasts all day and won't slide off your face even if you have oily skin. 

How To Apply Makeup to Oily Skin

Once you have a foundation that will work for your skin type, you can apply it following a few steps. 

Remove Excess Oil

You need to prep your skin by washing your face and removing any oil that may be on your skin. You also can apply moisturizer to add a layer between your skin and the foundation. Moisturizer can help your makeup go on smoothly. 

Apply Foundation

Apply your foundation, starting with a small amount. You don't want to apply too much at once, or it can end up settling in the creases of your skin. You can always apply a second layer if you need to build up the coverage. Use a damp makeup sponge or foundation brush to buff it out onto your skin. 

Set Your Face

After your apply foundation and concealer, you should set your makeup. You can use a light dusting of translucent powder to help lock it in place. The powder can also help absorb any excess oil your skin produces. You can bring it with you on the go if you get shiny and need to reapply. 

When you use HIDE products, you may not need a setting powder. The semi-matte finish and special formulation will hold your makeup in place without any extra help. 

How To Prevent Oily Skin

You can change your skincare routine to help combat your oily skin. The first thing you should be doing is to wash your face regularly. You'll want to use a gentle cleanser and avoid soaps with fragrances and harsh chemicals. 

You can also use acne medications if you struggle with blemishes. Products that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, beta-hydroxy acid, or benzoyl peroxide can be helpful. 

For some people with oily skin, a toner can help keep excess sebum at bay. You don't want an astringent toner that contains alcohol since it can dry out the skin. Instead, look for something with a natural astringent. A study showed that these natural toners could soothe the skin. 

For some people, these toners can make enlarged pores seem smaller. It can also help remove impurities that could be clogging your pores. 

You should also be applying moisturizer daily. By hydrating your skin, you can keep it moist and healthy without it feeling greasy. When your skin is properly hydrated, your glands may slow down oil production. When you follow a good skincare routine, you can help prevent your skin from becoming too oily. 

In Summary

By following a few simple steps, you can have a makeup look that will last all day. Using the right type of foundation will go a long way when you have oily skin. HIDE products work with all skin types and can keep you looking matte. 

Shop the Look

Shop the look at HIDE for makeup that won’t slide off your oily skin. Our products will keep your skin looking matte and smooth throughout the day. 

  1. Foundation: HIDE Premium Foundation
  2. Concealer: HIDE Premium Concealer


What Are the Causes of Oily Skin? | Healthline

Oily skin: 6 treatments, causes, and prevention | Medical News Today

Moisturizers for Acne | NCBI

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